CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 191
Established: 02/16
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1

ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under administrative direction, to serve as the County Administrator’s delegated authority in carrying out a variety of County initiatives, programs and projects; to serve as an executive strategist and policy advisor to County Administration on a variety of key issues; to develop, recommend and implement County-wide strategies; to provide coordination and leadership to County departments within assigned area of discipline; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Assistant County Administrator is a contract, unclassified management position within County Administration. The Assistant County Administrator has considerable interaction with the County Administrator and the Board of County Commissioners and represents the County Administrator in the development and implementation of complex programs, projects or initiatives having County-wide impact. Incumbents within this classification are fully proficient in their area of expertise and serve as innovative policy drivers within the County.

The Assistant County Administrator differs from the County Administrator who has full executive leadership responsibilities for all County operations and departments. It also differs from the Deputy County Administrator which has direct management authority over assigned County departments and assists the County Administrator in the general management of County government.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Acts on behalf of the County Administrator in executing and successfully carrying out major County initiatives, strategies and projects; holds delegated authority to provide policy direction and guidance to department management to ensure related County mission, vision and directives are being met.
  2. Oversees complex studies, programs and projects as assigned, including the development and implementation of County-wide initiatives, complex organizational studies; provides advice and counsel on a wide range of complex policy and strategic issues.
  3. Assists in the development, planning and implementation of County-wide policies, procedures and ordinances; conducts research and develops recommendations; analyzes findings and implications; coordinates with County internal-service departments as needed; prepares and presents reports and proposals to a wide variety of groups, both internal and external to the organization.
  4. Works with County departments in development and implementation of performance measurement tools and reports and monitors performance outcomes to planned actions; provides input on performance assessment/evaluation of departments related to performance outcomes and results.
  5. Within assigned areas, acts as the County’s policy representative to internal and external groups, at local, State, regional and Federal levels in conjunction with Public and Governments Affairs or other involved departments; serves as a knowledge leader to shape critical policies within County departments and outside agencies; develops and delivers training and presentations to County leadership; participates in local, regional and state organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate intergovernmental programs.
  6. Prepares and submits annual budgets for assigned program area; monitors and controls program expenditures.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: Principles, methods and techniques of public administration; principles and practices of program and policy development and implementation; participative management theories; organization and function of County departments, service districts and agencies; project management methods and techniques; principles of community organizing and citizen involvement; principles and techniques of group dynamics and group decision-making; applicable federal, state and local statutes, rules and regulations; government funding sources and financing methods; federal, state and local government operating methods and procedures; techniques of group facilitation, dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation and public relations; research methods and analysis techniques; effective business communication.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; analyze complex problems and recommend alternative solutions; prepare and implement short and long range strategic plans, including considerations of budgetary and public impact; coordinate development, interpretation and application of policy direction and advocate strategies to achieve County Administration’s goals; provide staff support to the County Administrator on intergovernmental issues, projects and initiatives; understand, interpret and explain applicable laws, regulations and County policies, procedures and rules; develop and maintain cooperative team efforts to design and adopt County-wide policies and procedures; apply problem solving methods and techniques to resolve organizational and interdepartmental issues; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with government agencies, elected officials, County employees, labor organizations, advisory committees, community and business organizations and the public; operate office equipment, including personal computers and software applications.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.