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Jackson Township, Franklin County, Ohio

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Township Administrator – Jackson Township,
Franklin County, Ohio


The Position

Jackson Township’s next Township Administrator will have the opportunity to join a hard-working and committed team of employees who deliver high-quality services to residents, work with a committed and dedicated Board of Trustees, and help the Trustees guide the Township into its vision for the future. The previous Administrator retired after more than twenty years with the Township.

The Township Administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees and is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township. The Administrator is responsible for the implementation of the policies and resolutions of the Board and for the daily operations of the Township including overseeing all personnel and fiscal operations. The Administrator works closely with the elected Fiscal Officer in developing and managing the annual operating budget.

In addition to providing regular input to the Board of Trustees, the Township Administrator analyzes and evaluates programs, procedures, and policies and provides technical advice and recommendations to the Board. The Administrator also serves as the Township’s Zoning Administrator and is responsible for managing, administering, and coordinating all zoning and land use planning matters in the Township.

The Administrator has five direct reports including the Fire Chief, Service Director, Assistant Township Administrator, an Executive Assistant, and a Payroll Specialist.

The Organization

Jackson Township voters elect three members who serve four-year terms on the Board of Trustees. The Board makes decisions and sets priorities regarding Jackson Township. Voters also elect the Township Fiscal Officer, who is independent from the Trustees, but who works collaboratively with the Board on the business of the Township. The Fiscal Officer is responsible for recording the proceedings of the Board meetings and provides oversight of the fiscal matters of the Township. The Township Administrator is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for implementing Board policy decisions and managing the daily operations of the Township.

The Township is full-service with fire, service, and zoning departments and 110 employees. The Township is responsible for providing emergency medical and fire service; administration and zoning; and park, road, and cemetery maintenance. Located on Hoover Road in a renovated fire station, the Township operates and maintains four full-time fire stations, two parks, and six cemeteries. The annual budget exceeds $19 million.


The requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, management science, or related field and a minimum of five years of professional work experience in state, county or local government.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public administration or related field, strong financial management and forecasting skills, human resources expertise, experience working with a fire department, knowledge of and experience with Ohio townships, experience working with TIFs, and skills in land use planning and zoning.

There is no residency requirement for the Township Administrator, but it is preferred that the new administrator live in the Township.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a professional, knowledgeable, confident local government administrator who is competent in public finance, financial forecasting, budgeting, employee compensation, human resources management, and emergency/fire services. The ideal candidate will also have a background or experience in land development, zoning, and code enforcement issues.

The Township Administrator will be an effective communicator who is personable, accessible, approachable, and good at building relationships in order to develop the trust and respect of the community, Trustees, Fiscal Officer, and staff. The ideal candidate will have an inclusive decision-making style but will also make timely day-to-day decisions and address problems directly to ensure issues are resolved promptly.

This person will have a management philosophy that demonstrates belief in employees and provides a structure to hold employees accountable. He or she will provide the resources and environment to let staff do their jobs.

The ideal candidate will be politically astute and experienced in helping government bodies come to consensus on top priorities and working with the staff and partners to implement strategic initiatives. In addition, this person will be nimble in managing multiple projects.

The next Administrator will be honest, accountable, and ethical and able to take personal responsibility for his or her actions. The next Township Administrator will have proven experience in managing a high quality, full-service community. The ideal candidate will be active and visible in the community, personally invested in the Township, and will act as an advocate for the organization.

The Community

Jackson Township was originally settled in 1805 by Hugh Grant and his wife Catherine Barr. In the years since the Township’s formation, the population has steadily grown to over 41,000. In addition to unincorporated areas, the Township includes two municipalities – Grove City and the Village of Urbancrest.

Jackson Township covers about approximately 37.4 square miles. It is just over 10 miles southwest of Columbus, Ohio and Cincinnati, Ohio is less than two hours away. The median income in the Township is $64,400 (US Census Bureau, 2015).

Most children in Jackson Township attend school in the South-Western City School District, which is the second largest public school district in Franklin County and the fifth largest in the State of Ohio. The district operates fifteen elementary schools, five intermediate schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and a career academy. Jackson Township’s proximity to Columbus provides residents with easy access to several higher education institutions including The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Capital University, Franklin University, and DeVry University.

Jackson Township is located in Central Ohio, which is anchored by Columbus, the state capital and the 15th largest city in the country. Central Ohio truly has something for everyone, from the sports fan to the arts lover to the outdoor enthusiast. The area is home to NHL Blue Jackets, AAA MLB Columbus Clippers, and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew. Central Ohio also boasts concert venues, night life, amazing dining options, parks, and an outstanding Brewery District, as well as the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Columbus Museum of Art. Lengthy bicycle trails and six lakes and reservoirs for boating, kayaking, and fishing can be found just outside of the suburbs.


The expected hiring range is $65,000-$105,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at and will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications on July 27, 2018.

All applications are subject to Ohio public information laws but will not be released without notice to candidates.


Please direct questions to Jenn Reichelt or Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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