From the City of Cambridge, July 21, 2016: In anticipation of expected great interest from people seeking to be Cambridge’s next city manager, city officials are assembling a 19-member committee facilitated by the consultant GovHR USA to screen résumés and conduct preliminary interviews with the highest-qualified candidates. The committee will determine the finalists to be presented to the City Council for its consideration.

Applications are due on or before Aug. 12.

The committee will be made up of: four City Council members; three resident representatives who have demonstrated advocacy in support of community needs; two business-related representatives with demonstrated partnership experience, ideally from a large and a small business; a representative from the School Committee or a senior School Department administrative representative; a public safety representative (from the police or fire departments); a person with demonstrated knowledge of municipal finance; a Health and Human Services or Public Health representative; a representative with knowledge of City Planning and Development (experience in urban design and transportation issues is preferred); a higher education or institutional partner; a public art and/or recreational representative; an affordable housing advocate; a representative of the nonprofit community; and a representative who advocates for the quality of our community’s civic and social well-being.

The total number of “resident” members will be higher than the three official resident representatives, because many of the designated category representatives will be residents.

Committee members will be selected by their ability to represent one or more of the identified constituency groups. All applications will be reviewed with the goal of selecting a broadly representative and diverse group of committed participants. Experience with executive recruitment is highly desirable, but availability is a key criteria. Participants must commit to each of the following three predetermined days: Aug. 25 for participant training; and Sept. 7-8 for candidate interviews, at locations yet to be determined. Meals will be provided.

This phase of the hiring process is strictly confidential; all committee participants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

To be considered for the Preliminary Screening Committee, applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated.  Online applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 12 using this online application. Paper applications are available upon request from the Personnel Department in Room 309 of City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, or by calling (617) 349-4332. Completed paper applications must be submitted to the attention of personnel director Sheila Keady Rawson by noon Aug. 12.

To recommend a participant or for questions, please send email to  managersearch2016@cambridgema.gov or call Keady Rawson at (617) 349-4332.