Profile of The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with a proven track record in fiscal management, economic development and organizational change. The individual’s professional career will be marked by innovation in responding to the evolving needs of the community and implementing the vision of the Mayor and the City Council. He/she will display outstanding communication skills, and have the ability to motivate and inspire staff through periods of transition. The ideal candidate will have the skills to build and promote a cohesive management team, develop their leadership qualities, delegate responsibility and hold them accountable for their contributions to the mission of the City.
The City Administrator must demonstrate a strong customer service orientation, the ability to form positive working relationships easily and be flexible and open to new ideas. He/she will be pro-active in working with the City Council, keeping them informed of significant issues in a timely manner. The City Administrator will be politically astute, possess unquestionable ethics and integrity, and demonstrate an energetic and enthusiastic approach to enhancing the quality of life in Montebello.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field. A Masters degree is highly desirable. Candidates will also have extensive leadership experience in a local government setting.
Present day Montebello had its beginning in May 1899. The town site was originally formed on 40 acres of land owned by Harris Newmark and Kasper Cohn, two well known Los Angeles businessmen. Although first given the name Newmark, it was later called Montebello, meaning beautiful hills in Italian, at the suggestion of a gentleman named William Mulholland. It was Mulholland who developed the Montebello water system, which was incorporated as the Montebello Land and Water Company in 1900.
Originally an agricultural community, Montebello boasted having the ideal climate, rich and productive soil and an abundance of water. From the turn of the century and through the 1920’s, the area was famed for its production of flowers, vegetables, berries, and fruits. However, the discovery of oil by the Standard Oil Company on the Anita Baldwin property in 1917 brought revolutionary change to Montebello. The agricultural hills soon became a major contributor to oil production. By 1920, Montebello oil fields were producing one-eight of the state’s crude oil. On October 19, 1920, Montebello was incorporated as the 35th city in Los Angeles County.
Today, the city of Montebello, with a population of just over 63,000, is a balance of quiet residential neighborhoods and industrial and commercial centers. The City’s 8.4 square miles are composed of well maintained and beautifully landscaped public amenities that include seven public parks and an 18-hole municipal golf course.
The City of Montebello is a General Law city with a Council-Administrator form of government. The five City Council members are elected at-large to overlapping four year terms. The Mayor is appointed to a one-year term by the other members of the Council. They also serve as the executive board of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The City Council hires the City Administrator who is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the City. Montebello is a full-service city with a total city budget of $160 million, a $49 million General Fund budget, and 645 full and part-time employees working in one of eight departments: Police, Fire, Finance, Personnel and Risk Management, Planning and Community Development, Municipal Services, Economic Development and Transportation.
City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply. Resumes, with salary history and three (3) work related references should be sent to:
City Administrator Recruitment
c/o Haydee Sainz, Director of Personnel and Risk Management
1600 West Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640-3932
Final Filing Deadline: Thursday, December 17, 2009
A detailed recruitment brochure will be available on this webpage by Monday, November 2, 2009.
Further information on the City and this outstanding career opportunity can be obtained by calling the Department of Personnel and Risk Management at (323) 887-1377.
The City of Montebello promotes a drug-free work environment. Appointments are made after satisfactory results are received from a post-offer physical and drug screen, and Department of Justice background check.
The City of Montebello is an Equal Opportunity Employer