Job post

County Manager

Dona Ana County
Salary Range: 
Market Competitive

Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and application. The application is available on the County website at

Doña Ana County, New Mexico seeks seasoned management professionals to apply for the County Manager position. This is an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and management to the County organization as it grows and develops for the future. The Doña Ana County Manager is selected by and reports to the Board of County Commissioners and is responsible for the administration of all County affairs. The responsibilities include but are not limited to the administration of all organizational units placed in the County Manager’s charge by the County Code and by ordinance. The County is governed by the five-member Board of Commissioners. The County Manager is responsible for overseeing the County’s 900 employees, except for five elected officials: County Assessor, County Clerk, County Probate Judge, County Sherriff, and the County Treasurer. Doña Ana County provides a full range of traditional county and municipal services.

PURPOSE SUMMARY: The County Manager is appointed by and reports to the Board of County Commissioners. Under broad policy guidance and direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager is responsible for the administration and operational services of County government. The County Manager ensures that all departmental activities are in compliance with Doña Ana County goals and objectives, state and federal laws, and county policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES. (Position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all of the duties which may be found in a position of the class. An individual must be able to perform the essential functions listed below and a reasonable accommodation may be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job). Conducts the business of the County under the policies adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. Makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on policy as to the management and operation of the County. Responsible for the proper management of fiscal and budgetary matters, real property and facilities, roads and streets and County operations which are assigned to the Board of County Commissioners by the state constitution, state statutes and county ordinances. Carries out and achieves the Board of County Commissioners’ strategic goals and priorities. Develops systems and standards for program evaluation, and ensures the County’s activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, and regulations. Monitors organization and operations; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; develops and makes recommendations for improving the County’s operations and processes. Provides leadership and direction to County staff; prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects. Leads the development and preparation of proposed County budgets for delivery to the Board of County Commissioners and oversees the monitoring and administration of that budget to assure the financial well-being of the County. Meets regularly with Elected Officials, Assistant County Managers, and department directors to provide direction and guidance; analyzes and evaluates issues and proposals, develops recommendations and directs the implementation of solutions. Provides staff assistance to the Board of County Commissioners; prepares and presents staff reports and correspondence; provides support to assigned boards and commissions. Establishes appropriate service and staffing levels within County policy; analyzes workload trends and determines staffing adjustments and personnel assignments; analyzes reports, complies information and recommends appropriate actions to the Board of County Commissioners. Directs the preparation of special and recurring reports and analytical studies on a wide variety of administrative and budgetary issues. Works directly with other County elected officials (i.e. Treasurer, Clerk, Sheriff, Assessor, Probate Judge, etc.) to assist them with the implementation of their statutory duties. Develops effective working relationships with the State Legislature, elected officials, and local business and community leaders. Assesses current social, political and economic trends, anticipates significant changes that will impact the County and proposes appropriate responses that will minimize adverse impact and expand opportunities for County residents. Ensures the development, communication, implementation and training of Doña Ana County’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Authorizes the execution of the EOP, directing and ensuring adequate resources are provided to best protect residents, employees and property of the County’s jurisdiction. Establishes and maintains an effective system of communication throughout the organization and with the public. Responsible for the appointment, discipline or removal of Assistant County Managers and department directors subject to existing ordinances, rules, regulations and the County’s Performance Management system. Explains and advocates for County programs, policies, and procedures; resolves sensitive and controversial issues with both private citizens and citizen groups; promotes mutual understanding and consensus building. Recognizes and works with multi-cultural population and communities that have been economically and politically marginalized.Knows and abides by all county policies and procedures. Fosters a climate of ethical government service as the highest ranking employee in the County.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Political Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Government, or a related field is preferred. Experience. Five (5) years of experience as a local government manager (department director or higher) or eight (8) years of directly related experience required. Related experience must include supervisory experience of a diverse workforce with direct supervision of similar workforce desired. Experience with public financing and managing large budgets desired. Experience as a County Manager, County Administrator, or City Manager of a comparable sized organization is preferred. Education/Experience substitution. N/A Licenses/Certifications. Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driving record in accordance with County policy. Other. Background check including credit check.