Deputy City Manager

City of Grover Beach
City of Grover Beach

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Applications may be submitted through the City of Grover Beach website at though October 3, 2021.  Applications should include a cover letter describing the interest in this position along with a resume.  Selected candidates will be invited to an interview with the City.


As a key member of the City Manager’s Office, the Deputy City Manager works on a wide variety of complex, responsible, and professional duties in support of citywide and organizational objectives.  Key objectives include managing the City’s economic development program and activities in partnership with the South County Chambers of Commerce and other business groups, coordinating the City’s efforts on high priority catalyst development opportunities, leading citywide communication and public engagement efforts with City departments and outside consultants, coordinating the City’s goal-setting and work program process, directing and managing special projects and initiatives, and providing other highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the City Manager and other officials. This position will be encouraged and expected to offer creative ideas and approaches in an organizational environment that values innovation and improvement.


The Deputy City Manager coordinates key citywide and organizational activities; conducts studies and evaluations for assigned projects and programs and maintains administrative and fiscal records; acts as liaison for the city with a variety of private, public, and community organizations and regulatory agencies and performs increasingly difficult and complex duties and responsibilities with a high degree of confidentiality.  The incumbent is required to be resourceful and work independently with minimal supervision and instruction. This position requires a project management capability, strong leadership and facilitation skills, analytical aptitude, excellent attention to detail, effective communication and presentation skills, and a commitment to public service. Interest in local government management as a career is desirable.


Receives direction from the City Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)

Managing citywide economic development activities in coordination with City Manager and City departments and business groups such as the South County Chambers of Commerce.
Coordinating the City’s efforts on high priority catalyst development opportunities.
Leading citywide communication and public engagement efforts with City departments and outside consultants.
Serving as a City liaison to outside groups and other local agencies on specific projects and needs
Directing the City’s legislative advocacy program and positions including development of a legislative platform and position letters.
Coordinating the City’s goal setting and work program process and developing and presenting reports on key outcomes.
Overseeing development and implementation of the City Manager’s Office work program and budget.
Directing and managing special projects, initiatives, and research assignments.
Providing professional assistance to the City Manager and other officials and making presentations to the City Council, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the public.
Communicating official plans, policies, and procedures to staff and the public.
Writing and participating in the preparation and presentation of comprehensive reports and recommendations on assigned projects.
Conferring with City Manager, department heads, and other staff to coordinate citywide and department activities.
Serving as City Manager’s designee on issues as assigned such as grievances and appeals.
Representing the City at various events and meetings to further the goals and interests of the city.
Providing other highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the City Manager.
Providing management and supervisory support for specific functions as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.

Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.  The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading written reports and work-related documents.  Hearing sufficient to provide telephone and personal service is required.  The ability to lift, drag, and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds also is required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience:

In addition to the minimum qualifications noted below, the successful candidate must have an ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment and experience working with local government officials (both elected and staff-level) and other business and community leaders.

Experience:  Five years of increasingly responsible analytical and management experience preferably in a public agency involving analyzing, recommending, developing, or leading policies, procedures, and programs on a variety of issues.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, public policy, political science, business administration, or a related field.  Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.  One year of relevant professional-level work experience may be substituted for one year of required education (this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).


Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)

Knowledge of:

Modern methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices, and equipment; modern office practices, methods, and equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proficiency with English language, spelling, and grammar.

Ability to:

Maintain confidentiality; read, interpret, and record data accurately; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response or make sound recommendations as appropriate; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Skill to:

Operate standard office equipment, including a computer and variety of word processing and software applications.

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