City Manager – City of Altoona

Deadline: February 8, 2024

Position Summary

The City of Altoona is seeking a City Manager for this vital community situated in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains, the City of Altoona is the principal metropolitan center for Blair County, PA, which serves a population of more than 120,000. 

Originally founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Altoona has become a diverse cultural center known for its affordability.  Recreational opportunities are plentiful and Altoona can boast of an active arts community and a revitalized downtown center.  A City on the rise, Altoona is home to a large campus of the Pennsylvania State University system, and the City maintains a strong town-gown relationship with Penn State.  Altoona is also home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC Altoona), which provides a full array of healthcare services including a Level-II Trauma Center. 

Altoona is a third-class city, operating under a home rule charter form of government.  The City employs approximately 235 employees, with a general fund budget of approximately $37,000,000.   Other funds include Capital Improvement – funded at approximately $4,000,000 annually; Liquid Fuels at $1,500,000 annually; and unreserved funds of approximately $12,000,000. 

As the Chief Administrative and Operating officer of the City, the City Manager is responsible for managing day-to-day municipal operations and implementing the policies established by City Council.  The City Manager oversees and directs the following departments:  Administration, Codes and Inspections, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Information Technology, Police and Public Works.  The workforce consists of professional, competent, and dedicated staff with extensive institutional knowledge.  Additionally, a strong community network is in place with significant resources for housing, social services, and community and economic development.   


The ideal candidate must have a minimum of seven years of public-sector management experience of an increasingly responsible nature.  A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required, and Master’s degree in Public Administration preferred.  Salary range $135,000-150,000 DOE/DOQ.  

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, 5 professional references and salary history to   

Applicants are also encouraged to submit a written narrative describing more specifically how your skill set and experience will best serve the City of Altoona.  More information on the community may be found at