City of La Habra
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Job Description
The City of La Habra is seeking qualified, experienced candidates for a newly created position of Assistant City Manager. This position will work collaboratively with the City Manager in the administration of the City government and will be responsible for directly overseeing the operations of the City’s Human Resources Department, Finance Department, Information Technology Division, the City’s Fire and Ambulance contracts and managing special assignments and projects. 

General responsibilities include oversight of human resources operations, recruitment and retention, risk and liability management, workers’ compensation, labor relations (including leading the City’s labor negotiations team), financial management, budgeting, strategic planning, purchasing, payroll, business licensing, revenue management, utility billing, information technology services and contract management.

The City has a rich history of a collaborative and visionary City management, working closely with a highly professional and supportive executive management team. The City’s management team works closely with the City Council to achieve its goals and policies for the community.  

Apply to join a team that thrives on working together and to develop and support staff, identify and maximize opportunities, tackle challenges, and create and maintain a sense of community for the residents and businesses in La Habra! 

The City of La Habra is a vibrant Southern California community, strategically located in the northwest corner of Orange County, where it benefits from the greater economies of both Orange and Los Angeles counties. When the City incorporated in 1925, the La Habra valley was a largely agricultural community comprised of farms and ranches but included a significant local oil industry. Over the past century, the City has transitioned to a fully built out suburban community of residential neighborhoods, commercial businesses and industrial manufacturing. Over the past 30 years the City has invested heavily in economic development and public infrastructure, and offers a rich assortment of community services programs, events, and activities. 

Today the City is home to a population of over 63,000 residents within La Habra’s 7.3 square miles. A friendly and diverse community, La Habra is conveniently located within an hour's drive of many beaches, mountains, and desert recreation areas. The City is known for the Corn Festival, Citrus Fair, Tamale Festival and the jewel of La Habra, its Children’s Museum. While the City has planned for and encourages measured growth, it retains a small town feel and lives up to its heritage as “A Caring Community.”

The Assistant City Manager (ACM) will be a key member of the City’s Executive Management Team and will be responsible for the management and oversight of operations in Human Resources and Risk Management, and Finance and Information Technology. The ACM will also work closely with the City Manager to help manage the day to day operations of the City, develop policy recommendations for the City Council’s consideration, and to help implement the goals, objectives and policies established by the City Council. The ACM will regularly interact with and support City Council members, as well as communicate with elected and appointed officials and agencies at all levels of local, state, and federal government. 

The ACM will act on behalf of the City Manager when he or she is unavailable, which will include preparing and presenting agenda reports and supporting the Mayor during Closed Session and regularly scheduled City Council meetings. The ACM will also prepare, attend, and make presentations at community events and neighborhood meetings, attend briefings, programs and events, and will be expected to attend training and conferences in and outside of California, as necessary. Work related responsibilities will often require after hours activities, weekend activities and events that occur on holidays. 

-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in public administration, business administration, finance, accounting, human resources, or related field.
-A minimum of five (5) years of full-time senior/executive management experience in human resources or finance administration in a government environment, preferably at the municipal government level. 
-A master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is highly preferred, but not required.

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