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Executive Director

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Executive Director - County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS)


General Description:

The Executive Director position exists to lead County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), a statewide county government outreach organization, in delivering its primary mission. TCA 49-9-402 provides that “there is created a county technical assistance service to provide studies and research, and to furnish technical, consultative and field services to counties of the state in problems relating to fiscal administration, accounting, tax assessment and collection, law enforcement, improvements and public works, and in any and all matters relating to county government.”

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the agency works in cooperation with and with the advice of counties in the state acting through the Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA) and its board of directors and the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT) and all the affiliated associations of county officials. CTAS delivers services through regional offices across the state that enable it to serve more than 3,500 elected and appointed officials in 95 counties as well as numerous county boards, commissions, and committees. In addition, CTAS works closely with a large number of state agencies and constitutional offices on matters related to county government. CTAS is one of six agencies of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS). The Executive Director is responsible for working cooperatively with the IPS senior leadership team to ensure the overall missions of CTAS, IPS, and the university of Tennessee are accomplished. The CTAS Executive Director is a critical member of the IPS senior leadership team. This individual is the primary conduit for relations with elected and appointed officials across the state. Relationships set the tone for trust, integrity, and respect for CTAS and, therefore, the image and brand of the University of Tennessee.

CTAS has locations across the state of Tennessee covering each of the three grand divisions.


Duties and Responsibilities:

This position has leadership responsibilities in strategic planning, workforce development, stakeholder relations and fundraising. The ability to anticipate customer needs and planning methods to address them is a responsibility. The position includes leading continuous improvement throughout the organization including performance measures as well as active participation in the IPS Leadership Team.

Establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with county officials, the TCSA, the COAT, and all other associations of county officials is required. The position includes fostering relationships with IPS Administration, other IPS agencies, and other University of Tennessee organizations including faculty and students when appropriate. This position coordinates and cooperates with other state agencies in management of delivery of programs and works closely with the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury.

Leadership for the agency includes managing human resources, budget issues, performance measures. and general management of the agency. The position is responsible for various administrative actions, including annual performance reviews, review and approvals for agreements, time and leave, program reports and financial ledgers. The Executive Director must work closely with the CTAS advisory committee. Other functions include professional development meetings and conferences, seminars and training classes, and administrative committees and task forces as assigned (may be internal to IPS or the university).

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree required in Public Administration, Business, Finance/Accounting or related field.



Required: Ten years or more of relevant experience in a leadership position preferably in a local or state government organization with similar work goals.


Preferred: Hands-on experience providing technical assistance or training to local officials is a plus. Experience in managing staff in remote locations is helpful.




    Some knowledge of county government operationsExcellent leadership skillsAbility to be politically savvy and diplomaticAbility to lead a multi-talented, multi-disciplined consulting and training agencyExcellent budget and human resource management skillsAbility to develop strategic goals and manage performance measuresAbility to motivate and inspire others to achieve top performanceAbility to travel frequently both within and outside the stateExcellent written, oral, negotiation and other communication skillsAbility to prioritize competing/conflicting work assignments


    Knowledge of development and pursuing diversified revenue streams in a not-for-profit and/or university-based environmentKnowledge of Tennessee law and local government


The Executive Director must be able to maintain respect and trust within the Institute. This position requires integrity, honesty and good ethics to successfully work with all levels of the University of Tennessee system.


The position is located Nashville, TN and will require frequent statewide travel, including overnight travel.

Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and at least four (4) references with contact information. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2021. Applicants must apply electronically.  Position will remain open until filled.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: County Tech Assist Services
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 16, 2021, 3:54:15 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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