Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Department is responsible for administration of Human Resources, Risk Management, Special Event Permits and Grants Writing, as well as special projects as directed by the City Manager.

Human Resources

The Human Resources Division of the Administrative Services Department provides the day-to-day administration of the City's personnel programs, including: recruitment and selection of the City's employees, classification and compensation plan administration, personnel documents, policies and procedures administration, labor relations, negotiations and grievance resolution, payroll, retirement, group insurance and other benefit administration, centralized City switchboard and reception, City Hall pool vehicle administration, training, affirmative action, and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) coordination.

To view the current City of Vista job openings, please see the Employment Opportunities page. Each job announcement provides a brief position description, qualifications, and salary and benefits information.

To view position and salary information for any of the City's classifications, please see the Job Descriptions page.

To view the current City of Vista Classification and Compensation Index, Management and Confidential Employee Compensation Plan, Memorandum Of Understandings or Personnel Rules, click on Online Resources under Department Information. All documents are in PDF format.

Risk Management

The Risk Management Division procures and administers the City’s various insurance programs including general liability, property, workers compensation, Errors and Omissions, special events and other coverage. This division adjusts all claims against the City including investigations, liability analysis, litigation management (working closely with the City Attorney), mediations and settlements. All City contracts are reviewed and approved by risk management. Responsibilities of this division include loss control and oversight of the City’s safety and wellness programs.

Grant Writing

The City of Vista employs a grant writer tasked with identifying and securing grant funding for the City. Over the past three years, more than $4.5 million dollars has been awarded to the City that has resulted in sidewalks, traffic medians, firefighting equipment, new park playground equipment, playing fields and theater productions.

Special Event Permit Information

The City of Vista hosts many special events including a Holiday Parade, classic car shows, street fairs and Vistans ROC. Events must follow certain criteria that are specific to what the event entails. In many cases, a Special Event Permit is required, typically if street closure(s) or other traffic control measures on any public street, sidewalk or alley are needed.