Assistant County Administrator

  • The Novak Consulting Group
  • Washington County, Oregon, USA
Full Time Government

Job Description

The Opportunities

Through an initiative known as Design the Future, the County Administrator is restructuring the County Administrative Office to include four Assistant County Administrators. Under the direction of the County Administrator, the four Assistant County Administrators will strategically collaborate with the County Administrator and Chief Officers to build a leading-edge, mission-focused organization that can better serve the community now and in the years ahead. These positions will contribute to building a human-centered organization that integrates equity into decision-making and supports the health, effectiveness, creativity and talent of all County employees.

The four Assistant County Administrators will be appointed with the delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the County Administrator. Each position is responsible for leading a designated portfolio of services and may adjust over time based on business needs.

  • County Administrative Office Operations, Government Relations, Sustainability, Information Technology, Facilities and Park Services and liaison to the offices of County Counsel and Auditor.
  • Health and Human Services, Housing Services, Community Development and Assessment and Taxation.
  • Land Use and Transportation, Economic Development, Cooperative Library, Westside Commons and Watermaster.
  • Community Corrections, Juvenile Services, Law Library and liaison to the offices of the Sheriff, District Attorney and Courts.

The Assistant County Administrators collaborate with the County Administrator in establishing the strategic direction, mission and operations of the County and exercise professional judgment and apply this to complex, multi-disciplinary and sensitive issues. The Assistants create a workplace that promotes and implements the organizational values of workplace equity, diversity and inclusion and actively promote an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society. Each position serves as a member of the Executive Leadership team, responsible for shaping and realizing the County's vision, mission and goals as established by the Board of County Commissioners.

Washington County seeks experienced executive leaders who are strategic and forward-thinking and through highly effective leadership skills successfully manage and empower others in a complex, changing environment. The Assistant County Administrators bring their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective while complementing and supporting a highly effective and engaged Executive Leadership Team. With an entrepreneurial approach to local government, the successful candidates embrace change and transformation in support of a shared vision.


At least six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in government management, including at least three (3) years of experience supervising professional-level staff, is required. Prior experience driving change and transformation and lead responsibility for developing and coordinating complex inter-jurisdictional programs and projects, analysis of management problems, fiscal consideration and budget work is essential. A bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, political science, economics, or a related field is required.

A master’s degree in business or public administration, public policy and administration, social science or a related field is preferred. International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) designation or other leadership certification is ideal.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Assistant County Administrators is $160,412 – $204,648 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidates. Benefits offered to all employees include the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • Enrollment in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System
  • Vacation, administrative, holiday and sick leave
  • Washington County Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free TriMet light rail/bus pass

How to Apply

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives and life experiences. The organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony, offering job stability and an opportunity to serve and support the growing, diverse community. Washington County is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at . Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review September 7, 2021.