The City of San José is creating the civic technology foundation that helps our community thrive!

As the Capital of Silicon Valley and 10th largest city in the nation, the City of San José manages a large array of services and assets. The City operates on a budget of $4.3 billion, with 7,000 employees all serving over a million residents and businesses across 180 square miles.

The City aspires to be as innovative as the community we serve. In that quest, the Information Technology (IT) Team makes its impact through smart uses of technology by our employees and community. IT enables vital services through business solutions, cybersecurity, productivity and collaboration tools, the City Customer Contact Center, and expert planning. Services are powered by truly great people, an expansive municipal area network, and a robust technology infrastructure environment.

We promote work-life integration with a focus on growth to bring out the best in our team members. Come join us in making San Jose the most vibrant, equitable, sustainable, and innovative city in America!

The Information Technology Department is seeking multiple Products-Projects Managers who have a deep passion for building amazing civic products that engage the City’s residents and businesses. The City’s Products-Projects Managers are leaders in the City’s efforts to deliver a superior customer experience to residents, businesses, and staffs. If you are passionate about delivering valuable products, leading cross-functional teams in building features, re-engineering business processes, and have amazing customer empathy, one of these positions may be a superb fit for you! 

The Products-Projects Manager will manage a portfolio of projects, products and platforms associated with one or more of the City’s priorities. Other technical portfolios may be added as required, but currently include:
  • Emergency management technologies.
  • Integrated permitting and development services transformation.
  • Data governance and business analytics.
  • Mobile and wireless communications.
  • Business process improvement and automation.
  • Internet-of-Things platforms and services.   

Responsibilities include administering platform operations and performance, product releases, vendor work, and feature development projects, as well as integrations and providing direct product support. As the champion for one of the City’s priority portfolios, the Products-Projects Manager connects residents with services across City departments and teams to maximize value of technology projects and products in providing day-to-day service and exceptional customer experience.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Product Strategy & Roadmap – Manage the lifecycle of Products (information systems solutions and platforms) in support of assigned objectives, key results, and partners. Analyze trends, customer requirements, input from a diverse set of stakeholders, and process re-engineering / innovation opportunities to establish product vision and strategy.
  • Set product roadmap for uses, features, and integrations.
  • Requirements Management – Translate customer requirements into buildable features, coordinate feature decisions, prioritize diverse demand, and integrate into product planning and development. 
  • Lend roll-out of new features in coordination with City teams, vendors/partners and testing teams to ensure positive release experience for customers and staffs. Ensure effective release and maintenance of services, including re-engineering processes, monitoring, automation, and communications routing.
  • Operational Support – Sustain customer satisfaction through quality customer support, post implementation. Administer system configurations. Analyze and resolve technical issues.


  • Location:
    San Jose
  • Salary:
    , The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Enterprise Supervising Technology Analyst (ESTA) classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.
  • Deadline:


Minimum qualifications

Education and Experience 
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field, AND four (4) years of progressively responsible professional/journey level experience, of which at least two (2) years of experience include lead technical work in development, implementation and maintenance of electronic business systems/solutions, or application development and/or support.   

Acceptable Substitution 
Additional years of increasingly responsible directly related work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis up to two (2) years.    Completion of a Master's Degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required two (2) years of experience which include lead technical work in development, implementation and maintenance of electronic business systems/solutions or application development and/or support.   

Employment Eligibility
Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidates will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise
  • Ability to expertly engage with internal and external customers to build meaningful products, services, and processes.
  • Expertise in working across and balancing functional, technical, product owned, and customer inputs to set agreed direction.
  • Technical acumen to work across teams to successfully deliver and sustain products and services. Translates requirements. Creates technical solutions and integrations. Coordinates processing with business units to render superior customer experience and communication. 
  • Strong project management ability to achieve schedule, cost, and scope/quality goals. 
  • Experience in diverse project and product management methodologies. Ability to lead agile implementations, drive releases through sprints. incorporate customer collaboration, and quickly resolve issues. 
  • Experience working with third party development partners, managing contracts and change orders, and administering project resources. 
  • Proficiency with Customer Centric Design, user stories, personas, customer journeys to create amazing customer experience.  
  • Demonstrated success in enterprise-class product implementation.
  • Technical hands-on experience of applications development and operational support with Cloud Services is highly desirable.

Project Management – Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

Communication Skills
– Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

Technology Use/Management
– Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

– Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; makes informed decisions based on input from a diverse set of stakeholders; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.
Conflict Management
– Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.

Analytical Thinking
–Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Change Management
– Demonstrates support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.