Compensation for the Deputy County Administrator will be competitive depending on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be offered a generous benefits package including participation in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), health insurance coverage, paid time off, , professional development support, relocation allowance and other benefits provided to County employees.
Accomack County is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Deputy County Administrator. The Deputy County Administrator is hired by, reports to, and works at the pleasure of the County Administrator. He or she is a member of the senior executive leadership team working closely with the County Administrator, the other Deputy County Administrator, and the “c-suite” positions of CFO, CHRO, and CIO to manage day-to-day County operations and to implement plans, policies, and other activities in support of County priorities.
Under minimal supervision and with considerable autonomy and discretion, the Deputy County Administrator oversees the operations of Planning, Zoning, Building, Environmental Programs, and Economic Development. The Deputy Administrator is responsible for budget development and implementation and staff supervision in those functional areas. There are five (5) direct reports and eighteen (18) FTE positions under the position. The position is responsible for ensuring compliance with County zoning, subdivision, building, and environmental regulations and designates a Zoning Administrator, Subdivision Agent, and Building Official to fulfill that duty. He or she will also have oversight of the County’s enterprise permitting and licensing software, EnerGov, and, from time to time, will interact with applicants and permit holders. The position also provides staff support to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Wetlands Board and will make presentations to the Board of Supervisors on issues related to community development.
In addition to coordinating the various activities related to community development, the Deputy County Administrator will have other responsibilities to support overall County operations and to provide him or her with professional development opportunities. This will include project management, a role in emergency management planning, response, and mitigation, and representing Accomack County before various public bodies and community groups. In the absence of the County Administrator, the Deputy County Administrator may be designated to serve in an acting role.
ACCOMACK COUNTY Accomack County, Virginia, provides a unique quality of life in a rural environment. Its picturesque small railroad towns and fishing villages offer a modern-day refuge. The terrain is very flat throughout, ranging from sea level to fifty feet above sea level, and includes many barrier islands. The County features rich farmland, undisturbed beaches, expanses of marsh and forest, and small towns rich in history and culture. The towns of Accomac and Onancock are designated State Historic Districts that feature restored Colonial architecture. Recreational opportunities attract fishers, boaters, and beach-lovers to Accomack County and its pristine barrier islands. The County is probably best known for its fresh oysters, crabs, sport fishing, Assateague and Tangier Islands, and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Accomack County operates under the traditional, or County Administrator/Board of Supervisors, form of government (as defined under Virginia law). The County is governed by a nine-member Board of Supervisors, each representing an election district, who are elected to four-year terms, with the term of the current Board expiring on December 31, 2023. Board members annually select a Chair and Vice-Chair to serve a one-year term. The Board is the legislative policy making body for the County government. It enacts ordinances, adopts the annual budget, appropriates funds, sets tax rates, establishes policies, and adopts plans for County growth and development.
Accomack County provides a range of services to the citizens and businesses of the County, including public safety, animal control, social services, community planning, building permits and inspections, emergency management, parks and recreation facilities and programs, and environmental programs. County roads are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Accomack County has approximately 354 FTE employees, including those of the constitutional officers, and a FY23 budget of approximately $85 million, including $65.6 million for General Government, a $21.4 million transfer for School Operations, $5 million for Social Services, $4 million for Capital Projects, and $4 million for Debt Service. The County has manageable debt and a healthy fund balance.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume, with salary expectations and professional references, to The Berkley Group via email at email@example.com. While the position is open until filled, the formal review of applicants will begin October 17, 2022. Inquiries relating to the Deputy County Administrator position may be directed to:
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QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
The following education and experience factors are the expected qualifications for successful performance:
• A bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Planning, Business Management, or a related field; a master’s degree is preferred. • Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional management experience at the level of a deputy department director or higher in local government administration. • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of local government organization, economic development, planning, and code enforcement. Local government experience in Virginia is desirable. Experience with enterprise permitting and licensing software such as Energov, is a plus. • A demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development through participation in organizations such as the International City/County Management Association (ICMA),the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) and the American Planning Association (APA). AICP designation and progress toward or certification as an ICMA Credentialed Manager is a plus. • Any combination of education and experience that qualifies an applicant may be considered in lieu of the more specific criteria listed above.
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