Assistant Town Manager

Town of Garner, NC

The Town of Garner seeks a dynamic, innovative, problem-solving, and service-oriented leader for its next Assistant Town Manager. 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 and the Town’s Strategic Plan.

Under the general direction of the Town Manager, the Assistant Town Manager (ATM) over operations serves as a member of the senior management team which also includes the Town Manager and the Assistant Town Manager over development services. This position will assist the Town Manager in a variety of broad Town management and leadership issues. As one of two ATMs reporting to the Town Manager, the experience and credentialing of the successful candidate is equally focused on both technical and leadership skills. The current portfolio for this ATM position includes operating departments such as Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources, and Public Works; and service departments including Communications, and Information Technology. The ATM position will also facilitate special projects such as a fire merger with Garner Fire-Rescue and a refresh of the Town’s Strategic Plan. However, the final portfolio will depend on the skills and strengths of the person hired. 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 and priorities. They will have experience working with a diverse and participatory community, regional partners, and the Council to carry out the community’s strategic priorities.

Qualifications: The successful ATM candidate will have a minimum of 5-7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal management with at least three years at a department director level role or above. Experience as a Town Manager or Assistant Town Manager is preferred. Completion of a master’s degree in public administration, business, or related area and considerable experience in public sector management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

The Successful Candidate is:
• A progressive leader with a proven track record in innovative municipal management;
• Skilled in leading cross-functional teams using a collaborative, team-based style to resolve complex problems and capitalize on opportunities with creative solutions;
• Knowledgeable of governmental organization and public administration theories, principles, and practices, including budget administration; management research and evaluation techniques, methods, and procedures;
• Has an excellent track record in establishing and maintaining working relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders such as Town staff, Council Members and other public officials, business and
community leaders, the development community, and the general public through demonstrated personal community engagement;
• Decisive and willing to make decisions while keeping key stakeholders informed;
• Resilient in the face of challenges and seeks creative solutions to problems;
• Keenly analytical and a critical thinker while being accessible and personable;
• Commits to the highest level of customer service and community collaboration by routinely seeking stakeholder input to effectively achieve Town goals;
• Someone who possesses executive level skills in interpersonal and written communications, strategic planning, finance and budget development, critical thinking, administration, personnel management, and
intergovernmental relations;
• Someone who effectively cultivates an outstanding workforce through development and management of staff talent;
• Someone who thrives in a high accountability culture to ensure that the Town continues to succeed and meet the expectations of citizens and employees alike; and,
• Proactive and can monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures against performance metrics.

Take a look at the Assistant Town Manager brochure (…). This brochure highlights information about the community, position, and key priorities for the Town of Garner's next Assistant Town Manager.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Apply by midnight on July 31, 2024. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with applications. Application review begins August 5, 2024.

Job Details

Job Function
Assistant/Deputy Chief Administrator
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Garner


900 7Th Ave
Garner, NC 27529-3796
United States

Form of Government


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