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County Administrative Officer

VISALIA, CA Full-time
Posted on August 28, 2018



Tulare County has a budget exceeding $1 billion dollars, with approximately 5,000 positions in 20 agencies and departments.  The legislative body consists of a Board of Supervisors elected from five districts on a countywide basis.  Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrative Officer is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the County, serves as the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, and prepares the annual budget for the County. 

With a staff of 15 allocated positions, the County Administrative Office is responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing all County operations and functions assuring that Board policies are carried out in the most efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Interpreting, recommending, and implementing Board policies.
  • Forecasting and formulating short and long range County plans through strategic planning and the annual budget.
  • Reviewing and monitoring County budgets, services, and programs. 
  • Overseeing preparation of recommendations in response to Federal/State legislation.
  • Administering services contracts and agreements. 

As an executive for Tulare County you will find fulfillment, opportunity and reward. You'll be encouraged, supported and given the flexibility to find a work/life balance while broadening your experience and expertise executive in a meaningful career where what you do matters. You'll go as far as your skills, talent and drive will take you. And you'll work alongside some of the most dedicated staff in the entire state -- people who care about their job, their community and you. 
Ever wondered what's it like to have a 10-minute, traffic-free commute to work? Or to work so close to your kids' school that you can attend their afterschool activities? How about being able to afford a spacious three- or four-bedroom home with a big backyard where your family can play and spend time relaxing together outdoors? Or to live in a place where people on the street are friendly and caring? That's just the beginning of what it's like to live in Tulare County.
Located at the center of California, Tulare County has everything from world-class national parks, the scenic California Coast, and great outdoor activities -- hiking, biking, boating and skiing -- all a short drive away. Our eight incorporated cities and over 40 towns and communities include large cities such as Visalia, Tulare and Porterville and unique mountainside art communities like Three Rivers and Springville.
Tulare County is also one of the top agricultural producing counties  in the U.S. and home to the world's largest Ag Expo every February. Our wonderful, more suburban lifestyle, makes the perfect place to raise your family without the congestion, stress and drama of other urban centers. Plus, cultural and entertainment venues abound here, from great museums to theaters and a magnificent symphony orchestra.
We're also proud of our low cost of living, especially in comparison to neighboring metropolitan areas. And Tulare County also boasts excellent shopping outlets and downtown shops with convenient curbside parking.


Typical Duties


The primary focus of the County Administrative Officer position is to provide centralized County administration, monitor, coordinate, and provide direction to the overall administrative activities of the County. Additionally, the CAO may assist in overseeing debt issuance, negotiating tax sharing agreements and providing oversight of County investment programs.  This is a continuous recruitment and may be extended or closed without notice.
Key priorities for FY 2017/18 include:
  • Collaborate on the completion of capital projects including the construction of two jail facilities and multiple County department moves to new locations and facility upgrades.
  • Assume leadership role in communities with water quality and supply issues.
  • Promote Tulare County business growth and development.
  • Continue financial wellness and stability of County government, which includes a $250 million pension obligation bond for unfunded retirement liability.
  • Collaborate with San Joaquin Valley counties on regional issues of drought, tree mortality, water policies, agricultural pest detection and transportation, and seek Federal and State resources.
  • Engage in Statewide legislative issues impacting funding for local law enforcement, probation programs, health, mental health, and social services, and roads.
  • Implement Tulare County's Strategic Management System.

The Ideal Candidate
Tulare County is seeking a candidate possessing a professional history demonstrating the following attributes and qualities: 

  • Experience that demonstrates a full and complete understanding of County government operations including, but not limited to, strategic planning, budgeting, and other administrative processes.
  •  Ability to monitor and direct a broad range of operations and programs with an emphasis on timely delivery of service.
  • Ability to collaborate and demonstrate effective communication with County departments, elected officials and elected Supervisors, professional staff, and other stakeholders to reach resolution.  
  • Experience and desire to develop, motivate, and supervise executives and managers.
  •  Ability to analyze complex administrative problems, develop innovative solutions and alternatives, and present recommendations and implement approved solutions. 
  • Ability to think strategically and critically and recognize the issues associated with various stakeholders. 
  • Desire to work in a dynamic setting and the ability to balance multiple priorities.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships, deliver public presentations, and communicate persuasively and effectively. 
  • Ability to negotiate agreements between differing stakeholders.  
  • Ability to develop and implement countywide goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.  
  • Political acumen to resolve conflict.