Assistant County Manager

County of Johnson, KS

Located along the Kansas/Missouri border, Johnson County, Kansas was founded in 1855 and has a population of 629,567, making it the largest county in Kansas. The county consists of several larger suburbs, including Olathe, the county seat, and Overland Park, the second most populous city in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. With a national reputation for excellence, the county is proud to be amongst the top 2% of all counties that have achieved a Triple AAA bond rating and is ranked 14th on Niche’s 2023 list of Best Counties to live in America. Johnson County exhibits all of the hallmarks of a great community: a thriving and growing business sector, nationally recognized public schools, first-class cultural and recreational amenities, and distinctive and welcoming neighborhoods. The County's population has grown 15.69% from 2010 to 2021, and continued growth is expected due to the high quality of life and excellent amenities that are provided throughout the county.

Johnson County operates under the commission-manager form of government with a 7-member elected Board of County Commissioners. The County has a workforce of more than 4,200 FTEs and an adopted budget of $1.79 billion for FY2024. At Johnson County Government, we challenge ourselves to be a different kind of government because we care deeply about our community and each other. Committed to our shared values, we provide excellent public service, seeking always to improve ourselves and our organization. We offer wonderful benefits, retirement plans, wellness incentives, a great organizational culture, and much more.

The County Manager’s Office is seeking a proven leader to fill the position of Assistant County Manager. The Assistant County Manager assists the County Manager with complex strategic and operational functions and activities and will exercise general administrative, decision-making and policy oversight of assigned departments with considerable independence and broad latitude. The Assistant County Manager will help achieve organizational objectives, and foster a culture of trust, accountability, efficiency, and transparency. Candidates for this position should have a passion for local government service, a history of servant leadership, and have the knowledge and skills to manage any county department, program or project assigned by the County Manager and be effective immediately. This position is an essential part of the County Manager’s leadership team, along with a Deputy County Manager and two other Assistant County Managers, who all report directly to the County Manager.

For consideration, applications, cover letter and resume must be received by 5pm on October 15, 2023.

The Assistant County Manager is a highly responsible leadership position within the organization that works under the direction of the County Manager. Major duties and responsibilities of the position include:

Coordinates activities of various departments including the supervision of department directors.
Participates on the County’s Executive Leadership Team.
Provides staff support to various boards and commissions.
Develops and administers policies, programs, and projects.
Attends all BOCC meetings and makes presentation to the BOCC and other groups.
Reviews department budget requests.
Plays a key role in achieving the BOCC’s vision and goals for the community.
Leads the development of a High Performing Organization through active demonstration of the county’s Pillars of Performance.
Propels the County’s value of continuous improvement with a strategic focus on innovation.
Represents Johnson County Government at the local, County, State, and National level by serving on assigned committees, coalitions, organizations.
May serve as the Acting Manager in the County Manager’s absence.

Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or relevant field and 10 years of progressively responsible, professional-level related experience, including experience working with elected and appointed officials, is required. Five years of supervisory experience is required. Master’s degree and local government management experience is preferred, but any combination of experience and education that provides candidates with the required qualifications may be considered.

Candidate must be able to successfully complete background screenings. Johnson County is an equal opportunity/equal access employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The expected salary range for this position is $146,608 to $219,912 annually and will be based on experience.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
For consideration, applications, cover letter and resume must be received at by 5pm on October 15, 2023.

Job Details

Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator
Position Type
Full Time

County of Johnson


111 S Cherry St
Olathe, KS 66061-3451
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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