City of Ceres
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Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description
City Manager
City of Ceres, California
Annual Salary: Up to $210,000 DOE/DOQ
See the brochure link here.


The City of Ceres, California, is seeking its next City Manager who is a pillar of the community, upholds the mission and priorities of the City Council, and develops winning strategies to meet the needs of a developing community. The City Manager will be an experienced public administrator, well-grounded in city fiscal management practices, economic development, budget oversight, staff leadership, and employee and community relations. Additionally, the next City Manager will be resilient, a strategic organizational leader, demonstrate confidence, all balanced with humility and empathy for others. The successful candidate will create and support an organizational culture that embraces diversity and fosters professionalism, honesty, creative thinking, and an enjoyable work environment. Interested applicants should have a desire and passion for public service, embrace and engage with our community, and take an interest in Ceres’ culture, history, and vision. 


The ideal candidate should be external facing, hardworking, passionate about serving the public and providing good municipal governance and economic development, and interested in becoming part of the community through community engagement and relationship building. The ideal candidate will also have experience as an executive/department head, preferably with a background in development, and/or have experience as an Assistant City Manager or City Manager/Administrator. This candidate has municipal budget, grant, and finance experience. They will be creative and forward thinking, find opportunities for shared partnerships that will support City projects and initiatives, and bring demonstrated experience working with developers, businesses, and economic development strategies. The successful candidate will demonstrate emotional intelligence, value community and employee engagement, and build upon a culture where people love to work.