Executive Director

  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • May 14, 2019
Full time Advocacy Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations Lobbyist

Job Description


Washington Association of County Officials (WACO)

Olympia, Washington

Salary: $101,043 - $131,584


For a complete position profile, visit the Prothman Company at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Open Recruitments."


The Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and enhancing communities in the State of Washington by providing support and a forum to exchange ideas for county leaders. WACO offices are in Olympia, Washington, which is located at the foot of majestic Mount Rainier, with the Pacific Coast just an hour drive away.  As the state capital, Olympia is a city infused with the energy of government activity but is also a place where people enjoy the outdoors during its mild winters and warm summers. Popular recreational activities, such as boating, tennis and golf can be enjoyed almost any time of the year and the nearby mountains offer many opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and mountain climbing.


WACO policy is determined by a 19-member Board of Trustees made up of county officials from throughout the state. WACO membership includes elected county assessors, auditors, clerks, coroners and medical examiners, prosecuting attorneys, sheriffs, treasurers and comparable appointed officials in charter counties. WACO provides the following to its 263 members: legislative representation; education and training; informational publications; day-to-day assistance concerning a wide variety of issues of importance to counties; local, state, and federal agency liaison; an annual conference for training and to develop a legislative package; affiliate support; and other forums in which to develop ideas and build consensus. Operating with a 2019 budget of $845,260 and 4 FTE’s, including the Executive Director, WACO works closely with the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), a similarly situated association of County Commissioners, County Executives and County Council members.


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer and is responsible for providing organizational leadership, managing the day to day operations of the association office, overseeing the financial affairs of the association, facilitating a strategic plan for the association and executing that plan, managing the association staff, and generally ensuring the overall success of the association. The Executive Director provides direct legislative and policy service to WACO members. The Director serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and its Committees and is responsible for keeping Board members informed about issues, needs and operations of the association.  


A bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a related field, and at least 5-7 years of progressively responsible senior management experience, preferably in the public sector at the local, county or state government level and/or in association management, or any satisfactory combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, is required. A master's degree in Public Administration, Business or a related field is preferred.


WACO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review:  June 23, 2019 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, call 206-368-0050.


Washington Association of County Officials


$101,043 - $131,584