Pinellas County, FL (population 970,600) seeks a visionary leader who excels in a collaborative team environment, thrives in a culture of continuous improvement and has the drive to make a positive impact in our community. This Assistant County Administrator (ACA) position is part of the County Administrator’s executive leadership team with a current focus on overseeing the County’s major operating departments which include the Public Works, Utilities, Parks, and Solid Waste Departments. The County desires an individual whose approach to local government service delivery is customer focused through collaboration, teamwork and building peer relationships across the County. This individual must value best industry practices, innovation and the use of metrics and performance measures in decision making and have a strong drive for results. In addition to oversight of some of the large operating departments, this ACA 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. The individual must be a strategic thinker and consensus builder who brings strong leadership and communication skills, as well as experience in conducting negotiations, developing inter-governmental agreements, strategic planning and the ability to manage, communicate and implement the County’s vision, mission and purpose at all levels in the organization. This position will also require extensive external collaboration with diverse organizations which include the 24 municipalities within the County, and other state and local entities.
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 County provides a full range of traditional County and municipal services. The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body, and the County Administrator is responsible for the implementation of County policies. In addition to the County Commission, there are five Constitutional Officers who are elected to administer a specific function of County government, and the Board funds all or a portion of the operational budget of each. The Constitutional Officers are the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector.
The County Administrator’s team is a large, complex team consisting of more than 30 departments and divisions that provide a range of 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 full-service provider to almost 300,000 unincorporated residents and provides many contracted services to area municipalities. The county has a long tradition of regional planning and collaboration, a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, financial stability and protection of over 20,000 acres of open space.
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 the most densely populated County in the State of Florida and is faced with several regional and local challenges which include transportation, affordable housing and responding to climate change and sea level rise.
• A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business or related fields 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 is required.
• A Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or related fields, or other relevant certifications or licenses is highly desirable.
• Significant accomplishments in complex project management with the ability to interact with elected officials, senior staff, boards or commissions and community organizations in the development and implementation of project goals and objectives.
• Strong financial and asset management skills including significant experience in capital improvements planning.
• Strong supervisory skills with demonstrable experience in leading through subordinates, assigning projects with timelines and ultimate accountability for effective implementation.
The Assistant County Administrator is appointed by the County Administrator. Starting salary range: $170,000 to $190,000 +/- DOQ, with an excellent benefit package - http://www.pinellascounty.org/hr/benefits.htm. Questions regarding the recruitment may be directed to Joellen J. Cademartori, CEO, GovHR USA at 847-380-3238. Pinellas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity. It strongly encourages minorities and women to apply. It is also a drug-free workplace.