Assistant County Executive Officer

Assistant County Executive Officer
County of Napa County Executive Office
 Napa, California
Job Description

The County of Napa is in search of an Assistant County Executive Officer (ACEO) who has experience in organizational leadership, with strong financial acumen and strategic business thinking ability. This position supports the County’s executive and finance leaders across its 18 departments, leads and manages the County’s annual budget of $506 million, complex budgeting process, and financial forecasting. This position also acts as interim in the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) absence, manages special projects, provides complex administrative and financial leadership, and oversees the CEO staff. The ideal candidate applying for this position needs extensive experience in public sector finance and budget process, preferably having worked within a California city/county, and has experience with innovative fund development and management, effective management, administrative and leadership principles, and has demonstrated experience as a collaborative, strategic, and communicative business partner. This position plays a prominent role in supporting the CEO and the great work the County of Napa provides its 140,000 citizens via its 18 departments and approximately 1,500 staff.


The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and leader with extensive public sector fiscal oversight experience, and ideally with an ERP planning and implementation background. We are looking for a creative, trustworthy, and emotionally intelligent professional who knows how to serve as a business partner to all departments. Candidates should be highly analytical, with an ability to process complex information and make decisions with a solutions-oriented approach. Ideally, we are looking for someone who is looking to build a career and grow professionally with the County.


  • Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:
  • Ten years of progressively responsible local government and administrative experience including budgetary analysis and control; financial and fiscal planning; personnel management; and organizational, program, and policy analysis work including five years in an administrative capacity.
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, business administration, economics, or a related field.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.


  • Experience as an assistant county administrator, department head, assistant department head, city manager, or assistant city manager.
  • California government experience in a like organization.