Director of General Services

Organization: City of Durham, North Carolina
Salary: Beginning salary will be highly competitive and is negotiable depending on qualifications.
Close Date: February 6, 2008

Job Description:

Located halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic, Durham is a community that is home to over 300 restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, Duke and North Carolina Central universities, Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball, art and science museums, and world-class medical facilities just to name a few. With more than 5.2 million visitors annually, Durham is the top destination of arrivals at RDU International Airport. Durham is North Carolina's fourth largest city and it is the county seat and the only municipality in Durham County. Durham covers 103.26 square miles and has an estimated population of 210,988 which includes rich diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Durham has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1921. The City Council is comprised of seven members: three members from specific wards, three at-large-members and the Mayor. Council members serve 4-year staggered terms. The Mayor serves a 2-year term. City Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Durham and is responsible for establishing general policies; appointing the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and members of various boards and commissions; enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders; adopting the annual budget; and authorizing contracts on the City's behalf.

The Director of General Services is a senior executive, appointed by the City Manager, to manage a $246 million Cultural & Recreation, Downtown Revitalization, Public Facilities and Public Protection CIP program and to manage the acquisition, construction, maintenance, renovation and disposition of City buildings and park facilities. He or she is responsible for all construction activities including owner/contractor/architect negotiations, project budgets, schedules, project management, office management and staff assignments. Included is the technical and administrative supervision and oversight of all assigned activities. A critical element of this job is assessing capital needs for major public facilities, long term maintenance needs, design and energy management. The work also involves review of all design plans, professional contracts, performance evaluations, professional standards and close-out documentation. The Department is comprised of 136 FTE's.

Minimum requirements include a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor=s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration, Construction Management, Business Administration or related field combined with six years of experience in capital program/project management or building construction and maintenance. Must include management and supervisory experience. Visit Durham on the web at

Send your resume by February 6, 2009 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848


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