Public Works Director

Organization: Town of Carrboro, North Carolina
Salary: Competitive starting salary and excellent benefits
Close Date: Open until filled

Job Description:

The Town of Carrboro is a small community located in Orange County in north central North Carolina. Carrboro is situated next to Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina (UNC) and is near the Research Triangle Park. The area's topography is characterized by rolling hills. Carrboro was incorporated in 1911 and now covers an area of 6.35 square miles and has a population of 20,510. Carrboro is distinctive in having one of the highest population densities of any municipality in North Carolina. The Town and the region are experiencing steady growth.

UNC’s enrollment rose from 8,791 in 1960 to 29,139 in 2013. It is anticipated that expansion will continue to occur in University-related health facilities, such as the University of North Carolina Hospitals, and with the proposed development of UNC’s Carolina North campus.

The character of Carrboro is driven by core values adopted by the Town Board of Aldermen based on maintaining a sustainable community that is a highly desirable place to live. Carrboro’s Strategic Priorities include: to diversify the Town’s revenue stream, to maintain the Town’s ethnic and economic diversity, to protect historic neighborhoods and maintain Carrboro's unique identity, to improve walkability and public transportation, to encourage development that is compact, dense, and appeals to diverse lifestyles and incomes, and to enhance and sustain quality of life/place issues for everyone.

Carrboro has a council/manager form of municipal government. Accordingly, the Board of Aldermen is the elected governing body. It consists of a Mayor and six aldermen. The Mayor and the aldermen are elected at large. The Mayor is elected to serve a term of two years and the aldermen are elected to serve staggered terms of four years. The Mayor acts as the official head of Town government and presides at Board meetings. The Mayor is a voting member of the Board. The Board performs the Town’s legislative functions i.e. establishing laws and policies. The Board appoints the Town Clerk, the Town Attorney and the Town Manager. The Town Manager administers and enforces Board enacted laws and policies and is responsible for managing the Town's employees, finances, and resources. Carrboro is a full-service municipality. As such it provides a wide range of municipal services including police and fire protection; public works; planning; inspections and zoning; economic and community development; and parks and recreation programming. The Town does not provide water and sewer services or tax collections. It contracts with other governmental jurisdictions to provide transit, recycling and landfill services.

The Public Works Department provides solid waste collection, street maintenance, fleet maintenance, landscaping and building and grounds maintenance, and stormwater utility management services. The Department has thirty-six (36) employees and a FY 2017 budget of $4,134,385

The Public Works Director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Town Manager. He or she is responsible for providing vision, leadership and direction to the Department by planning and managing all of the City's public works services in accordance with current professional standards, applicable laws and Town directives. Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Town Manager and considerable independent judgment, discretion and initiative are exercised in carrying out the daily operations of the Department with efficiency and effectiveness.

Requirements include a Bachelor's degree with coursework in civil engineering, public administration, or related field and extensive experience in civil engineering and public works services/maintenance operations of an increasingly responsible nature, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to obtain and maintain National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification within six months of employment and must have or obtain a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

The Town will provide a competitive starting salary based on experience and salary history. Town benefits are excellent including membership in North Carolina’s defined benefit retirement system. Relocation assistance is available.

The position will remain open until filled. To apply please submit a cover letter, detailed resume and current salary to: Robert E. Slavin, President; SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS; 3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1; Norcross, Georgia 30071; Phone: (770) 449-4656; Fax: (770) 416-0848; e-mail: (Electronic submissions are preferred.) First review of resumes is scheduled for September 1, 2017.


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