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South Burlington is home to over 18,000 residents and lies at the heart of Chittenden County, Vermont. The second largest city in the state, South Burlington comprises five districts rich with residential, economic, and recreation vitality. More than 150 employees of the municipality serve the community to make it one of the best places to live, work, and visit. Governed by a City Council of five citizens and operated under the direction of a City Manager, South Burlington is in the midst of smart growth with its commitment to building a new urban downtown City Center. With a 10-year comprehensive plan, the City is a leader in quality and innovation.

Job Description. The Deputy City Manager, in partnership with the City Manager, oversees, directs, and manages the personnel, financial and operational functions of the city.  The Deputy City Manager leads the financial oversight functions and day-to-day operations of the city, manages cross-departmental strategic initiatives, and prioritizes the high level of customer service delivery expected by the community.  Additionally, the Deputy City Manager assists in policy development and resident engagement.    

With the longstanding and exceptional City Manger and Deputy City Manager both retiring in June 2021, the successful professional will work with the incoming City Manager to define roles according to abilities, competencies, and interests in service to fulfilling the Charter obligations of the City and providing the best support to the staff, Council, and community.  

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in business, public administration or a related field, Master's degree preferred; or, ten years experience in public management, financial administration or related fields; or, any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal administration. 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal accounting, tax collecting, and investing including knowledge of state and federal laws governing municipal finance.
  • Knowledge of personnel management practices and legal requirements and a proven track record of successful staff management.  
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in making administrative decisions related to matters of significance when shaping and implementing city policy, and in overseeing the operations of city departments. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and manage budgets, maintain detailed records and related confidential information such as personnel records, bid proposals and negotiating positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with employees and the general public. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate easily and effectively verbally and in writing with staff, the elected and appointed officials, and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional demeanor under challenging circumstances and understand and interpret complex political issues.
  • Committed to the principles of service, good governance, equitable service delivery, and being a lifelong learner 
  • Demonstrated ability to act according to the highest standards of ethical behavior, including but not limited to any adopted city code of ethics and professional organizational code of ethics.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three references to Jaimie Held, Human Resource Manager, at and Jessie Baker, incoming City Manager, at with “Deputy City Manager Search” in the subject line.