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The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Department: Planning and Zoning
Salary Range: $40,000+ DOQ
Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Berkley Group seeks a qualified, self-motivated applicant to serve as a Planner for the company. The position will assist Sussex County, Virginia with its planning and zoning functions.

Primary functions include:

  • Regular, reliable attendance necessary;
  • Day-to-day current development operations including code enforcement, zoning permits, site plan and subdivision plat review, zoning review and enforcement, and planning applications;
  • Strong customer service in working with the general public, contractors, architects, developers, public officials, state and federal agencies, etc.;
  • Review of site plans, rezonings, subdivisions, etc., for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other local and state regulations;
  • Enforces the County’s Floodplain Ordinance and Erosion and Sediment Control Program;
  • Drafting staff reports, filing, and record keeping;
  • Perform code enforcement duties including, but not limited to, processing and documenting complaints, issuing notice of complaints, issuing notice of violations, and tracking progress until resolution;
  • Long-range planning project development and management;
  • Staff support for Boards & Commissions as necessary;
  • Independent and team work on a variety of special projects;
  • These duties may evolve or otherwise be amended to meet the needs of contract clients.

Skills & Qualifications

Aptitude for or experience with current and long-range planning activities including zoning and code enforcement practices as applicable to the Commonwealth of Virginia; ability to read and interpret local, state, and federal regulations, surveys, site plans, plats, and plans of development; ability to gather and interpret technical and statistical information and prepare technical reports; ability to establish effective working relationships with local staff, regional partnership staff, state agencies, contractors, architects, land developers, associates and the general public; strong verbal and written communication skills. Technical skills, including proficiency in GIS and desktop publishing systems, desirable. Certified zoning official/administrator credentials will be required within the first year. AICP encouraged.

Education & Experience

Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public policy, or a field related to urban planning, community development, or public administration or equivalent experience.


Victim/Witness Director (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
November 20, 2020
Start Date:
 December 1, 2020
Experience Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other relevant experience. Knowledge of court operations a must. Must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
Salary: Negotiable based on experience

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
November 20, 2020
Start Date:
 December 1. 2020
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years (preferably as a prosecutor)
Prerequisite: Must be in good standing with Virginia State Bar
Salary: Negotiable based on experience

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
November 20, 2020
Start Date:
 December 1. 2020
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years (preferably as a prosecutor)
Prerequisite: Must be in good standing with Virginia State Bar
Salary: Negotiable based on experience

Full Time Cook (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Sheriff's Office
mployment Status: Full Time
Deadline: November 1, 2020

Sussex County Jail is seeking qualified applicants to apply for a cook position. Qualifications include prior experience in the food service field. Current Serv-Safe certification as a Food Service Manager is preferred, and is a requirement within 3 months of the date of hire. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and have NO criminal history convictions. Upon employment, the applicant will be required to submit to both random and regularly scheduled drug tests along with all other employees.

The employee must pass a physical examination, at this position requires lifting of boxes of food and canned goods. The employee must be able to follow a DOC-Approved menu, and will maintain inventory of food, reordering items as required. The employee will ensure that all Department of Health sanitation and safety requirements are met and maintained at all times. An inmate worker may assist the cook with food preparation and kitchen clean-up after meals.

This position is full-time with all the appropriate benefits, including enrollment in the Virginia Retirement System, paid holidays each year, as approved by the Governor and Sussex County Board of Supervisors, and sick leave. Salary for this postion will be based on past experience in Food Service, Sussex County residence will be given preference, but is not the only factor in hiring.

Interested and qualified candidates must submit a Commonwealth of Virginia application (DPT Form 10-012), along with a brief cover letter. This application is available for download on a link on the Employment Opportunities webpage on Sussex County Sheriff's Office website which is An application may be obtained at any Commonwealth of Virginia State Agency, as well as Sussex County Sheriff's Office by stopping during office hours of 8 A.M. to 4 P.M..

   Download Commonwealth of Virginia Application    Download Job Announcement

Accounts Payable Clerk (Closed)

Department: Finance Department
Salary: DOE/DOQ
Deadline: October 9, 2020 at 2:00PM EST

Oct 2, 2020- The County of Sussex is accepting applications for the position of Accounts Payable Clerk.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following
  • Examine and process invoices for payment and reconcile accounts;
  • Process accounts payable checks to include final corrections and adjustments;
  • Post correcting journal entries in General Ledger;
  • Process Juror payments;
  • Process Employee;
  • Travel Reimbursements;
  • Maintain Vendor Files;
  • Compile Monthly Expenditure Reports for the Board meeting;
  • Prepare and distribute monthly expenditure reports to departments;
  • Prepare annual tax reporting forms;
  • Research and verify financial data;
  • Draft correspondence/reports when needed;
  • Performs clerical and office assistant duties as required by supervisor. 
  • General knowledge of finance with experience in accounting and/or bookkeeping;
  • General knowledge of standard office procedures, practices and equipment;
  • Considerable experience with Microsoft Office products and AS400 accounting software;
  • High School graduate with a minimum of three years or more experience in finance and experience in local government finance preferred.
To Apply

Please submit Confidential VA State Applications Form (DHRM10-012), cover letter, resume, and salary history and work related references to: 

Attn: Shilton Butts. Assistant to the County Administrator
Post Office Box 1397
20135 Princeton Road
Sussex, Virginia 23884

Call   (434) 246-1000 to request that the application be emailed to you.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. EST.  If mailing or hand delivering documents, please mark the sealed envelope “CONFIDENTIAL”.

   Download Commonwealth of Virginia Application

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
Employment Status: Regular, Full Time, Non-Exempt
Salary: Negotiable based on experience


The purpose of this position is to assist the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the prosecution of criminal cases for Sussex County.

  • Assist the Commonwealth’s Attorney in prosecuting criminal defendants
  • Present witnesses, objects, photographs and other evidence of crimes by accused persons in court;
  • Interview investigators, victims and other witnesses to criminal activity;
  • Obtain indictments of accused criminals or formal charges from grand juries;
  • Prepare and present legal briefs;
  • Review body camera video, jail calls and all other electronic and social media information;
  • Prepare indictment forms, motions, proposed jury instructions, notices and other court documents;
  • Prepare and respond to discovery orders;
  • Make, receive and evaluate plea offers;
  • Assist or oversee detectives, investigators, and other law enforcement in gathering evidence;
  • Prepare and present witnesses for trial
  • Explain process and reason for certain decisions to victims or their family members.

Candidates need skills in interpreting statutes and rules, applying criminal law to facts and determining the significance of testimony or other items of evidence. The analysis also consists of assessing the credibility of witnesses based on factors such as bias or inconsistency in statements. Possess critical thinking and problem-solving skills and abilities. Eligible candidates must possess 3- 5 years of trial litigation experience. Must possess professional ethics, persuasive and organizational skills and abilities.


Must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and be in good standing with the Virginia State Bar. Please send resume and certificate of good standing to

Resumes must be submitted prior to closing date of May 15, 2020.

Program Assistant (Closed) 

Department: Sussex County Housing Department
mployment Status: Part-Time
Deadline: Position open until filled.

The County of Sussex is accepting applications for the position of a Part-time Housing Assistant.

This position will perform a variety of duties including assisting with housing inspections, assisting with general work assignments relating to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, assisting with receptionist duties, monthly reports, maintaining records and files.

  • General knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment and office assistance techniques;
  • knowledge and experience in Housing Quality Standards Inspections helpful.
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and experience dealing with the public.
  • Valid Virginia Driver’s license is required.

Please submit Virginia State Application to Sussex County Administration:

Attn: Shilton Butts. Assistant to the County Administrator
Post Office Box 1397
20135 Princeton Road
Sussex, Virginia 23884
Call (434) 246-1000 if you have any questions.

County Administrator (Closed)

The Berkley Group is conducting an executive search for a new County Administrator for Sussex County, Virginia. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume, with salary expectations and professional references, to Berkley Group Executive Manager Kimball Payne via email at The position is open until filled, but review of candidates will begin May 22, 2020. Click on the link below for a complete position profile and more information.

  Sussex County Administrator Recruitment Profile (PDF)    The Berkley Group Employment Page

Animal Control Officer (Closed)

The County of Sussex is currently looking to fill the position of Animal Control Officer.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under general supervision, performs difficult skilled trades work in the enforcement of local and state laws and ordinances regulating the keeping, control and protection of animals within the County; implements and administers animal shelter activities and initiatives to ensure the initiatives are consistent with departmental directives, County policies, ordinances and regulations; receives, investigates and answers citizens’ complaints; implements rabies control operations; performs capture and seizure operations; impounds abandoned dogs and other animals; intakes owner surrender animals; performs warrant service operations; performs humane investigations; testifies in court for County code in code enforcement cases; implements euthanasia per state guidelines; on call after hours and weekends is required.

Special Requirements:

Must be at least 21 years old; possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license; must be able to pass criminal background check; must be able to qualify with handgun and other weapons. High school diploma or GED equivalency required; within two years of employment, Basic Animal Control School must be completed; prior experience preferred, but not required.

Salary based on experience.

Mail cover letter, resume and Virginia Employment Application to Sussex County Administration, Attn: Shilton R. Butts, Assistant to the County Administrator, Post Office Box 1397, Sussex VA 23884; hand deliver to 20135 Princeton Road, Sussex VA 23884; or email: THIS POSITION WILL BE OPENED UNTIL FILLED.

Please mark your envelope: "Confidential – Animal Control Position." NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program Director (Closed)

Department: Sussex County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Employment Status: Regular, Full Time, Non-Exempt
Salary Range: $52,297.00 - $67,675.00

The purpose of the position is to develop, coordinate and enhance resources for Victim/Witness Assistance Program for Sussex County Commonwealth's Attorney Office Jurisdiction. Ensure the rights of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system; Ensure that these individuals receive information and necessary direct services because of their position as victims and witnesses.

  • Provides direct services to diverse crime victim population, including involvement with the criminal justice system.
  • Serve as a liaison between victims and witnesses of crimes and the County Attorney's office;
  • Notify all victims and witnesses both verbally and in writing of court proceedings, explain the court process to them, and will prepare them to testify in court proceedings;
  • Compile restitution amounts, and victims impact statements for use by the County Attorney's office and the Court;
  • Attend court hearings and may have to testify in court;
  • Determine the special needs or other services necessary for victims and witnesses; and either provide or refer those services to them;
  • Provides information on Victim's Rights and Victim Compensation, while assessing the needs of victims and making the appropriate referrals and necessary follow-ups.
  • Meets with victims and assist them in the completion of the Victims Compensation Assistance Claim form for compensation of financial loss sustained due to defendant's acts. To also file the claims online in a specialized system and track the cases through the filing process and make contact with the victim(s) if additional information is needed.
  • Assists Victim Assistance specialists to obtain case status information, police information, or restitution information, as requested. If an award letter is provided through CICF make sure the appropriate information is placed in the criminal file so the defendant is held accountable for repayment. A copy of the award letter is also sent to Clerk of Court, Defendant's Courts and Probation for the collection of restitution.
  • Send letters to creditors on behalf of the victim, only if a claim has been filed as well as serve as a contact person for hospitals, providers or funeral directors.
  • Provides physical safety and emotional support to victim while officers attend to "scene of the crime assignments", including assistance with immediate needs when applicable, (i.e., shelter, clothing, telephone assistance, transportation.)
  • Assists victims with the timely return of property and items of evidence.
  • Keeps victims informed about the status of their case, including jail release and/or court tracking information, as well as, accompany victims to court as needed.
  • Recruit, coordinate, train and utilizes volunteers.
  • Keeps up-to-date on current laws, regulations and trends in victim assistance.
  • Compiles statistics and database to prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress and financial reports and maintains client files.
  • Develops and updates resource directory for victims of crime.
  • Completes any and all other related duties as assigned by the Sussex County Commonwealth's Attorney.
  • Thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system;
  • Must have knowledge of office technology: Microsoft Office Products-Word, Excel, Access, and etc.;
  • The ability to gather, organize and analyze information;
  • The ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Candidate must have the ability to speak and understand the English language (to speak and understand the Spanish language a plus).
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, criminal justice or social work from an accredited college or university or two or more years dealing directly with the delivery of human services.
  • Must have driver's license and own transportation.
  • Must be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

Please send resume to

Deputy Sheriff - Jail (Corrections Division) (Closed)

1 Position Available, April 1, 2020 - Applicants must be 21 years of age; have a high school diploma or equivalent; be of good character; be in good health and physical condition and pass a physical examination; posses a Virginia driver's license and have a good driving record; must not have a criminal record or DWI conviction; be willing to submit to a background investigation; most posses keyboarding / computer skills; and complete the basic training within one year of hire date.

Please note that Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Jail and E911 Dispatcher will be cross-trained in both areas.

Starting salary rage from $36,000 to $38,500

Salary consideration will be given to applicants who are DCJS certified in Virginia.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and completed Virginia State Application DPT Form 10-012, available online or may be obtained from any Commonwealth of Virginia employer.

Send applications to Sussex County Sheriff's Office, P.O. Box 1326, Sussex, VA 23884

Closing date for this postion will be April 16, 2020.

Phone: 434-246-5000

Download the Job Announcement PDF

Legal Secretary / Administrative Assistant [Commonwealth's Attorney] (Closed)

Provides clerical, legal and administrative support to the Commonwealth’s Attorney on a day-to-day basis.


  • Performs duties under the direct supervision of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
  • Prepares and revises legal documents, correspondence, memoranda;
  • ensures the timely filing of court documents with the appropriate courts
  • assembles documents and exhibits for court hearings, maintains case files;
  • complete other duties as assigned.

Requires exercise of initiative, some independent judgment and critical thinking in such matters drafting/reviewing legal documents; management of case files and completion of special projects. The ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with maturity, professionalism and diplomacy is essential. Work environment requires extensive contact and interaction with the general public, county employees, elected officials, court officials and other members of the legal community.


High School Diploma required; Bachelor’s degree or paralegal certification or relevant experience preferred. Must be detailed oriented; possess excellent organizational and staffing skills; must possess skills working office equipment; computer literacy with Windows based programs; typing speed +45 wpm. Salary range $35 – 41k.  Please send resume to

Executive Director, The Crater Planning District Commission (Closed)

Crater Planning District CommissionFebruary 6, 2020 - The Crater Planning District Commission is seeking a dynamic, highly energetic and entrepreneurial spirited individual to serve as Executive Director and lead the agency toward increased regional cooperation and policy development.

To view the recruitment profile and application instructions please visit  Executive Director CPDC.

The deadline to apply is February 29, 2020.

The Crater Planning District Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Animal Pound Attendant (Part-time) (Closed)

08/30/19 - The County of Sussex is accepting applications for the position of Part-Time Animal Pound Attendant. Work involves maintaining the Sussex County Animal Pound, cleaning kennels and cages, cleaning the office area, feeding and providing water for the animals at the pound, answering the phones, greeting the public and other duties as assigned. This position includes cleaning the animal shelter on the weekends and other time as needed

Minimum training and experience: Any combination and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Special requirements: Some knowledge of small animal care and behavior; skill in handling animals (dogs and cats); skill in cleaning and maintaining facilities; skill in dealing with the public. Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and must meet and maintain all county and state training and education requirements for the position.

Salary: $13.39 per hour / 20 – 28 hours/week

Submit completed Virginia state application (DPT Form 10-012 – Rev 10/99), cover letter, detailed resume, salary history and work related references to: Shilton R. Butts, Assistant to the County Administrator at Post Office Box 1397, 20135 Princeton Road, Sussex, Virginia 23884 or e-mail State applications can be downloaded at or by calling (434) 246 1000 to request that the application be emailed to you. Deadline for submission of application and pertinent documents: 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2019. If mailing or hand delivering documents, please mark the sealed envelope “CONFIDENTIAL”.

The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download the Job Announcement PDF

Human Services Assistant II (Closed)

07/19/19 - Sussex DSS has an exciting opportunity for an applicant who loves working with people and enjoy assisting in a front desk environment. This position serves as the initial point of contact for clients seeking benefits and/or services The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, be a critical thinker and a team player.

Responsibilities are to assist clients with applications and explain basic information about programs and how to apply online. Answer agency switchboard. Issue EBT cards. Research information, using a variety of databases to obtain and/or verify information needed to allow processing of applications. Maintain confidential logs of client documentation received. Responds to routine questions in person, e-mail or by telephone. Scan documents into the states document imaging system (DIMIS). Provides direct administrative support to staff such as, typing, retrieving files, ordering supplies, and creating forms. Maintain printer and copier supplies, Order state forms, update staff listing, order office supplies.

Responsible for scheduling the use of the Boardroom for DSS and county departments. Assemble Board packages. Responsible for managing vehicle work requests and other work order requests for the agency. Open and sort mail, distribute mail and pick up mail from county administration. Operate postage machine and deliver mail to post office. Manage pouch system. Responsible for management of copier and fax machines. Perform other related duties.

The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download the Job Announcement PDF

Administrative Services Manager (Closed)

07/19/19 - Are you a strong Administrative Professional with great interpersonal skills? Do you enjoy leadership responsibilities and change management? If so, this is the perfect position for you! In this role of Administrative Services Manager, you will serve as confidential assistant to the Director to assist in implementing change management. This important work includes Human Resources, Administrative Board management, Fiscal and Finance, Facility and Procurement responsibilities. You will supervise an administrative team.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work with the Director to develop policy and practice and to ensure the agency runs smoothly. This candidate will exercise the use of sound judgment, foresight and planning in recommendations to Director. This is a working management position.

Tasks include support of an Administrative Board to include minute preparation and maintaining the official Board Minutes and Board terms. Ability to work collaboratively with community partners and members of the management team; Planning and directing administrative, clerical and fiscal activities and programs; preparing policies and procedures; determining staffing and training needs; maintaining records and files; preparing reports. Prepares agency budgets, controls and monitors expenditures and revenue; analyzes financial status. Approves budget expenditures and ensures expenditures reflect the correct budget lines. Oversees purchasing and leasing and determines needs for equipment and supplies; procures bids as needed. Serves as liaison with state and local government staff concerning budget and funding. Provides orientation for new employees; Responsible for Human Resources activities, RMS and LETS. Performs monthly certification of staff salary and timely employment changes using state’s system. Keeps updated personnel records on each employee; completes performance evaluations for administrative staff. Prepares and implements internal operating policies and procedures for agency; Develops performance standards; establishes goals and objectives; Oversight of agency leave, payroll and timesheets. Approves statistical reports; Prepares a variety of reports, documents, etc. Responsible for facility and fleet management. Performs related tasks as required.

The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download the Job Announcement PDF

Building Official Job Posting (Closed)

Sussex County is accepting applications for the position of Building Official. Under the direction of the Director of Community Development, the Building Official performs complex supervisory and technical work managing the Building Inspections Office by administering and enforcing the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Commercial and Residential International Building Codes (IBC). Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s Degree along with certification as a Building Official through the International Code Council and certification as a Building Official through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is required. Extensive (at least five years) experience as a licensed professional engineer or architect, building, fire or trade inspector, contractor or housing inspector is required.

Certification as an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Reviewer or Combined Administrator is preferred or must be obtained within one year of employment.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, Virginia State application (Form DPT Form 10-012, Rev.10/99) and professional references to Mrs. Shilton R. Butts, Assistant to the County Administrator, County of Sussex, Post Office Box 1397, Sussex VA 23884 or via email to: If mailing or hand delivering your documents, please note “CONFIDENTIAL” TO BE OPENED BY ADDRESSEE ONLY on the envelope.

The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides an excellent benefit package. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Position requires a criminal background check and valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. Hiring Salary Range: DOE/DOQ.

Download the Job Announcement PDF

How to Apply

The Virginia Employment Application (DPT Form 10-012 – Rev 10/99) is commonly referenced as a requirement for applying to positions listed on this page.

You may download the PDF version of the application from using the button below:

  Download Virginia Employment Application

The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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