City of Solvang

The City Council of Solvang, located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic professional to manage the organization and foster a customer service approach throughout City Hall. This talented professional will have the ability to facilitate and build quality teams and be an effective hands-on manager for a staff of 34 and a budget of $33.1 million. Ideally, the top candidate will be a generalist complemented by a strong working knowledge of finance, quality customer service, and community development. 

Experience: This is an ideal position for an energetic and high-energy mid-career professional to assume the top position in a municipal organization. Candidates with applicable experience in a comparable size organization are encouraged to apply. Experience working with a contract city structure and an engaged elected body are strongly desired. All highly qualified candidates from existing city manager to aspiring professional (e.g., ACM and DCM) are encouraged to apply. The City Council will consider a broad spectrum of talented individuals with a preference for municipal service in California.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in planning, public, or business administration, or a closely related field is required. An advanced degree is preferred.

The annual salary range for the incoming City Manager is open and dependent upon qualifications. The City also offers a highly competitive benefit package.

Candidates should apply by January 31, 2023. Interested candidates should email a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and 5 professional references to apply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at https://www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/city-manager-solvang-ca/.

 

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