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Chief of Staff - City of Denton, TX (ID: 461972)

Title Chief of Staff
Type City/County Manager and Administrators
Date Posted 2023-11-17
City / Organization City of Denton, TX
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Responsible for the management and oversight of the assigned departments and/or divisions. Provide executive level leadership support to various goals, initiatives, or directives of the City Manager.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Oversee and provide leadership and information regarding the City of Denton intergovernmental program and assigned departments and/or divisions.
  • Manage the City of Denton intergovernmental relations by forming relationships with elected officials and staff, staying abreast of Federal, State, Regional and Local issues, manage legislative consultants, and participate in and monitor the state legislative process.
  • Act as a liaison with outside entities, non-profit agencies, businesses, community, and neighborhood groups on diverse issues; serves on various committees and workgroups in the community.
  • Collaborate with assigned department and division heads to establish vision and goals, oversee strategic direction, ensure projects, programs, and service effectiveness, foster relationships with stakeholders, and promote a healthy workplace culture.
  • Confer with and advise department and/or division heads in the preparation and implementation of new programs or policies; under general policy guidance, prepare directives to department heads; coordinate preparation of various operating and administrative reports.
  • Provide special project/initiative leadership on behalf of the City Manager, including directing policy research, communicating, and coordinating with external stakeholders, making public presentations, and drafting/reviewing contract agreements.
  • Facilitate and lead interdepartmental teams to accomplish assigned task(s), objective(s), or special project(s).
  • Provide leadership and assistance to City Council, and various boards, commissions, and committees; and develop and/or review agendas and associated reports, materials, and minutes.
  • Represent the City Manager and his/her office at various civic, community, City Council, and city staff meetings, as needed.
  • Prepare reports, graphs, charts, formal presentations, and other illustrative materials by gathering and analyzing a variety of factual and/or statistical data for City Council, leadership, and/or other internal and external committees; attend City Council and other board meetings, as needed.


  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; recommend assignment/assignment change, retention, discipline, and dismissal.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor budget; maintain accurate budget reporting; ensure that operations are cost-effective, and funds are managed wisely.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, Government, Political Science, Law, Organizational Development, or related field; and,
  • Seven (7) years of professional level experience in a city and/or county intergovernmental environment; and,
  • Four (4) years’ experience in a supervisory capacity,


  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, Government, Political Science, Law, Organizational Development, or related field; and,
  • Five (5) years of professional level experience in a city and/or county intergovernmental environment; and,
  • Three (3) years’ experience in a supervisory capacity,


  • Any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, legislation, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of City of Denton policies, procedures, mission, and goals.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Skill in analyzing and researching, to interpret and understand policies, laws, and regulations, and to provide workable recommendations and solutions to problems that maintain compliance.
  • Skill in judgment and creativity in decision-making; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and select the most appropriate one.
  • Skill at the intermediate level with Microsoft Office 365 and other software systems necessary to complete work.
  • Skill for ensuring continuous improvement in processes, relationships, and cost savings.
  • Skill in developing and implementing organizational structures, procedures, and technology.
  • Ability to perform all job duties in a manner that is consistent with the City of Denton’s core values.
  • Ability to motivate, mentor and manage teams through direct and indirect influence.
  • Ability to communication effectively, both oral and written forms, in a variety of circumstances using appropriate tone and appearance for the situation and audience, speak publicly, and to listen intently to other points of view.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work, maintain attention to details and quality, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop, understand, interpret, and apply rules, policies, and procedures operations.
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks and changing priorities in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Ability to maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Ability to maintain strong interpersonal relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to support controversial positions, negotiation of sensitive issues and/or important presentations with customers, citizens and co-workers while maintaining poise.
  • Ability to handle records and complex situations of a confidential nature.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and present data and other information in a clear and logical manner.


  • Must pass a drug test, criminal history background check, and social security number verification.


  • Perform preventive maintenance on tools and equipment; ensure equipment is in safe operating condition.
  • Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties, including lifting and climbing; operate tools and equipment according to established safety procedures.
  • Promptly report unsafe conditions in the work area and/or any conditions that are not immediately correctable to the supervisor.


  • Safety Sensitive (Subject to random drug testing): No.
  • Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals.
  • Posture: Prolonged sitting and standing; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Motion: Frequent repetitive hand motions, including keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
  • Lifting: Lifting and carrying no more than 10 pounds.
  • Environment: Works in an office setting; occasionally requires irregular and/or prolonged hours.
  • Travel: Travels to City of Denton buildings and professional meetings as required.
  • Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position. Must be able to work after normal business hours and weekends, as needed. Must attend regularly scheduled and special meetings.
  • Mental Demands: Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.


  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Service-Oriented
  • Strategically Focused
  • Fiscally Responsible


  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage in addition to life and disability insurance plans
  • Employee Health Clinic
  • Paid Vacation Days and Paid Holidays
  • Retirement Plan

The City of Denton is an equal opportunity employer. It is the City of Denton’s policy to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any protected class, status, characteristic, or activity. All employment decisions, including decisions regarding recruitment, selection, hiring, compensation, benefits, training, advancement, discipline, discharge, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment are made without regard to any lawfully protected class, status, characteristic, or activity.


This job description is not an employment agreement, contract agreement, or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Job Post Expiration Date   December 5, 2023

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .