Town Manager

Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Job Details

  • Job Function: Chief Administrator (City/County Manager)
  • Credential: Preferred
  • Salary: $180,000. negotiable based on experience and qualifications
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 57,233
  • Website:
  • Where: 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd , Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Mar 9 2018

Deadline: Apr 11 2018

Please go to , click on the “Client Openings” tab, “View Client Openings\" and then the Town Manager – Chapel Hill link. All applications must be submitted online, it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Application review begins April 12, 2018. Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Chapel Hill on May 31-June 1, 2018. All inquiries should be emailed to EOE. The recruitment and selection for this position is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.


The Town of Chapel Hill, NC seeks a thoughtful, equity and social justice-oriented leader for its next Town Manager. 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 effectively and consistent with town values, working with a diverse, participatory community, regional partners, the University System, and the Council to carry out the strategic priorities of the community. The position is open due to retirement of their long-time manager.

About the Organization:
Our organization’s RESPECT values (Responsibility, Equity, Safety, Professionalism, Ethics, Communication and Teamwork) are the basis for our choices. They are reflected in our behavior and decisions every day. They are our compass as we accomplish our mission and objectives. As a result, residents have consistently rated Chapel Hill as “high-performing” in biennial community surveys. Due to a solid employment base in and around Chapel Hill and careful management of resources, the Town of Chapel Hill has bond ratings of AAA and consistently wins awards for its annual budget and financial report. The Town prides itself on community engagement and offers multiple ways for the community to become involved and stay informed from 19 Advisory Boards and Commissions, to state of the art communication tools such as an open data web platform and social media, to community surveys. More information about the Town, its mission and core values of RESPECT can be found at .

About the Position:
The Town Manager, along with a Deputy Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, and four Executive Directors in the areas of Community Arts and Culture, Housing and Community, Community Safety, and Technology, lead more than 700 employees across 13 departments. A Town Budget of more than $107 million provides a wide range of services including a fare-free transit system, public library and public housing. The Town Manager reports to a Mayor and eight at-large Council members. High priorities of the next Town Manager will include: continuing to implement Chapel Hill 2020, completion of the land use management ordinance revision, superior financial management, managing capital projects – including aging infrastructure - and debt service, advocating for technological strategies and solutions to enrich the community, advocating and planning for affordable housing, and supporting economic development opportunities. The ability to effectively listen to all constituents, balance competing interests and find effective solutions to challenges are fundamental skills applicants must possess. Staff development and building a culture of collaborative innovation and consensus building has been a focal area over several years. Thus, a strategic thinker who is not merely consultative but truly collaborative in approach will be needed to sustain this highly valued culture.

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years increasingly responsible professional experience in municipal management with at least five years at a department head level role or above (assistant manager or manager preferred). A Minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required with a master’s degree or higher is strongly preferred. Must have proven track record in leading with an equity and social justice philosophy, transparent public communication, effective intergovernmental relations, personal community engagement, leading cohesive and collaborative change, visionary leadership, and being adept at leading and implementing strategic planning to meet community goals. Work experience in a University community is desirable. ICMA credentials or the ability to those credentials within a designated timeframe is preferred. Residency within the Town’s corporate limits within six months of hire is required.

Salary and Benefits:
Minimum starting salary will be $180K. Council is offering a competitive salary that will be negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Information about Town offered benefits can be found at .

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