Beaufort County, South Carolina

County Administrator

Beaufort County, SC (Population: 179,589) is seeking energetic, professional and accomplished candidates for their next County Administrator.  Ideal candidates will have well rounded management experience in a community or county of similar size and complexity as Beaufort County.  Located in the southeastern corner of the State of South Carolina, known as the “Lowcountry.” Nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia - Beaufort County is rich with history, culture and outdoor beauty. Beaufort County is composed of hundreds of barrier and sea islands and its warm climate, pristine beaches, vibrant Gullah traditions and true southern hospitality welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Beaufort County is home to the famous Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the Marine Corps Air Station and the internationally known luxury resort of Hilton Head Island. Gorgeous private islands, abundant waterways and nature preserves embellish the landscape. Vast expanses of marshlands and lush maritime forests create spectacular scenic vistas and rich habitat for egrets, herons, pelicans, dolphins and other wildlife species.

The County is one of the fastest growing areas in South Carolina with an increase in population of 93,164 from 1990 to 2016 to its current size of approximately 175,000.  The County is a center for tourism, retirement and the associated services, as well as the military serving in South Carolina.  The County has a balanced and very stable economy, created by diverse public and private employers, with the unemployment rate well below the statewide average and that of the neighboring counties. Beaufort County stretches nearly 30 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and includes 64 major islands and hundreds of small islands.  It has thriving cities, rich agricultural land and many small communities that contribute to its character and exceptional quality of life.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • A strong commitment to creative problem-solving through teamwork and professionalism, outstanding supervisory and administrative skills, highly developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and ability to develop policies and procedures that evolve with the organization.
  • A demonstrated record of leadership with a comprehensive knowledge of county/city management, governmental finances and budgeting, strategic planning and consensus building as well as the ability to facilitate the development of a strong solutions based, resident focused administration that adheres to the County’s core values.
  • A bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business or related field and a Master’s in Public/Business Administration from an accredited college or university is required along with extensive progressively responsible experience (7 to 10 years) in local government management, including significant experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups. 


The salary range is $175,000 - $215,000 DOQ with a fantastic benefits package.  Apply online at with resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references by May 11, 2018 to the attention of Sarah McKee, Vice-President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240.

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