Deputy County Executive

Fairfax, Virginia
$138,132.80 - $230,221.68 Annually
Sep 04, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Full Time
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Fairfax County operates under an urban county executive form of government. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the legislative and administrative affairs of the County. The Board of Supervisors consists of nine members elected by district, plus a chairman elected at large. The Board elects the vice chairman annually from among its members at its first meeting in January. Board members are elected for four-year terms. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Executive who is the administrative head of the county government and oversees the day-to-day administration on behalf of the Board. The County Executive is responsible to the Board of Supervisors for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating county activities and does this with the aid of three Deputy County Executives. Like other local governments in Virginia, Fairfax County has authority granted by the state, commonly referred to as the Dillon Rule. For more information about Fairfax County, please click here .


Under general direction of the County Executive, the Deputy County Executive (DCE) is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) in accordance with the Fairfax County Code 3-1-12(1)(a). The incumbent of this class is empowered to act for or on behalf of the County Executive and in the absence of the County Executive is responsible for directing the operations of the government.

The DCE is an executive level position appointed to supervise and oversee the administration of nine departments: Cable and Consumer Services , Civil Service Commission , Facilities Management , Government Relations , Human Resources , Human Rights and Equity Programs , Information Technology , Public Affairs , and Vehicle Services . In addition, the DCE coordinates planning and service delivery with Fairfax County Public Schools, other county agencies, and boards, authorities, and commissions.

The DCE is responsible for the general supervision and management of administrative operations, services and business affairs of the organization. Creates a shared vision of the future for agencies under its span of control, ensuring this vision is aligned with the County’s overall strategic vision. Articulates the County’s vision so that agencies understand and collaborate to support the organization’s values, goals, and strategies; Develops and exercises management controls to ensure corporate/administrative integrity of the County; Represents Fairfax County as a senior management team member to educate the Board of Supervisors, citizens, and business community in the areas of human resource and information technology policy, among others.

The DCE maintains external relationships with professional groups/other local governments in order to promote Fairfax County as a leader in local government; Monitors and evaluates plans, focusing on results and ensuring attainment of outcomes to maintain accountability; Improves the quality of services, products and processes through training, automation, and redesign of business processes; Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, and rewarding; Oversees administrative functions of the Office of the County Executive; May serve as Acting County Executive in the absence of the County Executive.

Strategic and Policy Leadership
  • Develops, leads and executes the overall vision and strategic direction consistent with the new Countywide Strategic Plan ; determines needs and priorities; establishes current and long- range plans; makes assignments to agency directors.
  • Directs planning, coordination and evaluation of administrative operations and policies to promote innovation, coordination, effective service delivery and efficient use of resources.
  • Conducts regular leadership meetings to discuss implications of new initiatives, service delivery, and operationalization of business processes; and ensures alignment and compliance with One Fairfax , a joint social and racial equity policy of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board.
  • Understands and effectively conveys management decisions, philosophies and strategic direction of to the BOS, staff, residents and partners.
  • Establishes and monitors accountability processes; identifies areas for system improvements; and sponsors initiatives to improve services.
  • Makes major management decisions affecting multi-agency operations, clients, state and federal mandates, and cross-agency resources. Evaluates and responds to proposed federal and state laws changes.
  • Oversees the gathering of information, development of studies, compilation of materials, and writing of reports.
  • Partners with the other deputy county executives for Community Services, Public Safety, Planning & Development and Finance/Chief Financial Officer to ensure the success of the County's service delivery system and the Countywide Strategic Plan.

Resource Allocation and Stewardship
  • Determines priority needs, capacity of existing services, and seeks opportunities to resource funding gaps.
  • Determines annual budget priorities and reviews agency budget submissions; makes recommendations to the County Executive as appropriate to meet needs and priorities.
  • Oversees performance and resource utilization data; works with the Deputy County Executive for Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to determine corrective action if necessary.
  • Authorizes, in consultation with the DCE for Finance/CFO, redistribution of resources to meet changing operational needs. Negotiates, reviews and makes management decisions regarding budget and staff allocation.

Elected Officials, Partnerships and Community Engagement
  • Communicates policy and program goals, priorities, strategies and results to the Board of Supervisors; and recommends agenda and policy issues for consideration.
  • Represents the county on various boards, task forces, and committees.

Support and Management of the Administrative Leadership Team and Staff
  • Provides leadership to the agencies that report to this position by collaborating, directing, motivating and inspiring.
  • Recruits and hires agency directors.
  • Provides direction regarding a wide range of personnel matters; assigns tasks and special duties to agency directors.
  • Oversees implementation of the county's performance feedback model; provides support for employee development plans; approves agency performance reviews on senior level staff.
  • Conducts organizational climate assessments as needed and takes corrective action.
  • Provides technical assistance to project managers to ensure quality work.
  • Other duties as assigned by the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Strategic planning, goal setting, and program development and implementation.
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing public agency program administration.
  • Principles of human resource management and development, leadership, and team building.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to assigned areas.
  • Principles, practices and methods of accounting, fiscal management, budgeting, human resource management, technology, and other support services.
  • Financial issues and operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned departments and programs.

Ability to:
  • Provide executive direction for a diverse organization through department heads that is consistent with the County's vision on goal setting, budget management; personnel management; long term planning, and other areas.
  • Plan, organize, administer, coordinate, and evaluate a variety of large and complex governmental services and programs.
  • Analyze complex administrative problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and adopt effective courses of action; exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Lead and motivate staff through change and adversity; conduct department head performance evaluations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing; develop accurate, concise, and punctual reports and correspondence; interpret, summarize, and present a variety of data and information; demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the Board of Supervisors, County Executive, elected officials, staff and a variety of citizens and public and private organizations
  • Develop and maintain customer confidence and relationships; establish and meet customer expectations; and resolve customer service problems.
  • Work in a team environment; contribute and accept from others' ideas and information, different points of view, and constructive criticism; involve others in decision making; and show positivity and flexibility to new approaches and ideas.
  • Develop innovative strategies and solutions for meeting the County's objectives and policy goals in assigned areas.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field; plus eight years of progressively responsible managerial experience in a large local government or the private sector, to include at least five years of experience at the senior or department director level.


Not applicable.


The ideal candidate has knowledge, experience and demonstrable success in the following:
  • Education equivalent to completion of a master's degree program with major course work in public administration, business administration or related field.
  • Extensive public administration experience in an administrative or operational capacity, including 10 years in an executive senior level or director position.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the public administration principles and practices commonly employed in the planning, direction and control of an organization providing services in one or more of the following assigned areas: Cable and Consumer Services, Civil Service Commission, Facilities Management, Government Relations, Human Resources, Human Rights and Equity Programs, Information Technology, Public Affairs, and/or Vehicle Services.
  • Thorough knowledge of goals, objectives, methods and techniques applicable to the management of diverse programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of public and private organizations, operations, and functions affecting the r egulation, function and service provision at all government levels for one or more of the assigned areas.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials and representatives of other county and government agencies, advisory boards, community organizations, service providers and the public.
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate county policy and/or administrative subjects, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with strategic leadership and working in a large, integrated, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary services system.
  • Ability to create and maintain a work environment that is respectful and accepting of diverse opinions and recognizes leadership from every chair.
  • Leadership characterized by unwavering integrity in the execution of strategic plans that impact diverse programs,services and public policy in an often-challenging political environment.
  • Experience with managing multiple and complex funding streams, budgets and agreements in the public sector and with public-private partnerships.
  • Excellent personnel management and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and lead effective teams.

  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and credit check.
  • This position is classified as essential personnel. The appointee is required to report to work during times of inclement weather or other emergencies.
  • Willingness to work extended hours to cover evening and weekend committees and events. On-call for emergencies after hours, weekends, and holidays as needed.
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

This position is primarily sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity to work on electronic equipment such as a computer monitor, typing on a keyboard and carrying/lifting up to 15 pounds are essential to this position. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


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