Job Description

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the County Administrator. If you are a strategic thinker, excellent communicator, and a natural collaborator, apply today!

The County Administrator plans, organizes, administers, supervises, and coordinates the management of those County programs and services overseen by the Board of County Commissioners. They provide complex leadership and supervision to the department and offices of the county.

Position Information

Under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the County Administrator plans, organizes, administers, supervises, and coordinates the management of those County programs and services overseen by the BOCC.  The Administrator provides complex management, direct leadership, and supervision to the departments and offices of the County. The incumbent also serves as an advisor to the board and is a liaison between the Board and County departments, as well as the elected officials.  The Administrator works at the pleasure of and directly for the Board who retains the power of final decision except as may be delegated by official action.  The Administrator operates with latitude for independent action and decision commensurate with demonstrated ability to effectively implement the goals, decision and direction of the Commissioners.

This position is posted continuously until filled.  The first review of applications will take place the week of October 2, 2023.  Tentatively, interviews will be scheduled the week of October 23, 2023.   




Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, business administration, finance, or directly related field AND
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience to include a blend of professional, managerial and executive level positions with substantial emphasis on public sector management.
Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.

Preferred Experience and Education

  • Progressive supervisory and management-level experience with most recent experience as a Department/Agency Director, City or County Manager, or similar executive/management-level position.
    Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to collaborate and work with a wide diversity of individuals and groups on a regular basis.
    Executive-level management experience in a unionized governmental organization.
    Experience preparing, coordinating, administering, and implementing a strategic budget process supporting a complex organization.
    A strong working knowledge of County or City government operational structure and decision-making processes.
    Ability to retain professional composure in tense situations and environments.
    Work with widely diverse individuals and groups to develop teams capable of achieving organizational goals and objectives.
    Experience in developing and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
    Experience in dealing with elected/governing bodies of an organization.
    Experience with Washington State Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act.

Driving Requirements

The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment.  The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy.

This position is categorized as:

Category 1: Driver operates County-owned vehicle.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:

  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
    Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of county government operations, organization administrative procedures, strategic planning and process improvement, State law and State organization as it affects County government.
    Exemplary organizational and staff leadership skills, internal/external communications, relationship building, employee and labor relations, and public environment.
    Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning, budgeting, grants, coordination and evaluation.
    Application and interpretation of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, codes and ordinances as they relate to County administration.
    Use of software including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Outlook.
    Organizational Awareness – interpret and maintain the Board of County Commissioners’ organization, vision, and values when making decisions, recommendations, and taking actions.
    Leadership – Function as an innovative leader and strategic planner aligned with the County’s mission, vision, and goals. Create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, innovation, best practices and process improvement.
    Supervision – set work priorities and train, direct, motivate, and evaluate direct reports. Provide timely, effective objective, fair and constructive feedback.
    Program management – Plan, organize, and oversee administrative functions through appointed departments, organization staffing, performance management, process improvement, policy development as assigned, and implementation. Prepare clear and comprehensive reports and Board briefings.
    Fiscal Management – Understand the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan. Monitor expenditures and resources to ensure spending is within allotments or make appropriate modifications. Comply with administrative controls over funds, contracts and procurements.
    Service to others/Building Successful Relationships – Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, coworkers, public officials, other officials and representatives of other agencies. Readily connect with people, quickly and genuinely establish rapport, build consensus, motivate the workforce and demonstrate the commitment to the values of public service.
    Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills.  Knowledge of labor relations. Apply judgment and discretion in resolving problems and implementing policies and regulations in timely manner.
    Organizational Communications – Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups regarding complex or sensitive issues. Effectively respond to and reconcile competing interests of departments, community organizations, and public representatives as they affect the priorities established by the Board. Effectively facilitate public meetings, hearings, investigations and interviews.  Understand the process of public involvement and effective citizen participation.
    Managing Risk – Weigh the benefits to efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery against potential risks of actions taken.  Oversee prevention and detection of internal controls to address potential risks of fraud, abuse or mismanagement with reasonable assurance (i.e., meet cost/benefit criteria). Create a positive internal control environment by demonstrating support for the agency’s internal program through behavior, presentations, and discussions.


  • Assists in developing and implementing the strategic agenda of the BOCC.
    Coordinates the BOCC legislative process through oversight of agenda development, briefings, staff meetings, etc. with the BOCC.
    Acts as the BOCC’s liaison to all elected officials.
    Analyzes the impact of state and federal legislation on County government operations and advises the BOCC as appropriate.
    Oversee development of the annual budget consistent with pre-established Board priorities and submit preliminary recommended budget to Board.
    Monitor budget performance according to Board directives; monitor monthly expenditures; make recommendations to the Board regarding adjustments, transfers and additional personnel; explore and recommend to the Board alternative revenue sources; ensure capital plans receive financial review and oversight.
    Advises the BOCC on organizational structure and the best use of personnel and resources to accomplish goals and objectives.
    Serves as liaison between BOCC and its departments, as well as communicates, coordinates, and collaborates with governmental entities at the local, state, and federal levels and the public on behalf of the BOCC.
    Coordinates with Department Directors and other staffs’ reports to the BOCC on selected personnel and other critical issues.
    Serves on boards, panels, and commissions as directed by the BOCC as its representative.
    Attends and participates in Board meetings to serve as an advisor, subject matter expert, and community ambassador.
    Under the direction of the BOCC, the County Administrator plans, organizes, and coordinates the management of the executive and administrative functions of programs and services overseen by the BOCC.
    Possesses the authority to appoint, supervise, evaluate, discipline, and terminate Department Directors.
    Provides mentorship and supervision for all Department Directors and other direct reports.
    Works directly with all County Directors and/or managers on high-risk matters and actions such as those involving risk management, personnel, expenditures, and contracts.
    Acts as the responsible party for BOCC Department actions.
    Leads Board initiatives on strategic planning and process improvements to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of services, consistent with County objectives and policies.
    Ensure an internal coordinated and integrated level of review for addressing financial organizational and operational demands upon the financial health and operational priorities of County services.
    Addresses citizens’ issues as required.
    Anticipates future requirements/needs of County government across a broad range of programs and develops long-range plans/programs to meet these requirements.
    Appears in person for scheduled work during County business hours with regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
    Works as needed during emergencies and critical incidents on site and at emergency locations.
    May be required to work fluctuating times during emergencies, meet time sensitive deadlines, and be available for events outside of standard business hours and on weekends.
    Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy.
    Performs other duties as assigned by the BOCC.

This is a full-time position with a wage scale ranging from $142,643.59 – $201,551.65 annually and offers medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 11 paid holidays, and 2 additional floating holidays per year, 8 hours of vacation, and 8 hours of sick leave both accrued monthly. Work hours for this position are typically Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.

This position is posted continuously until filled. The first review of applications takes place October 2, 2023. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of October 23, 2023.

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