Deputy City Manager

$130,824 - $151,452 yearly
  • City of Hermosa Beach
  • Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full time Executive Government Management

Job Description

The Position

The position of Deputy City Manager (DCM) was recently created to help the City Manager and her Executive Team realize their commitment for delivering excellent service to the community. Functioning somewhat like a chief of staff, the DCM will enjoy a wide variety of responsibilities that are both internally and externally focused. Representative duties include:

  • Supporting daily operations
  • Backing City departments on major initiatives
  • Developing Citywide policies, procedures and programs
  • Leading community engagement efforts
  • Providing support to the City Council
  • Serving as Acting City Manager when the need arises

The Ideal Candidate

The City of Hermosa Beach is an exciting and vibrant place to work where one can make an immediate positive impact on the quality of life for the community. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned manager with a proven track record of organizational success in municipal management. This person will take the time to listen to others, resolve conflicts, and instill consistency in the day-to-day operations of the organization. The ideal candidate will be an engaged and innovative leader. This individual will be flexible, composed under pressure and able to make tough decisions when needed. The selected candidate will be personable, have a sense of humor, and thrive in a close-knit team that is proud of the community it serves. The selected candidate will have outstanding leadership, communications, collaboration, and strategic analysis skills to address the following top priorities:

  • Development of the Team—the Deputy City Manager will work with the Executive Team to foster an environment of stability, transparency and open communication.
  • Process Improvement—the Deputy City Manager will help the Executive Team implement business savvy processes to improve internal systems and protocols, maximize resources, and produce high quality projects.
  • Executive Team—the Deputy City Manager will be an integral part of the City Manager’s Executive Team, participating and collaborating with the team and representing the City in a professional, well-informed, and confident manner. The DCM will be well prepared for presentations to the City Council and community groups. This person will also take the time to learn and understand the history of the City and how it affects the community’s values and desires.
  • Collaborative and Communicative Leadership—the Deputy City Manager will be a visible and motivational leader who nurtures the City’s hard-working staff and inspires them to raise the level of their performance while being tranquil and improving morale.
  • Operations—the Deputy City Manager will have high energy and enthusiasm to improve day-to-day operations in a challenging fast-paced public setting, effectively managing community relations by taking the time to present projects, challenges and successes in a well thought-out manner.

Education and Experience

Requires any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance such as a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administrator or a related field; and five years of top or executive management in a comparably complex organization. Candidates should have a proven track record in organizational development, business process streamlining, project management, strategic planning, and community engagement. Familiarity with the unique challenges and constraints of coastal communities and built-out cities focused on revitalization and renovation will be an asset. This position is open to individuals with public or private sector experience.

Compensation and Benefits

The annual salary for this position is within an established range of $130,824 to $151,452, dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, a robust benefits package is provided, which includes:

Management Performance Bonus: up to 10% of base annual salary.

City-Paid Deferred Compensation: up to $8,000 per year.

Health Insurance: The City offers a flexible insurance benefit plan with a contribution of up to $1,786.50 per month toward Medical insurance and $226.30 toward Dental insurance. The City also offers a Vision insurance plan, however does not contribute to the monthly cost.

Management Leave: 100 hours of Management leave per calendar year. Holiday/Vacation/Sick Leave: You will accrue 80 hours of vacation leave per year during the first two years of employment. Subsequent accruals increase with longevity until reaching 160 hours accrued per year commencing with the 18th year of service. You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month. The City observes 10 holidays throughout the year.

Retirement: California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS. The City does not participate in Social Security but does participate in Medicare, which requires a 1.45% contribution by both the staff member and the City.

Retiree Medical: The City offers retiring staff members $400 per month toward the cost of retiree insurance. A retiring staff member must have worked at least 20 years for the City and be at least sixty years of age to be eligible for this benefit.

Disability Insurance: The City pays the premium for both Short-Term and Long-Term Disability coverage.

Term Life Insurance: City-paid term life insurance policy in the amount of one year of annual salary.

Your employment is covered by the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Hermosa Beach and the Management Employee Group. For additional information on all benefits, please visit:

About the City

Home to nearly 20,000 residents, Hermosa Beach is within a short commute of many of the largest and best-known names in corporate America in the aerospace, tech, industrial, service and financial fields. The Hermosa Beach City School District, consistently recognized as a California Distinguished School, offers a high quality education to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, while high schoolers attend Mira Costa or Redondo Union High Schools. The City of Hermosa Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government with five council members elected at large, with each serving a rotation as Mayor. The City Council is responsible for appointing a City Manager to direct the day-to-day operations of the City, which includes Community Development, Community Resources, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works Departments. The City has a budget of $63 million and authorization for 130 full time staff members. Hermosa Beach is a full service City, with its own Police Department.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete a City Application for Employment form which may be obtained online at and an updated resume is required.

This position will be OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The first review of applications will be November 5, 2020. Applications and resumes can be mailed via U.S. mail or emailed to If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (310) 318-0200.