The City of Santa Ana is seeking a strong and experienced Clerk of the Council (City Clerk) to effectively manage a talented and service-oriented staff in supporting the City’s progress toward achievement of the City’s and the Council’s goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will be a proven self-starter who is service-focused, fair, ethical, detail-oriented and technologically progressive. The Clerk of the Council must be a results-oriented professional who provides technical guidance and instruction in an easy-to-understand manner and offers solutions to the questions and issues that one faces in a large, diverse and action-oriented municipal organization.
A key aspect of the position is maintaining a proactive partnership with all of the City’s elected officials and City staff in providing guidance and assistance on legislative processes and legal mandates. The ideal Clerk of the Council is accessible to all of the City Council members and will demonstrate responsive, confident and apolitical leadership exercising a high degree of ethics and integrity. The Clerk of the Council also partners with other City departments to facilitate effective administrative processes that ensure transparency and compliance with government laws and standards. A successful employee will see the position as a strategic partner with other departments, the County’s Registrar of Voters and the California Secretary of State and strives to promote strong communication and cooperative relationships.
Education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related field
Three (3) years of responsible management and supervisory experience involving the administration of a City Clerk’s or similar office.
Certification as a Municipal Clerk is recommended but not required.
Bilingual fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is desired.
The City of Santa Ana was founded in 1869 and it became a charter city in 1952. Santa Ana has a
City Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of a mayor and six council
members that are elected by geographic ward. Council members are elected to four-year terms
with a three-term limit and the mayor is elected to two-year terms with a four-term limit. The City
Council hires the City Manager, the City Attorney and the Clerk of the Council. The City Council also
makes appointments to City Boards and Commissions. The City Manager is ultimately responsible
for the appointment of all other employees of the City and appoints the Executive Directors of the
City’s agencies. The City government consists of the City Manager’s Office, City Attorney’s Office,
Clerk of the Council’s Office, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information
Technology, Library, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Planning and Building, Police and
Public Works. The Orange County Fire Authority provides fire protection and emergency medical
services to the City of Santa Ana. The City’s budget is $760.2 million for FY 2022-23 and 1,342