The Employment & Organizational Development Division identifies and implements strategies to attract qualified candidates for employment opportunities with the City of Santa Monica and manages training and organizational development opportunities within the City to enhance the organizational structure and retention of employees.  

Application Process 

The list of current job opportunities can be viewed on the Human Resources Department website (www.smgov.net/hr), through Jobline (310) 458-8697 or in person at the Human Resources Department in City Hall located at 1685 Main Street, Room 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

All candidates must complete a City employment application either on paper or on-line. Applications will only be accepted during the filing period designated on the job bulletin.

To apply for a current job opening, candidates may submit an application on-line, drop-off the application in person, or submit it via U.S. postal service. Please be aware that postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline.

Candidates must submit a separate application for each position they are interested in applying for. For those candidates who choose to apply through the on-line application process, the NEOGOV system will store the submitted information and documents and candidates can then update accordingly and submit for different positions.

One must completely fill out the application, as well as any required supplemental materials, in order to potentially proceed through the recruitment process.

Some positions ask that additional materials be submitted at the time of application (i.e. proof of education or typing certification). These materials must be submitted by the application deadline and may be attached to the on-line application, faxed, e-mailed or turned in to the Human Resources Department in person. Late submittals will not be accepted.

All candidates will be notified of their application status within four to six weeks after the final filing date of the recruitment for the position(s) to which they applied. Correspondence will usually be sent via e-mail; however if no e-mail address is provided, notices will be mailed via U.S. postal service.   

Minimum Qualifications  

In order to be selected to participate in the selection process, application materials must indicate that a candidate meets the minimum qualifications for the position being applied for. Minimum qualifications are listed on the job bulletin for each position. Qualifying experience must be recent.   

Examination Process

The examination process may involve several components, which may include but is not limited to the following: evaluation of qualifications, written tests, performance tests, oral interviews, or any combination. Each component must be passed to proceed to the next step in the process. Notifications of the results of each phase are typically sent within two weeks of the test/interview date.  

Conclusion of the Recruitment Process

Candidates who successfully complete the examination process will be placed on an eligibility list according to their scores. The names of candidates will be grouped into “bands” based on statistical analysis. In accordance with the City of Santa Monica’s Municipal Code, the top three bands of the eligible list may be certified to the hiring department for consideration. Eligible candidates will receive a separate notification each time their name is certified to a hiring department for their consideration. Customarily the eligibility list expires when it is exhausted or one year after it is established. Candidates will be removed from an eligible list once they have been certified three times without a resulting appointment. Eligible lists may be extended for up to one additional year.







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