Safe and Clean Program Manager

Recruitment #18-M09-001


Are you a dedicated and passionate leader with a focused commitment to implementing solutions to serve those in need throughout our community?  Do you have proven experience in the design and delivery of homelessness programs?  The City of Ventura is seeking a Safe and Clean Program Manager to lead the City's homelessness programs and services.  To be considered for this rewarding opportunity in the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department, apply online now at as this recruitment may close at any time.  

Note:  To be considered during the first review of applications, please apply by 9/4/2018.

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Under general direction, administers, coordinates, manages, and monitors the City’s Safe and Clean Program and acts as a liaison for homeless persons, services, agencies, providers, businesses, educational institutions, community stakeholders, and faith-based groups; and builds strong interjurisdictional coordination structure, promotes systems integration, and promotes collaboration among local, regional, state, and federal agencies.

This position is designated as "at will" serving at the pleasure of the department Director and subject to discharge without cause and the right of appeal.


In support of the City Council's goal of developing and implementing an action plan to enhance the safe and clean initiative objectives, the following are priorities:

  • Address blight and cleanliness issues
  • Plan and implement programs, including year-round shelter, to address homelessness
  • Expansion of the Ambassador program
  • Reduction of vagrancy through education
  • Improvement of private/public partnerships to reduce homelessness and improve related services


This classification is responsible for exercising a high degree of leadership and independent judgment in the coordination of the City’s overall plan to address homelessness and assist with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the safe and clean program.  


  • Possesses a proven track record of successful homelessness programs and initiatives
  • Has an extensive knowledge of current trends and issues that affect and influence all aspects of homelessness
  • Has widespread knowledge and experience with maintenance practices, including supervision of maintenance staff
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with City Departments and the community
  • Is an accessible and supportive manager who leads by example and encourages staff to take pride and ownership of their work efforts
  • Has a highly articulate oral communicative style coupled with superior interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Embraces and effectively implements new ideas and is genuinely interested in the community and the broad range of homelessness matters facing the City
  • Is highly organized, decisive and innovative, with a strong commitment to the values of community participation
  • Works independently
  • Is an experienced supervisor with proven ability to hire, train and evaluate staff


Develops and recommends an annual work plan to coordinate and implement a strategic plan to address homelessness;

Identifies and implements strategic, short and long range planning and programmatic framework to achieve homelessness goals;

Coordinates the provisions of the homelessness services with other private and public sector agencies in order to execute the strategic plan;

Acts as liaison to and builds strong relationships with City and County officials and departments, the homelessness community, government agencies, schools, labor organizations, non-profits, and businesses, as well as entrepreneurial and civic/community groups, regarding issues of homelessness, and makes recommendations for specific actions and programs;

Provides leadership and serves as a subject area expert on homelessness matters; provides technical advice to other departments and agencies;

Makes presentations to the City Council, boards, the business community, and other groups regarding findings and recommendations; facilitates and represents the City at meetings with agencies, stakeholders, members of the business community and the general public;

Serves as staff for, or provides advice to, boards, commissions,  committees, and City Council sub-committee on Homelessness and Affordable Housing;

Confers with members of the public, social services agencies, and community groups to explain policies and programs and responds to concerns and requests for information;

Helps coordinate the implementation of homelessness assistance and grant funded programs;

Maintains an inventory of existing and potential shelter facilities, supportive services, and feeding programs servicing homeless;

Manages and conducts annual point in time homeless person count;

Manages and coordinates the City’s Safe and Clean response team.

Coordinates homeless camp clean-ups with other City departments such as Police, Fire, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships;

Reviews and analyzes complex data;

Researches, analyzes, interprets, and prepares studies and written reports on a variety of data related to homelessness, including administrative reports to the City Council; 

Negotiates, prepares, and administers contracts and agreements;

Researches, prepares, monitors, and/or oversees preparation of grant and funding applications and proposals; prepares and maintains necessary records and reports; processes grant invoice billing, receipts and approvals of reimbursements;

Researches and advises on implementation of evidence based best-practices and measurable outcomes;

Develops qualitative and quantitative measures to monitor, ensure, and evaluate programs and projects, contract/grant/permit compliance, professional consultant/contractor performance, and client satisfaction;

Performs various public relations activities, which may include development of promotional materials and press releases;

Prepares and recommends project and program budgets and participates in preparation of budgets that support services; administers and monitors ongoing budget activities;

Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff; provides staff training and development to match the service delivery needs of the division; performs related duties as required.


Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License is required.


Environment: Works in indoor office conditions with some exposure to the outdoors; drives a vehicle to different locations; subject to emergency situations; and attends evening or weekend meetings. Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, on the telephone, and at formal presentations; close vision and the ability to adjust focus to read computer screens and printed documents; ability to distinguish colors; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; mental capability to observe and interpret people and situations; and mental capability to read and interpret financial and statistical data and documents. Hazards: Exposed to computer screens and a wide variety of incidents with possible liability exposure for the City.


A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, sociology, social sciences, or related field and five years of progressively responsible professional experience in public administration, including three years in the design and delivery of programs to address homelessness and two years of supervisory experience.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  This is an 'At Will' position, subject to discharge without notice or right to appeal.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $442 per year to at 457 Plan, and will match $1650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $2092 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 4 weeks after 5 years of service, for managers. Four weeks per year for Department Heads.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Administrative Leave: 10 days per year.

Sick Leave:  96-hour-bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Annual physical examination:  City-paid annual physical examination.

Auto allowance: $250 per month for Managers.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per fiscal year for tuition and books for course taken at accredited institution.

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held at the end of September 2018, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: