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County Administrator
The Position
Otsego County, NY (population 60,000) seeks a qualified candidate for the position of County Administrator. This chief administrative position is responsible for the overall administration of Otsego County government under the direction of the fourteen (14) members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives. The County Administrator will oversee day-to-day departmental operations of a county with a $120 million annual budget, carrying out the directives of the County Board of Representatives efficiently, economically and effectively. Additionally, the County Administrator will assist the County Board of Representatives with short and longterm capital and fiscal planning. This position is appointed by the County Board of Representatives in accordance with Local Law No. 3 of 2019, for a term of three (3) years at the pleasure of the Board of Representatives.

Typical Work Activities
Departmental Management & Labor Relations
• Act as day-to-day primary operations director in accordance with established Board policies;
• Provide interdepartmental leadership and unify overall management of county affairs by
supporting the operations of department heads, implement administrative policies approved by the Board, address common issues among departments, identify potential interdepartmental efficiencies, attend monthly department head meetings;
• Work with department heads to implement and ensure compliance with New York State
• Make recommendations to the Board regarding appointment/termination of non-elected
department heads;
• Conduct non-elected department head performance evaluations and prepare department head performance reports, including recommending to the Board any changes to M&C salaries or benefits as consistent with the current salary plan;
• Participate in collective bargaining negotiations with employee labor unions.

Financial Management & Budgeting
• Act as Budget Officer monitoring expenditures, establishing budgetary controls, and updating the Board on the County’s financial status;
• Review tentative operating and capital budgets with department heads and make
recommendations to the Board;
• Serve as an advisor to the Board preparing and executing short and long-term capital plans;
• Oversee fleet management and act as County liaison for purchasing agreement with Onondaga County;
• Identify opportunities for grants and shared services.

Administration & Communication
• Execute contracts in the name of the County, authorize filling vacant funded positions, authorize routine expenditures, budget transfers and modifications below a predetermined threshold; provide adequate insurance;
• Attend all regular Board and committee meetings and special meetings;
• Act as public information officer and spokesperson for the Board;
• Serve as liaison and represent the Board in contacts with political subdivisions,
State and Federal officials and agencies;
• Serve as liaison between the Board and boards, commissions and advisory committees it has established;
• Present an annual report on the State of the County to the Board and the general public;
• Assist the Board with developing short and long-term policies and procedures, recommend and advise the Board of implications of policies and procedures under consideration.

This new position has been established by the County Board of Representatives in recognition of and in response to the growing complexities of County government and the resulting need to enhance existing management procedures to better serve Otsego County residents.

The Community
Otsego County is a great place to live and work and offers many opportunities for entertainment, outdoor and cultural activities. We are located in the heart of the historic Leatherstocking Region of New York State, where you can enjoy spectacular scenery, arts, culture, and recreational activities year round. Otsego County is relatively rural in nature and is comprised of 24 towns, 9 villages, and 1 city.

The County seat is Cooperstown. It is known as the Village of Museums, and is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum. Cooperstown is situated on beautiful Otsego Lake, which is the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. Glimmerglass Festival, known internationally for its innovative and outstanding opera and theatre productions, is located seven miles west of Cooperstown.

Otsego County is centrally located between Binghamton, Albany, and Syracuse. The County is approximately 60 miles west of Albany at its eastern-most borders and 45 miles east of Binghamton at its western-most borders. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Otsego County has a population of approximately 60,097 and a total area of 1,016 square miles of which 1,002 square miles is land (98.6%) and 14 square miles (1.4%) is water. Otsego County has four lakes, each having a lake association that is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of their lake’s community and environmental quality. The Otsego County Conservation Association carries out several programs with a network of member volunteers to improve and protect air, land, and water quality in Otsego County.

Employment in Otsego County is primarily focused in health care and social assistance, retail trade, accommodation and food services, finance and insurance and educational services. This reflects the County’s strong healthcare, tourism and higher education industries. Bassett Medical Center is located in Cooperstown and is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network. The organization includes five affiliated hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities, community and school-based health centers, and health partners in related fields. There are two colleges in Otsego County: Hartwick College with a student population of approximately 1,500 and the State University of New York at Oneonta with a population of approximately 5,850 students. The Clarks Sports Center is a leader in health, fitness, recreational and educational life, and encompasses 64,000 square feet with 17 acres of playing fields. There are also other concerts and music festivals offered in Cooperstown and surrounding areas in the County throughout the year. The Cooperstown area is also known for its micro and regional breweries, wineries, micro distillery and historic cider mill. There is a wide variety of dining options offering locally grown produce, cheeses and meats. From dining to boating, fishing, and golfing to enjoying music, theatre, fine arts and history, you will find that there is always something to enjoy in Otsego County!
Position: County Administrator
Organization: Otsego County
Location: Cooperstown,  NY 
United States
Salary: $100,000
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 4/5/2021
Requirements The Vision
The County Administrator will lead a progressive leadership team. Desired professional and leadership attributes include:
• Ability to exhibit good professional and administrative judgement
• Excellent analytical skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of governmental accounting and budgeting
• Management skills and training necessary to effectively and efficiently oversee day-to-day
departmental operations

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate with a broad variety of people in an effective and positive manner. The County Administrator will be an individual who demonstrates the highest level of integrity, honesty and fairness. The ideal candidate will gain credibility and respect among the County Board of Representatives, Committees, County staff and the general public. The County Administrator is expected to set a positive example of competence, professionalism, energy, and work ethic for the County and community. The successful candidate must possess strong budgetary, organization, management and communication skills.

Education & Experience The position requires a Master’s Degree preferably in Business or Public Administration and six (6) years of professional experience in the field of public or business administration, including experience in budgeting and financial management, or a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Business or Public Administration and eight (8) years of professional experience as described above.

Compensation & Benefits
The salary for the County Administrator position is $100,000 annually, with a competitive compensation package that includes health benefits and participation in the New York State Retirement System. For questions, please contact Personnel Officer, Penney Gentile at gentilep@otsegocounty.com or 607.547.4238.

Residency Requirement
The appointee need not be a resident of Otsego County at the time of appointment, but shall become so within sixty (60) days of appointment and remain so during his or her term of office. Failure to become a resident or to remain a resident shall be cause for dismissal by the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

How to Apply
Applications are available online at www.otsegocounty.com or at the Otsego County Personnel Department, 183 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Resumes may not be substituted for a completed application, but will be accepted in addition to the application.
Status: This listing expires on: 5/5/2021
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Organization Information
Otsego County
183 Main Street

Cooperstown,  NY 13326
United States
(607) 547-4239
(607) 547-6496
Otsego County Personnel Department