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Meaningful work that supports the community.

Whether at City Hall or out on city streets, our employees serve our residents, businesses, and visitors every day. Join the City of Dubuque team to be part of a high-performance, data-driven organization built on the four pillars of resiliency, sustainability, equity, and compassion. We are input-oriented, see problems as opportunities, search for creative solutions, and work as a team to accomplish goals and build partnerships. We are dedicated to the community and to delivering excellent municipal services.

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Who We Are

We have SPIRIT, yes we do! SPIRIT describes our values and how we approach our daily work and long-term goals.

  • Service We are responsive.
  • People  We care and have compassion for those we serve and with whom we work.
  • Integrity We are honest and strive for excellence.
  • Responsibility  We are accountable.
  • Innovation We look for better ways.
  • Teamwork  We encourage input for better results and celebrate successes.
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Competitive Benefits

The City of Dubuque is proud to offer a competitive salary, health benefits package, retirement savings, and more!

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave 
  • Paid Time Off and 11 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings (IPERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Life and AD&D Insurance Coverage
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Longevity Pay Starting After 6 Years of Service
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Paid Time Volunteering

Learn more about City benefits and wage plans.

Develop Your Skills

The City of Dubuque provides continuous learning opportunities. From employee trainings and certifications to professional conferences and the opportunity for tuition reimbursement — we support the professional and personal development of City employees.

Employee Health and Wellness

We strive to create working conditions that promote work-life balance and employee wellbeing. In addition to our Employment Assistance Program, the City has an active Employee Wellness Committee that offers several wellness challenges throughout the year. We also have a Peer Support Team and an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Team.


Awards and Recognition

All-America City

Dubuque was named an All-America City by the National Civic League five times in just 12 years! The All-America City award recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. It is the nation’s most prestigious and oldest civic recognition program.

Preservation Magazine

In 2018, Dubuque was featured in a nine-page article entitled “Heart and Soul” in the fall issue of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read article.

Municipal Equality Index

Dubuque scored 100 on the 2021 Municipal Equality Index, issued by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute. The index is a ranking of municipalities across the country based on the inclusiveness of their laws, policies, and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) residents. Read report.


Sustainable Dubuque

Sustainable Dubuque is more than a City initiative; it’s a community value. 

Becoming a more sustainable city is one of our top priorities. We are proud to be a 4-STAR Community and to host the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest. Learn more about our holistic approach to sustainability including our 50% by 2030 Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan.

Opportunity For All

The City of Dubuque is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The City is also a proud participant in the Home Base Iowa Program


Get To Know Dubuque

Not familiar with Dubuque? Newcomers have described it as "welcoming, beautiful, and progressive." Learn more about what our small city and the surrounding area have to offer!

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