Incorporated in 1893, Grass Valley is a historic, northern Gold Country city born from the California Gold Rush. Situated at roughly 2,500 feet elevation in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range at the intersection of Highways 49 and 20, the City is 75 miles by car from the state capitol of Sacramento, 90 miles west of Reno, Nevada, and 140 miles northeast of San Francisco. The City Council is now seeking a smart, energetic, and forward thinking City Manager to provide effective leadership while coordinating the activities of a municipal organization. The ideal candidate will be a creative problem solver with excellent diplomacy, presentation, service, and relationship-building skills who is politically astute, yet apolitical. A collaborative leader capable of empowering and inspiring staff, who will encourage an open and transparent relationship with the Council and staff is sought. A strong candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience in the areas of community engagement, economic development, infrastructure, municipal budgeting, finance, and marketing. At minimum, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business, Accounting/Finance, or a closely related field, and have eight (8) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in municipal government, including significant administrative, financial, and personnel management responsibilities. Any combination of related experience and education, including experience in an assistant city or town manager role, as approved by the City Council, may be considered qualifying. Candidates must possess a valid Class C California Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record. The annual salary range for the incoming City Manager is DOQ.
Grass Valley is a historic, northern Gold Country city born from the California Gold Rush and ultimately incorporated in March 1893. One of three incorporated cities in Nevada County and the largest in its western region, Grass Valley is home to approximately 13,000 residents and encompasses a land area of 4.74 square miles. Situated at roughly 2,500 feet elevation in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range at the intersection of Highways 49 and 20, the City is 75 miles by car from the state capital of Sacramento, 90 miles west of Reno, Nevada, and 140 miles northeast of San Francisco.
While Grass Valley has maintained much of the historic ‘flavor’ of the Gold Rush spirit, given it is home to two of the richest mines in California history—the Empire Mine and North Star Mine—the City has also established itself as the commercial center of western Nevada County, with the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce working to attract more visitors to appreciate the City’s colorful history and structures. Establishing itself as a video industry leader in the 1980s, companies like Grass Valley Group helped make the City and the surrounding region attractive for its technological innovations and large talent pool of designers, engineers, and other manufacturers. Like many cities in the nation, Grass Valley has felt the impact of recent economic uncertainties, but remains home to a thriving high-tech and video industry. An active Downtown Business Association helps maintain a vital business climate. The City offers a range of housing types and other amenities to meet the needs of its residents as well as workers employed by various commercial businesses and public agencies throughout the region.
Cultural and arts enthusiasts throughout Northern California are drawn to Grass Valley’s rich arts scene. The City is home to a vibrant arts and theater community and The Center for the Arts—a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, and performing arts through more than 150 performances each year. Past artists include Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Graham Nash, Paula Poundstone, and Davis Sedaris, to name a few. For outdoor enthusiasts, Grass Valley is surrounded by forests and woodlands that provide a picturesque backdrop for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. A number of parks and trails, a golf course, and fishing and swimming holes, can also be found within city limits.
The City’s commitment to providing an attractive and quality environment makes Grass Valley an ideal place to live and work.
Grass Valley is a charter city under the Council-Manager form of government. The elected City Council provides political leadership and sets policy while a City Manager directs the various City departments in carrying out the policies. Five at-large Council Members are elected to staggered four-year terms to govern the City. The Mayor and Vice Mayor are elected by the Council every two years from their membership and serve two-year terms. The City Council is responsible for adopting City ordinances, resolutions, the annual budget, appointing commissions and committees, and hiring the City Manager and City Attorney, among other key duties. The City Manager is responsible for implementing the Council’s policies, ordinances and directives, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City, and for appointing the directors of the City’s departments.
The City has a permanent staff of approximately 80 City employees and provides services through departments that include: Community Development, Public Works, Administrative Services and Finance, City Clerk, Police, and Fire.
Grass Valley participates in a variety of ways with other governments and agencies. It has a representative on the Sierra Economic Development District Board which covers Sierra, Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado counties. It is also represented on the Nevada County Transportation Commission which works on transportation issues of countywide concern, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), and the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission.
Under general policy guidance from and directly accountable to the City Council, the City Manager plans, organizes, integrates, directs, administers, fiscally controls, reviews, and evaluates the activities, operations, programs, and services of the City; serves as the top appointed executive in the City, responsible for carrying out policies and programs determined by the elected City Council; ensures development and execution of the City’s annual budget, goals, and work plans; represents the City’s interests with other levels and agencies of government; effectively serves the needs of the community at large and business interests, while complying with applicable laws and regulations; and performs related duties as assigned by the City Council.
The City Council is seeking a smart, energetic, forward thinking City Manager to provide effective leadership while coordinating the activities of a municipal organization. The ideal candidate will work with Council and the community to develop a vision for the City, to communicate that vision to city staff, gain consensus, and make that vision a reality. The incoming City Manager should be a policy-driven visionary who can anticipate issues, think analytically, and act strategically to meet the current and future needs of Grass Valley.
The Council seeks a City Manager who will encourage an open and transparent relationship with the City Council and staff. A creative problem solver with excellent diplomacy, presentation, service, and relationship-building skills who is politically astute, yet apolitical will be ideal. As a representative of the City, the incoming City Manager should possess a high-level of emotional maturity, the ability to make sound decisions within established guidelines, and exercise discretion, confidentiality, and tact when dealing with sensitive matters or communicating with internal and external stakeholders. The City will benefit from an individual with excellent oral and written communication skills and a successful track record of relationship-building and community engagement.
The community in Grass Valley is diverse culturally and socially, therefore, the City Manager should be able to connect with people from all walks of life. He or she should take an active interest in the community to get to know the employees as well as the community. A history of positive interaction and communication with council members, staff, and the community is essential to success within this assignment. The City Manager should be someone who understands and values the needs of the City as well as the community and emphasizes the importance of and builds upon existing partnerships.
The City is seeking an effective leader and collaborative manager who will serve as an example to staff and be committed to creating a teamwork environment in which all ideas and feedback are valued and supported. The incoming City Manager should have the ability to motivate, develop, and evaluate across the organization and be able to work with all levels of City staff. He or she will be someone who is honest, open, and accessible.
A strong candidate for this position will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the areas of community engagement, economic development, infrastructure, municipal budgeting, public finance, and marketing. He or she should be knowledgeable of the theory, principles, practices, and techniques of organizational design and development, long range planning, public administration, financial administration, program and policy formulation, purchasing, maintenance of public records, and applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing the operations and administration of a municipal agency.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business, Accounting/Finance, or a closely related field, and have eight (8) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in municipal government, including significant administrative, financial, and personnel management responsibilities; Any combination of related experience and education, including experience in an assistant city or town manager role, as approved by the City Council, may be considered qualifying. Candidates must possess a valid Class C California Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record to attend meetings, training, or classes.
The annual salary range for the incoming City Manager is negotiable and dependent up/on qualifications. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Classic CalPERS members are covered under the 2.5% @ 55 formula. Employees are responsible for paying the full employee contribution share of 8%. The City will pay the employer’s share to PERS and Social Security. Employees are responsible for paying the employee contribution for Social Security.
Health Insurance The City provides medical, vision, and dental insurance for employee and dependents. Medical plans are available through CalPERS, which provides an array of provider selections on an annual basis. Premium costs for medical, vision, and dental plans are shared between the City and employee, with the amount paid based on the selection of medical coverage and number of dependents. Employees waiving medical insurance coverage shall be paid in a lump sum once per month.
Life Insurance $50,000 city-paid term life insurance coverage for employee, $5,000 for spouse, and $1,500 for eligible dependent children.
Deferred Compensation City will provide deferred compensation of $100 per pay period, not to exceed 26 pay periods annually, towards a deferred compensation plan selected by employee.
Long-Term Disability Insurance City-paid income protection insurance program insures income to a maximum of $6,000.
Holidays 11 paid holidays per year.
Personal Leave Starts at 120 hours per year. Employee accrues personal leave at a rate of 336 hours per year (12.92 hours biweekly) and may carry a balance of no more than 520 hours.
Leave Cash-Out Up to 120 hours of personal leave may be cashed out each year.
Automobile Allowance $350 per month.
Professional Memberships, Meetings, and Other Expenses City will pay for professional membership in the League of California Cities and International City/County Management Association. City will pay for employee to attend annual League of California Cities conference as well as such other professional memberships and conference attendance as may be approved and budgeted by the City Council. City will pay expense reimbursements authorized by the City budget and approved by the City Council.
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 Grass Valley. 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