East Palo Alto

City Manager

City Administration
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$0.00-$0.00 Hourly

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


2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto, 94303

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have experience in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual setting. Possessing a personal ability and/or a well developed plan for communicating with diverse populations is key. Prepared and thoughtful communication with the Council and staff is a must, as is an ability to listen and adapt to different communication styles.

The East Palo Alto community is very engaged, and residents enjoy having access to their City Manager. The successful candidate will be comfortable with elected officials and department heads as well as with the citizenry. Gaining a keen sense for the community’s top priorities will help ensure this success. The City Manager will be a navigator in the sense that he or she should help the City Council chart a course for a long-term community developed vision, organize priorities, and then measure the results of actions taken. The City Manager should be caring, decisive, and confident. Above all, potential City Manager candidates should have integrity and be honest. Earning trust in the community will come from having genuine pride in
the community and continuing the tradition of having high citizen satisfaction with city services.
The selected individual will honor the community and its residents for their past and for what the community is today, and possess a positive attitude about serving the needs of a very diverse community.

Experience and Education

The ideal candidate will be a local government executive, deputy, or department head with at least five years of leadership experience. Also required is a wide breadth of management experience and comfort working
with diverse populations. A Master’s degree in a related discipline is desirable.


Compensation and Flexible Benefits Plans

The total compensation package for this position is negotiable and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The annual salary range for the position will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package may include:

»»Medical – 100% Employee coverage, 65% Dependent coverage
»»Dental – 100% Employee coverage
»»Life Insurance – Coverage of $150,000
»»Other – Long-term and state disability coverage; voluntary employee contributions to Deferred

»»Vacation – Up to 25 days per year, based on years of continuous public service
»»Sick Leave – 12 days per year
»»Management Leave – 76 hours per calendar year
»»Holidays – 12 paid holidays per year
»»Auto Allowance – $300 per month

»»CalPERS Classic Members – 2.5% @ 55 formula (8% employee contribution)
»»CalPERS New Members – 2% @ 62 formula (6.25% employee contribution)

Special Instructions

The position is open until filled with first review of resumes on Monday, December 3, 2018. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please submit a single PDF file containing your resume with MM/YY dates, cover letter, and the names of six professional references (two each: supervisors, direct reports, and colleagues) online at:


Josh Jones

CPS HR Consulting

Phone: (916)471-3301

Email: jjones@cpshr.us

Website: www.cpshr.us


Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be invited to interview with the consultant, following which, the most qualified candidates will be referred for interviews with the City. A final selection will be made upon completion of comprehensive reference and background checks.

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