City of Watsonville

The City of Watsonville, California is seeking a dynamic and accomplished executive to become its new City Manager. The selected City Manager will also need to have an inclusive management style combined with a hands-on approach to day-to-day operations. Additionally, a thorough understanding of community development, economic development, and finance is of high importance to the City Council. The ideal candidate will be a strategic visionary with an innovative mindset who can take a creative approach to solving problems and managing the long-term goals of the City. The incoming City Manager will be willing to make a long-term, professional, and personal commitment to the community. Watsonville is a full-service city with several enterprise operations, including a municipal airport, solid waste, water, and wastewater. The City employs approximately 432 full-time equivalent positions and adopted a FY 2023/24 budget of $248.8 million.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree and at least 1 year of experience as a City Manager or 3 years of experience as an Assistant City Manager or equivalent in a city of comparable size. Experience working with an engaged elected body and community is strongly desired. Master’s degree is desired. 

The City Council is prepared to offer a highly competitive salary for the region consistent with recent practices; salary appointment will be made depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The City offers an excellent benefits package including CalPERS retirement.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and five professional references via email to apply@ralphandersen.com no later than Friday, June 14, 2024. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900.

Detailed brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/city-manager-watsonville-ca/.