City Manager

City of Santa Ana Published: July 11, 2017
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City of Santa Ana

City Manager
Annual salary range: $240,000 to $290,000
The city provides an excellent benefits package.
Application deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The City of Santa Ana is located 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. The county seat of Orange County and center of all state and federal government buildings and court houses, Santa Ana encompasses an area of approximately 27 square miles. With a population of approximately 335,000, it is the second largest city in Orange County.

Incorporated in 1886, Santa Ana is a charter city with a Council/Manager form of government including a mayor and six council members. Council members are elected to four-year terms with a three-term limit and the mayor is elected to two-year terms with a four-term limit.

The City Manager provides professional leadership in the management of the City and is responsible for the coordination of all municipal programs and the executive supervision of all City departments and agencies. The City Manager’s principal duties and responsibilities include assisting members of the City Council in formulating policies and responding to City Council issues and concerns, either directly or through various City staff members, to recommend options and potential solutions. In addition to managing the administrative functions of the City, the City Manager ensures the effective coordination and implementation of public policies, programs and initiatives through the professional efforts of the other City departments: the City Attorney’s Office, Clerk of the Council, Community Development Agency, Finance and Management Services, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Personnel Services, Information Technology Department, Planning and Building Agency, Police Department, and Public Works Agency.

The ideal candidate will be an effective and collaborative leader; possessing confidence, patience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and strong technical and business acumen; who understands the need for public service through community engagement and participation. A personable yet professional manager with cultural sensitivity and a willingness to address community issues is highly desirable. He or she will have a good sense of the needs of the community and compassion for the underserved. The successful candidate shall have expertise in enterprise and budget management, agency administration, and the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with city council, regional and business partners, surrounding cities, governmental agencies, staff and the community, through open and respectful dialogue. He or she will demonstrate open and transparent communication and will be known as someone who is responsive and approachable. A candidate that can demonstrate the ability to work positively and effectively with staff and promote positive morale and team building in the organization is highly valued, as is their desire to embrace and be a part of the City of Santa Ana. A Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of experience as a City Manager or Assistant City Manager in a full-service urban city, preferably with a population in excess of 100,000 is required. A Master’s degree is desirable.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, résumé, current salary and 10 work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment). Résumé should reflect years and months of employment, and positions held. To apply, please visit our website:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting

Ph: 916 471-3111

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The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer.

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