City of Huntington Beach
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Job Description

Pay Range: $105,042 - $140,766

The City of Huntington Beach is located in northwestern Orange County, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles northwest of San Diego. With a population of about 202,265 residents, Huntington Beach is the fourth largest city in Orange County and the 24th largest city in California. Known as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach features nearly 8.5 miles of spectacular beaches and one of the largest recreational piers in the world. The City is home to a thriving beach community and is consistently named as one of the top ten beaches in California. The City hosts an annual visitor population of over 11 million people, featuring numerous large-scale special events, surf competitions, and festivals. Even with its swell of summer visitors, Huntington Beach has been listed for decades as among the FBI's safest cities in the nation. In 2021, WalletHub ranked Huntington Beach as the best-run city in California.  The City is supported by nearly 1,500 employees and has a General Fund budget of $285 million (total budget $508 million).

While Huntington Beach is no stranger to front-page news, it’s really what’s happening behind the scenes that makes the City a fantastic place to live, work, and visit. Huntington Beach has emerged as a regional leader in the development of innovative services, like the Be Well mobile crisis response program, increasing beach access by rolling out innovative, ADA accessible Mobi-Mats, and providing a comprehensive homeless system of care including a 174 bed navigation center.

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 Assistant to the City Manager in our City Manager's Office.  

The Department and Position

The City Manager’s Office consists of Administration/City Council support, Communications, Homelessness & Behavioral Health, and Environmental Sustainability. The Administration/City Council Division coordinates the operations of 12 City departments, implements City policies and procedures; participates in labor negotiations with 9 bargaining units; and coordinates strategic planning efforts, budget development, and special projects that require interdepartmental support. Administration is also responsible for monitoring federal, state, and regional legislation that may impact the City and securing outside funding sources to support the City’s ongoing initiatives. Finally, Administration oversees a citywide system of approximately 35 Boards, Commissions, and Committees (BCCs) and provides direct staff support to 6 BCCs.

The Assistant to the City Manager provides professional-level managerial support to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager on a variety of difficult, complex and sensitive administrative matters; provides high-level research and analysis; reviews, reports, and monitors legislative and other intergovernmental activities.

Supports the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Deputy City Manager in a fast-paced environment, working on innovative Council-approved programs and policies that serve the Huntington Beach community; independently conducts major analytical and research assignments requiring interdepartmental coordination; develops data-driven recommendations on issues with citywide impact; prepares the City Manager's Office operating budget; procures, negotiates, executes, and monitors contracts; and oversees the expenditure of funds; develops and executes strategies to accomplish City goals. See the City's 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.

Minimum Qualifications:

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:

Education:  A Bachelor's Degree in Public or Business Administration, Political Science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required. Master's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Political Science, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, is preferred.

Experience: Five (5) years' increasingly responsible experience conducting complex administrative analysis, managing legislative affairs, or other professional-level municipal management support activities including lead or supervisory experience.  Masters Degree may substitute for one (1) year of experience.

License/Certification:  A valid California Class C driver's license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and during the course of employment.


  • Apply online here
  • Application Review - Please attach to your online application 1. cover letter; 2. resume; 3. a copy of TWO staff reports that you drafted on the most interesting and/or complex topics that you have addressed during your career 
  • Examination(s) - Applicants who BEST meet the City's needs will be invited to a virtual oral exam (weighted 100%), tentatively scheduled for March 7, 2024. 
  • Selection Interview
  • Background Investigation - Upon conditional offer of employment a pre-placement medical evaluation, drug screen (select positions), TB screening, Livescan fingerprinting and/or other related background investigations must be completed with acceptable results.
  • Appointment