Guidebooks and Professional Resources

Making It Work: The Essentials of Council-Manager Relations

This free e-book for ICMA members offers a variety of suggested techniques and strategies.

Careers in Local Government Management

Local Government Management: It's the Career for You!

Breaking into Local Government

A complimentary guidebook for career-changers looking to break into local government management.

Resources for the Interim or Acting Manager

A guide of information and advice for interim or acting local government managers.

ICMA Job Hunting Handbook for Local Government Professionals

Job hunting can be time-consuming and anxiety-producing!

ICMA First-Time Administrator's Handbook

Steadfast guide for first-time administrators.

ICMA Manager Evaluation Handbook

This complimentary handbook is intended to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials(...)

ICMA Model Employment Agreement (Editable)

This document serves as a model employment agreement template for administrators of municipal governments.

Management Internships

This resource is intended to help local government managers and MPA programs work together to develop meaningful internship opportunities.

Recruitment Guidelines

Recruiting and selecting a local government manager or administrator is one of the most important responsibilities of a local governing body...

Preparing for an Interview

Following are some recommendations as you prepare for your interview.

Veterans Guide to Finding a Job in Local Government

Tips and tactics to help veterans get the job they want in the local government profession.

Case Studies, Research, and Other Resources

Job Seeker Overview

ICMA's Job Center offers a database of current job openings for local government professionals, from intern to city/county manager. Anyone can look through the job postings in the ICMA Job Center, simply by clicking "View All Jobs" on the Job Center landing page.  4 Ways to Enhance Your Job Search Create an Account on By creating an account, you'll have access to view many of our career and job searching related resources.  Manage Your Profile Complete your online bio and contact information. Set your communication preferences and sign up for all job ad alerts or featured job ad alerts. Search Job Openings Find the right job in our premium employer postings or find information on international opportunities, fellowships or internships. More Questions? Find answers to your job search questions in our Career Resources Guides. For ICMA members, check out our Job Hunting Handbook for Local Government Professionals.  Are You Next Up? Join ICMA and gain access to a full spectrum of resources and professional development to help you take the next steps in your career. 

ICMA Preparing the Next Generation

This ICMA resource book aims to help senior managers prepare the next generation of managers.

Today, I Made a Difference

An ICMA coloring book about local government — your community of cities, towns, and counties!

K-12 Civics Education

Resources for K-12 educators and students.

Newsletters and Articles

ICMA E-Newsletters

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Career Compass Archives

An ICMA Coaching Program column focused on career issues for local government professional staff.

The Next Generation Initiatives

At the 2008 ICMA Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia, ICMA released a collection of next generation articles published in PM Magazine.