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Director of Administrative Services

City of Lacey

Lacey, Washington
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Job Details

The City of Lacey, Washington is seeking a dynamic, seasoned executive to lead its Administrative Services Department, which includes Human Resources, Public Affairs and City Clerk services.  This is an exciting executive leadership opportunity to work in a dynamic and effective, organization.


Incorporated in 1966, Lacey has evolved into a thriving city that promotes its sense of community through events and programs designed to celebrate its heritage and cultural diversity, enhance its neighborhoods, and preserve the natural environment.


City Government

Lacey operates under a council-manager form of government. The City Council has seven members including the mayor. Councilmembers and the mayor are non-partisan elected officials. The City Manager reports to the Council. The Director of Administrative Services reports directly to the City Manager and is a vital member of the city’s executive management team.


About the Position

The Administrative Services Department serves as the primary support agency for City departments and citizen customers in the areas of Human Resources, Public Affairs and City Clerk Services. The Department strives to provide timely and accurate information, and properly manage the City's human resources in a cost effective and efficient manner.


The Director of Administrative Services leads a staff of approximately 12 FTEs and under the direction of the City Manager, the Director plans, organizes, and oversees Human Resources, Public Affairs and the City Clerk functions of the City.

The essential functions of this position include:

  • Advising the City Manager and Department Directors on all HR matters including grievances, contract negotiation and internal investigations.
  • Overseeing the City’s Human Resources Department programs and activities including risk management and loss control program, recruitment and selection, employee relations, classification and compensation, training and development, employee benefits and safety; administers policies and procedures.
  • Negotiating and administering labor and employee relations programs for the City. Advises the City Manager, Department Directors and supervisors on labor relations issues, interpretation, strategy development, policies and processes.
  • Overseeing the City’s Public Affairs and Community Relations programs; including the City’s development and distribution of public information in a variety of venues to continuously communicate with the community about the City’s services and programs.  Additional program areas include management of special projects, special events, grant research, and management of community outreach programs such as the City’s “Work Involvement Now” (WIN) grant program for youth groups, and quarterly City Homeowner’s Association meetings.
  • Supervising the City’s relationship with various contracting and intergovernmental agencies; such as Thurston Community Television (TCTV), Comcast Cable, Timberland Regional Library, Thurston County Animal Services, Thurston County, and Pacific Disposal. 
  • Playing a key role in responding to and resolving citizen inquires related to City services.
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development and implementation of the City’s Emergency Services Response Plan, in conjunction with support from the Police Department and the City’s Emergency Operation’s Committee.
  • Overseeing City Clerk Services, which include records management, public records requests, Council meetings and minutes, ordinances, resolutions and the municipal code.


The Ideal Candidate

For this important role, the City of Lacey seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the City and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of the public, elected officials and staff. The Director of Administrative Services will stay ahead of the curve: recognize the broad implications of issues; show openness to new perspectives; see the relationship between people, teams, business processes and outcomes.


The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Strategic leadership.
  • Developing and maintaining a working environment that is characterized by efficiency, cooperation, and positive interpersonal working relationships that extends to all City departments.
  • Resolve complex problems and mediating or facilitating cooperation among conflicting parties.
  • Model and initiate a quality customer service attitude throughout the department.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Manager, department heads, employees, and the public. 
  • Strong working knowledge of the policies, principles and practices of public human resources administration including applicable federal, state, and city laws.
  • Champion of workforce equity and diversity.
  • Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment - particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.
  • Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.
  • Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.
  • Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • Successful planning and implementation of change management strategies.
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment.


Total Compensation

The annual salary range for this position is $116K-$136K. The City offers a competitive benefit package including health, vision, and dental insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave. The City participates in the State of Washington retirement system.


Application Process

Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Current resume


If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360.956.1336.


This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials at no later than July 24, 2017.


Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, human resources, political science, communications or related field is highly desirable.  Candidates with a Master’s Degree is a plus.  The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated success in a public sector agency delivering local services and a minimum of five years progressively responsible and well-rounded experience in public sector administration and management, with experience in public policy, intergovernmental relations and contract negotiations. Or, the candidate may possess an alternative combination of education and experience that demonstrates the required level of knowledge and abilities.

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