County Administrator

County of Bedford, VA

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: No preference
  • Salary: $140,000 - $185,000. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 77,371
  • Where: 122 East Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523
  • Form of Government: County council-elected executive

Post Date: Sep 5 2018


Bedford County, Virginia’s next County Administrator has the opportunity to work in one of the Commonwealth’s most beautiful and fast-growing counties. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford County has retained its rural charm while providing residents with access to some of Virginia’s largest metropolitan areas. Bedford County has a robust mix of economic drivers and is geographically diverse, ensuring a lifestyle perfectly suited for people from every walk of life. The County Administrator will lead an outstanding team of department heads and partner with the Board of Supervisors, all of whom are vested in working together for the continued growth of the County.

Bedford County has a history of providing services to its residents in a conscientious and reliable manner while maintaining the fiscal balance necessary to preserve the long-term viability and economic competitiveness of the community. Services provided by the County include Police, Fire and Rescue, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Economic Development, Fiscal Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Tourism, and Nursing Home.

Bedford County employs approximately 405 full-time employees and 192 part-time staff members. The County’s FY 2018 budget is $182M in total funds, $106M of which is the General Fund budget. The County Administrator currently has 12 direct reports. The Fire department is a combined system with full-time staff working with volunteer fire companies and EMS rescue squads to serve residents across the County. Constitutional officers, which includes the Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney, and Circuit Court Clerk, oversee their own staff. The Department of Social Services is a non-deviating agency with its own director and a board that is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Water and sewer services are provided by the Bedford Regional Water Authority.

The minimum qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, government, political science, business management, or a closely related field and at least 7-10 years of experience as a City/County Administrator, Deputy/Assistant City/County Administrator, or progressively responsible experience managing in a local government environment.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree; experience in budget, land use and economic development, tourism, project management; and experience working with other localities to accomplish goals for the community and the region. Experience with growth and working in the Commonwealth of Virginia is also preferred.

Residency within the County limits within a reasonable time after acceptance of the position is required.

The expected hiring range for this position is $140,000 – 185,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

Confidential applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that contains a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with the first review of applications on October 17, 2018.

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