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City of Reno, NV Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy in Reno, Nevada

Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy



Class Title

Director of the Office of Policy and Strategy

Class Code



$126,541.00 - $165,770.00 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under minimal administrative direction, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Office of Policy and Strategy including strategic planning, policy development, sustainability planning, special projects, coordination of activities with other departments and outside agencies, and provision of highly responsible and complex managerial support to the City Manager.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assume full management responsibility for all Office of Policy and Strategy initiatives and functions including strategic planning and complementary implementation of Master Plan goals, Sustainability Plans, Strategic Plans, and other directional programs. Diagnose misalignments in the overlapping plans and resolve conflicts.

Proactively determine what policies the City of Reno will need to develop, revise, implement or suspend to meet the anticipated requirements in the governance of the City of Reno. Document those policies as appropriate using ordinances, resolutions, administrative codes, and other formats.

Source and cultivate synergistic public and private partnerships to address strategic needs. Facilitate solutions between conflicting agendas of public and private development, including housing, historical preservation, and other issues or considerations arising from the City Council, City Manager, and citizens.

Enhance the existence and use of revenue streams to accomplish plan goals and priorities.

Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Recommend appropriate service and staffing levels to accomplish goals, objectives and priorities; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend allocation of resources accordingly.

Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Office of Policy and Strategy's work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies and develop additional skills.

Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, initiatives, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

Design and conduct financial and performance audits and evaluations of City activities, operations and programs in terms of economy, efficiency, compliance with relevant laws, and the achievement of desired results.

Develop reporting tools, make presentations, and conduct training as needed in the provision of support to the City Manager.

Represent the Office of Policy and Strategy to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations. Participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees internally and externally.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of policy development and administration.

Methods and techniques of organizational analysis and public administration.

Principles and practices of strategic planning.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

Manage and direct a comprehensive strategy and policy development function.

Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.

Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.

Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Design and conduct financial and performance audits and evaluations of City activities and operations.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reporting.

Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.

Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

Work in a collaborative environment to achieve common goals.

Lead multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a related field.


At least eight years of increasingly responsible experience in the analysis, design, implementation, and administration of long-range, far-reaching programs including three years of management and administrative responsibility. Experience in the coordination of work activities between varied organizational units is preferred.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to attend meetings; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



JD 11/2018

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan paid by City. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; 100% employee and dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability and life insurance .

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) with up to a 5% City match available.

Vacation leave accrued at 8 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Cell & Auto allowance.