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.   

Qualifications

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 candidates@altoonapa.gov   

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 www.altoonapa.gov 

THE CITY OF ALTOONA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER