Close Date: Dec 13, 2012
Salary: $164,706.00 - $200,200.00 Annually
The City of Alameda, California is a unique island community of approximately 75,000 residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is connected to the East Bay mainland by four bridges, two subterranean tubes, and by ferry services to San Francisco; it is within minutes of all the cultural activities in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
Alameda is a historic city with a small-town atmosphere and a diverse mix of housing, neighborhoods, and pedestrian friendly shopping areas. Charming Victorian homes grace shade tree-lined streets covering the island’s 12.4 square miles. It is an architecturally and historically rich community with over 10,000 buildings constructed prior to 1930.
Most of Alameda Point, site of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, which encompassed about one-third of the City’s land area will be transferred by the United States Navy to the City in 2013.
Alameda is home to the College of Alameda, and the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay are nearby.
Alameda was incorporated in 1854 and became a charter city in 1916 with a Council-Manager form of government. The five-member Mayor/Council serves four-year terms, staggered at even numbered years. The Council directly hires the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk.
The City is a full-service organization that provides residents with a full range of municipal services including a library system and an electric utility. The organization consists of 11 departments: City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Human Resources, Fire, Police, Community Development, Public Works, Recreation & Parks, Alameda Free Library, and Alameda Municipal Power. The City’s budget encompasses the general fund, redevelopment, enterprise, special funds and component units with appropriations totaling approximately $217.5 million for fiscal year 2012-2013, with a workforce of approximately 485 full-time employees and 200-400 part-time employees. Candidates are encouraged to visit the City’s website at www.cityofalamedaca.gov for a broader understanding of the City’s organization.
The Assistant City Manager is a key member of the executive management team, and has a very high level of visibility and interaction with officials, department heads, community groups, business leaders, and residents. The Assistant City Manager will work closely with the City Manager to provide leadership and creative approaches to the City’s short and long-term goals, and to address a wide variety of complex daily operational challenges. When applicable, the Assistant City Manager will serve as Acting City Manager.
Among the current priorities assigned to the Assistant City Manager are the facilitation and coordination of cross-departmental projects and responsibilities, with particular emphasis on budget, finance, human resources, library, and recreation & park services. Furthermore, the City is advocating new approaches to revitalize the City’s economic climate. Transportation planning and traffic mitigation will be key factors. The community is proud of its history and small town charm, consequently there will be a particular emphasis on historic preservation and quality design.
The Assistant City Manager will be expected to:
• Act as a strategic management partner with the City Manager to anticipate and address organizational and community issues, concerns, and opportunities.
• Provide direction and oversight to inter-disciplinary project teams comprised of designated city staff, consultants, and various parties, particularly relating to internal systems such as finance, budget, and human resources.
• Develop and use a systematic framework for converting the City to an objective performance-based budget.
• Move the City into its first 2-year budget process in fiscal years 2013-15.
The Ideal Candidate
The new Assistant City Manager will be:
• A problem-solver and strategic thinker, able to facilitate consensus.
• A proven leader and team builder with a demonstrated track record of successful intradepartmental coordination and collaboration, with an emphasis on internal systems management, especially budget, finance, and human resources.
• An experienced local government executive who will represent the City in a positive and influential manner.
• A positive communicator able to actively engage community groups and residents.
• Fully cognizant of political and organizational sensitivities within the organization and community.
• A creative manager with a high level of self-initiative who demonstrates uncompromising integrity and dedication to promoting an ethical work environment.
• A dynamic motivator committed to excellence in customer service.
• A skilled collaborator in government relations.
The Assistant City Manager will have broad and extensive management experience in, and exposure to, a wide variety of municipal government operations and functions. Experience working with budget, finance, and human resources, and overseeing operational matters is highly desirable.
An advanced degree such as a master’s in public administration or related field is preferred, and a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or a related field is required.
The Compensation & Benefits
Salary: $164,706 - $200,200
Retirement Program – Per AB340, PERS 2% @ 55 plan for applicants currently employed by a PERS agency, or PERS 2% @ 62 plan for applicants not employed by a PERS agency. Employee pays 7% as pre-tax contribution and also 1.868% as pre-tax City contribution. The City does not participate in Social Security; however, employees contribute 1.45% for Medicare.
Flexible Benefits Plan – Pre-tax monthly allowance up to $1,579.25 is provided by the City for PERS health; depending upon health plan and number insured; dental and life insurance are provided by the City.
Vacation – Up to 25 days annually.
Holidays – 10 observed plus 3.5 floating holidays.
Sick Leave –- 12 days per year with no limit on accumulation. Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement.
Automobile Allowance – $250 per month.
Long-Term Disability – The City provides LTD insurance up to $8,000 per month.
Optional Benefits –- Several optional insurance plans are available to eligible employees including vision, flexible spending account, dependent care program, long-term care, additional life and a 457 deferred compensation plan.
This position is Civil Service exempt.
The Application Process
Interested candidates should apply at www.CalOpps.org and submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and three professional work-related references.
Applications will be accepted and continuously evaluated until an appointment is made. Only those candidates with the most relevant qualifications and experience will be granted interviews. The selection process may include, but is not limited to, oral panel interviews, detailed background and reference checks, and other evaluations. It is anticipated that the Assistant City Manager will begin as early as February 1, 2013.
For a color brochure, www.cityofalamedaca.gov/getdoc.cfm?id=10363.
For more information about the City, www.CityofAlamedaCA.gov.
If you have questions regarding this position or process, please contact:
Holly Brock-Cohn, Human Resources Director
(510) 747-4922 or [email protected]
For Benefits information, please visit our website at: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Bargaining-Units. A detailed summary for this position can be found under Executive Management Employees.