General Manager

Salary: $70,000 – $80,000 DOE

Job type: Full-time At-Will

Location: 970 Embarcadero del mar, suite 101


Job Description:

The General Manager (GM) reports directly to the Board of Directors, manages District operations to provide for quality service provision, provides professional and technical staff support, and assistance to the Board, and coordinates all District activities with Federal, State, County, local and private agencies. Performs additional duties as required.


  • Implement the policies and directives as set by the Board of Directors for the operations of the District

  • Supervise and hire employees of the District

  • Manage the Isla Vista Community Room and other District facilities

  • Oversee the District’s finances

  • Conduct community outreach, analyze the needs of the District, and make recommendations for future acquisitions, projects and improvements to meet those needs

  • Communicate with Board members in a proactive manner during and outside of Board meetings

  • Train and manage staff of public policy interns

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess a professional history that demonstrates the following attributes and qualities:

  • Willingness to understand and take part Isla Vista’s unique community culture.

  • Substantial, progressively responsible experience which demonstrates the ability to lead, motivate, establish goals, organize, and oversee all District functions.

  • Ability to think issues through, and recommend sound alternatives and solutions.

  • Proven ability to work with local and state officials in relation to District matters.

  • Experience writing and securing grants from public agencies and private foundations.

  • Ability to build organizational capacity.

Minimum Qualifications:

Holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited College/University.

Important Dates:

Recruitment Opens: October 10, 2018
Deadline for Applications: November 9, 2018
Invitations to Interview: November 14, 2018
Interviews Conducted: November 26-30, 2018
Target Hire Date: December 11, 2018

Health Insurance

The District will provide up to $5,050 per year in healthcare cost reimbursement through a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Account (QSEHRA).


The District will contribute to a 457(b) non-qualified, tax advantaged deferred-compensation retirement plan.


Please submit your application, cover letter, and resumé to Ethan Bertrand, President of the Board.

About the Isla Vista Community Services District

Isla Vista, CA is a close-knit beachside town along the South Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. It is known for its youthful atmosphere and the adventurous spirit of its residents. The Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD) was formed in early 2017 (Pursuant to Government Code § 61250) after years of struggles for local governance and decision making by the residents of this unincorporated community. The District currently manages community facilities and programs, contracts for certain policing services, operates a tenant/landlord mediation program, and more, while continuing to build the administrative structure of our newly formed District. The adopted 2018-2019 budget includes a total operating budget of $1.3 million for public safety, community programming, public works, housing mediation services, and more. The District’s vision is to be a voice for Isla Vista, by Isla Vista, building the community we deserve.

Pursuant to Government Code § 61250, the Isla Vista Community Services District is authorized to:

  • Create a tenant mediation program;

  • Finance the operations of area planning commissions;

  • Exercise the powers of a parking district;

  • Contract with the County of Santa Barbara or the Regents of the University of California, or both, for additional police protection services;

  • Acquire, construct, improve, maintain, and operate community facilities, including, but not limited to, community centers, libraries, theaters, museums, cultural facilities, and child care facilities;

  • Acquire, construct, improve, and maintain sidewalks, lighting, gutters, and trees to supplement the level of service already provided by either the County of Santa Barbara or County Service Area 31;

  • Abate graffiti;

  • Finance the operations of municipal advisory councils;

  • Contract with the County of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara County Department of Planning and Development’s Code Enforcement Program, or both, to provide Code Enforcement services to supplement the level of service provided by either the County of Santa Barbara or the Santa Barbara County Department of Planning and Development’s Code Enforcement Program, or both.