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Signal Hill, CA | Full Time

Job Description

The City of Signal Hill is seeking interested and eligible applicants for the position of 
City Manager.
Please review the BROCHURE for more information. 
To apply for this exciting and rewarding opportunity, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to:

Under general policy direction of the City Council,plans, organizes, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all City functions and activities; provides policy guidance and program evaluation to the City Council and management staff; encourages and facilitates provision of services to City residents and businesses; fosters cooperative working relationships with State and local intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; pursues appropriate avenues of economic and community development; and performs related work as required.

The City Manager serves as the principal representative of the City of Signal Hill in initiating and facilitating open communications among all participants in the process of government; work closely with the Mayor and Council members, while actively and openly assisting the City Council in the development of strategies and solutions to critical issues and assisting in the achievement of consensus toward maintaining a decisive and timely policy decision-making process.  

The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City, accountable to the City Council and responsible for enforcement of all City codes, ordinances, and regulations, the conduct of all financial activities, and the efficient and economical performance of the City's operations. The scope of responsibility, decision-making authority, supervision, and budgetary authority are significantly greater than for any other city classification.Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include, but are not limited to the following characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. 
 The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Directs, guides, and approves the development and implementation of city-wide and departmental goals, objectives, programs, and services.
  • Enforce and administer the provisions of state law and local ordinances; prepare recommendations and advise Council on matters requiring legislative action; and institute programs and policy changes as directed by the Council.
  • Plans, oversees, and approves the preparation and administration of the city’s long-term and annual budgets with the assistance of departmental directors and management staff.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, evaluates, and terminates staff; prepares and presents employee performance evaluations; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements disciplinary procedures.  
  • Reviews and approves the implementation of changes in Personnel Rules and policies affecting city operations.
  • Reviews and approves long-term plans for capital improvements and debt financing.
  • Confers with department heads concerning administrative and operational issues and practices; conceives of strategic solutions to major administrative, political, and economic issues in concert with City Council and other parties.
  • Keep the Council informed on all important matters relating to city affairs; prepares and presents reports of city finances and administrative accomplishments to the City Council.
  • Serves as the Executive Director of the City's Successor Agency. 
  • Manage the City Council agenda process.
  • Represent the City in a variety of meetings and public functions.

  • Perform various related duties as required.
Any combination of education, training, and work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess:
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from and accredited university or college in public administration, political science, economics, finance, urban planning or related field.
EXPERIENCE:  Ten (10) years progressively responsible municipal management experience. 
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE:  Masters' degree in public administration, political science, economics, finance, urban planning or related field.Knowledge of:
  • Public management theory and practices.
  • state laws, rules, and regulations concerning the operation of municipal government.
  • Theories, principles and practices of modern organization and personnel management.
  • Public finance and budgeting practices. Effective public relations techniques.
  • Principles and practices applicable to the economic development and revitalization of the economy of a local community.
  • California redevelopment law and its application. 
  • Use a variety of modern office equipment and current personal computer and software application. 
  • Prepare and organize data for professional reports and/or presentations using various research sources and modern software applications.
  • Conduct data collection and analysis.
  • Compute, interpret and compile statistics and other information.
  • Retain and apply City/Department policies and procedures correctly and consistently.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Adapt to shifting priorities and changing organizational work plans.
  • Maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgment.
  • Conduct work in a safe manner in accordance with established practice.
  • Effectively respond to stressful situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy.
  • Embrace and operationalize the organizational values.
  • Perform related duties as required.
Physical Requirements:
  • Employees must be able to maintain physical condition necessary for sitting, walking, and standing for extended periods of time; some stooping, crawling, crouching, and climbing; maintain concentration and the capability to make sound decisions; maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful completion of assigned duties.
  • Hearing: The ability to hear normal speech and other audible events, even in combination with other environmental noise. This necessarily includes hearing voices transmitted by radio and telephone.
  • Vision: The ability to read or see objects, printed materials, and a computer screen under ambient, limited or artificial lighting and at a reasonable distance with sufficient clarity.
  • Speaking: The ability to speak clearly in English and to be understood by others under normal or highly stressful circumstances, either in-person, in groups, or over the telephone.
  • Mobility: The ability to alternatively move from one place to another, to move, walk, stand and sit. Use finger dexterity to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.
  • The ability to lift file boxes and other items weighing up to 25 pounds.
Supervisory Skills:
  • Ability to assign, review, plan, and coordinate the work of other employees.
  • Ability to provide instruction and guidance to staff. Ability to approve the transfer, promotion, salary increase, discipline or discharge of staff,
  • Ability to assess the work of employees and write performance appraisals,
  • Ability to promote staff development and motivation. Ability to oversee a program for orientation and training for all employees.
  • Ability to analyze problems that arise in the areas under supervision and recommend solutions.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control and planning of multiple programs; and the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in critical or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.
  • Ability to predict and plan for future events impacting the organization, as well as the ability to make strategic and tactical decisions at the highest organizational levels; ability to analyze data and information, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives; ability to decide time, place and sequence of operations within an organizational framework, as well as the ability to oversee their execution; ability to develop new policies and modify existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unusual conditions within the context of existing management principles.
Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication:
  • Ability to advise and interpret to others how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations. Ability to utilize consulting data and advisory data and information, such as legal briefs, economic analysis and organizational analysis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, consultants, attorneys, elected and appointed officials, and the general public, both verbally and in writing; ability to effectively make public presentations.
  • Ability to manage and direct a group of workers; ability to persuade, convince, sell and train others; ability to counsel and mediate.
  • Ability to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, operations, state and federal laws as they pertain to City operations and activities.
  • Ability to negotiate and engage in formal bargaining within the context of legal guidelines.
Environmental Adaptability:
  • This position required to work indoors in an open office environment. Employees may be required to work on evenings, weekends and holidays, and participates in afterhours on-call assignments.