A city encompasses a significant amount of people in an established boundary. In the set boundary, government and systems provide utilities, public libraries, schools, food inspection, fire department, police, health department services, and transportation. Careers in urban management focus on directing all of these elements to ensure a holistic and equitable sustainable city. Those who pursue a career in municipal service may seek employment in nonprofit organizations, consulting services, or management in the public sector.
Many interested in urban services pursue a career as being the director of a department or city management. Management positions in local government enable an individual to make an impact on citizens day-to-day lives by managing the services that affect the health, safety, and welfare of all individuals in a community.
The City Manager is responsible for executing the city’s bureaucracy by overseeing all city staff and council legislative decisions. City managers are likely to have a masters degree in public administration or a certified public manager credential and have significant management and local government experience. It is not an entry-level position. Frequently, individuals must have experience as an assistant city manager or department head before being promoted to city manager.
Consultants are people who provide expert advice professionally. Modern governments make regular use of consultants to bring a breadth and depth of experience to addressing urban problems. Local governments often utilize consulting expertise in certain policy or programmatic areas such as finance, public utilities, public safety, communications, or managing complex projects.
Nonprofit organizations are among the most gratifying career paths in urban management. Its purpose is to deliver services to provide a public or mutual need. Those in nonprofits obtain public funding to enhance public good and help shape governments’ priorities for the better. Nonprofits and local governments often work jointly to implement public service programs. Many of the nonprofit organizations may be advocacy organizations or a combination of service and advocacy.