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Assistant County Administrator –
Loudoun County, Virginia

 

The Position

The Assistant County Administrator reports to the County Administrator and provides oversight of several departments, major projects, and interdepartmental initiatives. In addition, the Assistant County Administrator works closely with the Board of Supervisors, community and business leaders, and other state and local governmental officials. This position is vacant due to the retirement of one of the Assistant County Administrators. The position joins three other Assistant County Administrators in the office, each of which has operational supervision of departments and functions with the County government. Current portfolios of departmental and functional oversight for the Assistant County Administrators may change.

Loudoun County’s FY2018 adopted operating budget is $1.7 billion, including $1.1 billion for Loudoun County Public Schools, $504.2 million for general (County) government operations, and $9 million for the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families (CSA). The County Administration department has 24.8 FTEs in four divisions: Executive Management, which oversees day-to-day operations in the functional areas of Community Development, Community Services, Public Safety, and Financial/Internal Operations; Support to the Board, which provides administrative and research support to the Board including its strategic goals and work plan and legislative agenda; Public Affairs and Communication, which includes external and internal communications and community engagement; and Emergency Management, which is charged with the County’s response to man-made and natural disasters as well as special event planning.

Form of Government

Loudoun County operates under the “Traditional Form” of county government, the most commonly used form in the Commonwealth. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the legislative and administrative affairs of the County. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day administration on behalf of the Board. In addition, elected officials are responsible for the conduct and administration of various aspects of the County’s affairs and include the Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff.

Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least twelve years of local government experience, including at least three years in a leadership and supervisory position. Preferred qualifications are a master’s degree in public administration or related field, with ten years’ department head or other operational experience, demonstrated expertise in mentoring managers and key staff, providing data-driven solutions, working effectively with elected officials, and management experience in a complex, diverse organization.

The Ideal Candidate

The Assistant County Administrator will be an excellent communicator who is also a good listener, can serve as a sounding board for the County Administrator, and is able to translate complex issues in an easy to understand way. This person will be collaborative and able to build partnerships across agencies and organizations that have similar objectives, while seeking to enhance the County’s ability to meet community needs. The ideal candidate will be able to operate in a fast-paced and demanding environment with high expectations for both producing work and managing others. The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager with a wide variety of operational knowledge that could include some or all the following: community development and transportation, general government and internal services, health and human services, parks/recreation and culture, and public safety. This person will bring creative solutions to complex problems, experience in a diverse and inclusive workforce, and the ability to navigate a large, sophisticated organization. The Assistant County Administrator will spend time getting to know the workforce and operational issues, and seek data-driven solutions. This person will bring a strategic perspective, be able to see beyond the immediate pressures, and stay focused on the important long-term objectives. The ideal candidate will be innovative and will review and improve business and operational processes. The Assistant County Administrator will mentor staff, develop leaders, and strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve. The ideal candidate will be someone who has successfully led divisions, departments, or local government organizations with strong leadership and fairness as well as with patience, humility, and a sense of humor. This person will also be able to delegate effectively, give guidance, and follow up with staff to ensure the organization’s commitment to service delivery. Finally, the Assistant County Administrator will represent the County Administrator in a variety of formal and informal settings, be expected to appropriately represent the interests of the County, the Board, and the Office, and will occasionally be expected to act on behalf of and in the absence of the County Administrator.

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “DC’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 373,000 residents (2016 est.). Loudoun County is the third largest county in Virginia and one of the fastest growing counties in the US with 19.7% population growth since 2010. At $122,294, the County had the highest median household income in the US for jurisdictions greater than 65,000 persons (2014). The County has the lowest unemployment rate in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Commonwealth of Virginia at 3.6% (2015).

Loudoun County’s economy is diverse and includes representative businesses from telecommunications, aerospace, biomedical research, defense, higher education, and viniculture, in addition to a thriving small business community. The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. Dulles International Airport, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year, is in the southern part of the County. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro subway is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line – scheduled for completion in FY2019 – which will allow residents to travel conveniently into and around the Washington, D.C. area.

Compensation

The expected hiring range is $150,000 – $170,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs and submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume with salary history, and list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications July 7, 2017.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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