Arlington, Virginia
Mar 16, 2018
May 16, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: CLERK TO THE COUNTY BOARD Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: $88,920.00 - $146,640.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       The Arlington County Board is seeking a visionary and results-oriented Clerk to serve as its principal staff officer. This position provides leadership and supervision to a team of experienced and service oriented staff including the Deputy Clerk, Senior Management Analyst, and Receptionist and, in coordination with the County Board, the Board Members' Aides.

The Arlington County Board is the governing body of Arlington County, Virginia, and has a professional team that provides executive level administrative support to the County Board and assistance to its constituents. To learn more about the County Board, please click here.

Key responsibilities for this position include:
Serving as the official record-keeper for the Board
  • Attending all Board meetings and work sessions;
  • Recording actions and serving as official custodian of the minutes of the meetings;
  • Advertising legal notices for public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board;
  • Initiating follow-up actions to advise others of Board actions;
  • Maintaining and updating the County Code; and
  • Processing legal claims against the County with legal advice from the County Attorney's Office.
Providing management, staff supervision and administration of the County Board Office
  • Coordinating the work of the unit to ensure the effective general operation and function of the County Board Office;
  • Developing and managing the office budget;
  • Maintaining effective working relationships the County Manager's Office and other staff throughout the County; and
  • Assisting in the coordination of upcoming Board Office interior renovations.
Acting as the Board's liaison to the public
  • Receiving and resolving citizen complaints;
  • Making information about the Board available to the public and community groups;
  • Representing the Board's position to citizens and special interest groups; and
  • Composing correspondence for Board signatures.

As the manager of a dynamic Office, this position requires an adaptable individual who can manage the Office's workflow, support the priorities of the County Board, and remain available to the community in a change environment. Due to the high visibility of the Board Office, the position has substantial public contact and must be able to exercise sound judgment, demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to Arlington's diverse population, advisory groups, media, and special interest groups. The position will be responsible for ensuring that written reports and documents are accurately prepared and disseminated to comply with legal requirements. The employee must also be resourceful and proactive with matters of importance to the Board. Deadlines and multiple priorities make the planning and organizing of work activities challenging yet rewarding in this busy organization with an engaged community. The position requires flexibility and a high degree of organization to respond to a fast-paced work environment, and thorough knowledge of modern technology, systems, and software designed to assist in the computerized management of information. This is an at will position appointed by the County Board.
 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field plus extensive progressively responsible experience providing management support to legislative or policy bodies and constituent groups; management of a staff office; and/or researching, compiling, and writing substantive reports.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for some of the experience requirement.

Key characteristics of the ideal candidate include:
  • Broad understanding of County interests, characteristics, programs, and initiatives and of the relationship with, and the impact of, complex interdepartmental issues;
  • A seasoned, inspirational leader capable of motivating and managing staff and encouraging communication and coordination among County agencies.
  • Ability to constructively engage with a community that is diverse, well-educated, knowledgeable, and highly involved in all aspects of local government, and to build consensus on highly controversial issues;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing including the development of well written and thoughtful reports and to effectively respond to questions from public groups; and
  • A positive attitude and confident political astuteness with the ability to remain calm under pressure.

 Special Requirements: Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the requirements under selection criteria highlighting your accomplishments in these areas. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach the cover letter to your online application.

This non-partisan position is in the non-competitive service. The pay and benefits are identical to an employee in the competitive service, however, the employee is not covered by the merit system.

Candidates must submit an application and letter through the online system to be considered for this position.


 Additional Information: The incumbent will be required to attend evening and weekend Board hearings and meetings.

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