Assistant County Manager for a Strong Community, Guilford County (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled, with first review of applications starting 8/10/21
Hiring Range: $132,517 – $166,972 annually

Job Description:

Guilford County is a high-performing local government organization that maintains a culture embracing diversity, striving for equality, and inspiring individual and organizational excellence. The Assistant County Manager for a Strong Community is one of three Assistant County Managers and serves on the County Manager’s leadership team. This position is a new addition to the County Manager’s office as part of a reorganizational alignment under the Board’s values and priorities to provide strategic and intentional community and organizational support.

In this role, the Assistant County Manager will oversee Strong Community departments, including Animal Services, Cooperative Extension, Emergency Services, County Fire Services, Family Justice Center, Juvenile Detention, Parks and Recreation, Planning & Development, Inspections, and County Security. The Assistant County Manager will also help the County Manager provide operational support to the Sheriff. Departmental assignments may rotate among all Assistant County Managers as needed to meet operational goals.

The Assistant County Manager is responsible for directing successful work in the planning, administration, management, and execution of County services and the responsible use of County resources. A champion of engaged, diverse, inclusive, collaborative, and innovative organizational culture, the selected candidate will establish internal and external relationships that advance joint interests and achieve community priorities.  Particular emphasis is placed on identifying service and outcome disparities related to assigned departments and building collaborative partnerships to eliminate them. The selected candidate provides strategic direction to assigned departments and acts as a liaison between the County Manager and department directors and between County Government and other governmental entities, community partners, and resident groups. Developing and implementing operational goals, planning and achieving budgetary objectives, and facilitating the development and implementation of approved initiatives are all under the purview of the Assistant County Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Assistant County Manager (among other duties):

  • Assists the County Manager in planning, organizing, and directing the County’s internal and external operations for the Strong Community departments and initiatives.
  • Supervises employees, prioritizes and assigns work, conducts performance evaluations, and guides training, development, and personnel matters.
  • Provides policy development assistance to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Collaborates with management on complex issues and responds to citizen inquiries, requests, or complaints.
  • Develops and implements proposals approved by the Board of County Commissioners and/or County Manager.
  • Represents the County with elected officials, outside boards, and resident/advisory boards.
  • Develops and presents policy proposals to the County Manager and Board of Commissioners.

In addition, the Assistant County Manager will also help plan and oversee operating and capital project budgets approved for Strong Community departments. Potential capital projects include additional Emergency Services facilities; a Law Enforcement Administration Building; Probation, Parole, and Juvenile Justice space renovations; and park improvements.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and eight to ten (8-10) years of progressively responsible experiences that provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience working for a county in a leadership role and a track record of successfully applying systems-thinking approaches and cross-sector collaborations to improve services and resident outcomes. Extensive experience in or oversight of multiple departments in the Strong Community service area, particularly in public safety, emergency services, and planning & community development services, is preferred. A master’s degree in a field closely related to the assigned service areas, Public Administration or Business Administration, and six to eight (6-8) years of progressively responsible experience are desirable.

Supplemental Information:

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 10, 2021.

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.