Management Trainee

City of San Diego/ Engineering & Capital Projects | San Diego, CA

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Posted Date 2/16/2024

Salary: $52,270.40 - $63,086.40 Annually

See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Management Trainee is the entry-level classification for professional administrative, budgetary, community development, crime analysis/research, economics, information systems management, organization development, personnel/human resources, procurement, real estate, and recycling career fields.

Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:
4% effective 7/1/24
2% effective 1/1/25
5% effective 7/1/25
City employees may be eligible to participate in a benefit program including holidays, vacations, savings and retirement plans, health programs, and other benefits. 

Eligible City employees initially hired or assuming office on or after July 10, 2021, with the exception of Police Recruits participating in the City’s Police Academy, will participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS).
Benefits may change due to employer-employee contract negotiations.

Flexible Benefits Plan Options for Employees Represented by Municipal Employees Associate (MEA) or review the Benefits Summary for MEA Employees. (Download PDF reader)
Management Trainee is the entry-level job class used to underfill a number of other classifications throughout the City. This includes the Personnel Analyst series, Information Systems Analyst series, Finance Analyst series, and Community Development Specialist series, to name a few. After gaining the requisite experience, employees may be eligible for career advancement to higher-level classifications. For further information on the City of San Diego’s career advancement process, please refer to the General tab of our frequently asked questions:

You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (i.e., minimum completed units = 120 semester/180 quarter).

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education lacked on a year-for-year basis. One year of full-time experience = 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units.
Qualifying full-time professional experience MUST include at least one of the following as a PRIMARY duty:
Preparing and analyzing budget requests.
Analyzing department expenditures and making fiscal projections.
Performing cost effectiveness and productivity studies or organizational interventions.
Conducting special administrative or personnel studies and analyses including research and analysis of data.
Conducting test validation studies.
Preparing examination announcements and test items.
Conducting classification and salary studies.
Performing information systems management, systems problem solving, and program design on major computer systems.
Performing workload/staffing studies.
Developing econometric models to measure and forecast revenues.
Performing cost-benefit analyses of various programs.
Analyzing and presenting law enforcement data in both oral and written forms.
Acting as a liaison between staff and the community on community development programs.
Assisting in the development of community development programs.
Analyzing departmental needs and preparing/recommending specifications, contracts, standardization of commodities, and other procurement requirements.
Planning, developing, administering, and implementing public or private recycling programs.
Real property experience in appraisal/valuation, acquisition and relocation, property management, or marketing/sales.
City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.


Professional personnel or human resources experience with a government agency (e.g., federal, state, county, and/or city).

Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
Required documents should be attached electronically to your online application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.

Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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