Do you like waterfront living? Do you enjoy the engagement of a small-town? Do you enjoy being in a college town? Do you appreciate the service and commitment of a military community? You can have all four in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, The Harbor of Hospitality as their next City Manager!
The City of Elizabeth City, NC, is seeking a leader with impeccable integrity, outstanding leadership skills, and a track record of being an entrepreneurial, business-savvy, and visionary consensus builder to be their next City Manager. With the ability to build and inspire teams, and to create a culture of trust, transparency, and accountability, the successful candidate will have extensive experience in creating a high performing organization. The successful City Manager will have the ability to work effectively with a Council holding diverse perspectives, partnering with staff, and community alike to carry out the strategic priorities of the community. Maintaining a small-town feel, having a beautiful waterfront, being home to a military installation, hosting three institutions of higher learning, and having a vibrant downtown, create many opportunities for strategic economic growth with a leader who has the right skillset. The position is open due to the retirement of their long-time manager.
The Community: Elizabeth City is located in Pasquotank County with a population of 18,621. It is the 54th largest City in North Carolina and has been named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” and is ranked by Money Magazine and quoted as “one of best places to live on the East Coast.” Situated in the northeastern corner of North Carolina on the Pasquotank River and Intracoastal Waterway, the city lies just west of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and just south of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It is rich in history yet progressively growing.
Elizabeth City boasts of three institutions of higher learning – Elizabeth City State University, College of the Albemarle, and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The city is also home to six major commands of the U. S. Coast Guard and Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, northeastern North Carolina regional medical center.
The US Coast Guard has placed their largest Air Station in Elizabeth City with 800 acres and a garrison of 855 personnel serving missions all over the world. The City is very proud to have been declared a Coast Guard City; and appreciates the partnership with the Air Station and the US Coast Guard.
The 2020 US Census Bureau demographic statistics for Elizabeth City are as follows:
Median Age: 33.6 years old
Average Income: $50,375
Median Rental Cost: $938 per month
Median House Value: $149,400
Education: 85.6% graduated high school and 23.7% have a bachelor’s degree or higher
Race: 43% African American; 41.22% White; Two Races: 4.76%; Asian: 1.28%; Other: 1.11%; and Native American: 0.20%.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. The Mayor and City Council assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals;
Coordinates, assigns and reviews work and establishes work schedules; maintains standards; monitors status of work in progress; inspects completed work assignments; answers questions; gives advice and direction as needed;
Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of all City departments to ensure that operations and services comply with the policies and direction set by the City Council and with all applicable laws and regulations;
Develops and recommends adoption of the annual budget and other business, infrastructure and resource plans; directs the development of the capital improvement plan budget for approval by the Council; monitors the implementation of adopted budgets;
Plans and evaluates management staff performance; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; provides rewards to recognize performance; takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the City’s personnel rules and policies;
Provides leadership and works with the management team to develop and retain highly competent, public-service oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices that support the City’s mission, operating plans and objectives;
Assesses community and citizen needs and ensures objectives and priorities are focused on meeting those needs effectively, efficiently, and with high-quality municipal services; directs development and implementation of initiatives for service quality improvement;
provides day-to-day leadership and works with the City’s management team to ensure a high performance, service-oriented work environment consistent with sound management principles;
Works closely with the City Council, a variety of public, private and community organizations and citizens groups in developing and implementing programs to achieve City priorities and solve community problems; directs and coordinates preparation of analyses and recommendations on public policy issues and on long-range plans for City services;
Develops and coordinates proposals for action on current and future City needs; represents the city and works closely with appointed boards, committees, and public and private officials to achieve planned action and results;
Develops Council meeting agenda with Mayor; attends and participates in all City Council Meetings;
Makes interpretations of City ordinances, codes and applicable laws and regulations to ensure compliance;
Directs and oversees the preparation of a wide variety of reports and presentations for the City Council, citizen committees and outside agencies; oversees the preparation of press releases and materials for dissemination to the media and the public; maintains effective relationships with the media;
Directs and oversees the creation and maintenance of comprehensive, effective human resource management programs, policies and systems consistent with the City Council’s guidance; directs and monitors the City’s labor negotiations and labor relations programs and initiatives; directs the improvement of management systems, processes and measurement techniques to improve City operations and effectiveness;
Participates in regional, state and national meetings and conferences to stay abreast of trends and technology related to municipal programs and operations;
Participates in professional and community organizations on behalf of the city and as part of the City’s public affairs program; maintains good working relationships with key community constituencies;
Provides personal leadership for projects and programs that are highly sensitive, political or controversial.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
The successful candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, with a Master’s Degree preferred from an accredited college or university in Public or Business Administration, or closely related field, and 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government management at the level of Assistant City Manager or City Manager in a comparable sized local government organization. Must have a proven track record in effective budget development and management, financial management, execution of capital improvement projects, economic development, intergovernmental relations, personal community accessibility and engagement in professional organizations
A little history .....
Elizabeth City, North Carolina was incorporated in 1793 as the town of "Redding" by the North Carolina General Assembly. The City's name changed to "Elizabeth Town" in 1794, and subsequently became "Elizabeth City" in 1801, also by acts of the General Assembly. (See the General Assembly Session Laws from 1793, 1794 and 1801 on the right side of this page.) Our wonderful community has been named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” and is ranked by Money Magazine as "one of best places to live on the East Coast."
It is a special place, rich in history yet progressive and growing. Situated in the far northeastern corner of North Carolina on the Pasquotank River and Intracoastal Waterway, the City lies just west of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and just south of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Elizabeth City was once a major seaport where four-masted sailing ships carried goods to and from the new world. Today, the City offers free 48-hour boat dockage to travelers from around the world. The “Rose Buddies," the world-renowned waterfront ambassadors, greet visiting boaters with a rose, wine and cheese.
Downtown Elizabeth City welcomes residen...ts and visitors alike with bookstores, coffeehouses and specialty retail shops all located in historic buildings. Restaurants offer everything from fine Southern cooking to Japanese sushi.
A walk along the shaded streets of the six historic districts stirs memories of a time when Blackbeard sailed the waters and Wilbur and Orville Wright stopped for provisions on their way to the Outer Banks.
Elizabeth City boasts three institutions of higher learning - two colleges and a constituent university of the University of North Carolina. The City is also home to six major commands of the U. S. Coast Guard and Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, northeastern North Carolina's regional medical center. The Museum of the Albemarle, boasts a 50,000 square foot facility on the City's waterfront and serves to promote an understanding of history and material culture primarily of our Albemarle Region.
Our charming Southern town is truly “The Harbor of Hospitality!” To plan your next visit, please visit VisitElizabethCity.com!