City Manager

  • WBCP, Inc.
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Full Time Accounting Budgeting Business Development Executive Government

Job Description


City of Santa Rosa

Salary DOE/DOQ: Salary Currently Under Review

 To see the full recruitment brochure and to apply click here

Santa Rosa – Leading the North Bay


The City of Santa Rosa, California, is seeking its next City Manager who is a pillar of the community, upholds the mission and priorities of the City Council, and develops winning strategies to meet the needs of the community. The City Manager will be an experienced public administrator, well-grounded in City fiscal management practices, budget development, staff leadership, and human resources management, ideally with municipal leadership experience in California. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and community. The successful candidate will be forthright and resilient, and a strategic organizational leader who demonstrates confidence balanced with humility and empathy for others.  The next City Manager will create and support an organizational culture that embraces diversity, and fosters professionalism, honesty, creative thinking, and an enjoyable work environment.  Interested applicants should have a desire to make a long-term commitment and embrace the local community, taking an interest in Santa Rosa’s culture, history and vision.



The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, oversees all general administration and oversight of each City department, guides the annual budget process, and provides direct support to the Council. The City Manager will oversee the City’s annual budget of $473.6 million, and a dedicated staff of nine (Homeless Services Manager, Administrative Support Supervisor, two Senior Administrative Assistants, City Clerk, Assistant City Clerk, three Administrative Technicians), with an additional eight direct reports including: two Assistant City Managers, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Human Resources, and Chief Communications & Intergovernmental Relations Officer. The City Manager will play a key role in evaluating the current organizational structure to ensure cross-departmental collaboration and organizational efficiency.


The ideal candidate will have experience as an executive/department head from a municipal organization or will have experience as either an Assistant City Manager, or City Manager/Administrator. This candidate has municipal budget, grant, and finance experience, demonstrated experience with community engagement and human resources practices, and a proven track record of championing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for a large organization. The ideal candidate will provide effective fiscal oversight and accountability of city funds, oversee budget development, and be creative and forward thinking regarding shared partnerships that will support city projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate will also be a supportive leader, provide mentoring and development opportunities for staff, and demonstrate emotional intelligence.



Any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Experience: Ideally, eight years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, managerial, or staff capacity in a large municipal organization, including the responsibility for the planning, organization, implementation, and supervision of varied work programs, with experience as a Department Head, Assistant City Manager, or City Manager; to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above
  • Education: Equivalent to a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California driver’s license by the time of appointment.

Salary and Benefits:  The annual Salary is currently under review, and has an attractive benefits package.

To see the full recruitment brochure and to apply click here

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by September 23 at:



  • Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom on:
    • October 18 and October 19.
    • A final in person round will take place after October 19th and will be coordinated with the candidates and City Council (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for all 3 days).


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


The City of Santa Rosa is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity. Applicants can learn more about the City’s current diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities and initiatives here.



City Planning, Diversity Management EEO Compliance, General Business, Human Resources, President, Project Management, Strategic Planning

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree