The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of
Georgia is seeking an experienced public manager to lead the Local
Government Operations Unit. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government
is a Public Service Unit under the leadership of the Vice President
for Public Service and Outreach. The position will be available
March 1, 2024 and carries rank in the public service faculty career
ladder of The University of Georgia. Rank on hire will depend on
the candidate’s qualifications and experience, according to Public
Service and Outreach Appointment and Promotion Guidelines found
The Institute is looking for individuals with a passion for public
service who are curious and life-long learners. We are seeking
professionals that can conduct rigorous research and deliver
practical technical assistance, but also teach and share their
expertise with our various audiences. The Institute of Government
is uniquely positioned to provide objective support to local
governments and convene multi-disciplinary and intragovernmental
groups to plan for and address many of the challenges being faced
by communities across Georgia. This position will have a critical
role in guiding and informing the strategic decisions of
governments across the state.
This position will be responsible for leading the Institute’s
technical assistance and research activities in support of
municipal and county governments. The Local Government Operations
Unit is tasked with helping Georgia cities and counties tackle
issues with objectivity and analytical rigor to best inform
strategic decisions. This work includes research and technical
assistance related to feasibility studies, financial analysis,
strategic planning, organizational reviews, charter reviews,
ordinance reviews, and management studies.
This position has responsibility for a diversity of duties related
to technical assistance for local governments and public officials.
They include conducting research and analysis and producing written
reports which evaluate specific local government questions,
developing new approaches in lieu of data deficiencies,
implementing complex solutions to sensitive issues, and presenting
results to groups both large and small. This position supports and
enables intergovernmental planning, strategies, and mutually
beneficial projects. This position is responsive to a variety of
requests in a changing local government environment while managing
several projects simultaneously and supervising faculty, staff, and
students contributes to the complexity of the work.
Functions of this position include representing the Institute of
Government to various state and local agencies, non-profits, and
foundations. Decisions based on these presentations and information
have a long-term impact on the organization and the State as a
whole. Carrying out these functions effectively results in service
delivery to clients while enhancing the reputation of the Carl
Vinson Institute of Government.
Personal interactions are with local and state public officials,
organization personnel, and individuals at all levels ranging from
local government elected officials, appointed officials, agency
heads, directors and business and non-profit organization heads to
member of the public writ large.
Ability to travel on an as needed basis is essential.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Direct, manage, and participate in division and Institute
- Direct the Local Government Operations unit of the
- Develop and manage the Institute’s local government services
- Supervise professional staff consisting of public service
faculty, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate
- Meet with potential clients to determine needs and negotiate
- Provide technical assistance, consultation, and other services
to local government in Georgia.
- Collaborate across the Institute of Government, where needed
and appropriate, based on the nature of the projects and their
- Establish and maintain solid working relationships with
personnel in local governments and professional associations.
- Participate and work with and provide training to professional
development organizations and local government related
- Direct and/or work with faculty, professional staff, and others
to complete projects and accomplish goals.
- Provide technical assistance and consultation and perform
applied research as needed.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Compensation will be determined by the qualifications of the
successful applicant. Application materials should include a cover
letter, curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation.
Candidates will be considered for this position until it is filled.
All applicants must apply through UGAJobs to be considered for the
Public Service Faculty - Local Government Unit Manager
PSO-Carl Vinson Inst of Govt
About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated
as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified
institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/
). The proof
is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional
achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA
is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S.
News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in
Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended
campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs
approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff.
The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over
30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional
students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as
well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the
UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
Today’s complex challenges demand that governments at all levels
strive to be more responsive, efficient, and effective in serving
their citizens. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is
committed to promoting excellence in government through technical
assistance, training programs, applied research and technology
solutions. We are proud to be recognized as one of the best
institutes of government in the nation.
The Institute of Government works extensively with governments
across Georgia and beyond to develop the knowledge and skills that
elected officials, professional staff, and appointed board members
need to manage effectively in the 21st century. As we look ahead to
future governance challenges, we must continue to tackle the
complex and ever-changing demands of communities and their leaders.
As an integral part of the University of Georgia’s Public Service
and Outreach mission, we are committed to serving the state of
Georgia and its state and local governments and other public
As a Public Service and
unit of the University of Georgia,
in the university’s overarching public service mission of extending
our resources of professional knowledge and expertise to help
communities improve their quality of life. Fundamental to quality
of life in Georgia and around the world is effective, efficient,
and responsive governance.
At the Institute of Government, we inform, inspire, and
innovate so that governments can be more efficient and responsive
to citizens, address current and emerging challenges, and serve the
public with excellence.
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Compensation will be determined by the qualifications and
experience of the successful applicant
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Public Service Professional AC
Fiscal (12 mo.)
Master’s degree or terminal degree in public administration, public
finance, law, urban planning, or related field.
The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Public
Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public
Extensive knowledge of Georgia local government structure,
operations and administration is required.
For information about requirements for each rank, please see
Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion (
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or
Ten years of management experience working in a local government
setting is preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or
Is this a Position of Trust?
- Knowledge of state and local government political structure,
functions, and operations.
- Knowledge of Georgia’s local government current and emerging
trends, issues, and challenges.
- Knowledge of local government finance, accounting, budgeting,
and financial reporting.
- Knowledge of organizational best practices.
- Ability to develop and manage budgets associated with contracts
or grant projects.
- Ability to manage complex long-term projects and client
- Ability to take initiative and work independently.
- Ability to develop and apply creative solutions to complex
- Ability to explain complex methodologies and solutions in a
- Advanced skills in establishing priorities and organizing
- Advanced administrative, management, and supervisory
- Extensive knowledge of Georgia local government structure,
operations and administration.
- Leadership background in city or county management.
- Background in public finance and budgeting is preferred.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills are necessary for client
interactions and presentations.
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under the age of 18 or direct patient care?
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security, personnel records, patient records, or access to
chemicals and medications)
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- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Letters of Recommendation