City Manager

City of Ventura

The City of Ventura is seeking a City Manager who has a can-do attitude, is an experienced public administrator, and adept at fiscal management, budget development and municipal operations.    The ideal candidate will be available, responsive, resilient, energetic, engaging and action oriented.  The incumbent will also be a strategic, performance-based organizational leader who demonstrates confidence balanced with humility and empathy for others.  The City Manager will create and support an organizational culture that embraces diversity, is change agile and fosters creativity.  The ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader who knows how to empower and motivate others, and recognizes the importance of building relationships and getting involved in the community.


For more information please see the complete recruitment brochure: 



The City Manager is an at-will position appointed by the Mayor/City Council. This position serves as the top administrative officer for the City of Ventura.  Responsibilities include comprehensive management and leadership for the organization, including policy development and interpretation, administration of programs, processes, functions, and oversight of over 600 staff and a budget of $306 million. This position oversees all phases of city operations while engaging and working closely with staff, constituents, businesses and Mayor/City Councilmembers. 



  • Thomas Fire Recovery: ensure complete removal of debris, complete flood emergency proactive measures and community outreach and education; implement rebuild of damaged homes; ensure cost recovery from Federal and State partners; protect the health of residents related to post-fire recovery; provide excellent customer service, be responsive and compassionate to residents.
  • Steward Measure “O” Dollars Responsibly: continue to invest in immediate infrastructure, invest in and expand public safety, provide resources for a safe and clean community and develop granting programs for neighborhoods.
  • Safe and Clean: develop and implement an Action Plan to enhance the safe and clean objectives.
  • Economic Development, Prosperity and Vitality: implement recommendations of the development review process; define and develop a plan for improvements to the wellness district; work with businesses and enhance the business incubator program.
  • Improve Efficiencies: Conduct a comprehensive review of the development process in Community Development to streamline the activities of economic development, planning and building services.
  • Homelessness: work closely with the County, other jurisdictions, and community based organizations to continue the good work that has been done enhancing homeless initiatives and programs.



Successful candidates will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field, and
  • Management experience at the department director, and/or assistant/deputy city manager, or administrative officer level in communities of comparable size and complexity.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
  • Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field.
  • Certified Public/City Manager from a recognized/reputable organization.




The prior incumbent’s salary was $247,000 annually; open to negotiation depending on experience and qualifications. The City also offers an excellent benefits package, see link above for details.



This position is open until filled, however for first consideration apply by July 26th; candidates are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.


Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:



Interviews will take place on August 18th and 19th; candidates will need to be available for both days.

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