Cumberland County, NC (pop. 336,000) seeks a skilled and experienced county government professional to lead the fifth-largest county in North Carolina. The next County Manager will join an organization on the move with a number of major initiatives underway and significant priorities on the horizon. This requires a capable leader and a quick study who can shepherd projects to completion while simultaneously guiding the organization out of the pandemic and toward a new level of innovation and service delivery. The organization has benefitted from stable leadership and a culture that employees describe as collaborative and supportive. The leadership team is a healthy mix of longer-tenured and newer department heads who possess deep subject-matter expertise in their respective areas.
Cumberland County is comprised of 9 cities, including Fayetteville, which is the county seat and home to the largest military base in the U.S., Fort Bragg. With a mix of urban and rural settings, the county offers several different lifestyle options. It is home to Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY), about an hour from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), and 15 minutes from Interstate 95, which runs through Fayetteville. The county is also located just south of the I-95/I-40 interchange. Downtown Fayetteville has experienced significant revitalization, with a new minor league baseball stadium and entertainment complex as well as a state-of-the-art multi-modal transit center. A variety of eclectic restaurants and shops are within walking distance of the county courthouse complex.
The County has a FY2023 total budget of $552 million and 2,600 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions across all funds. Because of the breadth of services, the County provides, the County Manager must be comfortable overseeing programs with various funding sources and collaborating effectively with departments that have dual reporting lines.
Key projects and issues that the next County Manager will be expected to prioritize include: 1) Completing and implementing a classification and compensation study to bring salaries more in line with the market, address compression, and improve recruitment and retention efforts; 2) A variety of capital projects, including completion of the Crown Event Center, site selection and construction of a homeless shelter, expanding solid waste landfill capacity and access to public water in rural parts of the county, and planning and constructing a new government services center; and 3) Strengthening the existing County leadership team.
The Board and leadership team seek candidates with an engaged, active management approach that enables them to remain versed on major priorities and issues while empowering their managers to lead. Successful candidates will have a track record of cultivating productive teams with positive morale. They will have a strong grasp of county finance and budget, high emotional intelligence and political savvy, and a commitment to building relationships with local government partners and community stakeholders. The ability to collaborate effectively across a large, complex organization; to facilitate consensus among Board members; and to clearly communicate detailed and complicated information is paramount.
Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, or finance, and ten (10) years of experience in an administration/management role, of which four (4) must include program management; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
The salary range for this position is $220,000 - 295,000. Apply online by October 11, 2022, at www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Lane Bailey, Senior Vice President, and Dele Lowman, Senior Vice President, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240.