County of Kern

Kern County is the third largest county in California geographically with over 8,000 square miles of beautiful mountains, valleys, and deserts. As one of the most affordable regions in California, Kern County is an ideal place to both live and raise a family. Population growth remains high, bolstered by a young population, growing job opportunities, and affordable home prices. The County provides a safe, healthy, diverse, and affordable environment for its residents, with easy access to a variety of museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues. According to the Brookings Institution, the County ranks fourth in the nation for S.T.E.M. jobs thanks to the prevalence of energy, value-added agriculture, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and logistics industries. California State University Bakersfield also calls the county home, providing a world-class education to over 10,000 students. 

Upon policy direction of the Board of Supervisors, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) directs departments and exercises administrative supervision of all county offices, departments, and districts which are the concern and responsibility of the Board of Supervisors. The CAO is responsible for conducting administrative studies of County operations, procedures, and department budgets and prepares recommendations to departments and to the Board for decisions. The CAO is appointed and serves at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors. The County of Kern is seeking a strategic, diplomatic, and innovative County Administrator who understands and appreciates small town rural communities. Candidates with a strong background in finance along with a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to getting things done will be successful.

The annual salary range is under current review for an increase and is currently $231,195 – $276,700; placement within the range is dependent on qualifications and experience. The County also offers an attractive benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at (916) 784-9080. Filing Deadline: May 26, 2024