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We asked Philly’s mayoral candidates to write a managing director job description. Here’s what they said.

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Although the Philly Mayor is the City’s top elected position, the managing director appointed by the mayor holds a tremendous amount of power and responsibility.

As part of our “Hey, City Hall! It’s us, Kensingtonproject, we asked all the mayoral candidates in late March to write a job description for their ideal managing director. We explained that the purpose of this activity is to give Kensington area residents an idea of what to expect from each candidate. 

Most importantly, the managing director oversees various city departments and programs addressing quality-of-life concerns in Kensington. Click here to jump down to responses from former City Councilmembers Allan Domb and Helen Gym and former municipal judge Jimmy Deleon.

Managing Director’s Office

According to the City of Philadelphia’s organizational chart (last updated in July 2022), the Managing Director’s Office is made up of the following departments, offices, and programs: 

Our process

A city employee, who requested to remain anonymous, suggested we ask the mayoral candidates what they’re looking for in a managing director. Inspired by The Philadelphia Citizen’s Ultimate Job Interview series, we created a Managing Director Job Description template using past ones posted by the City on job recruiting websites, like Smart Recruiter. It asked for the following: 

  • Company description
  • What the company offers
  • Job description
  • Essential functions
  • Qualifications

Finally, we emailed the candidates in late March and invited them to participate in the activity by April 12. In our email, we emphasized that their responses would be published before the primary election on our website and in our newspaper, which is distributed at 25+ neighborhood locations. We also let them know their responses would be translated into Spanish.

The mayoral candidates: What they said (in alphabetical order)

Editors: Jillian Bauer-Reese, Zari Tarazona Designer: Jillian Bauer-Reese, Zari Tarazona

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