Executive Search - Employer/Recruiter Resources

Successful executive recruitment is complex and takes time. ICMA has resources to make the search and hiring process more efficient and effective.

Thank you for using ICMA’s Career Network to advertise your executive opportunity.  ICMA has resources to make the search and hiring process more efficient and effective:

  • Recruitment Guidelines Handbook: Guidelines to help local government officials recruit and select the best professional for their needs.
  • Model Employment Agreement: A template for administrators of municipal governments. Useful for both the council and the manager.
  • Manager Evaluations Handbook: This 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)


Code of Ethics and Membership 

  • ICMA is concerned with local government administrators, assistants, and support staff maintaining high personal and professional standards and requires its members to submit complete and accurate credentials when they apply for employment.  
  • ICMA connects your ad to a network of ICMA members who are committed to the ICMA Code of Ethics.  In addition to the professional benefits managers gain by joining ICMA, local governments benefit as well. ICMA members must agree to the principles of the Code as a condition of membership and are subject to peer review of their conduct under a well-established enforcement process.
  • If you hire a nonmember of ICMA, encouraging membership to the association will bring those same benefits to both the individual, and your community. Details are available at icma.org/membership.
  • If you would like a copy of ICMA’s Code of Ethics with Guidelines, download it at icma.org/ethics.

Job Advertisement

ICMA's Job Center offers additional features that are included in the cost for executive/deputy CAO ads,

  • Because recruiting an executive can take time, your ad is renewable at no additional charge for an additional 60 days.
  • CAO/Deputy CAO ads are automatically included in the weekly ICMA Leadership Matters newsletter and Leadership Matters: Non-member Highlights as long as the ad is live. A 60-day ad reaches nearly 45,000 local government professionals each week, for about eight weeks. 

Chief Selection Advantage

Great management doesn't begin or end with the CAO. It's a team effort. If you are searching for a police or fire chief, ICMA has a service to help you find the right chief for your community. Visit our Chief Selection Advantage page to learn more.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, please contact ICMA at advertising@icma.org or call (800) 745-8780.  Thank you again for trusting ICMA with your recruiting needs!

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