VACANCY – County Manager – Announcement/Job Description – Open Until Filled

Hertford County, North Carolina

COUNTY MANAGER – Hertford County Board of Commissioners are seeking a skilled professional with proven leadership ability to serve as the next County Manager. Hertford County prefers a County Manager who will successfully establish and foster internal and external relationships. General duties include complex management, supervision, and administration of County government.

Requires thorough knowledge of local government management and administration, procedures and equipment, comprehensive knowledge of the organization and functions of county government. Must be proficient with the English language and mathematics, must have strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to listen, discern and understand activities at public meetings and follow-up action as needed. Requires attendance at night meetings. The successful candidate must be able to work in a complex, fast-paced environment, have strong finance/budget/administrative/leadership skills while encouraging economic development in Hertford County, have the ability to function both independently and as a team player. In addition, the County Manager will lead departments and build teams to provide quality services to the County’s citizens while receiving direction from a five-member Board of Commissioners, have a strong knowledge of local, state and federal laws and guidelines as well as the ability to provide good communication and transparency of all County business.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with an extensive background in local government; or a Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Public Policy, Finance, Economics, or a related field and experience in local government preferred; or an equivalent amount of education, training and experience in local government management. Prefer candidates have seven or 10 years of progressively responsible experience in county or municipal government at an executive level.

Hertford County residency will be required as a condition of employment.

A complete job description and County Application can be found on the Hertford County website, Submit letter of interest, resume, salary history and work-related references along with a completed County Application in confidence to: Mr. Ronald J. Gatling, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Hertford County Commissioners’ Office, 115 Justice Drive, Suite 1, Winton, NC 27986; (252) 358-7823.

Review of applications will begin November 6, 2019.

Position is open until filled.

Salary may be negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

County Manager Job Description

General Statement of Duties

Performs management, professional, and administrative duties as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the County.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class manages, directs, supervises, and implements the goals and objectives of the Board of County Commissioners, who are elected by the citizens. Services provided are accomplished through department heads or other elected and/or appointed officials who are accountable for daily operational details. Duties include short and long range planning, budgetary direction and guidance, personnel responsibilities, capital improvements planning, and working closely with the Board on major initiatives and priorities. The employee must utilize independent judgment and initiative in planning and directing the fiscal control system and personnel systems and providing guidance to the Board in administrative matters. Work is performed in accordance with established local government finance procedures, local ordinances, and the North Carolina Statutes. Work is performed under the general direction of the Chairman of the Board and Board members and is evaluated through conferences, reports, records, the effectiveness of legal compliance with applicable statutes, and by public satisfaction with services provided.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

Manages and/or coordinates the mission of County government through the department heads or other elected or appointed officials; works with them to establish long and short range goals and assure effectiveness and efficiency of services provided.

Coordinates and works with the Chairman and Board of County Commissioners on planning and policy development for County services; develops agendas for Board meetings; and assures resources and supporting documentation for actions taken.

Develops and reviews the Capital Improvement Plan for facilities, including the County, Roanoke Chowan Community College, and the Hertford County Public Schools.

Coordinates proposed economic development projects, working with the county attorney, the economic development officer, the tax administrator, and municipalities as appropriate.

Serves as Budget Officer and Budget Developer for the County; balances budget, seeks innovative and creative methods of financing, and makes professional and reasonable recommendations for expenditures of County funds; assures proper and timely investment of County’s funds.

Provides professional and technical advice to the Board on policy, planning, and legal matters; researches and makes recommendations to the Board on new programs, services, and initiatives.

Coordinates and works with department heads or other elected or appointed officials in assuring policies, laws, and ordinances are workable, enforced, and fairly implemented.

Meets with community groups, citizens, and other public agencies (State, EPA, State Treasurer, etc.) about specific programs, services, policies, and other issues as needed.

Cooperates with other governmental units as necessary to provide professional and effective services to the citizens (State, County, Cities and towns etc.).

Demonstrates leadership and sound decision-making skills in emergency and controversial situations.

Submits periodic progress reports, annual status of goals achieved, financial statements and other reports to the Board.

Additional Job Duties

  • Responds to numerous questions regarding the phases of government operations from
  • both staff and general public.
  • Performs special projects and does research for Board information.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes and of local ordinances governing the responsibilities of the County Manager, Board of Commissioners, and other public officials.
  • Thorough knowledge of methods and techniques for developing local policies and ordinances regarding all governmental operations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance administration, including principles and practices of fiscal accountability.
  • Considerable knowledge of laws, policies, and current practices in a variety of phases of county administration including budget, personnel, purchasing, utilities, planning and other functional areas.
  • Ability to plan, project, and determine priorities for service delivery to citizens.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions in conformance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Ability to manage, direct, monitor, and evaluate department heads and other employees. Ability to coordinate and direct a wide variety and array of County services through department heads, other staff support positions, and/or other elected or appointed officials.
  • Ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with other governmental jurisdictions, the Board of Commissioners, elected and appointed officials, community groups, employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

Desirable Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with an extensive background in local government; or a Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Public Policy, Finance, Economics, or a related field and experience in local government or an equivalent amount of education, training and experience in local government management.  Must have seven or 10 years of progressively
responsible experience in county or municipal government at an executive level.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, do extensive reading, and perform visual inspections.
  • Hertford County residency required.


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