Pinellas County, Florida
Assistant County Administrator
Pinellas County, FL (population 970,600) seeks a visionary leader who excels in collaborative team building and thrives in a culture of continuous improvement as candidates for its Assistant County Administrator position. Candidates’ approach to local government service delivery must value best practices, entrepreneurial innovation and the use of metrics in decision making. This position is a key member of the County Administrator’s management team.
The individual must be a strategic thinker and consensus builder who can bring strong leadership and communication skills, as well as experience in conducting negotiations, developing inter-governmental agreements, strategic planning and shared services.
With its nearly perfect year-round climate, Pinellas County is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Located on Florida’s west coast it is home to St. Petersburg, Clearwater and 22 other municipalities. It’s 280 square miles of beaches, recreational areas, open spaces, residential, commercial and business sectors make it a highly desirable place to live, work and vacation. It is an internationally known tourist destination and the region also has a strong professional baseball presence adding to its tourism appeal.
Pinellas County is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 30 departments and divisions that provide services including human services, safety and emergency services, solid waste, transportation, public works, utilities, land use planning, real estate management, building inspections, airport, parks and conservation, environmental management, tourism and emergency management. The county provides services countywide but is also the direct service provider to almost 300,000 unincorporated residents and also provides many contract services to area municipalities. The county has a long tradition of regional planning and collaboration, a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, and protection of over 20,000 acres of open space. The County has approximately 5,400 employees of which over 2,200 report to the County Administrator. Pinellas County has a $2.5 billion budget and is governed by a seven member elected Board.
The Assistant County Administrator will lead highly complex strategic initiatives and special projects often involving numerous stakeholders with the opportunity to participate in and influence regional level decision making. Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business, or related field along with at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in local government or similar organization, with significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups. An MPA/MBA or other advanced degree is highly desirable. Starting salary range is $150,000 - $180,000 +/- depending on qualifications and experience.