VACANCY – County Manager


Hertford County, North Carolina

COUNTY MANAGER– Hertford County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is pleased to announce they are looking for an executive-level leader to serve as their next County Manager. The incumbent will provide strategic direction to County operations and use innovative approaches to achieve County goals set forth by the Board. For this incumbent to be successful, s/he must have effective communication skills and have dynamic interpersonal skills to build and maintain internal and external relationships. We are seeking someone who is a proactive problem-solver and supports efforts maintaining the County’s good governance status. The County Manager must be able use modern software tools for managing information to make informed decisions. They must have a record of accomplishment in building economic growth and community development –securing business opportunities and managing highly complex projects. Hertford County is seeking someone who values accountability, shares and models its core values to ensure efforts support a high quality of life for its residents.

About Hertford County:

Hertford County is located in northeast North Carolina bordering Virginia. It is home to roughly 24,000 residents who have long enjoyed quiet southern living. Hertford is 120 miles from Raleigh and 100 miles from the Outer Banks, NC. It is also an hour from the largest natural deep-water harbor in the world. Hertford is a thriving community where agriculture and manufacturing is the County’s economic backbone. County leaders and developers have been strategic-minded planning for business growth that has resulted in the development of Hertford County Industrial Park along with other identified commercial sites. Roanoke-Chowan Community College and Shaw University Cape Center produce highly skilled graduates who are prepared to fill positions resulting from business expansion and development opportunities. Hertford County has high quality technical infrastructure (LAN and WAN) resources for residential and commercial expansion. The County provides a host of events throughout the year for all age ranges.

Key Skill Areas and Duties:

  • People Management:

Implement innovative approaches to improve employee performance, supervision, empower staff members to see their role supporting county business, optimize day-to-day operations, must have the ability to determine workforce needs

  • Budgetary management:

Must have strong budgetary skills to ensure fiscal accountability to residents. You will be

responsible for creating budgets that support county operations.

  • Communication:

Must communicate concisely and provide transparency. Practice diplomacy and impartiality when working with various stakeholders. Work may include communicating via media and making presentations. You will be working and collaborating routinely with members of various government entities, capital investors, board and committee members, and residents.

  • Problem-solving:

The position requires ability to make sound decisions under emergency situations. Must be able to use data analysis tools and apply critical thinking skills based on logic and reasoning to prevent, mitigate and/or resolve problems. Must use an effective collaborative problem-solving approach when working with team members.



Hertford County, North Carolina

  • Operations Management:

Must oversee all public services and ensure the County is operating properly in the direction of the Board of Commissioners. You must provide risk management oversight protecting county assets to prevent data vulnerability.

  • Policy Development:

Must review and update policies to reflect effective business practices that is align with delivering quality services and supports good governance. Must have strong comprehensive knowledge of local, state and federal laws and guidelines.

  • Project and Acquisition Management:

Must be able to attract business opportunities using various marketing strategies and familiar

with project management tools.

Ideal Candidate:

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Public or Business

Administration, Public Policy, Finance, Economics, Urban-Planning, Economic and Community

Development, or equivalent.

Management prefers a Master’s degree.

Work Experience: Minimum of 7 years of progressive responsible experience in county or municipal

government at an executive level.

Additional Information:

Hertford County residency will be required as a condition of employment. Hiring Range – $85,000 – $120,000 (depends on qualifications and experience) Applications will be accepted until vacancy is filled.

How to Apply:

Your application package should include:

  • Letter of interest/cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Detailed resume
  • 3-work related professional references
  • Completed county application:

All items in the application package should be submitted to:

Mr. Ronald J. Gatling, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners

Hertford County Commissioners’ Office

115 Justice Drive, Suite 1

Winton, NC 27986


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