Career Resource Guides

Resources on understanding the looming talent crisis, hiring a manager, assisting first-time managers, building an internship program, planning for succession, and more.

Newsletters and Articles

  • Leadership Matters, Member Edition is a weekly e-newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on leadership and management ideas and career opportunities in local government. It also includes updates on members, including new appointments in local government, retirements, and awards. ICMA members receive this as a member benefit.
  • Leadership Matters, Nonmember Edition is a weekly e-newsletter that provides leadership and management ideas, along with career opportunities in local government. Subscribe to this free publication by managing your subscriptions under "Edit Profile," "Preferences," then "Manage your preferences for other ICMA communications."
  • Career Compass is a monthly column from ICMA focused on career issues for local government professional staff. The column and appears in the Leadership Matters newsletter and online.
  • PM Magazine: Next Generation Initiatives Collection, 2003-2014 contains selected articles from PM magazine on coaching, succession planning, career advice, fellowships, and mentoring.

Guidebooks and Professional Resources

  • From beginning your first job to leaving your legacy, the ICMA Career Stage Guide offers local government professionals a leadership and professional development roadmap of valuable educational opportunities.
  • Careers in Local Government Management is an introduction to local government as a career, what city/town/county management is, what managers do, and tips on what education, skills, and job opportunities exist in the profession.
  • Breaking into Local Government is a guidebook to help career-changers enter the local government sector. Cases include private sector, military, and other government sectors.
  • Resources for the Interim or Acting Manager is a guidebook to help the acting manager make the most of a sometimes-unexpected opportunity. (Member Resource)
  • Job Hunting Handbook is a resource from mapping out your job search to negotiating compensation. (Member Resource)
  • ICMA's First Time Administrator's Handbook covers items that should be considered before an interview, during an interview, before accepting a position, and before starting a new position. (Member Resource)
  • Manager Evaluations Handbook is a starter resource for a new or tenured professional manager to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. (Member Resource)
  • Model Employment Agreement is a template for administrators of municipal governments for use in crafting the terms of hiring and employment. (Member Resource)
  • Management Internships: A Guidebook for Local Governments is a booklet with guides and cases to help local government managers and MPA programs work together to create meaningful internship experiences.
  • Recruitment Guidelines for Selecting a Local Government Administrator presents guidelines to help local governments and executive search firms conduct a successful recruitment process to select a local government administrator/chief administrative officer.
  • Preparing for an Interview offers helpful hints once you've passed the resume screening and have been called in for a discussion.

Case Studies, Research, and Other Resources

  • Building the Leadership Pipeline examines innovative approaches to developing tomorrow's leadership pipeline. The report highlights six local government case studies, including Anaheim, California; the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program; Plano, Texas; Roseville, California; Three Florida Cities' Internship Program; and the Virginia Beach, Virginia, Police Department.
  • Preparing the Next Generation provides the language that managers can use to attract and retain gifted and talented young adults and qualified individuals from other fields to careers in local government management. (Member Resource)
  • Preparing the Next Generation Case Studies highlights programs being used by local governments who believe it is their responsibility to mentor young and mid-career professionals. (Member Resource)
  • K-12 Civics Education offers documents and resources to educate younger citizens and residents about how local governments run and the important role these organizations play in the daily lives of their families and communities.
  • ICMA Student Chapters is a program to introduce and integrate students into local government and the management profession and familiarize students with ICMA members, resources, and policies.


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