Town Manager - Town of Butner, NC

Town of Butner, NC

The Town of Butner, a small community just east of Durham and the Research Triangle Park (RTP) in NC, seeks a passionate, visionary, and experienced executive to serve as its next Town Manager. The Town of Butner is primed for significant growth and the Council seeks a patient listener who will engage the opinions of staff and stakeholders, create unity in opposition and advocate for Butner’s needs and strategic vision while preserving its culture. The ideal candidate has experience leading small communities like Butner through significant growth, development, and redevelopment while valuing and upholding the quality of the Town’s service delivery.

About the Community: Located in southern Granville County and fifteen minutes from Durham, the Town of Butner, with a population just under 8,500, offers its residents a high quality of life, attributed to the ease and ideals of small town living and the benefits of its proximity to the Triangle. Butner is known as a safe, welcoming community that people are proud to call home. Butner has a close-knit atmosphere where it is common to see your neighbors, coworkers and friends at the grocery store or a favorite eatery – all within a day’s time.

About the Organization: Operating under the Council/Manager form of government, the Butner Town Council is non-partisan and consists of a Mayor and six members, all at large. The Town of Butner’s FY 22 – 23 general fund budget of $10.9M, which is a 50% increase over the FY 21-22 budget, primarily due to ARPA Funds, supports approximately 60 employees (58 FTE) across 7 departments: Administration, Butner Public Safety, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Stormwater. The Town’s American Rescue Plan funds of $2.5M for the FY 22-23 budget were used to reimburse the general fund for the cost of providing government services. The Town’s property tax rate is $0.425 per $100.00 valuation.

The Town of Butner is a place where people can gather and afford to live, work, and grow. Butner’s commitment to providing attractive residential homes, thriving economic development, a vibrant Town Center, and active amenities for all ages demonstrates their strategic focus on the growth and sustainability of the community while preserving the small-town culture.

About the Position:
Reporting to the Town Council, the Town Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Town of Butner including the development and management of a balanced budget. With support from the Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk, the Town Manager works closely with department heads in providing quality services to the community and executing the vision of the Town.

Demand for additional infrastructure (roads, transportation, utilities, etc.) and residential units in Butner will continue to increase as major employers like Google and Apple join the RTP area. With limited geographic potential for expansion, the next Town Manager must be creative in improving Butner’s resources and capacity to support the expectant growth while also navigating the desires of community members including protecting the Town’s low property tax rate.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or closely related field is required; a master’s degree in Public or Business Administration and/or ICMA credentialed manager certification is preferred. Candidates must have five or more years of successful and progressive levels of supervisory and management experience; experience in North Carolina local government preferred.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for the Town Manager is $150,000 - $185,000, dependent on qualifications and experience. The Town provides a competitive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, 401K 5% employer contribution, short term disability, FSA or HSA, LGERS (local government retirement system), car allowance, and a phone stipend. Residency within Butner’s town’s limits or within a 30-minute commute is preferred.

To apply, please visit and click on the Town Manager – Butner, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by February 8, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on March 16 – 17, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The Town of Butner is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Butner


PO BOX 270
Butner, NC 27509-0270
United States

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