County Administrator

  • Island County, WA
  • Coupeville, Washington
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Executive
  • Salary: $140,000 USD
  • Salary Top: $160,000
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 206 714 9499
  • Apply By: Apr 10, 2022

Summary

Located two hours north of Seattle, Island County is home to 87,000 residents who enjoy a coastal lifestyle on two main islands: Whidbey and Camano. With almost 200 miles of shoreline and nine state parks, the islands are popular for hiking, camping, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, kite-boarding. The surrounding waters are a paradise for fishing, clamming, crabbing as well as spotting orcas and gray whales during migration season.  Residents appreciate the environmental beauty, mild climate, and small yet diverse communities. They enjoy access to thriving arts and local fresh food, and of course — beaches. Stunning sunsets over the snowcapped Olympic mountains are a regular occurrence.

Washington State Ferries service the central and southern end of Whidbey Island in the seaside towns of Clinton and Coupeville. The economy of this rural region relies heavily on tourism, small farms and businesses, and the arts. Whidbey's southern end is also home to residents who commute by ferry to the nearby city of Everett, where Boeing has a factory regarded as the largest building in the world by volume. Known as "the sun belt" of Washington, Whidbey has significantly less rainfall than Seattle.

Island County is led by a three-member Board of Commissioners elected from three districts to staggered four-year terms. The county operates with 465 full time employees spread over more than 20 departments and has a 2021 operating budget of $118.5 million. The County Administrator is a new position reporting directly to the Board of Island County Commissioners , representing a significant change to both the Board and the organization. The County Administrator plans, organizes and coordinates the management of executive and administrative functions in coordination with and as assigned by the Board. This position provides organizational leadership and direction to Department Heads of Island County and is accountable for the efficient and effective performance of those departments, including establishing expected outcomes and results and evaluating those results.

 

Job Description

Island County is led by a three-member Board of Commissioners elected from three districts to staggered four-year terms. The county operates with 465 full time employees spread over more than 20 departments and has a 2021 operating budget of $118.5 million.  '

The Board is bright, energetic, supportive, and eager for change. While Commissioners will occasionally have contrary viewpoints this Board is noted for its respect for each other as individuals and will always ensure each member has the freedom and opportunity to express their views. This is a high functioning Board that values the ability to disagree but maintains personal working relationships and always has the best interests of the County first.

Island County is seeking a public sector professional who is comfortable working with the County Commission’s delegated authority and sharing administrative duties with an active full-time Board. The Board is looking for a talented administrator, with high emotional intelligence who is able to provide consistent management guidance to all county departments and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the organization.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, Master’s Degree or higher preferred.
  • 5 or more years of demonstrated progressively responsible managerial and supervisory experience with executive level decision making in government. Equivalent private sector experience may be substituted.
  • Demonstrated experience in public sector budgeting and financial management. Experience in oversight of administrative programs and ability to manage in a complex, rapidly changing environment.
  • Any equivalent combination which provides the required skills, knowledge and ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Candidates must have Covid-19 vaccinations.

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