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Public Service Faculty - Local Government Unit Manager

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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 ( 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 Eligible

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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.

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 (

USG Core Values Statement:

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

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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.

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:

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.

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 (

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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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Background Investigation Policy:

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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