The search for a new county administrator is on track, according to Mayor Mark Holland, and he is ready to list a job posting for the position on Nov. 27.
And the job description for the new administrator, according to Unified Government documents, says the mayor is looking for a “resourceful, visionary individual who can lead adaptive change in a large organization to align resources, both people and financial, to carry out the strategic plan of the mayor and commissioners.”
This job description goes on for a couple more pages and was presented to the Unified Government Commission at its meeting on Nov. 21. Many other qualities are outlined for the administrator position, including working well with others, communicating, innovative thinker, high ethical standards, and more.
The UG document points out what may become some of the biggest tasks for the next administrator, including:
- A classification and compensation study to help determine pay raises for all UG employees;
- Setting policy on how to best reallocate millions in funds freed up from the upcoming STAR bond payoff;
- Succession planning as key department heads approach retirement;
- Balancing the annual budget; and several other challenges.
The job listing does not contain any salary figures, just saying compensation is “highly competitive,” and depends on the individual’s qualifications and match with the attributes that are sought.
Applicants will have until Jan. 15 to get their resume and cover letters in with current salary information to the management consultant firm handling the job search, according to the listing.
On Nov. 27, the Unified Government plans to list a job posting and a candidate profile on its website, and also in local and nationwide city-county management publications, according to Holland. Dennis Hays, UG administrator, announced his retirement in August, effective in mid-March 2014.
Holland said the search firms were interviewed and Slavin Management Consultants was selected in September to lead the search. Bob Slavin interviewed UG officials and community members in October and then compiled a profile of the ideal candidate to be used in the job selection process.
The profile will be published next week, according to Holland, and the active recruiting process will be open for 45 days. The mayor said he and the management consultant will sort through the applications of those who apply.
Holland said the administrator selection process is on schedule. The pool of applicants will be narrowed to top finalists in mid-January, and there will be a review and interview of top finalists in late January, according to the timeline. The new administrator is scheduled to be appointed by Holland with the consent of the UG Commission in mid-February.