The City of Oxnard (population exceeding 200,000) is located on the “Gold Coast” of sunny California approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The City Council is seeking an experienced administrator to oversee an operating budget of $364.7 million and a full-time staff of over 1,600 employees. The new City Manager will be expected to demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Oxnard will value a candidate who practices an open style of management and works collaboratively with the Council, department heads and staff to foster a working environment that encourages individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility. The selected individual will have a strong community presence and open door policy for the Council, staff and general public. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned individual who can hit the ground running. Candidates should possess significant experience in municipal government. A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is required; a Master’s Degree is preferred.
The City of Oxnard is located on California’s “Gold Coast” approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and is the gateway to the Channel Islands National Park, known as “America’s Galapagos.” Named for the Oxnard brothers, who began an agricultural community in 1903 by opening a sugar beet factory, Oxnard today is a thriving center of commerce, tourism and industry in Ventura County. Oxnard is the largest city in the County, with a population exceeding 200,000 residents. The City is committed to serving the needs of its culturally diverse and growing population. As part of its attraction, Oxnard boasts some of the best beaches of the region and is home to the unique coastal wetlands at Ormond Beach, which draws visitors from around the globe and is in line for a major restoration effort.
In the years since its incorporation in 1903, Oxnard has gone from an emphasis on cattle grazing to sugar beets and beans, to orchards, to more intensive farming with several crops grown in a single year, to serving the defense industry, and finally to diversified industrial, housing, and commercial development.
Oxnard’s civic, business and community leaders recognize its challenges and opportunities. Oxnard’s leadership has adopted a plan with vision and conviction for an exciting future to further enhance business development and the quality of life. Preparing for the future, the City embarked on a world-class project to conserve its natural water supply with the Advanced Water Purification Facility and GREAT program.
In the fall of 2012, The Collection of RiverPark, a high-end office and retail shopping center with a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, opened in the northern end of the City. While the City maintains steady growth with new development, it also promotes the preservation and economic health of its historic downtown; this effort is reflected in the unique Henry T. Oxnard Historic District, with beautifully preserved turn-of-the-century homes. The long-awaited construction of the Oxnard Boulevard and Rice Avenue Interchanges at Highway 101 and Santa Clara River Bridge provides easier access to the City from all points. The City also operates more than 50 park facilities for its residents, as well as special-purpose facilities such as River Ridge Golf Course.
More information about Oxnard can be found at the City’s website at www.ci.oxnard.ca.us and through the United States Census Bureau at http://quickfacts.census.gov.
Oxnard is a general law city that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The policy-making body consists of the separately elected Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem, and three Council Members; the Mayor Pro Tem and the Council Members are elected at-large. The City Council appoints the City Manager to serve as the City’s chief executive to carry out the Council’s policies and manage day-to-day City operations. Oxnard’s FY 2013/2014 operating budget is $364.7 million, and the City currently employs over 1,200 full-time employees.
Oxnard recently adopted a 2030 General Plan that strikes a unique balance between celebrating its agricultural heritage and continuing to accommodate dynamic changes. The population has grown significantly in the last fifty years, providing many challenges to local government and residents. Oxnard is a full-service city, with its own fire and police departments, and operates its own water, wastewater and solid waste enterprises. Oxnard continually offers many opportunities for its enterprising and forward-thinking business community while maintaining a family-friendly environment, as evidenced by the new parks that have opened throughout the City. As Oxnard has evolved, the City will continue to strive to maintain a balance between its residents’ needs and being a “business-friendly” community.
The new City Manager will be expected to demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Oxnard will value a candidate who practices an open style of management and works collaboratively with the Council, department heads and staff to foster a positive working environment that encourages individuals to excel in their areas of professional responsibility and to be accountable for the results of their work.
The selected individual will have a strong community presence and open-door policy for the Council, staff and general public. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned individual who appreciates the economic and cultural diversity of the Oxnard community and can hit the ground running.
The incoming Manager must be an effective, honest and assertive leader and an innovative problem-solver. The ability to work cooperatively to bring about organizational change, build a strong foundation in sound policy, effectively set priorities, and focus on business growth and creating quality local jobs are essential for the new City Manager to succeed. The City Council is interested in candidates who have outstanding interpersonal skills combined with the professionalism to provide effective management and foster accountability. Oxnard will benefit from a leader with excellent communication skills who has the ability, confidence and professional courage to make difficult decisions.
The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking individual with a history of effectively leading high-performing professionals and a solid background in municipal finance, public works, public infrastructure asset management, and sustainable economic development. Oxnard desires an experienced public sector executive with an established track record of implementing best practices in areas such as priority/performance based budgeting, government transparency, and civic engagement. Candidates should have a strong background in enterprise-wide strategic financial management, continuous process improvement, building organizational competency and developing leadership depth throughout an organization. The new City Manager must be a strong leader who is mission driven, a hands-on manager when needed, customer service-focused, and results-oriented.
Significant experience in California local government is highly desirable.
Candidates possessing any combination of education and experience supplying the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered. A typical candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field and eight years of progressively responsible experience in an administrative, managerial, or staff capacity, including experience in the City Manager or Assistant City Manager position in an organization of comparable size and complexity to Oxnard; such experience would be expected to include responsibility for the planning, organization, implementation, and supervision of varied work programs. A master’s degree is desirable.
The salary and benefits package for the incoming City Manager are open, depending upon qualifications.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray & Associates. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Oxnard. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the City Manager.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Fred Freeman at: (916) 784-9080