Assistant City Manager

City of Santa Ana CA

Incorporated in 1886, Santa Ana, a Charter City, established a Council-Manager form of government in 1952. The City Council is composed of seven members; the Mayor and six Council members, who appoint the City Manager, City Attorney and Clerk of the Council. The City Manager is ultimately responsible for the appointment of all other employees of the City, and personally appoints the Executive Directors of the City’s agencies. The City’s eleven agencies provide the traditional municipal services, as well as water utility, library system, 20-acre zoo, and 512-bed City Jail. The City’s fiscal year 2019-20 budget is $646 million and there are 1,224 authorized full-time positions.
The Assistant City Manager assists with the overall management of City operations and serves as principal advisor to the City Manager regarding operational, administrative, and budgetary matters in all City agencies. The ACM confers with the City Manager, City Council, and department heads concerning the priorities, programs, and issues of various City departments and the development or modification of programs and policies. They advise various departmental directors on administrative matters, issues, problems, and political considerations related to the planning, programming, staffing and organization of their departments. 
The ideal candidate will have the highest level of integrity and strong work ethic. Dedication to both the organization and community is of the utmost importance. They must have a proven track record of successful professional leadership and be able to effectively cultivate and maintain cooperative working relationships within the organization and the community. In addition, he/she must be willing to work with the City Manager and City staff to find innovative and creative solutions in a challenging fiscal environment. He/she must be able to inspire staff to be responsive to the needs of citizens while maintaining a high quality of service and work product. Qualified applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year university with major coursework in management, business or public administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have at least five years at the department head or higher top management level, proven experience as an executive manager in a municipality, preferably a city with a population in excess of 100,000, and experience working with city councils, boards or commissions, and community/industry groups. In addition, Spanish-speaking abilities highly desired.
The salary range for this position is $167,764 - $227,196 commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications. The position also offers an attractive benefits package.
Filing Deadline is November 29, 2019. To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a compelling cover letter, and resume that reflects your scope of responsibility and significant accomplishments to For more information about this position, please follow this link to see our Assistant City Manager Brochure. If you have questions about the position or the recruitment process please contact Bob Hall at 714.309.9104.