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For the past 40 years, the City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program has been attracting the country’s top graduate students to work in the exciting field of local government. The Management Assistant Program provides talented individuals with the experience needed to gain the knowledge and skills to be effective local government leaders.



Time: all meetings held at 6-7:30pm PST 

Location: all meetings held virtually via Zoom (please RSVP to receive a zoom link) 


Management Assistants will:


  • Learn about the challenges and opportunities of managing a large organization by working under the direction of the City Manager in four different departments during the year as a Management Assistant, including the City Manager’s Office and Financial Management.


  • Take a leadership role on challenging citywide projects throughout the course of the program, developing lasting innovative solutions to serve a diverse community. Management Assistants are considered key members of the City Management Team and will have the opportunity to contribute to internal and external City priorities across departments.               


  • Work alongside highly accomplished career managers and be privy to the highest level of executive decision-making, including weekly engagement in Department Director meetings. The expectations and the workload for Management Assistants are very high, and program participants join a cohort of accomplished City leaders. Management Assistants gain invaluable experience and management skills, and are well prepared to compete for professional positions within the City. 


Applicants must have completed the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration, Urban Planning, or related field by June 2022 and must have 6 months of paid or voluntary experience in government, finance, legislation, research or statistical analysis or equivalent experience. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume that clearly reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities, including any honors achievement and school/extracurricular activities. Applicants must also submit proof of their Master’s Degree (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts) and responses to the online supplemental questions. Incomplete applications or applications that clearly do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered. 


This recruitment will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2022. 

Following the deadline, all applications and supplemental questions will be evaluated to determine the most qualified applicants. The most qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview and top candidates will be invited to the City of Long Beach for further assessment. The City of Long Beach uses an Assessment Center as the last step in the process to select each year’s Management Assistants. Skills that may be assessed include analytical, budgeting, communication and writing, interpersonal skills and presentation skills. The selection committee will make final job offers at the conclusion of the assessment. If a final job offer is accepted, Management Assistants are responsible for their own relocation and housing expenses.

The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization. In support of the City’s Language Access Policy, bilingual skills (Spanish, Khmer and/or Tagalog) are desirable for positions interacting with the public. The City of Long Beach intends to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a special accommodation is desired, or if you would like to request this information in an alternative format, please call (562) 570-7457. 

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