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					                                   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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
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
                                   BEDFORD COUNTY

                                         VIRGINIA



                                RECRUITMENT PACKAGE
                     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:


                                         Cheryl Dean
                                 Human Resources Manager
                                       Bedford County
                                122 E. Main Street, Suite 202
                                     Bedford, VA 24523
                                  Telephone: 540-586-7601
                                     Fax: 540-586-1291
                             Email: Cheryl.dean@co.bedford.va.us




                                       EEO/AA Employer
    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
                                                 the County.
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
                                                  relocation expenses.
    COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

•   Annual Salary - The annual salary for             LEADERSHIP STYLE &
    the Assistant County Administrator is             PERSONALITY TRAITS
    competitive DOQ.
                                              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
   damaging relationships.

9. Have political savvy and the ability to
   maneuver through complex “politically
   charged” situations effectively while
   being sensitive to how people and
   organizations function.

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
    community.


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



                                       County Administrator


                                                                Assistant County Administrator




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