City of Auburn

City of Auburn, CA

Located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and Highway 49 (also known as the Golden Chain Highway), Auburn is the County Seat of Placer County as well as the home of the California Welcome Center. Emerging from the Gold Rush Era as a community with a strong historic character, Auburn now serves as a growing economic center as well as a hub for a vast array of adventure and tourism opportunities. Home to the Auburn State Recreation Area, the site of more sporting endurance events than any place in the world, Auburn has proclaimed itself the “Endurance Capital of the World.” Residents share a love for the outdoors and enjoy an abundance of year-round recreational activities in Auburn and Placer County, ranging from hiking and biking, horseback riding, rafting on rivers, to snowshoeing and skiing.

The City of Auburn is seeking a dynamic and accomplished City Manager to take the reins of one of the friendliest small cities in the State of California. The City of Auburn is a full-service city operating under a City Council/Manager form of government. As the liaison between City departments and the City Council, the City Manager offers insight and expert analysis to assist the Mayor and Council in formulating and implementing short- and long-range goals for City growth and management. In addition to day-to-day operations, the City Manager will focus on efforts to further enhance the community’s vibrancy, increase the marketability of light industrial manufacturing opportunities, enhance customer service, and ensure public safety and the long-term protection of the community. The City Manager also engages the community and its strong volunteer base, builds consensus, and facilitates partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector stakeholders to ensure that the ongoing business of planning Auburn’s future remains a highly inclusive and collaborative process.

The ideal candidate will be a decisive and collaborative leader with a strong grasp of municipal planning, finance, budgeting, labor, and operations. With broad experience navigating the politics of local governance, the successful candidate will be a champion of inclusive, transparent, and customer service-oriented government. The Auburn City Council has described the next City Manager as innovative, outgoing, energetic, and passionate about the unique characteristics of this widely celebrated region’s outstanding quality of life. The City Manager will operate with integrity and professionalism, come up to speed quickly and be quick on their feet. The ideal candidate will bring a general understanding of key local government financial issues, economic development, and public safety. In addition, an understanding of the benefits and challenges of a municipal airport and business park will be beneficial. A Bachelor’s degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required; a Master’s degree is desirable.

The incumbent City Manager’s salary is currently $244,639. The salary for the incoming City Manager is negotiable and dependent upon experience and qualifications. The City of Auburn also offers an outstanding benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at (916) 784-9080.

Filing Deadline: February 24, 2023

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