Assistant County Administrative Officer

County of Santa Cruz
(831) 454-2600

Natural Bridges - County  of Santa CruzThe County of Santa Cruz is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the Assistant County Administrative Officer (Assistant CAO). The Assistant CAO assists the County Administrative Officer with coordinating various County activities and is responsible for analyzing and making recommendations for the solution of complex problems involving planning, organizing and directing the organizational fiscal, legislative, and/or strategic planning activities of the County. This may include organizational and managerial analysis of County departments, evaluating fiscal and budgetary procedures and policies, and coordinating the fiscal activities of all County departments to assure maximum effectiveness of County resources. The Assistant CAO is an at-will position which serves at the pleasure of the County Administrative Officer and is not subject to civil service rules.

This position requires possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher in business, public administration or a related field and four years of experience in administrative or budget analysis in a governmental agency. One year of graduate study in business or public administration may be substituted for one year of experience.

Additional qualifications:

  • Wide knowledge of the principles of governmental organization and administration
  • Wide knowledge of public finance and budgeting
  • Ability to investigate, analyze and resolve complex administrative problems
  • Ability to assist the County Administrative Officer in the assessment of the organization and the identification of opportunities for the implementation of best practices, performance measurement and results-driven strategic outcomes
  • Ability to assume a leadership role to ensure the completion of a strategic plan to create a shared vision and focus for the Board of Supervisors and County organization


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Extensive service in a leadership role in city or county government
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Familiarity with the political climate of Santa Cruz County
  • The ability to work well with a dynamic and engaged community
  • Experience collaborating with elected officials and other government leaders
  • Motivation to assist in creating a results-driven organization which encourages process improvement and empowers its employees


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