Human Resources - Employment

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Shape Your Career while Shaping Your Community. (click graphic) What we do every day has a direct impact on the quality of life in Santa Maria, for all residents and businesses in the community. Employees' contributions, creativity, dedication, productivity, and understanding that local government makes an important difference in people’s lives, helping to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of Santa Maria.

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Competitive Compensation

Merit-based step increases and market-based adjustments


CalPERS retirement system
Optional participation in 457 deferred compensation plan
Post-Employment Health Plan

Health Insurance

CalPERS Medical Insurance,
The Standard Dental Insurance,
VSP Vision Insurance provided

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Life Insurance & AD&D Coverage

Benefit amount varies per bargaining unit

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

Coverage up to 662/3% of salary

Paid Time Off

7 Paid Holidays
2 weeks Vacation increasing
upon years of service
Accrual of Sick Leave

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Educational Incentive Program

Up to 5 percent pay when education level exceeds requirements
of job specifications

Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)

Option to set aside pre-tax earnings for eligible Dependent Care and Health Care expenses

Employee Assistance Program

Managed Health Network (MHN) confidential referrals to resources to resolve emotional health, family and work-life issues

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Training& Development

Mentorship, succession planning, leadership academies, speaker series, Toastmasters club, site tours, and more

Tuition Reimbursement

May be reimbursed for tuition and book costs of approved
job-related courses

Bilingual Pay

Provided to employees who are required to use both English and Spanish in communicating with the public while performing
their job duties

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Alternative Workweek

Option to participate in 9/80 schedule at the discretion of the Department Director


Access to the Weight Room at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, Los Flores Ranch Park, and Paul Nelson Aquatic Center

Employee Recognition & Celebration

GEM "Going the Extra Mile" Award, Annual Employee Service Awards, Public Safety Department Awards, Spirit Days, Downtown Fridays

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Management Benefits

Certain management-level employees may receive Auto Allowance, Telephone Stipend, Management Leave, and Service Club Participation

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City of Santa Maria Mission Statement

"It is our mission to provide the highest quality service in the most efficient, cost-effective, and courteous manner possible."

Employment Verification

All employment verification requests from financial or lending institutions, or rental agencies* (e.g. salary verifications and re-verifications related to loan or housing applications)
Fax to: (805) 925-2243, ATTN: Payroll Staff
* Turnaround time is 3-5 business days

Any other employment verification requests* (e.g. general employment background checks)
Fax to: (805) 349-0657, ATTN: Human Resources
*Turnaround time is 1-2 business days

For questions, see the City's Frequently Asked Questions page or call the Human Resources Division at 925-0951 extension 2203. (Use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.)

The City of Santa Maria is a participant in the E-Verify program through the Department of Homeland Security

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 Right to Work
 Derecho al Trabajo
 E-Verify Poster
 E-Verify Póster
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Workplace Discrimination and Harassment  Discriminación y acoso
en el lugar de trabajo
Transgender Rights
in the Workplace

Derechos de
personas  trans
en el lugar de trabajo

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Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee

Derechos y
obligaciones como

Family Care and
Medical Leave and
Pregnancy Leave

Cuidado familiar
y  Licencia médica
y  Licencia de embarazo