Town Manager

Surf City, NC 28445

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Position Description

The Town of Surf City serves an approximate population of 3,500. The town is a rapidly growing hub community situated between Wilmington N.C. and Jacksonville N.C. The town is a resort community which experiences the population drastically increased during the summer months. The Town Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and administering all Town functions and activities. The Town Manager provides policy guidance, coordinates the activities of department heads and support staff, and fosters cooperative working relationships with civic groups, inter-government agencies, and Town staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Plans, organizes, coordinates, prioritizes, assigns, and evaluates the work of department heads and support staff, and provides counseling and training as needed.
• Evaluates the Town's physical and service needs and financial resources, provides policy guidance for the development and review of budget requests and program proposals and appraises agency performance in relation to program objectives and priorities.
• Directs the preparation of the annual budget, presents budgetary recommendations to the Town Council, oversees budgetary execution and control, and recommends or approves budgetary adjustments in keeping with Town policies.
• Provides executive leadership for major Town functions, coordinates the work of Town agencies among themselves and with related federal, state, and local agencies, and plans for future development, growth, maintenance, and expansion of public services.
• Supervises and participates in preparing agenda and agenda materials for the Town Council's consideration, formulates alternatives, recommends program and administrative policies for Council consideration, evaluates plans for effecting Council policies, and plans and oversees the preparation of regular and special reports for the Town Council and the public.
• Represents the Town government in dealing with state legislative and executive officers, federal administrative agencies, officers of local governments, and community groups.
• Advises Town Council legislative matters, suggesting actions which should be taken for the betterment of the community.
• Provides recommendations regarding revenue sources, management of financial activities, investments and indebtedness, and utilization of available federal/state grants and matching fund programs.
• Assesses governmental operations to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and public convenience.
• Supervises employees to include prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
• Serves on various Town associations and boards to include assisting with funding activities and implementing and interpreting department policies and procedures.
• Reviews and approves contracts.
• Addresses the general public and various public officials regarding Town events and issues, which includes attending meetings and serving on committees.
• Organizes, reorganizes, consolidates, abolishes or establishes departments, commissions, boards, and offices.
• Appoints, transfers, promotes or removes and compensates employees in accordance with applicable laws.
• Evaluates the effectiveness of units, and takes actions necessary to achieve optimum performance levels.
• Performs work during emergency/disaster situations.
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Financial and Budgeting Responsibility:
• Employee prepares the annual budget for the Town of Surf City and presents the budget for approval to Town Council.
• Performs management and oversight of capital project budgeting and finance, and continually review operating and capital budget expenditures.
• Performs revenue analysis and forecasting.
• Shares responsibilities with the Finance Director to ensure accounting standards, Local Government Commission guidelines and directives, and purchasing and disposal of property laws and regulations are followed.

Master’s Degree in public administration or a closely related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible administrative experience, including three (3) years at a management level; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licenses and Professional Certifications
• NC Driver License
• North Carolina School of Government Administration Certificate (preferred)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local statutes; managerial principles; public administration principles; accounting and finance principles; functions of other departments; supervisory principles; strategic planning techniques; and budget forecasting and preparation techniques. Skilled in operating various office machines; using computer hardware and software applications; planning and organizing projects; preparing and monitoring budgets; delivering presentations; preparing reports and writing correspondence; program evaluation; policy analysis; developing and managing programs; developing goals, objectives, and priorities; supervising and evaluating employees; and communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. Ability to represent the Town in a professional and respectful manner while interacting with a diverse set of individuals within the workplace and the community.

Working Conditions:
Employee is generally subject to inside environmental conditions having the lighting, temperature, and noise of an open-floor-plan office environment.

Physical Requirements:
Work is performed within an office environment, primarily behind a desk, and frequently includes the operation of a computer. The employee must read and write, and interact with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee may move about within the facility to access file cabinets, documents, office machinery, and other equipment. This position typically requires fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Work is predominantly sedentary, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Travel is often required to attend meetings, trainings, events, and other business activities.

Direct Reports:
• Assistant Town Manager
• Department Heads
• Public Works Director
• Police Chief
• Fire Chief
• IT Director
• Parks and Recreation Director
• Planner
• Building Inspector
• Emergency Management Director
• Finance Director
• Additional key staff without a direct supervisor

Type: Full-time