Deputy County Administrator

County of Gallatin, MT

Job Details

  • Job Function: Assistant/Deputy Department Director
  • Salary: $118,000. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 89,513
  • Where: 311 W. Main, Bozeman, MT
  • Form of Government: County council-administrator/mgr

Post Date: Feb 6 2019

To apply submit cover letter, resume with at least six references, Gallatin County Employment Application, and Applicant Survey to Application and Applicant Survey can be found on the Gallatin County website.


Montana’s fastest-growing county seeks a skilled professional manager to continue its tradition of excellence in local government. Gallatin County is home to a thriving economy, Yellowstone National Park, Montana State University, world-class skiing, and blue-ribbon trout streams. Gallatin County’s 104,000 residents also enjoy local art galleries, historic attractions, farmers markets, museums, performing arts centers, and an international airport with non-stop flights to several destinations on the East and West Coasts as well as the mid-west and Texas. We boast a high rate of home ownership, a highly-rated public school system, and low crime and unemployment rates. 56 percent of Bozeman residents have bachelor’s, graduate or professional degrees compared to 30 percent nationally. With unbeatable weather, notable amenities, and a high quality of life, it is no surprise that Gallatin County is frequently recognized as an ideal place to live. It has been named to more “Top 10 Best…” lists nationally than will fit in this advertisement.

The Government:
Gallatin County has a Commission form of government, which operates under general powers granted by the state constitution and statutes. Three Commissioners and seven row officers are elected on a partisan, at-large basis. Commissioners perform executive, legislative, and quasi-judicial functions and are actively engaged in the County‘s business.

The Position:
The Deputy County Administrator position is a new position and is an excellent opportunity for a talented professional to make a difference in an organization constantly seeking ways to best provide services to a fast-growing community. The position assists the County Administrator with all phases of government and will be responsible for direct supervision of the following departments: Road and Bridge, Parks and Open Lands, Fairgrounds, Solid Waste, and Noxious Weeds. The Deputy County Administrator will manage department operations and ensure accountability for all responsibilities and projects; effectively collaborate with all other department heads, elected officials, and staff as well as ensure constructive relationships with other public and quasi-public agencies and private sector partners; and build and foster a culture of community engagement that informs all operations and capital project planning that fosters trust in County staff and operations. The position will participate in strategic planning and budgeting and will be the key staff person for capital planning. He or she will assist with implementation of broad policy planning and supervision of staff.
The position will align County operational practices with Commission and public goals to ensure high quality customer service and responsiveness. The Deputy County Administrator will act as the County Administrator in the County Administrator’s absence.

The ideal candidate will be:
• Experienced & knowledgeable in public works management
• A proven leader in building a culture of professionalism, citizen service, learning and innovation
• Ultra-responsive to the public and development community
• An experienced project manager who appreciates and develops high-quality, repeatable processes for project management and communication
• A confident self-starter
• Well-versed in the best practices of contemporary public administration
• Able to apply knowledge in support of the organization and to the benefit of staff and residents alike
• An engaged coach and mentor, with an inspiring, collaborative and participatory leadership style
• Known for enforcing high standards and creating and maintaining an energized and responsive culture
• A skilled problem solver
• Able to build teams, develop goals, and follow-through on projects
• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, urban planning, business administration, public administration, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
• Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in engineering, public works operations, urban planning, construction or related field

The Process:
The first review will take place February 28, 2019 (position is open until filled). To apply submit cover letter, resume with at least six references, Gallatin County Employment Application, and Applicant Survey to To maintain confidentiality, references will not be checked until near the end of the process. As a condition of hire, the final candidate will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check and a motor vehicle record check and be insurable under the County’s liability policies. Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of Montana or attain a Montana driver’s license within six months of hire. Questions about the position should be directed to Cynde Hertzog, Human Resources Director at (406) 582-3046 or

Gallatin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Gallatin County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or marital status.

Annual salary is up to $118,000 DOQ. Gallatin County also offers an excellent benefits package including an Optional Health Benefits Plan where premiums for full-time employees are 100% covered by Gallatin County and spouses and families can be added at extremely reasonable rates. Our program also offers limited dental and vision coverage. Employees receive ten (10) paid holidays per year as well as 12 paid days of sick time and 3 weeks of paid vacation time. Gallatin County employees participate in a mandatory retirement plan through the Montana Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). We also offer an optional Deferred Compensation Plan and Flexible Spending Accounts.