OUR SEARCHES RESULT IN POSITIONS SUCCESSFULLY FILLED WITH EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED LEADERS WHOSE WORK EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS.
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Public Sector Executive Search
Outcome is Everything
The outcome is everything. Our searches result in positions successfully filled with exceptionally talented leaders whose work exceeds expectations. As a result, you can trust our record, not rhetoric. This success stems from our unique character- and cause-driven approach and our in-depth understanding of your organizations culture, values, and goals. We recruit and present a qualified pool of diverse applicants whose prior work experience and success meets your agency’s expectations.
Believe it or not, Citygate did not originally provide executive search services. However, over time our clients asked us to bring our culture and our excellence to their executive search efforts. Six years ago we decided to help. The result is an executive search service founded on hundreds of successful engagements and a far-reaching relational network.
We are not an "Executive Search Mill"
We are not an “executive search mill”. We know that no two executive searches are the same. That is why our highly experienced Executive Search Practice Leader, Steven Harman, will customize and perform all elements of this recruitment according to your unique needs. You will not work with less skilled, entry- or mid-level recruiters. Mr. Harman brings 37 years of experience to your executive search.
Citygate uses our extensive, well-developed industry contacts to find the right candidates, not simply many candidates. Our candidate summaries clearly articulate the unique insight of a nationally recognized specialist in candidate assessment that has performed hundreds of executive searches over three decades. Click here to see an example of our candidate presentation packet.
Our clients repeatedly find that our candidate summaries are, simply, the best. It is one of the many reasons that our clients, like the cities of Los Angeles and Provo, UT, repeatedly call Citygate for their executive search needs.
Executive Search Process
The outcome is everything, and no two searches are the same. Citygate Associates always adjusts our approach based on the unique context of our clients. Our collaborative approach is based on our culture of character and our sincere commitment to improve government. This culture and commitment distinguish Citygate Associates from any other firm.Generally speaking, the following is an outline of our approach:
Collaboration and Needs Assessment
No one will invest more energy into learning your strategic goals, unique organizational culture, and objectives than Citygate. We first meet with the key stakeholders as requested. With a nuanced understanding of your goals and the position requirements, together we develop a comprehensive candidate profile that identifies the key qualities necessary for superior performance. Additionally, Mr. Harman provides advice on the requirements for this position based on his experience, and advises you regarding a competitive compensation package in light of geography, community size, and job requirements. Citygate’s Practice Leader, Steve Harman, personally performs all of these critical tasks.
Working in close consultation with the key stakeholders and/or community leaders, Citygate will develop a comprehensive recruitment strategy.
Our recruitment strategy is based on a number of factors that attract a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. However, one factor Citygate emphasizes is the “value proposition.” Each position has a unique “value proposition” that qualified applicants will find uniquely compelling. In today’s competitive job market, motivated leaders are looking for new challenges – opportunities to enhance their skills and to add to their record of achievement. Our recruitment strategy appeals to that individual using a “value proposition” that is prominently advertised.
Mr. Harman will work closely with the search team to develop an attractive recruitment brochure. The brochure includes a description of your organization emphasizing its positive and desirable qualities, a description of the values and organizational culture that drives the agency, the “ideal candidate profile,” job qualifications and requirements, compensation and benefits, and details about the application process. The draft recruitment brochure will presented to the stakeholders for review, comment, and approval before publication.
Citygate’s approach is designed to attract and recruit both active and passive candidates. We achieve this goal by using multiple methods of outreach. Our approach includes the following elements:
- Developing a targeted applicant list based on our extensive contacts within local, regional, and national government agencies
- Soliciting referrals from our extensive personal fire services network
- Identifying and contacting potential applicants who are qualified but are not actively seeking employment
- Developing and strategically placing advertisements in appropriate journals, periodicals, and web sites
- Using professional associations’ mailing lists and web sites to reach the targeted audience
- Distributing the recruitment brochure widely
- Soliciting a diverse applicant pool.
Steve Harman is a nationally recognized expert in applicant assessment. Every application received is acknowledged within twenty-four hours. Each applicant’s qualifications are evaluated by Mr. Harman personally. The most qualified applicants are scheduled for a screening interview.
Mr. Harman’s meetings with the selected candidates are comprehensive interviews designed to obtain critical information about their achievements, motivation, personality, organizational fit, and management and leadership style. In the event that it is not possible to conduct a face-to-face interview due to logistical challenges, a telephone or video interview is conducted.
We then conduct a preliminary reference check on those candidates determined to be the most qualified. We also conduct a review of public information, such as newspaper articles and public records. We are sensitive of the need for confidentiality and respect the wishes of applicants regarding contact with their current employer.
Presentation of Candidates and Candidate Evaluation
We provide the City of Los Angeles with a detailed written report that includes our recommended finalists, a narrative describing the results of our extensive applicant interviews, and a summary of the reference checks. We also include copies of the application materials we receive from the candidates and a complete description of our recruitment outreach efforts.
Mr. Harman will meet with the search team to review each recommended finalist.
Once the City decides whom to consider further, we coordinate and schedule final applicant interviews, assist in developing an interview process (including job-related interview questions, rating forms, and other material as necessary), and keep the finalists informed of their status in the selection process.
Final Candidate Interviews
At your request, we design a final interview process. Mr. Harman is present for that process, and plays either a facilitating or supporting role. We can prepare interview questions and rating forms for your use, if desired. We also notify all applicants, including the non-selected applicants, in a professional and dignified manner.
Final Reference and Background Investigations of Candidates
Prior to the final appointment, Citygate Associates coordinates the final background check. This may include motor vehicle license check, verification of educational qualifications, employment history, and criminal conviction record check. Citygate Associates utilizes the services of a third-party, licensed firm. We recommend this approach because of the restrictive legal requirements pertaining to the conduct of such investigations. This service is billed separately and is not included in our fees and expenses.
Once a final appointment has been made, Citygate Associates provides written notification to all applicants that were not selected.
Citygate In the News
Citygate specializes in local government management consulting across the full array of municipal functions. As a result, Citygate staffs real practitioner executive leaders as technical advisors to assist Mr. Harman with each recruitment.
|Facilities Services and Capital Projects Director||Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles|
|Human Resources Director||Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles|
|General Manager – Personnel||Los Angeles, CA|
|Police Chief||Provo, UT|
|Assistant General Manager – Information Technology Agency||Los Angeles, CA|
|Deputy Planning Director||Los Angeles, CA|
|Human Resources Manager||Contra Costa County, CA Sanitary District|
|Police Chief||Provo, UT|
|Los Angeles, CA|
|Fire Chief||Kelseyville Fire Protection District, Kelseyville, CA|
|Assistant Community Development Director||Livermore, CA*|
|Planning Manager||Livermore, CA*|
|Public Works Supervisor||Livermore, CA*|
|Public Works Manager||Livermore, CA*|
|Police Captain||Livermore, CA*|
|Water Resources Operations Supervisor||Livermore, CA*|
|Safety and Risk Analyst||Livermore, CA*|
|Senior Assistant City Attorney||Livermore, CA*|
|Assistant Library Director||Livermore, CA*|
|Public Works Maintenance Division Manager||Livermore, CA*|
|Police Department Business Services Manager||Livermore, CA*|
|Assistant City Engineer||Livermore, CA*|
|Executive Director, Tri Valley Community Television||Livermore, CA*|
|Deputy City Clerk||Livermore, CA*|
*Conducted while Steven Harman was Human Resources Director for the City of Livermore.