City Manager

City of Mebane, NC

Growing City of Mebane in Central NC Seeks City Manager

• Are you an experienced municipal government professional known for your strategic planning and visionary skills?
• Are you skillful at carrying out Capital Improvement Projects and debt commitments while finding creative ways to increase revenue, manage expenses, and leverage existing funds for initiatives that may arise?
• Do you value team building and enjoy creating an engaging, collaborative, and inclusive work culture?
• Are you known for your exceptional verbal and written communication skills and experience in implementing information flows, policies, and protocols to enhance communication, improve productivity, and ensure efficiency in the workplace?
• Do you have demonstrable knowledge of policies and practices in municipal economic development?

If this describes you, the City of Mebane, NC, invites you to apply as its next City Manager. This position is for professionals with passion and enthusiasm to join a community proud of its accomplishments, positive about its future, and protective of its charming atmosphere. While effectively managing the organization and its daily demands, the next City Manager will also proactively prepare the city for its exciting growth, educating the City Council on all growth impacts and how they relate to vision and goal-setting, long-term planning, and budgetary/financial needs.

Mebane’s Mayor and Council are a strong yet diverse group. They are represented by some with decades of experience as well as some new to public office. They understand the importance of the past as well as being open to the future. This group is marked by teamwork and trust amidst their different ideas and are eager to work alongside a talented new City Manager.

The next Mebane City Manager is an approachable, compassionate leader who will effectively manage a team of 161 hard-working full-time equivalent staff, including nine direct reports, one of which is an Assistant City Manager. The ideal City Manager is naturally flexible and adaptable in their working style and thoughtful and strategic in their problem-solving and conflict-resolution methods. A responsive, detailed, and deadline-oriented professional who continuously monitors and engages in process improvement in a service-driven organization will be successful in this position.

About the Organization and Position:
Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, the City Manager reports to the mayor and five at-large Council members. Mebane’s recent growth has increased demands on city services, the cost of which is reflected in the City’s FY24 - 25 proposed budget of $32.5M for the General Fund, which includes a $2.3 million fund balance appropriation to balance the budget. The budget is supported by a property tax rate of $.37 per $100.

The City of Mebane provides many services, including water and sewer, while contracting other services. An enterprise fund accounts for the city’s water and sewer services. A water reservoir and water treatment operations are co-owned/operated with the nearby City of Graham. There is also an interlocal agreement with the City of Graham for capacity in Graham’s wastewater treatment plant. The City Attorney and its engineering department are contracted through local firms.

The city’s long-range plans, which support the city's future growth, include comprehensive plans for land development, bicycle and pedestrian transportation, transportation, and a downtown vision plan. As the city grows, the City Manager will spearhead efforts to prepare the city for its future, evaluating the needs and impact of growth on the city’s staff/positions, its water capacity and infrastructure (recreation, police, and fire), and financial resources while ensuring the balance of new development with the preservation of the city’s history and heritage.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal government management at the Assistant City Manager or City Manager level in a comparable-sized local government organization or at the department head level in a larger organization. Preferred qualifications include familiarity with NC municipal management, a master’s degree, and ICMA credentialing. Must have a proven track record in personal community accessibility, budget development, and management, execution of capital improvement projects, economic development, intergovernmental relations, balancing growth and development with community priorities, and engagement in professional organizations.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for the position is $180,000 - $250,000. The starting salary is commensurate with education and experience. The City of Mebane offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, State retirement, a 401k retirement savings plan, an annual service bonus, tuition assistance, and tax-free reimbursement accounts. Residency in Mebane is preferred for the next City Manager.

To apply, please visit and click on the City Manager – City of Mebane, NC title.
• All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the City of Mebane employment application portal or any other external website.
• Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
• Applicants should apply by June 13, 2024.
• The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to virtual interviews and skill evaluations on July 11 – 12, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
• Direct inquiries to

The City of Mebane 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
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)

City of Mebane


106 E Washington St
Mebane, NC 27302-2656
United States

Form of Government


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