County Administrator Recruitment
Roanoke County is seeking an experienced professional to serve as County Administrator, the chief administrative officer responsible for directing programs and operations of Roanoke County's government. The new County Administrator will succeed the incumbent manager who is retiring on February 1st, 2022.
The recruitment profile provides background information on the community, its government operations, and its aspirations. It also outlines the qualifications, experience, and characteristics determined to be necessary and desirable for successful performance as County Administrator.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume, with salary expectations and professional references, to The Berkley Group via email at email@example.com. While the position is open until filled, the formal review of applicants will begin October 22, 2021. Inquiries relating to the County Administrator position may be directed to:
The Board appoints a County Administrator to act as the administrative head of the County. The County Administrator serves at the pleasure of the Board, carries out its policies and directs business procedures. He or she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the county government and manages and supervises all departments, agencies, and offices of the County, except for the County Attorney who reports directly to the Board.
The County Administrator is responsible for developing and, upon adoption by the Board, implementing annual operating and capital budgets. He or she recommends policies and priorities for the Board’s consideration and leads the County workforce in delivering services and responding to citizen issues or concerns. He or she serves as a liaison between the Board of Supervisors, the Constitutional Officers, the Judiciary, regional, state, and local agencies and authorities, and community organizations. The County Administrator also serves as the official Clerk to the Board, the Director of Emergency Services, and the Purchasing Agent, and is a member of local and regional committees, commissions, or authorities as a representative of the County.
The County of Roanoke is the suburban hub of the Roanoke Valley, one of the nation’s best locations for business and living. Within its 252-square-mile geographical boundaries lie the independent cities of Roanoke and Salem, as well as the Town of Vinton. The Roanoke MSA, which also includes Botetourt, Franklin, and Craig counties, with a population of nearly 325,000, is the fourth largest MSA in Virginia and the largest west of Richmond.
Located in the midst of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains, Roanoke County is strategically accessible to both the East Coast and Mid-West markets with an integrated interstate highway, rail, and air transportation network. Interstate 81 passes through the county, Interstate 64 is directly north, and Interstate 77 is nearby to the south. CSX and Norfolk Southern provide freight rail service across the nation. Three major airlines serve the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport providing nonstop service to eight major cities. The County is 189 miles west of the state capital of Richmond, 234 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 240 miles west of the ports of Hampton Roads.
The Roanoke Valley is the cultural and business hub of Western Virginia, home to several large regional banking offices, headquarters of the Fortune 500 retailer Advance Auto, and home to advanced manufacturing operations including those owned by General Electric, Exelis, Dynax America, and Optical Cable Corporation. The U.S. headquarters of Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC), a global leader in the production of industrial electric and automotive systems, is in the County.
Roanoke County is also the home to nearly 200 establishments in the health and life sciences sector and its robust fiber broadband network and educational opportunities in the STEM field makes it a growing location for innovation with a flourishing community of technology and engineering professionals. The retail center of southwest Virginia, the Roanoke Valley offers shopping malls, specialty boutiques, art galleries, furniture warehouses, antique shops, and much more. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy both familiar national chain stores and original stores unique to the Roanoke Valley. Downtown Roanoke has over 190 shops centered around the Farmers’ Market, the oldest, continuously running market in the state.
- Ranked as one of US News & World Report’s Healthiest Communities for 2021.
- The Town of Vinton (#51) and the Hollins area of the County (#58) are among the 2021 Places with the Lowest Cost of Living in Virginia by Niche.com.
- Ranked #3 in the Best Counties to Retire to in Virginia by Stacker.com.
- Roanoke’s Blue Ridge was voted a Top Adventure Town in the 2020 Top Adventure Towns contest, hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
- On the 2019 list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America by Livability.com.
- One of the few counties to ever receive the designation as an All America City.