This is a highly responsible administrative and executive position reporting to the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners. Employee shall serve as the County Manager for Columbia County as reasonably directed by the Employer. Work carries responsibility for consideration and analysis of major organizational problems. Requires development of data and recommendations that influence decisions on long-term policies relating to County operation. Employee’s duties as County Manager shall without limitation include the following:
Direction and supervision of the personnel and operations of Columbia County, subject to the direction of the Employer.
Supervising the management team consisting of the Administrative Manager, the Safety Manager, and the Operations Manager.
Organizing and preparing agendas for the Employer and gathering the necessary information pertinent to issues which are to be discussed by the Employer at its meetings. Required to attend all meetings of employer with authority to participate in the discussion of any matter.
Supervise the processing of new employees, advertise vacancies and accept applications for vacancies, and supervise the maintenance of personnel records.
Make recommendations to the Employer regarding personnel policies and classification and compensation matters.
Direct the central purchasing function including bidding, approving purchase orders and maintaining inventory. Apply for grants for overall enhancement of the County and its’ operations, including coordinating grants in the areas of housing, planning and recreation.
Directs the maintenance of all County property, including maintaining inventory of all land and equipment owned by the County, and being responsible for all leased equipment and maintaining service contracts.
Gather pertinent information regarding the purchase and renewal of insurance policies for presentation to the Employer.
Serve as liaison between the various departments on the County with regard to personnel budget preparation.
Direct the processing of workers’ compensation claims.
Coordinate comprehensive planning and subdivision planning activities.
Respond to citizen complaints and coordinating press releases for the Employer.
Design and implement the necessary organization structure and functions of the County.
Assign and utilize resources, including directing the work of all County staff members or delegating that authority appropriate to others and exercising such other authority as is consistent with and appropriate to the position of County Manager.
Employee shall have authority over personnel and employment matters, within the limits of the county’s personnel policy, including the authority to hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain personnel in positions with the County, and to suspend, demote, discharge or take other disciplinary action affecting County personnel, subject to the direction of Employer.
Performing such other duties as are necessary and appropriate to the discharge of Employee’s responsibility as County Manager and such duties as the Employer may reasonably from time to time assign to the Employee.
These duties shall be performed during normal business matters and at such other times as are necessary and appropriate to the discharge of the Employee’s responsibilities as County Manager.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Primarily indoor office setting.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations affecting county government.
Knowledge of public administration, zoning and code enforcement, public speaking, accounting and finance, personnel administration.
Knowledge of state and federal wage and hour guidelines.
Knowledge of modern techniques and practices used in county government.
Ability to independently plan, direct, organize and coordinate the work of subordinates.
Ability to communicate with internal and external contacts of considerable importance. Failure to exercise proper judgment in developing contacts and maintaining good relations may result in important losses to the county.
Ability to work independently on the broader administrative and policy-making activities and programs. Work checked only through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives from superiors.
Analytical skills and thorough knowledge of public administration methods of technology, organizational and planning skills.
Ability to develop long-range plans for county government and recommend a course of action.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS/DEMANDS:
Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction).
Acceptable hearing (with or without hearing aids).
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Light (up to 50 pounds) lifting and carrying.
Walking, standing, bending, stooping.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with degree in Business or Public Administration and five years of progressively responsible supervisory or management experience in public administration. Experience in community development and public planning, preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and professional experience may be substituted for required college training. Must be resident of Columbia County within the first six months of employment.
Submit a cover letter that demonstrates your experience and qualifications as they relate to the qualifications listed within the section titled “The Ideal Candidate’s Qualifications”, along with a County application, resume, and references by 5 pm, January 15, 2021.
Submission may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (386) 758-2182 or mailed to “County Manager Applicant”, Columbia County Board of County Commissioners, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 1529, Lake City, Florida 32056-1529; (physical address: 135 NE Hernando Ave., Lake City, FL 32055). Submissions must be received by 5 pm, January 15, 2021.
Questions should be directed to Lisa K.B. Roberts, HR Director at (386-)758-1006.
About Columbia County Board of County Commissioners
Columbia County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Supporting documentation for veterans’ preference (for example DD214) must be submitted with application..
We accept employment applications during periods of advertisement. We regret that resumes cannot be accepted in place of the County Application. We do encourage you to include the resume with your application. Applications should be typed or neatly printed, signed, dated, and received by the Human Resources Office no later than 5:00p.m. of the deadline date.
Employment offers are contingent upon the candidate's meeting the applicable physical requirements and passing the controlled substances test and a criminal history test prior to employment.