Located in southern Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego, the City of Dana Point (population 34,000) is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and iconic beaches that have attracted gifted entrepreneurs, 5 star resorts, surfing industry pioneers, waterman, and a host of unique enterprises. The City of Dana Point is now seeking a City Manager. A strong, visionary leader, capable of effectively coordinating the activities of a municipal organization and steering the City towards its potential, and someone who understands and values the needs of the organization, with experience working in small communities will be ideal. At minimum, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in public and business administration, or a closely related field; a Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable. Candidates must have five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government with a minimum of 3 years as a city manager or assistant city manager in a larger city. Candidates’ experience must have involved developing and administering organization wide policies and procedures, supervising management level employees, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with outside organizations, and a wide variety of involvement in municipal programs. Candidates must also be comfortable working closely with and under the direction of the City Council. Experience working with the Coastal Commission will be a plus. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license is also required. The City offers a highly competitive compensation package which is dependent upon qualifications.
Characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and iconic beaches, Dana Point has attracted gifted entrepreneurs, 5 star resorts, surfing industry pioneers, watermen, and a host of unique enterprises. Dana Point is located in southern Orange County, approximately half way between Los Angeles and San Diego via Interstate 5. The city shares its borders with Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach to the north, San Juan Capistrano to the east, and San Clemente to the south. Dana Point is home to 33,600 people and numerous businesses, working together as one community. Dana Point marks the start to the renowned Highway 1 and offers easy access to airports and highways, mild temperatures year-round, award winning schools, and picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.
Incorporated in 1989, Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the classic sea journal, Two Years Before the Mast (1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston to California, and describes the area once known as Capistrano Bay as “the most romantic spot in California.” Today, Capistrano Bay is known as Dana Point.
Dana Point boasts numerous recreational opportunities. One of the most significant landmarks of the Orange County coastline is located in Dana Point—a unique promontory known as the Headlands—with beautiful hiking trails and newly built Nature Interpretive Center. Dana Point Harbor, a State of California property operated by the County of Orange, provides slips and mooring for over 2,500 boats along with specialty shops and restaurants. The harbor attracts thousands of visitors annually for shopping, sport fishing, walking, bicycling, whale watching, parasailing, stand up paddle boarding and more. The harbor is home to the Ocean Institute which offers ocean science and maritime history programs for K-12 students and their teachers. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point and is one of California’s most popular beach facilities. It boasts 62-acres and offers camping, picnicking, swimming, bicycling, tide pool exploration and more. Doheny State Beach remains one of California’s best breaks to learn to surf.
Dana Point’s business friendly atmosphere and ideal climate make it an excellent location to own and operate a business, and the City has worked hard to streamline the permitting process and minimize business costs. Tourism remains the primary industry in the city, with over 1,900 hotel rooms ranging in accommodations and services from economy to five star hotels, unique bed and breakfasts, high quality restaurants, and a variety of spas and health clubs. Convention and meeting facilities are available at the larger resorts, and all provide access to Dana Point’s unique coastal amenities. The City’s Economic Development Division, along with a very active Chamber of Commerce and newly formed destination marketing organization, Visit Dana Point, work closely together to retain and attract businesses, invite quality development and grow the economic impact of our thriving hospitality industry.
Dana Point’s weather and proximity to the ocean provides residents, visitors, and employees with the ability to surf, stand up paddle board, fish, hike, ride bikes, and experience the activities, sights, and sounds that make Dana Point an extraordinary place to work, live, relax, and play.
The City of Dana Point operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of five members elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis to serve four-year overlapping terms. Each year, the Council elects one of its members to serve as Mayor and one as Mayor Pro Tem for a one-year term. The Council is the
legislative policymaking branch of City government. The City Council is responsible for enacting ordinances, resolutions, and orders necessary for governing the affairs of the City; approving or amending the annual budget; authorizing contracts on behalf of the City; acting as the final appeal body on rulings of commissions; and appointing the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of commissions and/or committees.
The City provides municipal services through 6 departments including Administrative Services, City Clerk’s Office, Community Development, Public Works and Community Services, Disaster Preparedness and Facilities, and Public Safety. For fire protection, the City is a member of the Orange County Fire Authority, and contracts law enforcement with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The City has 67 full-time employees and a FY 2016-17 General Fund operating budget of $34 million.
The City of Dana Point encourages community involvement and is committed to:
- Develop and ensure the highest possible quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment within a sound economic atmosphere.
- Provide an efficient and effective government which is open and responsive to the needs of the community and works for the benefit of all.
Under policy direction and priorities set by the City Council, this position plans, organizes, and directs the services and programs provided by City government through City staff or by contract and ensures that operations and services comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The incumbent is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and the City Treasurer.
Essential job functions may include, but are not limited to:
- Confers with the City Council regarding a wide variety of municipal government issues; recommends policies, procedures, and actions to be taken by the City Council; carries out City Council decisions or directives.
- Plans, organizes, and directs the services and programs provided by City government through City staff or by contract; establishes and administers an organizational structure; selects and supervises staff.
- Plans and evaluates staff performance; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; provides compensation and other rewards to recognize performance; takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the City’s personnel rules and policies.
- Oversees City finances; establishes procedures for the collection and receipt of revenues; assures the fiscal integrity of City financial transactions including accounting, purchasing, contracts and agreements, and other financial matters; submits a bi-annual operating and capital budget to the City Council; administers the approved budget, analyzes variances, initiates corrective actions, and anticipates long-term issues.
- Recommends and evaluates programs and services by studying the changing needs of the city; identifies and anticipates community service trends; evaluates and offers options to the City Council for delivery of high-quality, service oriented municipal services.
- Keeps the Mayor and City Council informed by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends; remains accessible; answers questions and requests.
- Establishes working relationships with other governmental and private organizations; represents the City in a wide variety of forums such as, but not limited to, legislative hearings, homeowners and other citizen groups, commissions, boards, professional groups, and others; testifies and makes other presentations as appropriate.
The City of Dana Point is seeking a strong, visionary leader, capable of effectively coordinating the activities of a municipal organization and steering the City towards its potential. Someone who understands and values the needs of the organization, with experience working in small communities will be ideal.
The ideal candidate will be a proven consensus builder, fair and consistent in his or her dealings with internal and external stakeholders, and capable of motivating, developing, and evaluating staff performance across the organization. The Chief Executive Officer of the City, the incoming City Manager must demonstrate the ability to establish effective working relationships with the Council, City staff, and other public and private organizations and citizen groups.
The City Council is seeking an honest, ethical, and trustworthy candidate who will encourage transparent relationships with all elected officials and communicate openly and directly with the Council. A policy-driven, but creative problem solver who can think analytically yet act strategically to ensure the current and future needs of the organization are being met will be most successful in this position.
The City Manager is a highly visible representative of Dana Point and member of its executive leadership team and is expected to be actively involved throughout the community. As such, this position requires a service-minded individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with people at all levels. An individual with strong business acumen who is politically savvy, yet apolitical, is sought.
Successful candidates for this position will have comprehensive knowledge of municipal government management including financial controls, administrative procedures, organizational structure, and personnel policies and procedures. Candidates should have general knowledge of social, political, and economic issues, as well as knowledge of federal, state, and municipal legislation and regulations affecting municipal government. Candidates should also be technologically savvy and understand social media as well as public relations. Candidates with demonstrated knowledge of and experience in community development including planning, land use, and economic development, is also desired.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in public and business administration, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable. Candidates must have five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government with a minimum of three years as a city manager or assistant city manager. Candidates’ experience must have involved developing and administering organization wide policies and procedures, supervising management level employees, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with outside organizations, and a wide variety of involvement in municipal programs. Candidates must be comfortable working closely with and under the direction of the City Council. Experience working with the Coastal Commission will be a plus. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license is also required.
The City offers a highly competitive compensation package which is dependent upon qualifications. The City’s attractive benefits package includes the following:
Retirement The City contracts with CalPERS to provide retirement benefits. Classic CalPERS members are covered under the 2% @ 55 formula with single year final compensation; new CalPERS members are covered under the 2% @ 62 formula with three-year final compensation. Employees are responsible for paying the full Employee contribution (currently 7% for Classic members and 6.25% for New members). The City does not participate in the Social Security System.
Cafeteria Plan The City provides a monthly health benefit allowance to be used toward monthly health insurance premiums.
Medical Insurance The City contracts with CalPERS to offer medical insurance to employees and their qualified dependents.
Dental Insurance The City contracts with Delta Dental for dental coverage for employees and their qualified dependents.
Vision Insurance The City contracts with Vision Service Plan (VSP) for vision coverage for employees and their qualified dependents.
Retiree Health Benefits The City contributes the minimum Public Employees Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA) contribution, currently $128 per month, toward retiree medical insurance for retirees who elect to continue their CalPERS medical coverage into retirement. The City does not offer retiree dental or vision coverage.
Life Insurance The City contracts with Standard Insurance Company to provide $50,000 in basic group term life insurance for employees. Employees may purchase additional coverage, as well as coverage for a spouse and children, by participating in Standard’s Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance plans.
Disability Insurance The City contracts with Standard Insurance Company to provide short and long term disability insurance coverage in a benefit amount up to 66 2/3% of the employee’s salary (up to a $1,000 maximum weekly short term disability benefit and a $5,000 maximum monthly long term disability benefit).
Flexible Spending Accounts The City currently offers a flexible spending account plan through which employees may set aside pre-tax dollars for a wide variety of eligible non-reimbursable medical expenses and/or eligible dependent care expenses.
Deferred Compensation The City offers employees the option to defer pre-tax earnings through the ICMA-RC 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
Comprehensive Annual Leave (CAL) CAL hours are to be used for personal leave, sick leave, and vacation leave and accrue according to the following schedule:
Years; Accural Per Pay Period; Approx. Annual Accrual:
1-3, 4.615 hours, 120 hours
4-6, 6.154 hours, 160 hours
7-9, 7.692 hours, 200 hours
10+, 9.230 hours, 240 hours
Employee may accrue up to two times his or her annual leave. There is an option to cash in CAL hours up to three times per calendar year.
Holidays 8 paid holidays per year, plus a citywide Holiday Shut-Down Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
Wellness Program In addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Program, the City has an on-site Employee Fitness Center.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Dana Point. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at: (916) 784-9080