The Town of Boone, a university community located in the Appalachian Mountains along North Carolina’s western border just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, invites applicants from highly skilled candidates to serve as its next Town Manager. A growing arts community with a warm and temperate climate, contribute to a strong tourism base providing year round opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of cultural, sports and outdoor activities have resulted in the town being recognized as an “ultimate outdoor adventure destination” in the Southeast by travel journalists. The Town’s permanent population of 21,077 coupled with Appalachian State University’s 20,000 students, users of the Appalachian Regional Medical Center and a variety of tourist and cultural attractions and businesses swells the Town’s daily population to over 41,000 during peak periods. The Town of Boone operates under a council-manager form of government with the Mayor and five council members elected by popular vote of the citizens. The Council approves the annual budget, establishes Town policies, enacts ordinances and appoints the Town Manager and Town Attorney. Town operations are managed by the Town Manager, who acts as administrative head and carries out the laws and policies enacted by the Council in accordance with the Town’s Charter. Boone’s Town Manager has full responsibility for appointment and management of Town staff, preparation and administration of the Town’s budget, oversight of daily operations and numerous other functions in a full service community which provides a wide range of services at a high level of customer satisfaction. The Town’s total annual budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is $34.985 million which supports 182 full-time employees and 15 part-time employees, located in the departments of Administration, Cultural Resources, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Police, Planning and Inspections, and Public Works.
A master’s degree in public administration or related field is preferred, although a combination of education and experience will be considered. A detailed analysis of work experience will be required, if substituted for education.
A substantial amount of public sector management experience as a manager, deputy, assistant or department director in a comparably sized or larger town, city, or county is also required. Experience working in a university based community with a strong tourism base is a plus.
Past experience of a competitive candidate should include: ability to demonstrate a high level of interest with successful achievement in a broad range of areas that include being visible, working effectively with the governing body and community, economic and community development, working with and understanding the needs of existing businesses, building Council and community consensus, and development and administration of realistic budgets in a challenging economic environment.
Additional consideration will be given to ICMA Credentialed Managers who display a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth.
The salary range for this position is negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience. Benefits include participation in the North Carolina Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, automobile allowance, professional dues and conference expenses. Relocation allowance provided. Residency within Watauga County is required within a defined period of time.
All offers of employment are subject to a successful completion of a controlled substance screening, a medical examination and thorough background check. Town of Boone is an EOE.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume and at least 5 professional references to: Dale Presnell, Director of Human Resources, Town of Boone, PO Drawer 192, Boone, NC 28607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.