Guidebooks and Professional Resources

Career Stage Guide

ICMA Career Stage Guide offers local government professionals a leadership and professional development roadmap of valuable educational opportunities.

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 internship resource was revised and updated in 2012 by combining and amending two existing ICMA resources

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

Building the Leadership Pipeline in Local, State, and Federal Government

Building the Leadership Pipeline examines innovative approaches to developing tomorrow's leadership pipeline.

ICMA Preparing the Next Generation

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

Local Governments Preparing the Next Generation

The prospect of there being a shortage of local government professionals who are ready to take over leadership roles for retiring managers

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.