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Assistant County Manager

Lee County seeks an innovative solutions-oriented professional to join our team as Assistant County Manager. This position works collaboratively with the County Manager, additional Assistant County Manager, and Department Directors to carry out the goals, objectives, and policies established by the Board of Commissioners (including administration of a $90M budget and oversight of 650 employees) and holds executive-level responsibility for day-to-day management and long-range planning within the assigned departmental portfolio. The ideal candidate will have significant and successful local government experience and a demonstrated passion for public service that supports the mission and values of Lee County.

Works to continually improve County services through visioning, strategic planning, policy development, execution, and program evaluation.

Directs, coaches, and evaluates Department Directors and other staff, motivating staff to think creatively and ensuring programs align with overarching policy objectives and operate effectively and efficiently.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups, professional associates, supervisors, volunteers, governmental bodies, other community agencies, and the general public.

Represents the County’s interests in working with a broad range of stakeholders to resolve often    complex and sensitive issues.

Maintains community visibility through active participation on boards and committees impactful to Lee County government and the local community.

Reinforces value of progressive work environment that fosters excellence in public service by deliberately cultivating current knowledge of professional trends and best practices.

Directs and coordinates interdepartmental projects and activities as needed.

Masters of Public or Business Administration with 6 years’ experience in governmental management as Manager, Assistant Manager, or Department Head in a County, City, or Town organization; or any combination of comparable education, training, and experience which demonstrates the required skills and knowledge to perform the duties of the position.

Ability to think analytically to prioritize work, make data driven decisions, meet established deadlines, delegate duties and attend to details as appropriate.

Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate by example with excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills, inspiring staff to high performance.

Capacity to work collaboratively and maintain effective relationships with County Management, Board of Commissioners, other county departments, advisory boards and committees, partner municipalities, state and federal regulatory agencies and institutions, vendors, and consultants.

Impeccable judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions involving a variety of fiscal and business areas, and the ability to carry out that judgment with considerable professional and managerial discretion.

Independent and self-directed initiative and drive, with the capacity to learn new things and the appetite to take on new challenges over time.

Exceptional organizational and time management skills, accompanied by a strong capability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.

Competence in organizing, directing, and evaluating the work of diverse teams and individuals.

Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise discretion with sensitive information and requests.

Familiarity with the organization and functions of County government.

Exceptional customer service orientation, including strong traits of diplomacy, tact, patience, and empathy.

Excellent communication, both written and oral, including concise executive quality communication.

Adaptability in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with changing job requirements and duties as they occur.

Strong creative, analytical, and critical thinking skills.

Valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.

Please submit Lee County application, resume, and cover letter to Joyce McGehee, Human Resources Director at 408 Summit Drive/PO Box 1968, Sanford NC 27331. Position will remain open until filled. Females and minorities are encouraged to apply. Lee County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disabling condition in employment opportunities. Pre-employment drug testing required.