Assistant County Administrator (Official Job Title: Executive Management, Tier II): This is a senior, executive-level position and is responsible for leading and managing county services and programs through their assigned department directors. Assistant County Administrators are assigned specific areas or groups of departments and serve as a representative for County Administration. In addition to day-to-day operations, this position must be solutions oriented and responsible for implementing and leading a continuous quality and service improvement process through their program and service areas. Assistant County Administrators must coordinate their activities and decisions to ensure consistency across the organization and alignment with County Administrator and Commission direction. An Assistant County Administrator may serve as Acting County Administrator from time to time.
Reports to the County Administrator and is responsible for leading and managing county services and programs through their assigned department directors. Participates and assists in short-term and long-term strategic planning for the overall county. Ensures all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the county’s charter, vision, mission, values, rules and regulations. Ensures compliance with all federal, state, county and funding regulations. Actively communicates on important issues and how they will be addressed with the County Administrator. Informs the County Administrator on the status of all programs and initiatives. Provides updates to the Commissioners on behalf of the County Administrator.
Serves as a solutions-oriented leader. Mentors and leads a high-performing team of directors to the next level through role modeling, coaching, developing, training and retention strategies. Facilitates a positive and productive workforce through example, ensuring accountability and follow-up as appropriate. May be assigned to directly lead a specific initiative or project from time to time by the County Administrator.
Assists in policy development, implementation and management of the annual budget in conjunction with the Chief Financial Management Officer and County Administrator. Conducts and attends meeting and conferences to share and discuss current work issues, policy changes and other pertinent matters.
Attends and presents at public meetings, including Board of County Commission meetings, on relevant county issues and projects. Reviews reports to the Commission and monitors Board questions or issues with department-requested actions, remains prepared to assist in any follow-up or questions, especially issues that impact multiple departments or require Administration’s involvement.
Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.
Minimum Qualifications: A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, HR, IT, Planning, Engineering or a related field and nine (9) years of progressively responsible professional public experience; four (4) years must be in a senior capacity. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning, HR, IT, Engineering or a related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional public experience may substitute for the required Master’s Degree.
Preferred Qualifications: Florida public-administration experience at the county or city manager/assistant manager level highly preferred.
Job Competencies: Knowledge of the following: Principles and practices of public and business administration; principles of management and the application to state/local government; principles of budgetary preparation and administration; laws, rules and regulations; policies and procedures relating to the Comprehensive Plan; principles and procedures of program planning and administration; county government rules and regulations; and human resources’ principles. Ability to establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships with others, make good decisions in a timely manner, communicate effectively, assess budgetary needs, and role model and lead a practice of financial fiduciary and responsible stewardship.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable + outstanding benefits
Internal Number: 3651
About Sarasota County Government
Work, Live and Play in the Sunshine! Sarasota County is pleased to offer competitive pay and a myriad of generous benefits to employees including 11 paid holidays, paid vacation time, Florida State retirement, top-notch affordable health insurance for employees and family, insurance discount incentives, wellness incentives, dependent care savings, and more! In addition to receiving great benefits, Sarasota County employees are proud to embody the county motto of “One Team” and serve the citizens of our beautiful Gulf-of-Mexico community.Sarasota County anchors the middle of Florida’s western coast, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa Bay. It includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port, and the Town of Longboat Key.•The county is home to approximately 390,000 permanent residents; more than 476,000 during the winter months.•The community encompasses 725 square miles of land and is surrounded by 37 miles of open shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico.•Endowed with inspiring natural beauty, an appealing climate and world-class arts and culture, this coastal paradise has superior schools, significant medical research and education facilities, high educational attainment and a r...egional workforce of more than 350,000. In our annual Citizens Survey, more than 90 percent of respondents rate the quality of life in their own neighborhoods as excellent or good, and 93 percent are satisfied with county services.•Siesta Beach named “America’s Best Beach”•Sports Events Media Group: Best Sports-Friendly Vacation Destination•Forbes: “Best Cities for Jobs” (2013)•One of the “100 Best Communities for Young People”•KPMG Study: Tampa Bay Region ranks 6th in top 10 cost-friendly places for business•Fitch Ratings: AA+ rating, Utility System Revenue bonds•Standard & Poor’s: A- rating, Ad Valorem Tax bonds