Deputy City Clerk (20142017)

City Administration
Central Valley
Until filled
$4,034.00-$4,903.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2220 Magnolia Street Ceres, 95307


  $4,034 to $4,903 (monthly, paid bi-weekly)         PLUS EXCELLENT BENEFIT PACKAGE


Applications must have a completed supplemental questionnaire and attach a typing certificate.  If both are not complete, this will be deemed as incomplete and application will not move further in the recruiting process.  If supplemental question does not apply to you, please indicate "N/A".  


The next challenging career opportunity awaits you! The Deputy City Clerk position is an outstanding opportunity for a dedicated and skilled professional with experience in the public sector; proven administrative experience in a City Clerk’s office is highly desirable. The City of Ceres is seeking a strong communicator and team player with the ability to demonstrate adaptability in a complex and everchanging environment. The ideal candidate will be committed to excellence in customer service and will demonstrate strong organizational skills, records management skills, advanced computers skills and attention to details.

Competitive candidates will possess proven administrative experience in and have a strong understanding of the City management form of government. Candidates who are technically savvy and/or have advanced experience in Laserfiche or a similar records management system is highly sought. The successful candidate should be able to work independently on a variety of projects with minimal direction in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.


Under the administrative direction of both the City Manager and City Clerk the Deputy City Clerk  performs a variety of technical, analytical and administrative tasks in the Office of the City Clerk including legislative administration, Board, Commission and Committee management, elections administration, records management; performs the duties of the City Clerk in the absence of the City Clerk. Assists the City Clerk in developing, implementing and coordinating projects, programs and procedures, particularly related to records management, legislative and policy functions and agenda preparation. This position requires an understanding of the principles and practices related to records management and advanced recordkeeping, legislative processes, and effective public relations. A working knowledge of applicable laws and regulations including the Political Reform Act, Brown Act, California Public Records Act, California election laws, Fair Political Practices Commission reporting requirements and the principles and practices related to the City Clerk function is highly desirable.

Ideal Candidate

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assist in the performance of City Clerk duties as prescribed by law.
  2. Assume the duties of the City Clerk in official’s absence.
  3. Coordinate and prepare agendas, public notices, special meeting notices, prepare resolutions, ordinances and staff reports.
  4. Apply and implement records management policies, procedures and techniques, including records retention, and electronic document management.
  5. Utilize optical imaging, electronic document management software and other computer applications and/or software.
  6. Read, interpret and apply relevant laws, rules, and regulations.
  7. Maintain official records of the City Council.
  8. Provide administrative assistance during municipal elections.
  9. Ensure timely response to subpoenas and public records requests; conduct research and retrieve information and/or documents.
  10. Coordinate FPPC filings including campaign statements and Statements of Economic Interests.
  11. Prepare written correspondence and administrative reports.
  12. Assist with contract administration.
  13. Maintain knowledge of public administration principles and practices, applicable ordinances, laws and regulations, advanced research techniques and information sources.
  14. Interact and communicate with a variety of groups and individuals, including staff, City Council Members, appointed officials and the public.  Position may require training other in the aforementioned skills.
  15. Provide administrative support for the City Council and the City Manager.
  16. Perform all other duties as assigned.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices of advanced record keeping.
  2. Office methods, procedures and equipment usage.
  3. Research techniques, sources and availability of information.
  4. Project management.
  5. Computer applications, including advanced proficiency with word processing software, agenda management software and records management software.
  6. General customer service principles and practices.
  7. Contract management principles and practices.
  8. Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations related to City Clerk duties.
  9. Goal setting, program and project development, work planning and organization.

Ability to:

  1. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  2. Understand the organization of the City Clerk's office.
  3. Interpret and apply principles and practices of records management, policies, regulations, and administrative and/or operational procedures.
  4. Keyboarding/typing at the speed of 55 net words per minute is required.
  5. Operate a PC/tablet and related software.
  6. Interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations, such as: Political Reform Act, Brown Act, Public Records Act, and other relevant California laws.
  7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, elected and appointed officials, co-workers, representatives from outside agencies, and the general public.
  8. Compose written correspondence, legislative minutes and reports.
  9. Develop, analyze, and evaluate projects and programs.
  10. Use independent judgment in the course of undertaking assigned responsibilities.
  11. Organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines and complete assignments independently.
  12. Identify data sources, collect and analyze information and prepare informative reports.
  13. Provide technical assistance, training and direction to other staff members on assigned matters.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  1. Associate degree from an accredited college or university, or two (2) years of college level course work from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, or a closely related field.


  1. Four (4) years of increasingly responsible secretarial/clerical and administrative support work preferably in a City Clerk’s office.
  2. A working knowledge of applicable laws and regulations including the Political Reform Act, Brown Act, California Public Records Act, Maddy Act and California laws, Fair Political Practices Commission reporting requirements and the principles and practices related to the City Clerk function is highly desirable.
  3. Strong knowledge in use of computers including word-processing, records management, agenda management software, other software applications, and maintaining and updating webpages.

License or Certificate:

  1. Certification in records management or designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks preferred.
  2. Currently enrolled in CMC Certification program and/or attainment of CMC accreditation as budget permits, if not previously certified.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

CMC Certification or Records Management Certification is highly desirable. 

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with extensive public contact and frequent interruptions.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

      Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

      Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Bargaining Group: Supervisors/Confidential 

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt



Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at no cost  to the employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Two Blue Shield HMOs, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision.

Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or a reciprocal retirement plan, e.g. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 2% @ 55 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 9.41%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest years.

Other Benefits:  The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan to the employee’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA - for non-reimbursable medical expenses or daycare) or Health Savings Account (HSA), as applicable.

Voluntary Benefits & Leave:  Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation (457), Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D coverage, 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year.

The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.

Special Instructions

Must complete all supplemental questions and attach a typing certificate with application.  

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