City of Huntington Beach
City of Huntington Beach

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Although Huntington Beach is no stranger to front-page news, it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that make our community a fantastic place to live, work, and visit. Within an evolving political landscape, we have emerged as regional leaders launching innovative services, such as the Mobile Crisis Response Program, increasing beach access by rolling out Mobi-Mats, standing up a homeless navigation center, and holding town halls to increase community dialogue.
The City of Huntington Beach is located in northwestern Orange County, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles northwest of San Diego. The City encompasses 28 square miles of land and 26 square miles of water, making it the 24th largest city in California. With a population of about 202,265 residents, Huntington Beach is the fourth largest city in Orange County.

Known as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach features nearly 8.5 miles of spacious beaches and one of the largest recreational piers in the world. The City hosts an annual visitor population of over 4 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 2019, WalletHub ranked Huntington Beach as #5 in their “Top Ten Happiest Cities in the US.”

Huntington Beach boasts a wide variety of municipal amenities. It has a world-class Central Library with four branch libraries. The City’s park system includes 78 public parks (including a dog park), riding stables, and the largest city-owned and operated regional park in Orange County – the 356-acre Huntington Central Park. Residents enjoy five recreation centers (including a senior center), three miles of equestrian trails, two golf courses, various recreation facilities, a marina, and a protected wildlife preserve.

What an exciting time to join the City of Huntington Beach! The COVID-19 pandemic brought City staff together like never before, fostering an environment of collaborative problem-solving across departments. In 2020, the City Council approved departmental restructuring plans that have resulted in a once-in-a-generation transformation of our City operations, with an eye toward stellar customer service and cutting red tape. The City’s Executive Team is hiring new leaders at all levels of the organization to help implement this exciting new vision. Will you join us?

Huntington Beach was incorporated as a Charter City in 1909 and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. A seven-member City Council serves as the governing body. Members are elected at-large to four-year overlapping terms. City Council members are limited to two consecutive terms. The City Attorney, City Clerk, and City Treasurer are also elected and serve four-year terms. The Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem roles are designated on a rotating basis.
The City’s 11 departments include Administrative Services, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Treasurer, City Manager, Community Development, Community and Library Services, Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works. The City is supported by nearly 1,400 employees, and has a General Fund budget of $227.9 million (total budget $424 million). Huntington Beach maintains an “AAA” credit rating.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the homeless response plan in Surf City! Beginning in 2013, Huntington Beach started working proactively to address homeless-related issues in the community. Those initial efforts have evolved over the years, and today, the City has 7 staff members fully dedicated as part of the Homeless Task Force. Over time, the City has also formed partnerships with multiple outside
agencies, including Be Well OC, Mercy House, Jamboree Housing, Homeless United HB, Family Promise of Orange County, Project Self-Sufficiency, Wound Walk OC, the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, and other local and regional non-profit agencies.

During the past 7 months, the City has made tremendous strides in bringing online additional tools to address homeless related issues, including:
  • Establishment of a 174-bed navigation center in December 2020.
  • Launch of the Project HOPE mobile crisis response program, a first-of-its-kind effort in partnership with Be Well OC.
  • Increased homeless outreach and support efforts have been engaged.
  • Progress on development of a 43-unit permanent supportive housing project, a first for Surf City.

Given the strides that have been made over the years, the City is now searching for a special individual who can help take our homeless response programs to the next level. Here at the City, we’ve established an aspirational goal to end homelessness in Huntington Beach. Those efforts are being developed through a preliminary framework called, Project Zero. The effort involves the following key elements:
  • Identify every individual in Huntington Beach that is unhoused, and categorize each person into a specific affinity group (chronic homeless, Veteran homeless, etc.).
  • Help organize the efforts of local agency, faith-based, and non-profit groups to support the unified goal of ending homelessness in Huntington Beach.
  • Develop transitional housing program options.
  • Create additional permanent supportive housing units in the community.
  • Identify navigation / shelter options for families / children.
  • Develop a premier homeless prevention program.
  • Develop a world-class local data collection and reporting framework.

Currently, the Deputy Director of Homelessness & Behavioral Health Services is structured to report directly to the Chief of Police, with regular interface and contact with the City Manager. Under general direction, the Deputy Director will be tasked with developing and executing the plan to end homelessness in Huntington Beach. Further, given the City’s recent launch of Project HOPE, the Deputy Director will be responsible for coordinating the City’s mental health and addiction-related support programs. Additional job-function specific details can be found online by clicking here.

  • Refine, develop, and implement the City’s Project Zero program, aimed at ending homelessness in Huntington Beach.
  • Help manage the development and implementation of the City’s Project HOPE mobile crisis response program.
  • Support the development of transitional and permanent supportive housing program options.
  • Identify navigation / shelter options for families / children.
  • Develop a premier homeless prevention program.
  • Develop a world-class local data collection and reporting framework related to homeless response.

First and foremost, the City is seeking an individual who has an unwavering commitment to a team-based environment and recognizes that leaders must always be focused on serving their people. For us in Huntington Beach, successful candidates must be genuinely committed to living our organization’s behavioral values, which include:

1. Humility… be willing to place the team before self.
2. Exceptionality… be really (REALLY) good at what you do.
3. Social Awareness… say and do those things that bring people together.
4. Passion… recognize the awesome responsibility we have to serve the people of HB.
5. Integrity… live our values authentically.

Outside of these behavioral characteristics, we’re also looking for candidates who are excited about the opportunity to take a key leadership role in this area for one of the nation’s most desirable, premier coastal communities.

An inspiring and hardworking leader who has mastered the art of helping others see what’s possible, the ideal candidate will be of the highest integrity and considered a role model in the profession. This person will have the ability to approach day-to-day operations with an optimistic can-do attitude and a constant eye toward results and continuous improvement. Familiarity with technology and tools that support contemporary business practices and maximum efficiency, coupled with a track record that reflects data-driven decision making and the delivery of exceptional outcomes, will be expected. Proven success with modernizing systems and processes and other significant change efforts will also be considered favorably. The individual selected will be a unifying mentor and team builder who prioritizes people and the needs of the team above personal ambitions. Known for being enthusiastic about people and their work, this person will also be an outstanding people manager capable of fostering an inclusive culture that is also characterized by high standards, accountability, and trust. The ideal candidate will be a highly engaged and motivating manager who is supportive of innovation and problem-solving at the lowest level. This person will know how to foster healthy internal debates to arrive at the best outcomes as one cohesive team.

Driven by an obsession for the delivery of exceptional outcomes, the ideal candidate will convey a sophisticated understanding of external as well as internal customer needs and concerns. This individual will exhibit tremendous initiative and have a history that demonstrates the ability to address challenges with courage and confidence. Department leaders in Huntington Beach are expected to be resilient problem solvers and have an admirable ability to adapt while maintaining forward momentum.

Competitive candidates will possess at least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional level experience working with the homeless programs and populations, behavioral health programs, and/or closely related special needs programs.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in social or behavioral sciences, community development, business, public administration, or related field required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

The salary range for the Deputy Director of Homelessness & Behavioral Health Services is $151,465 to $187,636. The City of Huntington Beach also offers an attractive benefits package.

The closing date for this recruitment is 5:00 p.m. PST on July 2, 2021.
To be considered for this opportunity, upload a cover letter, resume, and list of professional references using the “Apply” button at

Following the closing date, applications and resumes will be screened. Candidates deemed to be the best qualified will be invited to participate in panel interview(s) – tentatively scheduled for July 14, 2021, which may be conducted virtually, pending COVID-19 restrictions. Following the initial interview, the top candidates will be invited back for a final interview-tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2021.

The City Manager anticipates making an appointment shortly, thereafter, following the completion of thorough background and reference checks. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process, and the City will do so in close coordination with the impacted candidate(s) at that time.