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Job Center FAQ's

 Explore our Job Seeker FAQ’s below:

  1. What are some of the new system features?
  2. Jobs are tagged to topic areas? Explain!
  3. What are some of the future features you have planned?

Explore our Employer FAQ’s below:

  1. What are your advertising rates for job postings?
  2. How do I place an ad?
  3. How long is my ad active?
  4. Can I pay by purchase order (without a credit card)?
  5. How soon will my ad be available after I submit it?
  6. Can I get a receipt or invoice?
  7. What's this about Topic Areas?
  8. Why is the population data incorrect?
  9. I need to make changes to my job ad. How can I do that?
  10. Do you accept emailed job ads?

 Job Seeker FAQ’s

What are some of the new system features?

Our new job board functionality is integrated with the Alliance and ICMA web sites and our shared Knowledge Network.  This allows for a more seamless interaction for both advertisers and job seekers. Features of the Job Center include:

  • An interactive Google map so candidates can view opportunities by geographic region
  • New search and slider features to help customize your search
  • Employers can tag jobs to topic areas, so they will display to topic pages in the Knowledge Network
  • Employer-provided attachments
  • Search for jobs feature

Jobs are tagged to topic areas? Explain!

Topic areas are a feature of the Alliance and ICMA's web sites and Knowledge Network. This is one of several features that sets our joint Job Center apart from the competition. Each job ad can be tagged with up to five topic areas, related to the job function or department.  Topic tags help jobs appear across our web site, in topic pages, groups, and near relevant questions. For example, an ad for Sustainability Manager would appear in the Sustainability topic page, in the Sustainability group, or with the Brownfields or Solar Communities groups, helping your ad reach a wider and more relevant audience beyond direct visits to the Job Center or in the newsletter distribution.

What are some of the future features you have planned?

  • Job seeker profiles
  • Community profiles - build a profile for your community to help the job seeker understand your environment
  • Mentor/coaching match
  • Location info (e.g. distance from target location), weather, cost of living, and other data to assist the job seeker
  • Job alerts

Employer FAQ’s

What are your advertising rates for job postings?

Alliance members can post Professional/Staff, intern or fellow level jobs FREE of charge.  When posting a Professional/Staff Level job use the Coupon Code: AFIjobs during checkout to receive these jobs for free.

 Ad Level

 Member Price

Non-member Price 

CAO & Deputy CAO (City Manager/Administrator, Deputy/Assistant Manager)*

$450

$600

Senior Manager (Department Head, other senior manager)

$225 

$300

All Other Professional/Staff Level

**FREE

$100

Intern/Fellow

**FREE

$25

*Recognizing that CAO and Deputy CAO recruiting can take time, these postings can be renewed for an additional 60 days or as needed.
 **Alliance members only.  Must be placed through transformgov.org.  Use Coupon Code AFIjobs upon checkout.

Visit the Ad Rates section on About the Job Center.

How do I place an ad?

The Job Center is made to be self-service and designed to be intuitive and easy to use.  Existing Knowledge Network users can begin entering an ad right away. New users will need to register for a free account (click here to create an account). For Alliance members, upon registering you will be automatically linked to your government through your email address and will be able to post jobs at the member rate.

How long is my ad active?

Ads are active for 60 days and renewable easily from your account page. CAO/Deputy CAO ads also expire after 60 days, but you may renew these ads at no extra charge. Executive searches can take time and the Alliance and ICMA do not want communities burdened by additional recruitment costs if the first listing did not generate a sufficient candidate list.

Can I pay by purchase order (without A CREDIT CARD)?

Absolutely - purchase orders are integrated into the new platform for local government employers. Advertisers that do not work for the local government where the job opportunity is located (recruiting firms, for example) may request PO access by emailing jobs@transformgov.org.

How soon will my ad be available after I submit it?

Ads go online immediately, even when using the purchase order option. If you would like your ad to have a delayed launch, email jobs@transformgov.org before you complete the payment process and we can adjust your posting for a delayed release date.

Can I get a receipt or invoice?

Yes! Receipts and invoices are built-in to the new system! Under My Account, you can see your complete jobs history and print out a receipt or invoice copy at any time. You will also receive a copy of your receipt or invoice by email after your ad has been completed. Ads include complete cost and payment information, as well as a copy of the job ad.

What's this about Topic Areas?

Topic areas are a feature of the Knowledge Network, where you can find a complete list of topic areas. This is one of several features that sets the Job Center apart from the competition. Each job ad can be tagged with up to five topic areas, related to the job function or department.  These topic tags help your job posting appear across the Alliance and ICMA web sites, in topic pages, groups, and near relevant questions. For example, an ad for Sustainability Manager would appear in the Sustainability topic page, in the Sustainability group, or with the Brownfields or Solar Communities groups, helping your ad reach a wider and more relevant audience beyond direct visits to the Job Center or in the newsletter distribution.

Why is the population data incorrect?

One of the nice features of the Job Center is that when you enter your organization’s name, it auto-populates data that has been collected by the Alliance and ICMA. This makes it easier for you, and keeps all the ads consistent. You can edit your organization information once it's populated, using the "edit" button before moving to the next screen. Population data is drawn from the most recent census (currently 2000). As soon as the 2010 census data is available your organizations population will be updated with the new information.

I need to make changes to my job ad. How can I do that?

Currently, our system locks down ads after they are live (completed and paid for). If you need to make any changes or corrections, email jobs@transformgov.org and we will assist you.

Do you accept emailed job ads?

The Alliance for Innovation Member Promise: The Job Center is designed to be self-service. With that said, if you have any difficulty submitting a job, Alliance staff will assist you completing your posting as well as updating postings you have made.  Contact us at 888.496.0944 (8:30AM-4:30PMET) or jobs@transformgov.org