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Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted 03/01/2018
Company Information Sonoma County Public Safety Consortium

, CA
Website: http://
Job Description Initial Application Review Date: March 12, 2018
50% Time; $100,000 Salary
Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County Public Safety Consortium, a joint powers authority (JPA), announces the hiring of a 50% Executive Director to lead this multi‐agency organization forward while delivering critical technology services to public safety professionals. The JPA Board of Directors has recently restructured the staffing to create this executive management position. While the JPA has operated successfully since 2008 including during the recent October fires, there are opportunities to strategically grow the membership base and explore other services.

The Position
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will perform the full duties of a chief executive officer, including:
 Manage the everyday activities and performing the duties normally the responsibility of an Executive Officer;
 Staff the Board, Oversight Committee, and other committees as appropriate;
 Supervise and coordinate with special project and administrative staff;
 Manage project vendors and consultants to ensure project goals are met;
 Manage the County Contract for IT services and support and renegotiate as needed;
 Coordinate with the County Counsel and others on the various issues and responsibilities related to agency activities;
 Prepare, recommend and administer the agency’s annual budget and coordinate the annual audit;
 Coordinate required administrative duties including records retention and public records archives; and,
 Perform other duties as assigned or required.
 Oversee an annual budget of $3.5 million

The Compensation
The JPA Board of Directors has budgeted approximately $100,000 for a 50% time position. This
is a non‐benefited, at‐will position with no property rights. In the past, the JPA has utilized the
human resources/payroll of Sonoma County or the City of Santa Rosa for the JPA’s staff.
Currently, the hiring model is a direct contract with the Consortium.

The Ideal Candidate
The Consortium is looking for a strong strategic, analytical, technologically‐inclined leader who
is capable of successfully working with a Board of City/Town Managers and an Oversight Committee of Police and Fire Chiefs. This half‐time contract position is ideal for a retired City Manager, Public Safety Executive (Police or Fire Chief, Captain, etc.) or Information Technology Department Head. This person will be providing leadership for the Consortium, getting input from varied stakeholders, working through issues, presenting options, and making recommendations based on solid analysis.

The Consortium is its own government entity. This position is the executive manager of that entity and therefore requires a working knowledge of and experience in the operation of municipal/county government. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and needs to ensure that the JPA is current in meeting legal requirements in the areas of financial reporting and management, Brown Act and public meeting transparency, data
management and other administrative areas. While this position needs to be able to broadly understand how the technological systems operate and fit together, the ideal candidate does not need to be a technology expert. Likewise, while knowledge of Public Safety organizations
and operations is beneficial, it is not required.
Qualifications The Board is seeking the following key attributes:
 Experienced Strategist – The JPA has operated successfully for many years, however, there is the need for a strategic vision and plan to determine the direction and focus for the JPA.
The ideal candidate will help lead the organization through the development of
a multi‐year strategic plan and vision.
 Excellent Communicator ‐‐ The Executive Director will need to have superior interpersonal and communication skills both verbally and in writing. The position requires an individual with confidence, a “people‐person” and an ability to advocate and
be persuasive. The Executive Director will also need to be comfortable presenting to elected Boards and the public. The ideal candidate will be able to competently facilitate
meetings. Currently, the JPA has no web site or public presence. The Board is seeking an Executive Director who can improve both internal and external communication.

Proven Administrative Experience. The candidate should have demonstrated
experience with formulating and implementing new administrative policies, budget development, and contract management. Although the position will not be directly
managing IT projects, strong organizational and project management skills are essential.
Experience with contract management and negotiations are critical.
 Effective communicator and able to build relationships and trust. The position is responsible for maintaining strong relationships between and among the various agencies, Board and committees, and the County Information Systems Department. It is important for the Executive Director to recognize and communicate different perspectives and needs of the JPA while providing clear professional recommendations to the Board of Directors. This position will need to quickly gain credibility among the various agencies and stakeholders through mutual respect, effective communication, listening and writing skills.
Experienced Project Management ‐‐ The position will need to work closely with staff from a variety of departments in a variety of agencies and oversee the work of contract staff from Sonoma County. Experience managing projects, especially technology projects, will be of great benefit.
How to Apply To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter electronically to: Connie Douglas, Interim JPA Administrator at Connie.douglas@sonoma‐county.org. Before
March 12, call Rohnert Park City Manager Darrin Jenkins (707) 588‐2243 for more information. After March 12, call Connie Douglas (707) 565‐1210 for more information.

The most qualified candidates will be invited to interview with members of the Oversight Board who will recommend finalists for review by the Board of Directors. The JPA would like to have
the ideal candidate hired in May 2018.

A background investigation may be required prior to employment.

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