Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation + Open Space District General Manager
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation + Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. Formed in 1990 for the purpose of preserving agricultural land and open space in Sonoma County, Ag + Open Space is responsible for stewarding land protected by conservation easements as well as lands held in fee. Since its inception, Ag + Open Space has protected over 122,300 acres with an acquisition cost of $431.2 million. The District ranks as one of the top open space and farmland conservation programs in the nation.
Appointed by the Board of Directors, the General Manager has full responsibility for planning and directing the activities and operations of Ag + Open Space. As an integral member of the County’s executive leadership team, the General Manager works effectively and collaboratively with the County Administrator and County department heads, landowners, ranchers and farmers, citizen groups, private entities, and advisory bodies. In order to accomplish the goals and objectives of the District, the General Manager is supported by a four-member executive management team, with programmatic responsibilities in the areas of conservation planning, acquisitions, stewardship, and administration and finance. The total staffing complement of the District is 29 employees and the operating budget for FY 20-21 is approximately $55 million.
The ideal General Manager will be an experienced professional with strong communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills. They will also be an innovative visionary, who can anticipate issues, think analytically, and act strategically to meet the current and future needs of the District. To be considered for the position, minimum qualifications must be demonstrated. Most typically, a qualified candidate would have a degree in planning, public administration, business administration, park management, natural resources, economics, recreation, or a closely related field; and 5+ years of management or administrative experience in governmental program analysis and planning, open space acquisition and management, or park management. The annual base salary range for the position is $153,966 - $187,152. Salary is negotiable within the established base salary range, dependent upon qualifications. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, more information can be found at https://bit.ly/3j0h3jr. Filing Deadline: 02/28/21
Additional Salary Information: Salary is negotiable within the established base salary range, dependent upon qualifications.
Internal Number: 21/01-1290-O
About County of Sonoma - Agricultural Preservation + Open Space District
The County of Sonoma offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics that include over 200 award winning wineries, inspiring coastline and beaches, the vibrant Russian River, and majestic redwoods. Encompassing over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, outdoor recreation, lakes, and open spaces, the County offers a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. It is also home to fine educational institutions, including Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and local schools that rank considerably higher within the state as a whole. Sonoma County is an increasingly diverse region. The Hispanic population has grown by almost 230 percent within the last 25 years, and is approximately 27% of the population. In 2016, slightly over half of Sonoma County’s population was between 25 and 64 years old; however between 2007 and 2016 the fastest growing age range in the county were those aged 65 to 74.
As a general law county, Sonoma is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors. The Board is fully committed to a mission and vision which value high quality services tha...t support and enrich the community, strong leadership, engaged citizen participation, transparency and accuracy in information, and efficient and fiscally sustainable government. The County Administrator leads a team of dedicated department heads who work collaboratively to address and strategically prepare for County initiatives and challenges. Sonoma County encompasses 1,600 square miles and is home to approximately 500,000 residents. The County has 28 departments, agencies, and special districts, and employs over 4,000 regular employees with an annual budget of approximately $1.63 billion for fiscal year 2018-2019.
Please visit www.sonomacountyconnections.org for more information about Sonoma County, the place to live, work, and build your career.
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