Description : The County Administrator directs the day-to-day operations of County government. This position shall by appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. Areas of responsibility include: Working with all department heads to bring contracts and viable solutions to the BOCC, working with the budgets for each of the departments, economic development for the County, working with the municipalities in the County to achieve mutual goals and coordination with entities throughout the region on various issues.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Implements policies established by the Board and manages the day-to-day operations of County government in coordination with the Department Directors.
• Monitors and works with the Department Directors on approved projects, programs and contracts; while keeping the entire Board apprised of the progress and assisting the Department Directors with these projects.
• Attends and participates in Board meetings and any other meetings the Board may designate.
• Directs preparation of the Commissioners’ meeting agendas.
• Provides staff support and research to the Board, such as researching subjects or specific areas of concern.
• Develops and recommends policies and procedures and presents the same for the Board's consideration.
• Informs the Board of pertinent items on the agenda that require their particular attention and concern.
• Provides background data on important matters coming before the Board.
• Oversees and ensures the County's adherence to all federal and state statutory requirements.
• Prepares an annual budget in conjunction with the Budget Officer and the Department Directors for recommendation to the Board for the next fiscal year and submits the annual budget to the Board as required by the Colorado State Statutes. Such budget shall include recommended
staffing, operating expenses, capital expenditures, resource allocation and revenue sources for all departments and agencies of the county government and any other information deemed necessary to justify the recommendations. All of these will be coordinated with the Budget Officer and the Department Directors.
• Exercises signature authority for personnel, financial and management actions where authorized or where the direct involvement of the Board is not required.
• Knowledge of comprehensive personnel services to all County Departments, in coordination with the County Attorney. Processes new employees and terminations and acts as Benefits and FMLA Manager.
• Knowledge of Manages risk and all County insurances, including property liability and personnel.
• Knowledge of the annual Wellness Programs, including the County Health Fair and Open Enrollment. Works to make sure that policies are followed and records are kept confidential and the Board is kept appraised of the activities, as it is appropriate.
• Reviews mail, emails and oversees the development and dissemination of public information; responds to public inquiries, complaints and concerns in a respectful, timely and effective manner, while keeping the Board informed.
• Assumes administrative responsibility at policy meetings with Federal, State, and Local officials; acts as county spokesperson in absence of the Board or as directed by the Board.
• Develops and supervises general fund grant application and awards and monitors expenditures of said grants.
• Conducts staff meetings to review progress, accomplishments, budget strategies, and plans for the County with and in conjunction with the Board.
• Monitors legislation pending in the legislature; secures policy direction from the BOCC and communicates to State and Federal Legislators. Actively participating in Colorado Counties, Inc. and other calls to make sure bills are discussed with the Board, keeping notes and tracking bills that are priorities of the Board during legislative sessions.
• Functions as a liaison with the County Attorney on behalf of the County with Board's approval or when the Board's intentions have been previously established on lawsuits and actions, or defenses thereto, in which the County is directly interested and where the Administrator's judgement in the interest of the County requires prompt action.
• Manages, directs and develops systems for long range planning and prioritization of projects and programs.
• Assists with Economic Development for the County, fielding calls and working with potential businesses to ensure their success within the County and bridging the gap with local resources and Elected Officials to turn prospects into viable businesses.
• Coordinates the Agendas and helps the Department Directors when they are needed to update the Board on items that pertain to the Board's approval.
• Manages the County Administration Office, including, but not limited to, accounting, budget and overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these functions.
• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Board’s policies and applicable laws.
• Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees within the County Administrative office, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
• Knowledge of governmental accounting, financial reporting and budgeting and the principles and techniques of organization, management and supervision.
• Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of public administration and modern office management.
• Knowledge of Colorado law as applicable to the operations, functions, policies and procedures of County government.
• Extensive experience in project planning and management.
• Well-developed facilitation and mediation skills.
• Ability to assemble, organize and present statistical financial and factual information derived from a variety of original and secondary sources.
• Ability to prepare, present and interpret complex reports.
• Well-developed ability to provide effective leadership and coordination in developing solutions, recommending new techniques and supervising staff procedures. Keen ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, Department Directors, Elected
Officials, State and Federal employees and the public. Great at team building and leading by example as well as team unity.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in Public Administrations, Business Administration, Finance or a related field. Minimum five years of senior public sector or private organization management. Experience can be substituted for degree. Knowledge of, and/or relationships with, Federal, State and local leaders preferred.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that confirm to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, pubic groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must perform a variety of hand and eye coordination tasks.
GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS:
Act as a liaison for the Board and interreact as needed to accomplish goals and carry out the agenda of the county as directed by the Board of County Commissioners, with a fair and equal manner and unbiased to all.
The County Administrator will further function in any other capacity as prescribed by the Board.
Contact : Prowers County Administration Office
301 South Main Street, Ste 215
Lamar, CO 81052 (719) 336-8025
Deadline for Applying : Aug 8, 2022