The City of Menlo Park is seeking a dynamic and highly capable executive leader to serve as its new City Manager.
The new City Manager will assume responsibility for a small unique urban city located in the heart of the Silicon Valley and one of the most affluent areas in California. Menlo Park (pop.36,000), wants to hire a dynamic experienced leader who thrives on the challenges and opportunities resulting from change, is comfortable identifying and addressing disparities, and proactively engages the City Council and all segments of the community. Furthermore, the City Manager will develop and provide progressive and innovative initiatives for the Council’s consideration that meet the needs of the community while advancing the vision and priorities of the City Council. Menlo Park is a full-service Charter City that operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Menlo Park’s total FY 2021-2022 all funds budget is $175.9 million. More than 271 full and part-time employees support its municipal operations.
The ideal candidate will be an inspiring, service-minded, and progressive municipal government leader with strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills. The City Manager will be comfortable with the breadth of municipal functions but should have specific expertise in organizational and financial management, planning, economic & community development, with a track record of operationalizing equity and experience working with culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse communities. The successful candidate will have a reputation for being a confident team leader and builder, high ethical standards, outstanding judgement, unquestioned integrity, and the courage to do what is right, not necessarily what is expedient or popular.
Serious candidates will have a track record of demonstrated local government leadership expertise with the requisite education and executive leadership experience at the city manager or comparable level in a large complex urban government organization.