Town Manager - Rolesville, NC

Town of Rolesville, NC

The Town of Rolesville, NC, seeks an experienced professional with small-town passion and a strategic thinking mindset to serve as its next Town Manager. Uniquely positioned in the greater Research Triangle area, the growing Town of Rolesville desires in their next Town Manager someone who is a visionary and compassionate leader possessing well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities to unite the Rolesville community around a cohesive vision. Candidates with experience cultivating commercial and mixed-use development in communities with a predominant residential tax base are desired.
Rolesville’s next Town Manager is knowledgeable of municipal sustainability efforts and will use sustainability as a guiding operational principle while improving the town’s sustainability and succession planning efforts. From both a micro (staff training and development) and macro level (organization-wide – systems and policy evaluation, infrastructure, etc.), the Town Manager will proactively position the organization to thrive and adapt in all seasons of change.

About the Community:
The Town of Rolesville is a small town in northeastern Wake County. Wake County is the largest county (by population) in the State of North Carolina and contains the state’s capital city of Raleigh.

Rolesville is one of NC's top three fastest-growing communities, a recurring accolade for the town every year since 2005. Rolesville, with a population of 10,661, which has grown 150% since 2010, is the second oldest town in Wake County, initially incorporated in 1837. Only the City of Raleigh is older than the Town of Rolesville.

Prized for being a safe, family-centric community with a high quality of life, Rolesville was ranked #1 Safest City in North Carolina by SafeWise last year. Rolesville’s roots began as a humble farming community. Though most of the large family farms in the heart of Rolesville have been developed into residential or commercial developments, farming is still a significant component of the community, which helps preserve its small-town atmosphere.

Rolesville has three beautiful parks, quality amenities for the entire family, and 3 miles of greenway to explore. Within Wake County, Rolesville's residents have access to larger city amenities, including three major universities: UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Duke, and quality healthcare through WakeMed, UNC Healthcare, and Duke Health.

Wake County and its communities have received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as one of the best places to live and work. Its world-class healthcare, higher education, public school system (the largest in the state), and variety of entertainment provide ample opportunities for Rolesville’s residents.

About the Organization and Position:
The Town of Rolesville, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, is governed by a mayor and a five-person Board of Commissioners. Rolesville is committed to preserving the town's agricultural history while preparing for future growth and opportunity. As outlined in its current strategic plan, Rolesville seeks to maintain its reputation as a genuine community while working towards being a walkable community with connections to parks, greenways, and gathering spaces.

Reporting to the Board of Commissioners, the Town Manager leads 56 FTEs and oversees the departments of Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Community and Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Planning, and Police. The Assistant Town Manager oversees Public Works. The Town Manager is responsible for the development and management of the town’s budget (annual general and capital budgets). Rolesville’s FY 23-24 general fund budget of $14M is supported by a tax rate of $.046 per $100 of assessed tax value.

Rolesville’s next Town Manager is a relationship builder who effectively networks with peers in neighboring communities, municipalities throughout the state, and other intergovernmental entities. A responsive, detailed, deadline-oriented professional, the Town Manager continuously monitors and engages in process improvement.

In addition to supervising staff, the Town Manager must effectively secure and oversee contracted services. Rolesville offers Natural Gas via PSNC and water and sewer through the City of Raleigh. Additionally, Rolesville provides fire protection by contract with Rolesville Rural Fire and Eastern Wake EMS. The Town Manager is also the staff liaison with the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and 7-10 years of progressively responsible management experience. Preferred qualifications include familiarity with NC municipal management, a master’s degree, ICMA credentialing, and five years of progressively responsible experience as a department head, Assistant Town Manager or Town Manager within small to midsized municipal government organizations.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for this position is $150,900 - $217,300. Starting salary is based on experience and qualifications. The Town of Rolesville provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance; retirement benefits such as membership in the Local Government Employees' Retirement System and employer contributions to 401(K); tuition reimbursement; and more. Residency within 10 miles of Rolesville’s Town Hall within a negotiated time frame is required.

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Please note the following:
● All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the Rolesville’s employment application portal or any other external website.
● Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
● Applicants should apply by March 19, 2024.
● The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluations on April 11 - 12, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
● Direct inquiries to

The Town of Rolesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select “Client Openings," and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.”

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Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)

Town of Rolesville


PO BOX 250
Rolesville, NC 27571-0250
United States

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