Deputy County Manager

$141,692 - $210,271 yearly
  • Adams County Government
  • Hybrid (Brighton, CO, USA)
  • Mar 17, 2023
Full time Administration/Management

Job Description


Join a dynamic leadership team driving an agenda of innovation and inclusion across the growing Adams County community.  Lead with our County Manager in creating a culture in which employees thrive and we deliver excellence to our community.  Provide strategic leadership, collaboration, and planning related to Adams County government's mission, vision, and values.  

The Deputy County Manager (DCM) is responsible for providing executive-level leadership and administration to assigned county departments and divisions, as well as completing special projects at the direction of the County Manager.  A strategic thinker, this individual is expected to be a visionary, effective communicator, and county advocate, working in partnership with the County Manager and departments to achieve the goals and priorities set by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC).  In addition, the DCM is expected to apply a framework of fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging to the county's operations.  When necessary, the DCM may act in place of the County Manager.   Overall, the DCM plays a highly responsible and complex role in managing and administering the county, leading a skilled workforce towards the achievement of the County's vision, mission, goals, objectives, and priorities.

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  • Leads conversations with department heads to develop and monitor progress on annual business plans to ensure alignment between the BoCC’s goals and county resources.  Reviews and recommends policies and priorities in partnership with the People & Culture Department.


  • Represents the county at meetings and social functions; attends various meetings and serves on committees as needed; makes speeches or presentations when needed and at the direction of the County Manager.


  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the budget for assigned functional areas; recommends the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; recommends expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.


  • Participates in the annual update to the BoCC’s strategic plan, including goals, actions, and work.  


  • Serves as a champion for organizational culture development and participates in the County Manager's Office meetings with People & Culture to review organizational development and people-centric strategies as a means of achieving performance and identifies opportunities for improvement.


  • Develops new procedures and policies in consultation with the County Manager for BoCC consideration of approval.


  • Consults with the County Manager as needed to review county activities, provide recommendations, resolve problems, and receives advice and direction; makes presentations to the BoCC when needed and at the direction of the County Manager.


  • Promotes positive public relations with the community.  Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws and regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions, as necessary.


  • Attends BoCC meetings and presents information and recommendations deemed necessary or as requested by members of the BoCC; meets with and advises the BoCC on matters related to county operations and policies; makes recommendations to the BoCC on policies and assignments for efficient operation of the County government


  • Bring passion for public service in a values-driven organization
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of organizational analysis, management, and public administration.
  • Knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, and regulations pertaining to local government operations.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, staff development and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to lead strategic planning efforts and identify and develop key performance indicators.
  • Ability to evaluate complex circumstances, identify tangible alternative actions, and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality as it pertains to personnel, legal matters, and business negotiations.
  • Ability to create and implement strategic and organizational plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate objectivity, fairness, creativity, and resourcefulness in resolving conflict within and outside the County organization.
  • Ability to establish budgets and capital improvement programs; effectively and efficiently organize large service-oriented operations.
  • Skill in managing, planning, and coordinating major projects to achieve the County's mission, vision, values, and objectives.
  • Skill in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and procedures.
  • Skill in applying appropriate public relations skill in various situations and circumstances and in facilitating change.
  • Ability to prepare reports and to present facts clearly and concisely, both orally, and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


  • A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible administrative and managerial/leadership experience in a public or private organization is required.
  • Experience in local government administration including Human Services is highly preferred.
Education and Training:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Political Science, or a related field is required.
  • A Master's Degree is preferred.
  • A combination of technical and professional development experience or training may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
License or Certificate: None.

Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.