The County Administrator serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Head of Tompkins County government. The Administrator manages a 730-person, $178 million, organization serving a growing community of 105,000 residents that is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and numerous high-tech and knowledge-based firms. Five individuals have held the position since its creation in 1973.
The County Administrator is appointed by, is responsible to, and serves under the direction of the 14-member Tompkins County Legislature. By Charter, nineteen department heads are appointed by the Administrator, subject to legislative confirmation, and report directly to the Administrator. (The County Attorney, Finance Director, and Clerk of the Legislature report directly to the Legislature; the Sheriff, District Attorney and County Clerk are elected.)
The Administrator serves as the County’s Chief Budget Officer, and is responsible for the preparation of the annual operating budget and capital program. The County’s fiscal stability is reflected in its AA+ Moody’s rating.
The position oversees a County workforce of approximately 730 employees, most of whom are members of the County’s four labor unions. The Administrator is a senior member of the County’s labor negotiation team.
The position often serves as a point of contact between the County, sponsored agencies such as the Tompkins Cortland Community College and Tompkins County Public Library, local human service agencies, major local institutions, and other governments. The Administrator heads a seven-person Department of Administration. The formal responsibilities of the position are set forth in the County accessible at: http://www.ecode360.com/32006575
In order to qualify the successful applicant will meet or exceed the following:
(a) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field AND eight years of administrative and management experience; OR
(b) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field AND ten years of administrative or management experience; OR
(c) Any combination of education and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a) and (b) above.
This position is considered to be a public officer. Pursuant to Article 3 of the NYS Public Officers law, the holder of this position must be a United States citizen (either natural born or naturalized) and become a resident of Tompkins County within a reasonable period of time.
The Application Process:
The candidate must thoroughly complete an online application for employment. A direct link to the online application for this title is here: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/apply/3001 Candidates are strongly encouraged to upload and attach to this application; a résumé or CV, a cover letter, a list of professional references and any other items that you want search team members to see and that you believe will support your candidacy for the position.
Additional Salary Information: New York State Retirement and an excellent benefits package applies.
Tompkins County, population 105,500, is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Ithaca, the county seat, sits at the southern tip of majestic Cayuga Lake in an area of dramatic gorges and waterfalls. Ithaca has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an abundance of restaurants, theatre, arts, shopping, cultural, and recreational ac...tivities. Beautiful rural areas, quiet villages, farms, and open land surround the diverse population center. Three institutions of higher learning – Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College – make education our top industry. The county, which is an employment center for the region, features a healthy economy, a strong human services sector, a local medical center, a public transportation network, a regional airport, and three State parks.