Nationwide Search to Hire City Manager

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Nationwide Search to Hire City Manager 

The Alexandria City Council has announced that it is conducting a national search for a new City Manager for the City of Alexandria. Current City Manager Mark Jinks, who announced his impending retirement in June, will remain in his position through the duration of the search and will retire when his replacement is hired. City Council anticipates announcing the selection of the new City Manager by the end of 2021.

City Council, to which the City Manager reports, is coordinating and conducting the process for choosing a successor. City Council has contracted with talent acquisition firm POLIHIRE to conduct a nationwide recruiting search. During an executive session before its July 6 meeting, Council approved initial recruitment materials, including a recruitment brochure with candidate profile, and a timeline for the process.

This webpage will be updated throughout the process, as new information and materials related to the search for the next City Manager become available.

Alexandria’s Next City Manager

City Council has determined that the successful candidate for the position of City Manager of Alexandria will have a demonstrated and verifiable record of inclusive, transparent and inspirational leadership in guiding an organization and clear commitments to making a difference through public service. They will possess strong administrative, fiscal management and decision-making skills and a history of expanding revenue through both state and Federal grants.

The successful candidate will also recognize the importance of ongoing participation in intergovernmental activities at regional, state, and national levels; and through this participation, work to influence legislative and regulatory change consistent with the City's interests and needs.

Finally, the successful candidate will have significant and relevant experience managing a city or county government similar in scale and complexity to the City of Alexandria, as well as (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and (preferably) a master’s or other advanced degree.

The City Manager will be required to live in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

The search firm conducting the recruitment is currently accepting applications from interested candidates. All applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter outlining qualifying experience to: The deadline for all submissions is September 17, 2021. To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line. Please submit your resume in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files only, please).

Community Engagement

City Council chose POLIHIRE to conduct the recruitment for this position, due to their experience incorporating community input and engagement to assist with the national search.

The first opportunity for the community to provide input in the search for the next City Manager is through an online community survey. The goal of the survey is to get a sense of the community’s vision of and priorities for the next City Manager.

In order to reach residents, business owners, civic leaders—as well as those who frequent Alexandria for work, school, recreation or worship—the community survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic. The survey is being promoted throughout the community, including using traditional media channels, social media, and through local business, non-profit and faith-based groups.

The survey has been extended to receive responses through September 17. The results will be presented at the town hall meeting. The recorded town hall and presentation of results will then be posted on the City’s website for community review.

POLIHIRE has also begun proactive community outreach efforts, including initiating conversations with civic, religious, education and business leaders throughout the community.

On September 22, the Alexandria City Council will hold a hybrid town hall meeting to receive input from the community about the qualities and values that should be considered in the hiring of the next City Manager. The town hall meeting will be held at City Hall in Council Chamber (301 King St.), from 7 to 9 p.m. and community members will be able to participate either in-person or online

Employee Engagement

In addition to robust community engagement, City Council will be working diligently to engage employees of the City of Alexandria in identifying their vision of and priorities for the next City Manager. A survey, similar to the community engagement survey, is available to City employees in both English and Spanish. City Council will also hold a town hall for City employees in early fall to provide additional feedback, in person and virtually, on the recruitment and hiring process for the next City Manager.


The general recruitment timeline follows.

  • July 2021: Community and employee surveys open; job description posted; begin accepting applications

  • August 2021: Community engagement and employee surveys close August 31

  • Mid-September 2021: Community and employee town hall meetings with City Council; job application closes

  • October 2021: Interview process begins

  • Late October/Early November: Interview process concludes; City Council announces selection of new City Manager

  • December/January: Start date for new City Manager

For more information about the City Manager recruitment process, please contact