County Administrator

Fauquier County, VA | Full-time

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The Position

Fauquier County is seeking a strong, leader who will provide ethical, collaborative leadership in a county committed to good government, strong fiscal management, and intergovernmental partnerships in an environment of stable and civil political leadership. The County seeks a County Administrator to serve as a trusted advisor, organizational leader, and systems-thinker for the future. The current County Administrator is retiring after 32 years with the County, with the last 16 as the County Administrator. The County is proud of its AAA bond rating and its commitment to managed growth in order to retain its agricultural and rural heritage.

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors (the Board), the County Administrator serves as the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. The County Administrator is responsible for the implementation and execution of policies and procedures established by the Board of Supervisors by providing strategic direction for the organization and supporting and interpreting the guidance of the Board of Supervisors.

The position is responsible for the daily administration of the organization. Other duties include preparation of the County’s annual budget, functioning as Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, overseeing special projects, performing research, and preparing reports for the Board. The County Administrator and Deputy County Administrator also serve as liaisons to the Constitutional Officers, the Judiciary, and state and regional agencies.

Some specific responsibilities include planning objectives and developing organizational policies to coordinate functions and operations between departments, as well as establishing responsibilities for attaining objectives. Managing the budget can include reviewing and submitting financial program reports to the Board as well as advising on the financial status and program progress of the organization.

The Office of the County Administrator provides administrative support to the Board of Supervisors. This position will work closely with the Board on preparing and presenting resolutions for their consideration, assisting with the Board’s agenda development process, preparing and presenting work sessions, and providing constituent services for them. The County Administrator also serves on and chairs various committees, agencies, and boards and also serves on and leads interagency staff teams working on special projects.

Priorities

  • Establish and sustain effective working relationships with the Board of Supervisors, Constitutional Officers, County employees, and the citizens of Fauquier County.
  • Build relationships with the Superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS), school board, and key leadership staff at FCPS; review current Consolidated Services agreements with FCPS, identify changes needed to meet current and future needs, update levels of service, and staff accordingly.
  • Assess current staffing and focus on recruitment and retention throughout the organization. Listen and learn from staff and department heads for improvement areas.
  • Improve internet access in the County through the expansion of broadband to provide fiber for residents and businesses.
  • Ensure continued strong financial management through solid budget development and oversight as well as long-range financial, capital, and facilities planning; work with County staff to deliver key projects in the CIP.
  • Work with the Board of Supervisors and County leadership to develop a new strategic plan and align County administration efforts to achieve the goals identified.

The Successful Candidate

The next County Administrator is an open, strong communicator who has excellent relationship-building skills and a track record of effective collaboration internally and externally. The successful candidate will be able to adapt quickly and learn the County’s history, operations, finances, and land use policies. The next County Administrator will work well intergovernmentally with the Commonwealth and other localities to achieve shared goals. The successful candidate will understand the County’s form of government, and work collaboratively with Constitutional Officers and department heads under the County Administrator, to ensure seamless services for residents.

The successful candidate will be a trusted, impartial advisor to the Board of Supervisors, build consensus on difficult land use and intergovernmental issues, and aid in long-term fiscally sound decision-making. The successful candidate fosters trust and demonstrates integrity with staff, decision-makers, and the public. The County Administrator motivates staff and engenders a healthy organizational culture while also being able to make difficult decisions. The next County Administrator will utilize the talent and empower staff, values teamwork, and will utilize technology and fresh ideas to improve services to the community. The County Administrator will value the importance of fiscal restraint, strategic and measured growth, and the preservation of the rural and agricultural heritage of the County.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, business administration, or a related field. Ten years (10) of local government experience with budget development and staff oversight, and senior-level leadership, including as an assistant, deputy, or department head, is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree or higher, or its equivalent, ICMA-CM, and significant local government land use experience. Experience working in an agricultural or rural community, within the constraints of the Dillon rule, and with regional partners delivering services is also preferred. Additional preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience with long-term financial management, funding and delivering large capital projects, working with public safety professionals, and utilizing best practices for service delivery. Experience in a community with a similar population, budget, and complexity of services is also preferred.

Inside The Organization

Fauquier County government is organized under the traditional form of government as defined under Virginia Law. The governing body of the County is the Board of Supervisors, elected by the people, and serves by law as the governing body of the County. The Board sets goals and objectives, establishes priorities for County programs and services, and establishes County legislative and administrative policies through the adoption of ordinances and resolutions. The Board of Supervisors consists of five (5) members representing five Magisterial Districts in the County including Center, Lee, Scott, Marshall, and Cedar Run. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is elected from within the Board and serves generally for a term of one year in addition to being a District Supervisor. The Board appoints the County Administrator to act as the chief administrative officer for the County, who serves the Board, carries out the policies established by the Board, and directs the business and administrative procedures in the County government. The total all-funds budget for FY2022 is $403,650,003 million.

Fauquier County has the following mission and vision statement and strategic goals.

Mission Statement:

Working within the theme of “Progress with Reverence for Heritage” and with a strong commitment to the accomplishment of meaningful improvements to the efficient, effective, and open conduct of the County government, and to the public health, safety, welfare, and educational opportunities, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors seeks, within the bounds of fiscal integrity, to preserve the physical beauty, historical heritage, and environmental quality of the County while ensuring that population growth and development is a positive force on the general welfare of the community.

Vision Statement:

Fauquier County is a thriving community that honors its natural and cultural resources, agricultural heritage, and rural landscape while building a sustainable economy and promoting outstanding services and growth within defined service districts.

Strategic Goals:

  1. Balance quality service with fiscal integrity.
  2. Manage growth in a manner that protects the County’s agriculture, environment, quality of life, and historic resources.
  3. Conduct County government openly.

The Community

Fauquier County is known as a country paradise with its beauty, charm, and wonder while only just 45 minutes west of Washington D.C. for that city life feel. From its award-winning wineries and quaint Main Street shopping in Warrenton and numerous micro-breweries, it is rich in outdoor life and historic celebrations. Fauquier County offers revitalizing opportunities for visitors and residents alike.

Steeped in equestrian tradition, Fauquier’s calendar is packed with large equestrian events, including Virginia and International Gold Cup events, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Hunt Country Stable Tour, Warrenton Horse Show, Middleburg Classic Horse Show, Warrenton Pony Show, Twilight Polo matches, fox hunting, and various point-to-point races. The Great Meadow Events Center, which has positioned itself as an international-level equestrian events venue, is host to several of these events.

Fauquier County is also known for its significant Wine Industry, with over 27 wineries and vineyards producing wines that are winning national and international competitions. Fauquier’s location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides the perfect topography for growing grapes and producing quality wines. This location also offers incredible views of Fauquier’s pristine landscape.

Throughout this historic county, there are many unique outdoor attractions to explore. Outdoor lovers can enjoy bicycle trails, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and fishing, all while enjoying Fauquier’s breathtaking vistas.

Because of its proximity to Washington D.C., Fauquier County has experienced consistent population growth over the past ten years. Despite the population growth, though, the County remains primarily rural in nature. Learn more about Fauquier County’s community here.

Quick Facts

  • Population (2021): 73,815
  • Median Household Income (2020): $105,665
  • Median Home Value (2016-2020): $420,600
  • Median Age: 41.3

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $200,000 - $225,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance
  • 12.5 Paid Holidays
  • Accrued Annual Leave, sick, and other leave
  • VRS Retirement
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security
  • Voluntary Insurance Programs

Residency within the County after appointment is preferred with relocation benefits to be included as part of an employment agreement.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with the first review of applications beginning February 17, 2023. This will be a confidential process.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at ctuckparrish@raftelis.com and Alexa Worrell at aworrell@raftelis.com.

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