Assistant City Managers

City of Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina’s City of Arts & Innovation, the vibrant and historic City of Winston-Salem, NC, is seeking adaptive leaders with excellent strategic thinking and community engagement experience to serve as Assistant City Manager. There are two positions available. Working effectively within the Council-Manager form of government, the successful Assistant City Manager candidates will have a track record of effectively leading competent staff, communicating a clear vision of service excellence, promoting community engagement, holding themselves and direct reports accountable, and experience working with a diverse portfolio of departments and strategic initiatives like livable neighborhoods, economic vitality, transportation mobility, healthy environments, and safe and secure communities. The new Assistant City Managers must be effective contributors to the leadership team and be committed to the community goals desired by the Council and community as shown in the strategic plan.

The City of Winston-Salem values diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Assistant City Managers, working with the City Manager, will establish an accountable environment where DEI is honored in all decisions, policies, and procedures. These leaders must be adept at leading communities through change, are sensitive to preserving the culture and history of the community and address the short and long-term needs of community members. With considerable experience facilitating plans for growth and sustainability in urban communities, the next Assistant City Managers will support the City Manager in overseeing development and redevelopment projects while bringing innovative and creative approaches to address the City's challenges, including retaining a skilled workforce, availability of affordable housing, poverty, and crime.

The City Manager and Assistant City Managers uphold a standard of excellence and accountability and foster unity around the City’s mission to provide quality, affordable services that ensure community members' health, safety, and well-being while collaborating throughout the community to ensure its economic, social, and environmental vitality.

About the Organization, Department and Position:
Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, the City of Winston-Salem has a mayor elected at-large, and an eight-member City Council elected every four years in each of the City's eight wards. With a AAA bond rating, Winston-Salem is dedicated to being a municipal government deserving of public confidence, providing excellent and innovative services, and being an active and cooperative partner in creating a vital community.

Reporting to the City Manager, the Assistant City Managers are vital members of the City Manager’s executive team. The Assistant City Managers execute strategic city priorities by engaging with various staff, elected officials, community members and groups, non-profits, and the business community. A successful Assistant City Manager candidate must have experience that illustrates a track record of innovation and accomplishment of results. The portfolio of the Assistant City Managers will be determined based on skills, interests, and abilities. Along with the other Assistant City Managers, the successful candidates will oversee a wide range of activities, multiple departments, divisions, and special projects and have a proven track record of success managing complex projects in one or more large governmental agencies, including resolving sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.

The Assistant City Managers will support the City Manager in overseeing the City’s FY 23-24 budget of $607.8M ($442.80M for operations, $105.9M for new capital, and $51.5M for debt service). The budget is supported by a property tax rate of $.661 per $100 of assessed evaluation) and will assist in executing the City’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan and the Council’s new strategic planning process. This plan ensures that strategic objectives align with the City’s focus areas: Economic Vitality and Diversity, Livable Neighborhoods, Safe and Secure Community, Quality Transportation, Healthy Environment and Service Excellence.

The next Assistant City Managers must be experts in effectively listening to stakeholders, balancing competing interests, finding effective solutions to challenges, and transforming organization culture. Effective goal setting, acting with integrity, clear communication, ability to build relationships, develop and retain staff, building a culture of collaborative innovation, and consensus-building with community members are leadership principles vital for these roles. Thus, strategic thinkers who are not merely consultative but truly collaborative will be needed to sustain this highly valued culture.

Qualifications: The successful ACM candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (a master's degree is strongly preferred) and ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal government management, including five years of administrative and supervisory experience at the senior or executive level or other equivalent experience and education.
Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for this position is $175,000 - $220,000. Starting salary range is dependent on qualifications. The city offers a comprehensive benefits package. Winston-Salem residency is required within 12 months of appointment.

To apply, please visit and click the "Assistant City Managers – Winston-Salem, NC” link.
Please note the following:
● All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the City’s employment application portal or any other external website.
● Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
● Applicants should apply by May 25, 2024.
● The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluations on June 27-28, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
● Interviews with the City Manager will follow at a subsequent time.
● Direct inquiries to

The City of Winston-Salem, NC, 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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Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator

City of Winston-Salem


PO BOX 2511
Winston Salem, NC 27102-2511
United States

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