Position Summary

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 here: https://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-andpromotion-guidelines/

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.

  • Direct, manage, and participate in division and Institute activities.
  • Direct the Local Government Operations unit of the Institute.
  • Develop and manage the Institute’s local government services strategic plan.
  • Supervise professional staff consisting of public service faculty, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Meet with potential clients to determine needs and negotiate contracts.
  • 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 goals.
  • 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 associations.
  • 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.
Special Instructions to Applicants

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 position.

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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 entities.

As a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, we share 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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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


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Compensation will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant

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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Public Service Professional AC


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or terminal degree in public administration, public finance, law, urban planning, or related field.

Additional Requirements

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public Service Associate.

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 ( https://outreach.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/02

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Ten years of management experience working in a local government setting is preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • 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 relationships.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to develop and apply creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Ability to explain complex methodologies and solutions in a practical manner.
  • Advanced skills in establishing priorities and organizing work.
  • Advanced administrative, management, and supervisory skills.
  • 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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