ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:
Performs complex professional and difficult administrative work assisting the County Administrator in directing
operations of the county government; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.
Supervision is exercised over all operations in the absence of the County Administrator.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
Assisting the County Administrator with special projects and management issues; performing research and
preparing papers for the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors; managing special projects;
supervising certain departments; preparing reports.
(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties
does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
Provides support to the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors on issues related to county services.
Provides information on specialized matters; participates in various groups and meetings; prepares a variety of
correspondence; resolves specific issues of Board members.
Develops information for Board agenda packets; obtains support documentation; prepares resolutions; reviews
Board meeting materials with Board Chairman.
Directs the efforts of interoffice committees to address specific issues and problems.
Serves as team leader and team member in various special task groups.
Undertakes and/or directs special projects as assigned by the County Administrator.
Acts as County Administrator when required.
Performs related tasks as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of the organization, function and methods of operation of the county's departments; thorough
knowledge of general management and office organization principles and practices; thorough knowledge of the basic
laws, ordinances and regulations underlying the county government corporation; ability to analyze a variety of
complex working procedures and to develop recommendations to improve them; ability to express ideas effectively
both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials,
associates and the general public.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with
major course work in public administration, political science or related field preferred to be supplemented with a
Masters degree in public Administration and considerable experience in local government administration.
This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of
force frequently or constantly to move objects; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas
by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to
receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is
required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of motor vehicles or equipment,
determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is
not subject to adverse environmental conditions.
Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.
SPRINGSTED JANUARY 2004 ENTITY
ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
The Recruitment Package provides background information on the Bedford County community
and local government, and outlines the qualification factors identified as necessary and desirable
of candidates for the position of Assistant County Administrator.
This package will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing specific criteria by
which candidates will be screened and selected for final interview and appointment
consideration. All inquiries relating to the recruitment and selection process for the Assistant
County Administrator are to be directed to the attention of:
Human Resources Manager
122 E. Main Street, Suite 202
Bedford, VA 24523
COMMUNITY BACKGROUND The Bedford area offers a wide range of
recreation and leisure activities. The Blue
Bedford County is one of the fastest Ridge Parkway, a scenic highway extending
growing areas in the Commonwealth of 470 miles along the crest of the Southern
Virginia. A good mix of industry, Appalachian Mountains, attracts thousands
commerce and agriculture ensures a strong, of visitors each year. The Parkway offers a
diversified economy and a positive business “natural” vacation with breathtaking
climate. Bedford’s political atmosphere is scenery, hiking on the historic Appalachian
stable, the tax rates favorable, the school Trail, camping and picnic facilities. The
system excellent and the quality of life Jefferson National Forest provides a
outstanding. Government policies in the wilderness area along with hunting, fishing,
Bedford area are directed toward economic horseback and hiking trails. Smith
and social development and the Mountain Lake, a 23,000-acre lake with
governmental attitude toward business and more than 500 miles of shoreline offers
industry is one of cooperation and support. unlimited water sports. Smith Mountain
Bedford has been designated as a Certified Lake State Park provides a public beach,
Business Location by the Virginia boat ramps, camping, hiking and picnic
Department of Economic Development. facilities.
Strategically located between the Bedford enjoys a rich historic heritage and
metropolitan areas of Lynchburg and hundreds visit the area to view its many
Roanoke, Bedford is part of the Lynchburg historic sites. One of the most famous is
Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, a retreat
home designed and built by Jefferson.
Bedford County was formed in 1754 and Bedford is home to the D-Day Memorial
named for the Fourth Duke of Bedford, a honoring those who fought and died during
British Government official. In 1839, the the Normandy invasion.
Town of Liberty (now the City of Bedford)
was established. Originally an agricultural
economy, Bedford’s industrial development BEDFORD COUNTY
began in 1880, and since that time, industrial GOVERNMENT BACKGROUND
growth has been consistent and often
fostered by the involvement of local Bedford County is organized under the
citizens. traditional form of county government.
Under this form, the locality is directed by a
Bedford County consists of 764 square seven-member Board of Supervisors who
miles in the west-central portion of are elected from within election districts.
Virginia’s central plateau. Its boundaries The Board has overall administrative and
include the Blue Ridge Mountains on the legislative responsibilities including levying
west, the James River on the north, and county taxes, appropriating funds, approving
Smith Mountain Lake on the south. The and enforcing the County’s Comprehensive
area has a rolling to hilly terrain with Plan which governs land use, making and
elevations varying from 800 feet to 4,200 enforcing ordinances, and establishing
feet about sea level. policies and procedures for the operation of
In addition to the Board of Supervisors, salary reduction up to $8,000 or 25% of
other elected County officials include the gross salary whichever is less. Plan
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commissioner of participants may choose from a variety
the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney, of investment choices.
Treasurer and Sheriff. The Clerk of the
Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney • Flexible Spending Account
and the Sheriff are elected by citizens of
both the City and the County. • Holidays and Vacation Leave - The
County observes 11 paid holidays each
The seven-member School Board is elected year. The vacation policy is based on
and functions independently of the County length of service, ranging from 1 day per
Board. However, the School Board is month at hire to 1 ½ days per month
required to submit annual operating and after 10 years.
capital budgets to the County Board of
Supervisors for its approval. • Other Benefits - Bedford County’s sick
leave policy allows full-time employees
The County’s organization chart is included to accrue sick leave at the rate of 1 day
within this Recruitment Package, which per month.
indicates the County’s operating, and
administrative departments. • Relocation - Bedford County will
consider providing assistance with
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
• Annual Salary - The annual salary for LEADERSHIP STYLE &
the Assistant County Administrator is PERSONALITY TRAITS
The following attributes, capabilities, and
• Retirement & Life Insurance - Bedford demonstrated skills are essential for the new
County participates in the Virginia Director of Planning:
Retirement System. Retirement and life
insurance benefits are fully funded by 1. Be a proven self-starter with strong
the County. Additional coverage is initiative and a proactive style needing little
available at the employee’s expense. direction.
• Medical Plan - The County offers 2. Willing to take the initiative while
various medical insurance plans. The maintaining excellent communication with
County provides variable funding based involved parties.
on an employee’s selected dependent
coverage. Two dental plans are 3. Demonstrate team skills and an energetic
available to participating full-time personality with a “can do” attitude.
employees at employee cost. The
County does not participate in the 4. Able to establish and maintain cordial,
funding of the dental plan. positive, and productive relationships
with citizens, volunteers, employees and
• 457 Deferred Compensation - Pre-tax government officials.
for coaching to encourage the attainment of
5. Person of high moral character, with small successes toward achieving goals.
proven integrity, honesty and loyalty and
have the ability to think clearly in
difficult situations such as interviews RECRUITMENT PROCESS
with the media.
1. Interested applicants should submit a
6. Exhibit personal and professional County application to the Human Resources
commitment to those behaviors and Department.
leadership style, which will motivate
others and set standards for high 2. Selected applicants will be requested to
performance effectiveness. submit a cover letter with resume, salary
history and 3 references.
7. Willingly and able to communicate
openly with all staff members, taking 3. Selected applicant(s) will be requested
time to share information and to review to visit Bedford County and participate in
matters of interest as well as concerns the interview process with a selection
that promote harmony, teamwork, committee.
ownership and which relate to the
accomplishment of County goals. 4. It is hoped that the successful applicant
will be able to start work by August 1, 2005
8. Able to deal firmly and understandingly or soon thereafter.
with difficult people and posses
negotiating skills for settling differences
with both internal and external groups
by winning concessions without
9. Have political savvy and the ability to
maneuver through complex “politically
charged” situations effectively while
being sensitive to how people and
10. Exhibit a willingness and ability to
provide strong visible and strategic
business development and leadership
through effective articulation and
communication of programs, activities,
and results among all members of the
11. Knowledge of the importance of regular
training and ongoing career development for
departmental employees, including the need
Citizens of Bedford County
Commissioner of the Revenue Sheriff
Treasurer Commonwealth’s At
Clerk of the Circuit
Board of Supervisors
County Attorney Boards and Commis
Assistant County Administrator
Fire & Rescue Human Fiscal Planning/ Economic
Services Resources Management Zoning Development/EDA
Nursing Public Youth & Family Information
Home Facilities Services Systems