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Management Analyst

City of Ames
$60,923.20 - $86,902.40 Annually
Benefits Eligible
United States, Iowa, Ames
515 Clark Ave, Ames, IA, USA (Show on map)
Jun 06, 2024

Management Analyst


$60,923.20 - $86,902.40 Annually


Ames, IA






City Manager


City Manager




6/24/2024 12:00 PM Central







Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.



General Information

The City of Ames is conducting this recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification.  The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification.  In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

The Management Analyst, under the direction of the City Manager and the Assistant City Manager, promotes Excellence Through People, assists departments with special projects requiring analytical capabilities, develops and administers policies, programs, and projects, and performs related work as required.

Applicants MUST include a writing sample demonstrating their ability to communicate clearly and concisely, which is NOT a cover letter. 

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Compensation Philosophy:
 The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position, we may consider a candidate's education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median. The median for this position is $73,917 annualized.
Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at:  City of Ames Benefits
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program:  The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit:
  PSLF Program

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Coordinates, provides analysis for, or conducts research for special projects with individual departments or as part of interdepartmental teams. Seeks and manages grant opportunities for various City projects. Manages administration of grants successfully obtained. Uses computer and software to prepare detailed analysis of data into charts, graphs, worksheets and other documents. Provides follow-up on and coordinates City Council referrals and special projects. Staffs City boards and/or commissions. Monitors sustainability efforts in City operations and coordinates improvements in facilities and practices. Represents the City Manager in interactions with elected and appointed state and local government officials, business owners and managers, neighborhood groups, employees, and other citizens and customers. Facilitates special events that require City approval. Responds to written and verbal citizens complaints, inquiries, and requests for service. Appears before groups and organizations as the City representative to explain activities, programs, and policies. Supports the City's Mission/Vision/Values by personal example and encouraging others to reflect these principles in their actions.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment. 


Education and Experience: Must possess a Bachelor's degree in public administration, public policy, public affairs, political science or other related fields. Master's degree in one of these fields preferred.

At least three months experience in a city government is preferred. This experience must consist of analysis, administration, or project management to qualify.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration; working knowledge of laws pertaining to municipal government; working knowledge of systems analysis theory and methods of process improvement; basic knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal finance and budgets; and good knowledge of research methods and techniques, and methods of report presentation.

Skill in analyzing and interpreting data and information to reach conclusions and recommend decisions. Skill in oral and written communications through various modalities, including public speaking; human relations skills including customer service, and promotion of teamwork.

Cognitive ability to understand, interpret, synthesize and communicate complex information; ability to communicate concisely and effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a wide variety of situations, as well as ability to effectively present information to groups; ability to establish effective relationships with elected and appointed government officials, City staff at all levels, University staff and students, the business community, and other citizens and customers. Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle multiple tasks.

Other Characteristics: 
Commitment to ethics of the city management profession and to the City's Mission/Vision/Values as reflected in Excellence Through People.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Sitting, standing, walking, reaching, pushing, pulling, grasping, lifting, talking, hearing, repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work:
 Work is primarily sedentary and requires sitting and/or using various computer equipment 50% of the time; and standing and/or walking 20% of the time. Routinely requires the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, and infrequently requires the exertion of 10-25 pounds of force to lift or otherwise move objects.

Vision Requirements: The minimum for those whose work is involved primarily with extensive reading, and preparing and analyzing text and/or data, and the use of a computer terminal.

Environmental Conditions: The employee ordinarily works in an office environment and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education, experience, and writing samples; phone interview; hiring assessment; on-site interview, which will include a manager meeting and written exercise; and completion of reference checks and a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check.  All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

Veteran’s Preference Points
The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of your DD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to 515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.  

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.  

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

Management Analyst Supplemental Questionnaire
Why do you want to work in the Ames City Manager's Office?
This position has a preference of at least 3 months experience in city government, which must consist of analysis, administration, or project management.
Please provide any examples of your experience in these areas and include a description of a specific project you may have used these skills/knowledge.
Describe your experience analyzing data and explaining complex information to those who are not experts in that area. Please provide a specific example and describe the audience(s).
Have you included a writing sample demonstrating your ability to communicate clearly and concisely before you submit your application?
This would NOT include a cover letter.

* Required Question