San Juan County is the smallest of Washington’s counties and the eighth smallest in population, but this vibrant community is among the state’s most beautiful and safe, boasting an economy driven by tourism and construction. Here, residents and visitors alike are on “island time.” They enjoy a quiet, laid-back lifestyle, the tight-knit feel of a rural community — and practically no traffic. San Juan County consists of 172 named islands and reefs spread across 621 square miles and is home to approximately 18,600 residents. The archipelago located in the extreme northwest corner of the state includes four large islands — Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw — served by the Washington State Ferry System and is consistently ranked one of the top island vacation destinations in the world with visitors traveling in droves from the nearest major population centers (Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington) throughout the year.
San Juan County is a Home Rule Charter County (only one of seven in the State) and operates under a council-manager form of government featuring three council members. In addition to setting a vision and goals for County operations, approving the annual budget, and managing the organization’s legislative matters, these elected officials appoint all of the County’s department directors with the exception of other elected positions (i.e., Sheriff, Prosecutor, Assessor, Auditor, judges, Treasurer, Clerk of the court).
San Juan County is searching for a collaborative, trustworthy, and adaptable local government leader to serve as its next County Manager Responsible for the County’s day-to-day operation and coordinating with elected and appointed department heads on programs and initiatives, personnel matters, and budget development and oversight. The position oversees approximately 280 employees, including 19 direct reports, and the organization’s roughly $140 million annual budget. The County Manager also provides strategic and policy support to the County Council. In addition to those responsibilities, the County Manager’s Office houses and manages Central Services, which provide quality internal support services to all San Juan County departments and agencies to ensure coordinated, accountable, efficient, and cost-effective use of resources.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university — with preferable coursework in business or public administration, political science, finance, or a related field — with a master’s degree in public administration preferred. Candidates should also have eight years of progressively responsible local government management experience involving financial planning, organizational systems, policy development and program analysis, including a minimum of seven years directing the work of salaried professionals and a represented labor force. Knowledge, experience, and willingness to embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging will be expected of the next County Manager. Please note that residency within the county limits is required within six months of hire, and commuting for any amount of time will be difficult.
San Juan County is offering a salary range of $174,179 to $226,248 for this position, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
For more information on this position, contact:
Marsha Reed, Senior Vice President