County Administrator

Application Deadline: 2022-12-31
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Great leaders invited to apply!

La Crosse County is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader who demonstrates strategic and visionary thinking and leads with clear business priorities, goals, objectives, and desired outcomes to be our next County Administrator. This position is the Chief Administrative Officer for La Crosse County Government.

La Crosse County offers a comprehensive total rewards package including health, dental, vision and life insurances, retirement, paid time off, and other Benefits (click for link). Salary commensurate with experience.

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We will be accepting applications until the right person is hired.

La Crosse County Respects Diversity

Essential Job Functions

Shall be responsible for administration of an annual County Budget, with recommendations, which shall be presented to the Executive Committee and County Board. Approves appropriate budgeted department financial requests as delegated by the County Board.

Leads and grows an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equality and inclusion to make La Crosse County an employer and community of choice.

Acts with integrity and builds trust through demonstrated humility, and honesty. Treats others with dignity and respect. Is able to galvanize leaders and their teams in the County to embody and demonstrate these critically important La Crosse County cultural competencies. Acts in the interest of La Crosse County. Respects and preserves confidentiality. Accepts personal responsibility and admits mistakes. Models open and honest communication. Demonstrates the courage to speak out appropriately with leaders and peers even when the point of view is unpopular.

Demonstrates capability to think with vision and strategy to drive positive results by leading with clear County business priorities, goals, objectives, and desired outcomes. Seeks out new opportunities to drive results with innovation and creativity. Evaluates, monitors, and holds self and others accountable for results.

Actively listens to learn and understand despite personal setback. Demonstrates open-minded thinking and willingness to accept other’s points of view.

Engages and builds effective relationships with stakeholders and collaborates for mutually beneficial outcomes. Maintains and builds trusted relationships and active networks in and outside of the organization. Adapts communication style to the needs of different audiences. Leads with confidence while balancing humility in all interactions.

Demonstrates ability to be flexible while informally influencing others through coaching, motivation, and inspirational leadership. Effectively leads high performing teams to arrive at solutions that provide positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Takes ownership of own and team development to improve performance and strengthen leadership to be more effective in role.

Demonstrates critical, strategic, and agile thinking while understanding the dynamics of the organization and public influence and perception. Uses analytical skills, experience, and input from others to make critical decisions.

Takes intelligent risks and leads the organization through change. Demonstrates perseverance by pushing through difficult and challenging situations. Models emotional intelligence and agility during setbacks.

Administers and enforces County ordinances, and State and Federal law and sets administrative policy to that effect.

Leads the organizational structure and design of La Crosse County.

Appoints and leads, in accordance with County ordinances, the heads of all departments of the County, whether previously appointed by board or commission, County Board or Board Chair, except those elected by the people, or where statutes provide that appointment shall be made by elected officers. Any appointment by the County Administrator requires the confirmation of the County Board.

Administers such appropriate and timely discipline through county processes when necessary for all appointed department heads. Any department head appointed by the County Administrator may be removed at the discretion of the Administrator in accordance with County ordinances.

Communicates monthly and annually, and when otherwise advisable, to the County Board of Supervisors the condition of the County and shall recommend such matters to them for their consideration as deemed necessary or advisable for administration and coordination of County functions.

Shall be the chief administrative spokesperson for the County.

Serves as an ex-officio member of standing committees of the County Board and attends meetings when necessary or appropriate or as requested.

Coordinates, prepares and researches reports for the County Board as necessary or requested by the County Board. Attends County Board meetings and contributes in a manner appropriate with the role of an Administrator.

Executes the orders of the County Board and supervises compliance thereof.

Drafts resolutions pursuant to County Ordinance for consideration by the Board and instructs Corporation Counsel to draft necessary ordinances for the Board’s consideration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Considerable knowledge of County Government operations.
-Thorough knowledge of budget preparation, supervision and revision.
-Ability to be visionary and creative in a key management role.
-Considerable knowledge of State and Federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to County Government.
-Demonstrated competency in leadership and team building relationships with County department heads and employees.
-Ability to maintain effective working relationships with County officials, employees and the general public.
-Ability to plan, coordinate and lead others in driving results.
-Possess initiative for coordination of County functions and dedication to County administrative teamwork and leadership.
-Ability to exercise sound independent judgment.
-Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to address a variety of audiences.

Training, Experience and Other Requirements:
The County Administrator shall be appointed based on qualifications including educational background, work experience and demonstrated performance and the County Board shall give due regard to special skills and abilities necessary for the position of County Administrator. Only those qualified and consistently demonstrating the ability to perform the duties of this key office, shall be eligible for hire or to remain in office.

Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field of study; supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in executive administrative positions, preferably in local or State government. If the applicant has a minimum of two (2) years of academic study beyond high school and lacks a bachelor’s degree in an acceptable field, the candidate shall have had at least ten (10) years of executive administrative experience; or, an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience. Probationary period will be one year, subject to the terms of any employment agreement. Must become a resident of La Crosse County within one (1) year from date of hire and remain a county resident during employment.

Deadline Note: no deadline to apply