Job Posting- County Administrator

Job Title: County Administrator

Hours: M-F, 8:00am – 4:30 pm (40+ hours week)

Department: County Commissioners Office

FLSA Status: Exempt (salaried), Appointed

Reports to: County Commissioners

Approved By: County Commissioners

Pay Scale: Commensurate with experience

Date: July 19, 2022

POSTING DATE: July 19, 2022

CLOSING DATE: August 2, 2022 or until position is filled

HOW TO APPLY: Submit application, letter of interest and current resume to:

Penobscot County

Attn: Human Relations

97 Hammond Street

Bangor, ME 04401

Or by email to

Applications can be found at: or at the Administration Office located on the 1st floor of the County Administration Building, 97 Hammond St.

Job Summary:

The County Administrator serves as the Chief Administrative Officer under the direction of the County Commissioners. This is a professional position responsible for the effective operation of the administrative functions of Penobscot County government and in keeping with County policy and the laws of the State of Maine as they relate to county government.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Works with all elected officials, department heads, and employees to solve problems and concerns regarding employee relations, personnel issues, budgets, county policies, and administrative procedure.

Anticipates and resolves problems and issues, both internally within County departments and externally with other governmental agencies, vendors, and members of the public.

Oversees preparation of agendas and related materials for the Board of Commissioners weekly meetings; attends all regular meetings unless excused; works with staff to ensure all necessary supporting information is provided relating to meeting agenda items and other board policy issues, and to ensure that accurate minutes of board meetings are produced for board approval and subsequent recording in the Minute book(s).

Works with the County Finance Office to ensure the Board of Commissioners are informed as to the financial condition of the County; supervises the development of the annual County Budget by working with the Board of Commissioners, Department Heads and Budget Advisory Committee.

Develops administrative policies and procedures for review and approval by the Board of Commissioners and implements them thereafter; ensures that County Policies are kept up to date as may be required by new laws or by case law decisions by recommending appropriate amendments to those policies when required.

Negotiates and re-negotiates union contracts, ensures that contract provisions are followed; resolves union grievances as prescribed.

Advocates for the best interests of the public served by Penobscot County Government.

Serves as a liaison between County Officers, Elected Officials and Board of Commissioners.

Serves as the chief administrative officer for the County as a whole; performs leadership and management duties, as well as assisting other Department Heads with the same, including hiring and interviewing.

Other administrative duties as assigned by Board of Commissioners.

General Expectations:

  • Be committed to the mission, vision and strategic initiatives of the County

  • Demonstrate initiative and forward thinking

  • Work as a member of a team in the performance of duties

  • Work in harmonious relationships with County staff and the public

  • Perform duties in a conscientious and cooperative manner

  • Understand and work within Penobscot County Government Policies & Procedures

  • Work collaboratively with County staff depending on the issue(s) being addressed

  • Accept shared responsibility with County staff to accomplish desired goals

  • Assure quality in work performance to ensure the delivery of quality services

  • Keep required information confidential

Knowledge/Skills/Experience required:

At least 5-7 years of progressively-responsible experience in governmental management; four-year college degree in public administration, political science or related field is required. An MPA or MBA degree is highly desirable. The Board of Commissioners may substitute actual knowledge of and experience in County government administration for some of these requirements as may be appropriate. Must be able to prioritize and work under pressure to meet deadlines. Thorough knowledge of the Uniform Probate Code and general judicial processes is preferred.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands/Conditions/Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard. Light to moderate lifting is required (up to 25 lbs).

Penobscot County provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.