City of Bakersfield
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Work Schedule
Job Closing Date
Job Open until Filled
Job Description

THE POSITION:  Under administrative direction of the City Manager, performs complex work in assisting the City Manager in the general operation and management of the City government. Plans, organizes, integrates, directs, and coordinates activities; plays a central role in developing and providing direction to staff related to implementation of City policy, City Council strategic goals and priority programs of the City; provides assistance to the City Manager with work of great complexity and sensitivity. Acts as an executive and is assigned responsibility for departments and specific functional areas; provides policy guidance and fosters cooperative working relationships with civic groups, inter- governmental agencies, and City staff; acts as the City Manager on a delegated basis.


REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The following typical tasks and responsibilities are representative of this class.  They are descriptive, not limiting.  Essential Duties:  Plans, organizes, controls, coordinates, and directs the work and results of specified functional areas and units; Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for assigned functions; Coordinates complex projects between departments on behalf of the City Manager; Directs the selection, supervision, and performance evaluation of personnel; Provides administrative oversight in one or more of the assigned program areas, annual budget preparation, labor negotiations with bargaining units.

For more information, see the following links: Job DescriptionInformational Brochure 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applications will be accepted only from those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED application, supplemental questionnaire and resume that they meet the below requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration or related field; AND
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible governmental management providing familiarity with a wide range of municipal services; including supervisory, experience in areas and functions which will have provided the requisite program; and organizational process knowledge base; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training, certification and experience may be substituted for the above requirements;
  • Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration preferred 
  • Possession of a valid Class “C” driver's license