The City of Lafayette is located on 15 square miles in Contra Costa County, one of nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. The City (pop. 24,000) is noted for its high quality of life with top rated schools, a low crime rate, and charming downtown. In addition, Lafayette boasts a mild climate, oak tree-studded hills and miles of scenic hiking trails nearby. Lafayette’s engaged and active residents expect personalized service to deliver customized solutions to the community’s unique priorities and this position will be part of the team whose mission is to ensure that Lafayette retains its semi-rural character and “small town” downtown feel.
The new City Manager will join the City of Lafayette at an important time for the community. There has been robust community debate related to quality of life, land use and development considerations. In the midst of these ongoing discussions, the City Manager will effectively engage with the City Council, community and city staff while embodying the City’s core values of accountability and transparency and moving forward programs and efforts already initiated through City Council goals. A key priority will be the ability to openly convey complex information related to these issues to a wide array of constituents. Another key focus area relates to financial management of the City. Despite the positive strength of the City’s budget and reserves, the continual challenge is to deliver top notch services, programs and projects to the community. The Manager is expected to be financially resourceful, prudent and knowledgeable.
The successful candidate will be an active, engaged and “hands on” working manager with a collaborative, empowering, and participative management style. The expectation is to ensure that the city culture of customer service, expanded transparency and performance accountability is continued and enhanced. In partnering with the City Council, the expectation is to implement Council priorities while maintaining strong communication and customer service orientation. Prior experience as a top level public agency executive along with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. An MA/MS and generalist experience with land use/planning, finance and administration is preferred. The salary for this position is open and negotiable depending on qualifications. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at www.averyassoc.net/current-searches/to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by June 3, 2019.