• Antioch, CA
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Antioch, CA (pop. 115, 264) is conducting a national search for City Manager. Antioch was incorporated in 1872, making it one of California’s oldest cities with a burgeoning population of professionals and skilled workers.   The City of Antioch is located on the banks of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California, just off Highway 4, in Contra Costa County. With a population of over 115,000 residents, Antioch has become the heart of Eastern Contra Costa County, offering a variety of employment, shopping, and vast recreational activities. Antioch is the second largest city in Contra Costa County and is one of the most diverse communities that is committed to cultural awareness and continued investment in an inclusive community. 
Residents enjoy the natural beauty of nearby Mt. Diablo State Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. There is always something to do for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Antioch.   Land remains plentiful and affordable, compared with other parts of the Bay Area.  Families with dreams of home ownership come to Antioch for its stunning neighborhood, parks, and natural beauty.  
Many residents are young families, while others have historic roots in Antioch.  Individuals who identify as Latino/Hispanic make up Antioch’s largest ethnic group at 35%, 20% are Black or African American, and 12% are Asian. 


The City of Antioch is a full-service general-law city operating under a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor and four members of the City Council are elected to serve four-year terms. The Mayor is elected at-large; the Mayor Pro Tem is elected annually by the Council.  The City Manager serves as the City’s Chief Administrator and is responsible for providing policy recommendations to the City Council as well as acting as the Council’s representative to meet with citizens, employees, or businesses to present the City’s position or to implement its policies.  Antioch is organized into nine departments: Community Development, Economic Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Public Safety and Community Resources, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works. The City has a FY 2024/25 total general fund budget of $100.9 million and a Capital Improvement budget of $46.8 million and is supported by a workforce of 411 full-time employees, not including seasonal and part-time. 

The City Council seeks an experienced professional with a broad background that understands what it takes to effectively lead a talented team and support a vibrant and cohesive work cultureUnder policy direction of the City Council, the City Manager serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City; assuming full responsibility for planning, administering, directing, overseeing, and evaluating the activities and operations of all City departments; providing policy guidance to and coordinating the activities of management staff; facilitating the development and implementation of long and short range plans, policies, goals, objectives, and programs to provide the City with technical and administrative direction in meeting and maintaining City services standards; ensuring public services are delivered in an efficient and effective manner; and providing highly complex administrative support to the City Council. 
The City Manager’s duties include: 
  • Assuming full management responsibility for all City operations; assessing ongoing operational needs through department heads and determining the best organizational structure to meet goals and objectives; and developing, recommending, and administering policies and procedures
  • Assessing and monitoring workload, administrative support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifying opportunities for improvement and implements as appropriate; and recommending organizational development plans to the City Council
  • Selecting, motivating, and evaluating personnel (not otherwise selected by the voters–City Clerk and City Treasurer or the City Council or City Attorney) and coordinating and resolving personnel concerns
  • Overseeing the annual budget process to ensure an efficient and equitable delivery of City services while keeping the City Council advised of financial conditions, program progress, and present and future needs of the City.
  • Conferring with department heads and managers concerning administrative and operational problems, work plans, and strategic plans; making appropriate decisions or recommendations; overseeing the preparation and implementation of long-range plans for the City.
  • Managing the City’s inter-governmental relations and public information functions
  • Directing major economic development projects  
 The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge and skills: 
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of program development, administration, and collaboration
  • Knowledge of local government, and state and federal legislative processes, codes, and regulations
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of fiscal and strategic planning
  • Knowledge of municipal finance practices and budget preparation and administration
  • Demonstrated experience in motivating teams and enhancing accountability
  • Capable of coordinating unbiased information to the City Council using principled, and ethical judgment
  • Demonstrated skills in recruiting and developing talent
  • Demonstrated skills in economic development and local and regional governmental collaboration  
  • Demonstrated skills in interpersonal relations and supporting staff and city council boundaries
The next Antioch City Manager needs to be energized, take the initiative, and welcome the challenge of leading a competent and dynamic city team, as well as recruiting and filling three Department Director vacancies.  They will need to be a strong leader and motivator and who will move Antioch proactively forward while remaining communicative and relatable.  The next City Manager needs to work effectively with the City Staff, City Attorney and each of its elected officials yet provide appropriate buffering between the City Council and the Department Directors.  The next City Manager needs to be a patient and effective coordinator of new policy ideas while operating according to sound management principles.  The next City Manager needs to provide a comfortable working environment, and create accountability as needed. The ideal candidate will be driven by values and realize that their leadership can create outsize meaning and necessary social justice outcomes.  The ideal professional manager will act with principled conviction and confidence yet possess humility. 

  • A bachelor’s degree with major course work in public administration, business administration, or related field
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government including five (5) years of management and administrative experience. 
  • A master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable
Antioch offers an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional looking to make a difference in a robust region. The salary range is $251,328-$305,460, DOQ/E. Antioch has a strong collaborative culture. Antioch offers a generous compensation and benefits package.  The City Manager enjoys an employment agreement.  
Application deadline is March 18, 2024. Submit cover letter, resume, and five professional references (who will not be contacted without prior notice).  For questions, call Ryan Cotton 847-380-3240, Ext 114.  Applications are confidential until permission is given.  Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer. City of Antioch, California (antiochca.gov) EEOC.

Application Deadline: March 18, 2024

Posted: 2024-03-13

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