City of Palo Alto, California
The Community between the San Francisco
Bay and the foothills, the
Palo Alto’s approximately 63,000 residents enjoy a
Pacific Ocean and beach are
community that is exhibited in the quality of their
only a 45-minute drive.
neighborhoods, schools, libraries, parks, public
facilities, and businesses. A charming mixture With its cultural and educational offerings, employees. The City’s 13 departments include
of old and new, Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets and Stanford University adds to the vibrant, innate Administrative Services, Human Resources, City
historic buildings reflect its California heritage. A charm and beauty of Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Manager, City Attorney, City Auditor, City
blend of business and residential areas anchored Unified School District has an international Clerk, Planning and Community Environment,
by a vibrant downtown reputation for Utilities, Community Services, Library, Police,
defines the City’s excellence. District Fire, and Public Works. Unique among California
unique character. Both students score well cities, Palo Alto is a full-service municipality
day and night, the City’s above the average on that owns and operates its own gas, electric,
commercial streets are standardized tests, and water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage services
alive with pedestrians over 90% enter college. at very competitive rates for its customers.
enjoying the many shops, Palo Alto enjoys
restaurants, coffee access to medical The City Council’s top three priorities for the
houses, bookstores care unsurpassed coming year include Environmental Protection,
and movie houses that almost anywhere in Civic Engagement for the Common Good, and
the City has to offer. the world. Medical Economic Health of the City. The City invites
facilities of national or international stature you to visit its web site at www.cityofpaloalto.org.
Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader
are located here, including the Stanford
in cutting-edge technological innovation and
Medical Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
development. This exciting mix of tradition and
and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The position of Assistant City Manager will
innovation makes Palo Alto an extraordinary
appeal to individuals who are inspired by the
place in which to live and do business. Many The Organization challenges and opportunities that Palo Alto
companies consider Palo Alto to be the premier
presents and who want to make a difference.
business location in the Bay Area for a variety of The City of Palo Alto has a Council/Manager
Serving as a key member of the Executive
reasons, not the least of which is its proximity to form of government, which provides for a
Leadership Team, the Assistant City Manager
the Stanford Research Park. The Park is home professional executive appointed by and
will be passionate about public service and able
to some of the most successful and innovative responsible to the popularly elected, nine-member
to establish a relationship of confidence and trust
technology companies in the world. As befits City Council. City Manager James Keene
with the City Manager, City
the City known as the “Birthplace of the Silicon was appointed in 2008
Council, and organization.
Valley,” Palo Alto has developed a 40-mile and formerly served as
dark fiber ring for ultra-fast Internet access. Western Director for the Mr. Keene has described
International City/County the ideal candidate for the
Complementing its exciting and innovative Management Association position as a strong, generalist
business community, Palo Alto’s residents are and President of the manager who has the ability
highly educated, politically aware, and culturally Alliance for Innovation. to design and shape their role
sophisticated. An abundance of local pride and Mr. Keene has a long within the organization to
numerous neighborhood organizations contribute career in local government their specific talents. As such,
to the community’s charming historic and upscale management having also the Assistant City Manager’s
commercial and residential areas. The City’s held positions as the City role may evolve over time and
Peninsula location and natural environment Manager of Tucson, AZ and include shepherding major
enhance the quality of life residents enjoy. Berkeley, CA and executive initiatives across departments
Characteristic of Palo Alto is the care taken management positions at as well as overseeing a
to protect open space and parkland. Palo Alto the county government level. portfolio of key service areas
has a remarkable number of City-owned parks
within the organization.
(34) for its size, and nearly one-third of its 26 The City has a 2010 Fiscal Year budget of
square miles is devoted to open space. Located $499 million and employs approximately 1,055 The selected individual will be a bright, creative,
and intuitive thinker and decision maker. Proven
experience as a high-performing senior executive
and manager with exceptional interpersonal,
communication, and effective listening skills
is essential. The candidate selected will be of
the highest integrity and ethical standards with
a demonstrated high “emotional intelligence”
quotient. An individual who is politically savvy
and can think quickly on their feet is desired.
The evolving culture of the Palo Alto
organization has been described as
entrepreneurial, collaborative, team-based,
visionary, service-minded, and committed to
civic engagement. The Assistant City Manager
will play a critical role within the organization,
teaming with the Retirement: PERS retirement (2.7%
executive leaders at 55 plan). City pays 6% of employees’ Resume filing deadline ................December 18, 2009
and inspiring the 8% required employee contribution. Preliminary Interviews ....... December 28 – January 6
organization toward Recommendation of Candidates ........ January 7, 2010
Heath & Insurance Benefits:
Employee and dependent medical, dental, Final Interview Process ................... January 21, 2010
and vision, as well as life and AD&D
insurance equal to annual salary. These dates have been confirmed, and it is
the Assistant City
recommended that you plan your calendar accordingly.
Manager will partner with Mr. Keene and Annual Leave: 12 paid holidays; 3
will quickly gain credibility and trust among weeks’ vacation; 2 weeks’ management
their peers, thereby leading strategic initiatives leave; and 96 hours’ sick leave.
and programs to successful completion.
It is expected that the individual selected for this
The Recruitment Process
• 9/80 schedule
To apply for this outstanding career
position will possess at least 10 years’ proven • $2,500 Excess Benefit annually opportunity, please send your resume
management and leadership experience in a and cover letter electronically to:
• $1,500 Professional Development annually
municipal government setting. Individuals • $325 Auto expense allowance per month Peckham & McKenney
with experience as a City Manager in a smaller • Option to waive Medical coverage, up to $675 firstname.lastname@example.org
community or executive manager in a larger per month
Please do not hesitate to call Bobbi Peckham toll-
local government agency are encouraged to apply. • Employee Assistance Plan free at (866) 912-1919 if you have any questions
regarding this position or recruitment process.
A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, • Relocation expense assistance may be available.
business administration, recreation, or a related
field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
The current salary for this position is $199,400,
and appointment will be dependent upon
the qualifications of the selected candidate.
The City also offers an outstanding benefits
package that currently includes the following.