City Clerk – Santa Monica, CA

Client: City of Santa Monica, California
Position: City Clerk
Closing Date: Closed

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The City of Santa Monica is seeking a well-organized, respected, and energetic professional, with an understanding of the importance of quality service in local government, to serve as its next Director of Records and Election Services (City Clerk).  The City Clerk oversees the Records & Elections Department consisting of 13 staff, including the Director, and a budget of $2.8 million for fiscal year 2023-2024. The Department is organized into three divisions: Administration, Elections, and Support Services. The mission of the Department is to service the City upon which the City Council, all City departments, and the public rely on for information regarding the operations and legislative history of the City.

The successful candidate will be expected to continue to lead the Records & Elections Department through independent judgment and initiative in establishing efficient and effective operations consistent with applicable laws, City policies, and administrative guidelines to represent a transparent and open government. The successful candidate will have the leadership skills to facilitate change, inspire teamwork, champion open government and transparency, advocate for citizen engagement, and at the same time be extremely adaptable. An appreciation for incorporating best practices in dealing with emerging technologies, including those pertaining to social media, is also essential for success. Finally, it goes without saying that sterling integrity and trustworthiness are also vital in this position of leadership for the City of Santa Monica.

Candidates must possess a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible experience in performing complex administrative duties in a City Clerk’s department, or equivalent experience in a similar government agency, including five years of management or supervisory experience. Experience in California is highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Requires possession of the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) or the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) certification issued by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

The salary range is $192,912 to $238,164 DOQE. The City offers an excellent benefits package including CalPERS retirement.

This is a confidential recruitment and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the Civil Service process. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.