City of Saratoga, CA

City Manager

Filing Deadline: March 31, 2024
Valerie Phillips

Bob Murray & Associates
1544 Eureka Road, Suite 280 • Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 784-9080 • Fax (916) 784-1985

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The City of Saratoga is an attractive residential community of approximately 30,200 known for its excellent schools and prestigious neighborhoods. The community’s downtown district, known as “The Village,” has distinctive dining, unique shops, and numerous buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Saratoga residents place an emphasis on retaining the quality of the City’s semi-rural ambiance and unique character. As the appointed Chief Executive Officer of the City, the City Manager is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and reviewing the activities and operations of the City. The role operates under the policy direction of the City Council in accordance with municipal law, for the benefit of City residents. It involves coordinating City services and activities across various departments and external agencies, as well as providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Council, offering advice with substantial discretion and judgement in analyzing the best approaches for recommendations and decisions.

The City seeks an ideal candidate embodying qualities essential for effective leadership: an active listener, forward-facing, with broad knowledge of the functional areas of municipal government, and tech-savvy, capable of embracing the values of Saratoga, its community, and anticipating community needs. Understanding land-use planning and community engagement in the planning process is crucial. They must be responsive, prioritize customer service, and demonstrate adaptability and a solution-oriented mindset. Additionally, they need to attend events that connect them with the community. Transparency, honesty, and ethical conduct are paramount, along with a dedication to the community`s best interests, while fostering the professional development of staff. They should be a servant leader, accessible, and prioritize others while fostering open communication. Qualified candidates typically possess ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in city government including at least three (3) years of experience as a city manager, or at least six (6) years of experience as an assistant city manager, or at least eight (8) years of experience as a department head involving considerable responsibility.

The 2023-24 salary or pay scale for the incumbent in the City Manager position is $300,518.00. The starting salary will be based on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. The City also offers an excellent benefits package.