Appointed by and reporting to the City Council, the City Manager implements the Council’s priorities and provides sound and effective management of the City. She or he provides supportive leadership that creates an environment in which the community, City Council, and all employees work together using their abilities to the fullest to enhance the overall quality of life in Turlock.
As the chief administrative officer, the City Manager appoints department heads of the City’s six operating departments and the City Clerk. The City Manager also serves as Executive Director of the Successor Agency to the Turlock Redevelopment Agency.
The next City Manager will inherit diverse, extremely talented, and committed employees, who weathered the Great Recession, and in some respects are still waiting to emerge fully from its shadow. The employee base was culled several years ago, for example, and has yet to be fully restored.
The City has an organized workforce including the Turlock City Employees Association (TCEA), the Turlock Associated Police Officers (TAPO), the Turlock Firefighters Local #2434 (FIRE), and the Turlock Management Association-Public Safety (TMAPS). Two other groups (Management and Confidential) and part-time employees are unrepresented. Multiple collective bargaining agreements will be renegotiated this year.
The new City Manager should also expect a very engaged community and involved citizens, who attend council meetings and bring issues forward. Council expectations for customer service and citizen engagement are high.
Typical duties and responsibilities of the position include:
Exercises responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of a City organization designed to deliver municipal services in an efficient and effective manner.
Provides overall direction to achieve and accomplish City Council policies and directives.
Fulfills the responsibilities of the appointing authority as set forth in City ordinances and resolutions and either personally or by delegation, carries out the responsibility of personnel officer in the administration of the City’s personnel system.
Directs the preparation and administration of the City budget and the preparation of appropriate financial reports and recommends to the City Council actions/programs necessary to maintain a stable financial position for the City.
Consistent with City Council policies and directives, coordinates City activities with other public agencies.
Ensures the enforcement of ordinances and regulations of the City and makes recommendations to the City Council on the application and revision of the same.
Investigates complaints, analyzes issues and makes written and oral presentations to the City Council and the public.
Establishes good communications with all segments of the community, City personnel, City Council and Commissions.
Attends City Council and Committee meetings and takes an active role in providing information and recommendations.
Works closely with the Mayor and City Council to ensure that the policy decisions are implemented efficiently and assists the Mayor and Council in establishing goal priorities, strategies and timelines.
Promotes the City’s mission through continuous quality improvement, best practices, good staff training and support, and clear communications.
Works closely with Police, Fire and other agencies and departments to help ensure public protection and safety.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Mayor and City Council.
Turlock seeks a strong, thick-skinned leader, and a person of the highest integrity as its next City Manager. The ideal candidate must be able to hit the ground running and deal with strong personalities from every corner, requiring not only a true command presence, assertiveness, and self-confidence, but experience in principled leadership and effective management. She or he must be decisive, with the ability to stand her or his ground and say “no,” unafraid of hard decisions, risk-taking, and failure.
The next City Manager must have a strong work ethic and be committed to executing City Council’s policy priorities, keeping Council informed, and keeping the organization on track. Considerable experience in finance and developing and managing budgets is essential. Building is a top priority. Several major capital projects are underway, and the City’s infrastructure needs are significant.
The new City Manager will be a positive presence, expected to stabilize and quickly advance the organization. The ideal candidate is open, inclusive, collaborative, and adaptive with the ability to motivate, develop, and inspire every other City employee, especially the members of the executive leadership team, maximizing their potential by setting clear expectations and holding them accountable, but without micromanaging. The new City Manager must be highly personable and engaging, with expert-level outward- and inward-facing communications skills.
The position requires a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative and managerial experience in a public or private agency, and at least three years’ experience as a City/Town/Village Manager, CEO, or similar level in executive management. A four-year college or university undergraduate degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, urban planning, finance, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree or equivalent experience and training or other advanced degree is desirable, but not required. Residence within the municipal boundaries is encouraged.
The salary range for this position is $195,000 to $237,000, with hiring dependent upon experience and qualifications, and relocation assistance subject to negotiation. The City of Turlock offers a competitive fringe benefits package including health coverage (health, prescription, vision, and dental); long-term disability and term life insurances; holiday, vacation, and sick leave; CalPERS Retirement (9% mandatory) and deferred compensation (401 Plan, optional, election at time of hire); and an automobile allowance.
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit a detailed resume and cover letter electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have any questions with regard to your own interest, or a recommendation of a colleague, please contact Hannah Burcaw at the email address above. This position will be officially open until filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit resumes before October 11, 2019 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
Hannah Burcaw 1414 K Street, 3rd Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 468-4597
The City of Turlock is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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