I have a working app that uses's a client side people picker to find users...Once i have my user selected i then need to get the selected users Manager and department.

I don't think this is readily available from the user info, is there a way to query the AD via client side?

  • Is the Manager property set in User Profiles? If so, you can use REST: <site url>/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/getuserprofilepropertyfor(accountName=@v,propertyName='Manager')?@v='domain\\user' (might have to encode username) – wjervis Jun 23 '14 at 15:11
  • Does this give you the manager name only? I will need the Manager ID also unless i will need to make another call to get the manager ID using the name...seem like a lot of hard work! – Stephen Jun 23 '14 at 15:32
  • You can use getpropertiesfor instead of getuserprofilepropertyfor to list all properties. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/… – wjervis Jun 23 '14 at 15:50

You can use GetUserProfileByName operation of SPServices library to query user profile properties of user.Since manager property is "Person" field , you will be able to get ID and name of the manager. Below is a code sample for the same:

  operation: "GetUserProfileByName",
  async: false,
  AccountName: "domain\\loginname",
  completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
      office = getUPValue(xData.responseXML, "Manager");

function getUPValue(x, p) {
  var thisValue = $(x).SPFilterNode("PropertyData").filter(function() {
    return $(this).find("Name").text() == p;
  return thisValue;
  • thanks for that...I've had a look at SPServices before and whilst its excellent, i'm not using it in this project. – Stephen Jun 24 '14 at 7:53

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