City of Huntington Beach
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The City of Huntington Beach is located in northwestern Orange County, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles northwest of San Diego. With a population of about 202,265 residents, Huntington Beach is the fourth largest city in Orange County and the 24th largest city in California. Known as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach features nearly 8.5 miles of spectacular beaches and one of the largest recreational piers in the world. The City is home to a thriving beach community and is consistently named as one of the top ten beaches in California. The City hosts an annual visitor population of over 11 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 2021, WalletHub ranked Huntington Beach as the best-run city in California.  The City is supported by nearly 1,500 employees and has a General Fund budget of $285 million (total budget $508 million).

While Huntington Beach is no stranger to front-page news, it’s really what’s happening behind the scenes that makes the City a fantastic place to live, work, and visit. Huntington Beach has emerged as a regional leader in the development of innovative services, like the City’s Be Well mobile crisis response program, increasing beach access by rolling out innovative ADA accessible Mobi-Mats, and providing a comprehensive homeless system of care including a 174 bed navigation center.

In Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team.  At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we're looking for the "right person" to serve as Principal Management Analyst in our City Manager's Office.  

The Department and Position

The City Manager’s Office consists of Administration/City Council support, Communications, Homelessness & Behavioral Health, and Environmental Sustainability. The Administration/City Council Division coordinates the operations of 12 City departments, implements City policies and procedures; participates in labor negotiations with 9 bargaining units; and coordinates strategic planning efforts, budget development, and special projects that require interdepartmental support. Administration is also responsible for monitoring federal, state, and regional legislation that may impact the City and securing outside funding sources to support the City’s ongoing initiatives. Finally, Administration oversees a citywide system of approximately 35 Boards, Commissions, and Committees (BCCs) and provides direct staff support to approximately 6 BCCs.

The Principal Management Analyst provides professional-level support to the City Manager’s office in developing, directing, managing, administering, and strategically planning key department programs and administrative duties.

Supports the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Deputy City Manager in a fast-paced environment, working on innovative Council-approved programs and policies that serve the Huntington Beach community. Implements Council-approved initiatives, as directed by the City Manager; exercises a high-level of discretion and confidentiality. The ideal candidate will be politically astute, but not political.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or other related field from an accredited college or university.   A Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.
Experience: Five (5) years of professional-level management analyst experience within a municipality or other public sector agency, including at least one (1) year of supervisory experience.  

Certificate/License:  Valid California Class C driver license and an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment and during course of employment.


  • Apply online here
  • Application Review - Please attach to your online application 1. cover letter; 2. resume; 3. a copy of TWO staff reports that you drafted on the most interesting and/or complex topics that you have addressed during your career 
  • Examination(s) - Applicants who BEST meet the City's needs will be invited to a virtual oral exam (weighted 100%), tentatively scheduled for March 12, 2024. 
  • Selection Interview
  • Background Investigation - Upon conditional offer of employment a pre-placement medical evaluation, drug screen (select positions), TB screening, Livescan fingerprinting and/or other related background investigations must be completed with acceptable results. 
  • Appointment