Escambia County, FL (pop. 321,905) – The Board of County Commissioners seeks a County Administrator to join their Leadership Team, employees, community partners and residents in further growing and developing a resilient and sustainable community. Escambia County has grown significantly in the past several decades, increasing its population by about 100,000 residents – from just over 205,000 in 1970 to 321,905 in 2020. There are two incorporated municipalities in Escambia County: the city of Pensacola and the town of Century.
The military is a large factor in the area’s economy. Navy and Air Force expenditures, including construction, have historically accounted for nearly half the total payroll in the Pensacola metro area. Navy installations include Pensacola Naval Air Station, Saufley Field and Corry Station. Whiting Field is located in Milton Florida, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola. In neighboring Okaloosa County, Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field have a favorable economic impact, as well as serving as magnets for high-tech businesses.
Those who live in Escambia County can enjoy every day what draws millions of vacationers here every year: pristine beaches, clear Gulf waters, historic landmarks and museums, world-class restaurants, and southern hospitality. The county is also home to one of the largest artificial reefs in the world – the Oriskany, an 888-foot retired aircraft carrier that provides a stage for viewing whale sharks, amberjack, goliath grouper and other reef fish.
In the outlying areas of Escambia County, local family farms provide a picturesque landscape, producing corn, cotton, peanuts, and dozens of fresh vegetables. Those looking for an unhurried way of life can find it in one of the county’s unique rural communities, where many residents still enjoy a friendly, small-town lifestyle.
The county’s legislative and policy-making powers are vested with the five-member Board of County Commissioners. Its members are elected by district to four-year overlapping terms. The chairperson presides over the board and is elected by its members annually.
The County operates under a commission/administrator form of government. Except for the county attorney, the county administrator appoints and oversees all non-elected county employees. The county currently employs 2038 full-time employees with many part-time/seasonal employees. The total 2022 County Budget was $568 million.
Successful candidates will ideally possess the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, public policy, business, or related field is required with a master’s degree from an accredited college or university specializing in Public/Business Administration or related discipline preferred.
- Seven or more years of progressively responsible experience as a County/City Manager or an Assistant County/City Manager, including extensive experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups in an organization of comparable size to Escambia County.
- Demonstrated ability in budget development and implementation, fiscal management, and long-range financial planning for local governments; experience in innovative strategies to find new sources of revenue and public/private partnerships.
The ideal candidate will possess the preferred criteria above with experience gained in an organization with a population and level of complexity comparable to or larger than Escambia County. The commissioners are seeking candidates who can work in an environment of both union and non-union employees and encourage a cohesive organization that works closely together.
The salary range for the position is $173,000 to $195,000 and is negotiable based upon qualifications and experience. Escambia County also offers an outstanding fringe benefit package. Interested candidates should apply online by May 20, 2022, with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to www.GovHRjobs.com and to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240, EXT 120.
Escambia County is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are critical to its success. The county seeks to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
The State of Florida has strong public record laws. All application materials are public record. Escambia County follows all applicable Florida Sunshine Laws.