City of Colfax
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City Manager
City of Colfax, California
Annual Salary: $146,000 - $172,000 DOE/DOQ

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The City of Colfax, California, is seeking a City Manager with strong project management abilities and a background in public works, city planning, and/or community development. This position will oversee a dedicated staff of 15 and an approximate budget of $9 million. The successful candidate will be an engaging team leader who is eager to take ownership of the role and provide hands-on direction for the City’s future. They will manage the operations and administration of the City government, demonstrating an understanding of core municipal services including finance, human resources, grant management, economic development, utilities, and wastewater. Most essentially, the City Manager will have an in-depth understanding of planning and development. This position will support public works and engineering staff members in addition to enacting the vital operational duties of the City. Join us in the heart of the Sierra Foothills and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the City of Colfax!



The City is in pursuit of a candidate who possesses a desire to integrate into the community and envisions a future as a dedicated, long-serving City Manager. If you are an excellent project manager with a background in public works or community development, this role is ideal for you. This is a working City Manager position, and the successful candidate will be deeply involved in all current and future City initiatives. The City Council is looking for an organized, friendly, and collaborative manager, who can roll up their sleeves and actively participate in projects while ensuring effective oversight of the City's operations. The successful candidate will have a direct impact on economic development, grant funding, and overall city governance. 

The primary duties of the Colfax City Manager will include oversight of the wastewater treatment plant; supervising the public works team as they provide streets and road services; ensuring that planning and development are carried out according to project guidelines; interfacing with the City’s contract staff members; pursuing and managing grants and outside funding sources, and supervising and supporting City employees at all levels in their respective roles. As this is a small (but mighty!) City, interdepartmental collaboration and communication are imperative to the success of this position. The City Manager will maximize the impact of the City’s staff and work as a hands-on manager to ensure that everyone feels respected and recognized in their role.