Currently Accepting Applications for two (2) Regional Managers -
Under the mission of DOLA, The Division of Local Government, the Regional Manager is recognized as a state authority regarding all aspects of local government operations and management as well as community and economic development challenges and opportunities in the assigned region. The Regional Manager must demonstrate excellent independent decision-making and executive management skills; maintain current and sophisticated hands-on knowledge of local government management in all areas including finance, planning, personnel administration, constitutional and statutory provisions, capital construction, land use planning, intergovernmental relations, and community development practices, emergency management, and disaster recovery; and must negotiate conflict and work to bring different parties together. This critical position must act with full autonomy and independence when called upon to represent the State, Department, and/or Division in the field and is viewed as the primary point of contact and the face of state government. The Regional Manager is the expert on local government issues for the region and as such advises the Executive Branch, General Assembly, Department, Division, and other state agencies on local issues which may have an effect on state programs or policies by identifying local issues, developing policy solutions, implementation plans, speaking points, itineraries and setting meetings with local officials. Further, the position submits regular and special briefings to the Executive Director and Division Director to enhance geographic region knowledge and alert management to potential issues/concerns. Additionally, during disaster recovery, or any crisis, the Regional Manager coordinates state and other resources, develops and implements long-term recovery strategies, and advises the Divison Director, Executive Director, and Governor's Office on intergovernmental issues related to recovery. Additionally, this position will perform the following duties:
Evaluates statewide local community needs and develop strategies for resource and service delivery;
Guides local government in solving challenges;
Educates, coaches, and advises local government leaders, both elected and appointed on good governance practices;
Gathers analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information on the economic, social, and political condition of the assigned region to effectuate sound state and local government decision-making;
Develops and presents policy recommendations to local governments and the Division, Department, as well as State and Federal governments;
Evaluates local government requests for state-administered assistance and determines allocation and delivery of Division, Department, and other state resources, including grant funds and personnel;
Manages the effective implementation of state and Division programs and policies state-wide;
Negotiates grant agreement scopes of work, budgets, outcomes, and deliverables, and manages compliance with grant agreements;
Leads DLG's emergency recovery processes within the assigned region, or if needed statewide; and
May supervise professional staff.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Interested individuals who possess extensive local government experience and demonstrated competency as an effective executive manager are strongly encouraged to apply.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in planning, public administration, or a closely related field
Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in a local government organization involving executive management level experience leading a range of areas, for example, project development, planning, community development, policy formulation, emergency management, and/or governance and operations. This experience must be demonstrated in your application to be considered for employment.
Professional local government management experience, that provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
A master's degree in Business Administration, Political Science, or Public Administration may substitute on a year-for-year basis.
At least two years of experience serving in a local government chief executive officer capacity, for example serving as a city or county manager or administrator
Experience in multiple government structures including municipal, county, regional councils of government, and/or special districts
Experience providing strategic planning consultation/facilitation to stakeholders
Highly Desired Skills and Competencies:
A highly skilled and poised communicator who is effective in one-on-one and in public meetings, with the ability to provide clear, concise, and objective responses to complex questions and issues
Critical thinker and competent manager of critical and changing issues
Capable of sustaining a respectful and productive work environment that inspires teamwork and positive results
Values local agencies' contributions
Ability to independently problem solve
Strong attention to detail
Strong analytical skills
Strong dedication to public service
Ability to mentor and develop management
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external customers
Ability to sustain a respectful and productive work environment that inspires teamwork and positive results
Ability to provide clear, concise, and objective responses to complex program questions
Independent thinker with a creative problem-solving approach and an eye for detail; dedicated to public service; keeps the interests of the region and community at heart;
Self-starter, positive, appropriately assertive, and proactive;
Strives to earn and maintain the local government and community leader's trust and respect, yet willing to raise difficult issues when necessary;
Maintains very high ethical standards; a person of exceptional character who naturally earns the confidence and trust of others;
Politically astute without being political; has experience working with local elected officials and does not resist difficult issues
Ability to work independently, as well as with a team
Approachable and accessible to the local agency management, elected officials, as well as to state and Federal government officials.
Conditions of Employment:
Ability to travel independently statewide by state vehicle. Frequent in-state day travel and regular overnight travel is required. (approximately 2-5 nights per month).
Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. The definition of fully vaccinated can be found here on page 6 of the Public Health Order.