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The application filing period closes on June 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

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Here in Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team.  At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we’re looking for the “right person” to serve as Deputy City Manager.

Under the direction of the City Manager and Assistant City Manager, the Deputy City Manager (DCM) assists in the planning, directing, and reviewing of administrative activities and operations of the City, including implementing City policies and procedures, participating in major negotiations, and advancing special projects in coordination with other City departments and outside agencies.  These projects are often the basis of forward-looking programs and policies that strive to maintain Huntington Beach’s reputation as a world-class beach city.

Furthermore, the Deputy City Manager is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, which is comprised of both elected and appointed department directors.  Together, the Executive Leadership Team leads a workforce of approximately 1,500 employees to achieve the City Council’s the vision for the City and its 200,000 residents, vibrant businesses, and various other stakeholders.

Examples of Essential Duties

  • Works directly with the City Manager and Assistant City Manager to lead and provide professional management on innovative programs that directly serve the community
  • Manages interdepartmental coordination, independently leads complex research, and develops recommendations related to a variety of operational issues with citywide impact. Recent projects include Charter amendments and the 2023-27 Strategic Plan.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Executive Leadership Team by providing management direction, expediting workflow, and facilitating the achievement of departmental programs by Executive Leadership Team members and their staff
  • Provides highly responsive administrative staff assistance to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager, as well as the City Council when directed by the City Manager
  • Conducts comprehensive analysis on a wide range of municipal matters including overseeing the City Council Agenda Management process; participating in the citywide budget development process; and working closely with the City’s labor associations to address issues and ensure a healthy working relationship
  • Conducts research and develops recommendations on citywide work methods, operating policies and procedures, programs, services, and other administrative issues; observes program operations; analyzes findings and implications; prepares and presents comprehensive staff reports and other correspondence
  • Directs, supervises, and reviews the activities and operations of the Administrative Division of the City Manager’s Office; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; provides training, coaching, and evaluation of assigned staff
  • Prepares, issues, and evaluates RFP/RFQs for major initiatives; negotiates complex contracts and solutions on a variety of administrative, fiscal, and special projects with significant impact on the City
  • Participates in the preparation of programs or special project budgets; monitors revenues and expenditures to ensure fiscal control
  • Assists in resolving work problems and interprets departmental policies to staff, other departments, and the public
  • Serves as staff liaison to assigned City commissions, boards, and committees on major projects affecting city government; represents the city at various meetings, as needed
  • Oversees the development, preparation, and distribution of city publications including pamphlets, brochures, and handbooks
  • Responds to difficult citizen inquiries and complaints
  • Reports to work as scheduled and works various hours, including nights and weekends as required
  • Maintains a regular and consistent attendance record
  • Performs other related duties, as required


  • Participate in the development and administration of the citywide budget.
  • Oversee the development, preparation, and distribution of city publications including pamphlets, brochures, and handbooks.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries and resolve difficult and sensitive complaints.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of:

  • Thorough knowledge of the organizational and management practices of public administration and local government, as well as applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Current social, political, and economic trends and operating issues related to municipal government.
  • Working knowledge of all local government budgeting practices
  • Project management techniques and procedures
  • Internal and external facing strategic program development, implementation and policymaker/community engagement.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, performance evaluation, and professional development.

Ability to: 

  • Exercise a high-level of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Be politically astute, but not political
  • Analyze complex problems, make decisions knowledgeably within the scope of authority, and identify and recommend solutions
  • Manage multiple competing priorities and perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under time-sensitive deadlines
  • Maintain effective working relationships with City elected officials, commission members, department heads, representatives of community agencies and organizations, labor unions, and the general public
  • Provide management leadership to professional, technical, and administrative support staff
  • Manage, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel
  • Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective services
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets
  • Collect relevant information, evaluate realistic options and responses, and implement appropriate course of action
  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations related to municipal projects
  • Communicate effectively, tactfully, and positively, both orally and in writing

Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public administration, public policy, finance, or a related field. A master’s degree in public administration or public policy is desired.

Experience:  Seven (7) years of management or analyst experience in a municipality or other public sector agency, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience.

License/Certificates:  A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and throughout employment.

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