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Guidebooks and Professional Resources

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

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

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

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

Following are some recommendations as you prepare for your interview.

Steadfast guide for first-time administrators.

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

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

ACAO Guide

Guidebook for current ACAOs, new or aspiring ACAOs, or CAOs looking to create or support an ACAO in your organization.

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

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

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

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

Directory of search firms that assist with recruitment and placement of local government chief administrators and other senior positions.

CalICMA Talent 2.0

Talent 2.0 reviews modernizing our approaches to attracting and retaining top talent in local government.

Case Studies, Research, and Other Resources

ICMA's Job Center offers a database of current job openings for local

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

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

Resources for K-12 educators and students.

Newsletters and Articles

Leadership Matters on computer and phone

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

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