City Administrator – Oakland, CA

Client: City of Oakland, California
Position: City Administrator
Closing Date: Closed

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The City of Oakland is conducting a national search effort for a talented and energetic local government professional to serve as the City of Oakland’s next City Administrator following the departure of City Administrator Ed Reiskin, who is leaving the City for a new opportunity.  This career opportunity will focus on leading a large, complex, and dynamic organization with all the excitement and diversity that the Bay Area and region has to offer. A “Mayor-Council” form of government governs the City of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council, which is comprised of eight Council members (seven elected by district and the eighth elected at-large), oversee city government. Elections are held every four years for the Mayor with Council elected on a rotating basis. The Mayor, Sheng Thao, took office in January 2023 and is now in the first year of a four-year term.

The City Administrator, working closely with the Mayor, will have the unique opportunity to lead the City as it focuses on its exciting future. The City Administrator has direct administrative oversight of a full-service municipal organization with a staff of approximately 4,800 and a budget of $2.2 Billion. The City Administrator hires and directly supervises all operating agency and department heads (except the Mayor directly hires and fires the Chief of Police in partnership with the Community Police Commission) and is the official responsible for implementing the Mayor and City Council’s policy direction. The City Administrator is the chief management and fiscal advisor, responsible for identifying challenges and opportunities in the delivery of municipal services and providing trusted advice on all aspects of the organization structure, operating efficiencies, fiscal health, and well-being of the City.

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to or preferably, exceeds the following: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. A Master’s degree or other advanced degree is strongly desired. At least 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in a complex urban setting is required.

The Salary range for this position is $322,047 to $402,559 and will be dependent on qualifications (DOQ) and consistent with the City’s recent practices. The City offers a comprehensive executive level benefits package including CalPERS retirement.