Principal Management Analyst
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Principal Management Analyst
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Under direction of the City Manager or Deputy City Manager, provides a variety of professional management support to the City by developing policies and procedures, overseeing projects, programs, and agreements, conducting studies, developing recommendations for action, and acting as liaison for the City with a variety of private and public organizations and regulatory agencies; provides expert professional assistance to City management staff in areas of expertise; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments and other governmental and regulatory agencies; and performs related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is an advanced level analyst position in which incumbents conducts difficult, sensitive, and complex administrative and technical work under general supervision, where assignments are subject to infrequent review while work is in progress and upon completion. The incumbent serves in a variety of administrative, coordinative, analytical and liaison capacities, as required by the changing needs of the City and as directed by the City Manager. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, human resources policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected City Council, and the ability to develop, oversee and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas. This position is distinguished from lower-level analyst positions by its assignment of greater or more complex and sensitive projects and negotiations and liaison position assignments.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Receives general direction from a Department Head or Department Manager. May provide supervision to Program Staff, Management Analysts, administrative staff and/or Department interns.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
• Administers and coordinates a multiplicity of and serves as the City’s representative for a variety of joint powers agreements and contracts for professional and support services; negotiates and administers franchise agreements for such City services as solid waste disposal, cable television and transportation management.
• Provides staff support, including preparing staff reports and following-up on actions taken by subcommittees and City Council
• Provides input into the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the City; provides input into the development and administration of the City Manager’s departmental budget.
• Conducts organizational, operational, financial and analytical studies; evaluates alternatives; prepares recommendations and narrative and statistical reports; and implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
• Makes presentations to the City Council, and other City commissions and committees; represents the City in meeting with members of community, business, professional, educational and governmental organizations.
• Serves as a professional staff resource to City managerial staff.
• May direct the work of staff on a project or day-to-day basis; trains staff in work procedures.
• Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, policies, procedures, ordinances, requests for proposals, agreements and other written materials.
• Monitors changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect City activities and functions; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
• Prepares reports to State regulatory agencies.
• Reviews and approves or denies applications for tree removal permits.
• Receives, investigates and responds to citizen and employee complaints, inquiries and requests for services.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  • Principles, practices and procedures of public administration in a municipal setting.
• Functions and services of a municipal government.
• Principles and techniques of conducting analytical studies, evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations.
• Basic budgetary and contract administration practices in a public agency.
• Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• Records management principles and practices.
• Techniques for making effective public presentations.
• Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
• Principles, practices, and techniques of public human resources administration applicable to a variety of human resources functional areas, including recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, benefits administration, labor and employee relations.
Skill in:  • Principles, practices and procedures of public administration in a municipal setting.
• Functions and services of a municipal government.
• Principles and techniques of conducting analytical studies, evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations.
• Basic budgetary and contract administration practices in a public agency.
• Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• Records management principles and practices.
• Techniques for making effective public presentations.
• Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
• Principles, practices, and techniques of public human resources administration applicable to a variety of human resources functional areas, including recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, benefits administration, labor and employee relations.
Ability to:  • Provide accurate interpretations of policies and regulations.
• Prepare a variety of reports and analyses, which are written clearly, concisely, and accurately.
• Analyze and interpret a variety of human resources programs.
• Analyze issues and make recommendations to resolve administrative and procedural problems.
• Develop written presentations and reports, which include drawing conclusions and making recommendations.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with applicants, employees, City officials, bargaining units, and the general public.
• Understand and follow directions.
• Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical deadlines; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; plan and organize responsibilities so that reports are produced in a timely and accurate manner; exercise independent judgment; and make sound decisions.
• Accomplish work with a minimum of supervision and with only general direction.
• Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and records.
• Assist directing the work of others on a project or day-to-day basis; train others in work procedures.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course works in Public Administration, Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, or closely related field. Masters in Public Administration or Business Administration or other related field is desirable.
Experience:  Four to five years of increasingly responsible administrative management experience involving a combination of any of the following: research, project management, policy analysis, study and analysis of management, budget, organizational, procedural problems and issues, contract and program administration, preferably in a government agency.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to learn, retain and apply complex information, terminology, policies and procedures; work effectively with a wide variety of people on a broad scope of issues; maintain composure under difficult circumstances; prioritize project activities and deadlines and coordinate completion with other staff.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
SALARY:  $9,447 - $11,483 per month

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200