Administrative Coordinator/HR Director Washburn County, WI

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    Chris Swartz
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    Washburn County, Wisconsin (Pop. 16,752) seeks a dynamic and proven leader to succeed its current Administrative Coordinator/HR Director, who is retiring. Located in northwest Wisconsin, its county seat, Shell Lake (population 1,385) is approximately 110 miles northeast of the Minneapolis metropolitan area and 80 miles north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Washburn County boasts year-round recreational activities on its numerous lakes and streams. Nearly 150,000 acres of County Forest are available for hiking, skiing and hunting with trails for biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and ATV’s. Residents of the County enjoy a high quality of life in many small communities, a range of housing options, quality schools, growing businesses and job opportunities. Learn more about Washburn County by visiting its website.

    The salary range is $90,000 to $120,000 DOQ, plus excellent benefits. Washburn County is fiscally sound with healthy reserves. The County provides a diverse range of programs in areas including public safety, human services, health and highway maintenance. A $37.6 M total annual (expense) budget supports 243 full-time, part-time and limited-term employees. The Administrative Coordinator/HR Director is appointed by and reports to a 21-member Board of Supervisors and is responsible under Section 59.19 of the Wisconsin Statutes for coordinating all administrative and management functions of county government not otherwise vested in law in boards, commissions or in other elected officers. In addition, the position administers and coordinates all personnel and benefit functions of the County. Immediate priorities for the new Administrative Coordinator/HR Director include: Maintaining quality services in light of strict statutory levy limits, attracting and retaining employees and fostering productive relationships with other units of local government.

    Requires a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related field with a Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of five years of governmental management experience that included budgeting and personnel management required. A combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. A thorough knowledge of laws and regulations governing human resources and the ability to prepare and analyze complex reports and an understanding of governmental accounting needed. Desire a strong background in strategic planning and budgeting and a proven track record of success in intergovernmental relations. The successful candidate should be approachable, possess open and positive communication skills and have a collaborative leadership style. The ability to be flexible in light of changing circumstances and to foster a team approach among various stakeholders are key attributes.

    Email cover letter, including salary expectations, résumé and four professional references as a single PDF to Dave Bretl, Public Administration Associates, LLC at nhill.paa@gmail.com. Include “Washburn County, WI AC Search” in the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Mr. Bretl at (414) 350-3328. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2022.

    Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

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