County Administrator

County of Southampton, VA

Consider the opportunity to lead a County where respect for community history is embraced, and there is a strong commitment to the strategic vision of ensuring agricultural sustainability and economic vitality.

Southampton County (County Seat: Courtland, VA), is seeking an energetic, facilitative, and visionary County Administrator with the ability to lead competent staff and work effectively within the traditional form of county government in Virginia, with an appointed County Administrator. This is a “working manager” position where the Administrator has designated projects s/he will lead. The successful Administrator has a track record of partnering and collaborating with staff, community, regional partners, and the Board to carry out the strategic priorities of the community, with a special emphasis on excellent fiscal management and economic development.

Centrally located between rural Southside Virginia and the bustling metropolitan region of Hampton Roads, Southampton County is a special place that offers something for just about everyone. Here you’ll find a bucolic countryside with fertile fields of corn, cotton, and peanuts along with dense forests of pine and hardwood. There are six charming small towns, each steeped with their unique local history and culture, in addition to several quaint villages and storied crossroads. Centrally located on the Mid-Atlantic, Southampton County is within a day’s drive of more than 130 million consumers providing limitless opportunities for continued economic growth. The County is home to two world-class corporate citizens including Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets and Hampton Farms, America’s No. 1 in-shell peanut brand. And speaking of peanuts, the County is the unofficial Virginia Gourmet Peanut Capital with Belmont, Feridies, Gurganus, Hubs and Parker’s gourmet peanuts all proudly produced in Southampton County. Southampton County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family!

The County Administrator reports to the seven-member Board of Supervisors. The County provides services through 19 departments. The County Administrator leads a staff of 150 and oversees eight of those departments to include Administration, Public Works, Finance, Children’s Services, Building Inspections, Planning, IT, and Water/Wastewater Utilities with a $66.5M general fund budget inclusive of schools and the Sheriff’s office that is supported by a tax rate of $.89 per $100 of assessed tax value. The next Administrator will be an effective communicator and inspirational leader who is able to motivate and develop staff; build partnerships with other local, regional, and state agencies; is knowledgeable about economic development, and able to manage and evaluate County infrastructure needs.

Key priorities for the next County Administrator include:
• evaluating the County’s service delivery, capacity, and organizational structure to ensure that it can meet the needs of employees and the demands of the County.
• leading key capital improvement projects which include a $25M Courthouse project that is underway as well as infrastructure investments.
• enhancing the relationship and partnership with the school board to deliver outstanding educational opportunities to residents;
• working with the Board of Supervisors to respond to economic development opportunities that are attracted to the county’s land-rich and utility capacity while balancing strategic values; and,
• offering support and advocacy to staff while continuing to expect high levels of customer service and accountability.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or a closely related field is required; a master’s degree in Public or Business Administration is desirable. Candidate must have five or more years of successful and progressive levels of supervisory and management experience at the level of Department Head or higher. Must have a proven track record in effectively leading and motivating employees, effective budget development and management, execution of capital improvement projects, economic development, intergovernmental relations, personal community accessibility, and engagement in professional organizations.

The hiring range is $125,000 to $156,250 with compensation and a contract negotiable based on experience and qualifications. The County offers outstanding benefits. Residency within the County is required within a reasonable negotiated time frame of appointment.

All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants should apply by February 09, 2022. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on March 17-18, 2022. This requires about 3-4 hours of candidate time, not including preparation. Interviews with the Board will follow at a subsequent time. Applicants are encouraged to hold these dates should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to Southampton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

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Job Details

Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)

County of Southampton


Southampton County
Courtland, VA 23837-0400
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager