Assistant County Administrator/ Economic Development

Organization: Peoria County, Illinois
Salary: The salary range for this position is $65,798 to $98,697. Beginning salary is negotiable DOQs; County benefits are excellent.
Close Date: January 27, 2012

Job Description:

Peoria County is located in central Illinois about 165 miles southwest of Chicago. From every important measure, Peoria County offers an exceptional quality of life and is a very affordable community. The County government is politically, administratively and financially strong and stable.

The County is governed by an 18-member County Board (Board) with members elected, by district, to four-year staggered terms. The Chairperson is elected by the Board. The Board appoints a County Administrator who has responsibility for the administration of the Countyís financial systems as well as for the preparation and administration of the Countywide budget. She has full management responsibility for all functions which fall under the County Board. Peoria County has 910 employees (342 under the Board) and functions with a FY 2012 operations total budget of $134,614,931. The Assistant County Administrator/Economic Development (ACA/ED) reports to the County Administrator and is a key position in her cabinet. The primary purpose of this position is to develop and manage the County's economic development program. This includes implementing the Boardís vision to promote business, industry and job development in the County and region. To be successful, the ACA/ED must develop and maintains collaborative working relationships with community, regional and state partners in all areas affecting economic development. The ACA/ED is responsible for the Countyís Rural Development program and directly supervises the Rural Economic Development Coordinator. As a department manager, the ACA/ED manages all operations and programs assigned to the department including budgeting, staffing, statutory and other requirements, development and execution of an annual business plan, strategic planning initiatives and Board communication relative to department/program operations. As an Assistant County Administrator, the ACA/ED provides administrative support to the County Administrator on a wide variety of issues as assigned including serving as Acting County Administrator when called upon. Serves as an FOIA Officer.

Must have a bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, economic development or closely related field. A Masters degree in Public Administration is preferred. Certified Economic Developer CED and/or Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) also preferred. Must have a minimum of 6 - 8 years of increasingly responsible experience in the planning and execution of administrative operations in complex public or private organizations similar in size and scope to Peoria County. Must know local government budgetary and financial management practices, general administrative practices and procedures and have an understanding of federal, state, and local incentive packages, and varied approaches to economic development. Must be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal skills.

Please mail, fax or e-mail your confidential resume with cover letter and current salary by January 27, 2012 to:
Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656; Fax: (770) 416-0848


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