Deputy Town Manager

Town of Chapel Hill, NC

The Town of Chapel Hill, NC seeks a thoughtful, equity- and social justice-oriented leader for its next Deputy Town Manager in this service-rich organization. This executive will be a partner to the Town Manager and staff as well as an effective contributor to a strong Council-Staff relationship with a commitment to the Community’s goals. Successful candidates will have a track record of working effectively within the Council-Manager form of government, leading talented staff, managing the challenges of growth in alignment with town values. They will have experience working with a diverse and participatory community, regional partners, a University System, and the Council to carry out the community’s strategic priorities. The position is open due to the retirement of a long-time deputy manager. Information about the Town, its mission and its core values of RESPECT can be found here (or copy… into your browser).
About the Position: The Town Manager and two Deputy Town Managers lead more than 700 employees across 15 departments. A Town Budget of more than $111 million funds a wide range of services including a fare-free transit system, public library and public housing. The experience and credentialing of the successful candidate is equally focused on both project management and leadership skills where a large and diverse portfolio includes Housing and Community, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Transit, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Human Resource Development.
Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal management with at least five years at a department head level role or above (assistant/deputy manager or manager preferred). A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required while a master’s degree or higher is strongly preferred. Must have a proven track record in leading with an equity and social justice philosophy, transparent public communication, effective intergovernmental relations, personal community engagement, leading cohesive and collaborative change, visionary leadership, and is adept at leading and implementing strategic planning to meet community goals. Work experience in a University community is desirable. ICMA credentials or the ability to obtain those credentials within a designated timeframe is preferred. The hiring range is $116,902 to $189,381 with a midpoint of $153,141. Information about the Town’s benefits can be found by clicking here (or by copying and pasting:…
To apply, go to and click on the Deputy Town Manager – Chapel Hill link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application. Application review begins April 8, 2021. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on May 13-14, 2021. Interviews with the Town Manager and leadership team will follow at a subsequent time. All inquiries should be emailed to The Town of Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

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Job Details

Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Chapel Hill


405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States

Form of Government