Assistant Department Director – General Services, City of Durham (closes 11/5/20)

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Closing: 11/5/2020 11:59 PM Eastern
Hiring Range:  $92,937 – $108,771 annually

Job Description:

The General Services Department’s innovative, highly qualified, service-oriented individuals support the City we love. Building and maintaining city facilities and public spaces is what we do. Promoting our enviable quality of life and serving as a foundation of a healthy economy is why we do it. If you’re interested in applying your unique skills to meaningful work while growing in your career, our team is for you!

The City of Durham is seeking a candidate that exhibits professional credentials showing progressive training, certifications or experience in at least one of the following fields: real estate/real estate development, project management and sustainability. The span of the Assistant Director’s portfolio includes, but may not be limited to, Real Estate Division, Project Management Division and Arts, Culture, and Sustainable Communities Division, including successful integration and collaboration across the portfolio and the entire Department. Key priorities of the Assistant Director will include long range planning for redevelopment of city property in furtherance of the City’s goals and objectives; oversight and implementation of the City’s sustainability goals, and oversight of capital project plan, maintenance and replacement and other design and construction projects. Given the wide depth and breadth of the portfolio, a successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in long term strategic planning, embracing innovation and new technologies, as well as excellence in customer service to client departments, internal Departments and external stakeholders. Significant experience in local government and a wide range of understanding of local government.
This position is devoted to providing strategic direction and management oversight to City departments and functions as well as ensuring implementation of City Council goals, policies and achievement of performance expectations.
Position oversees a major division within a department and serve as a second or third level supervisor reporting directly to a department director and will be responsible for making interpretive decisions on behalf of the organization regarding the means for executing the goals established by the relevant director subject to constraints imposed by available technology and resources. Such interpretive decisions provide context for the work to be accomplished by subordinates supervised within the units managed. Position is typically assigned to serve as director in the absence of the director.

Duties & Responsibilities:

A successful candidate is a person who doesn’t accept the status quo, is open to different perspective from multiple sources, incorporates both logic and emotion into thinking and most importantly is comfortable thinking in ways that extend beyond today’s realities. A successful candidate easily captures and executes big picture goals, while delving into details when necessary. Successful candidates will demonstrate a track record of:

  • Dedication to building a cohesive and high performing team throughout the Department as well as development of individual employees.
  • Excellent and effective communicator, to any audience, staff, peers, Council, or the community.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic plans and long range visioning ? Creativity and problem solving.
  • A “can do” attitude with passion and dedication.
  • Experience with innovating and always curious as to better ways to do our work.
  • Embraces an attitude of constant learning and is active in professional networks to inform the best ideas for the Department.
  • Raising the bar, as demonstrated by the individual’s work product and accomplishments.
  • Manages the implementation of internal operations for an assigned division; plans, coordinates, administers, and evaluates programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or services; integrates operations and coordinates service areas; and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or standards.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates policies, procedures, strategies and goals; maintains, updates, and ensures procedural compliance; researches, analyzes, and makes recommendations for business process improvements and cost effectiveness; and designs, administers, and evaluates department programs and services.
  • Manages and participates in the preparation of department operating and/or capital improvement budgets; monitors expenditures and revenues; researches and analyzes financial and operational data; prepares financial forecasts; and approves and makes budget and purchasing recommendations.
  • Coordinates with, and serves as a liaison to the City Council, general public, City departments, and/or external agencies; serves on internal and external committees; represents the department at meetings, proceedings, and conferences; provides consultation in area of expertise; and responds to high-visibility and complex issues.
  • Coordinates the preparation of and prepares and reviews complex, technical, financial, and other reports, plans, and documents; coordinates operations data collection and analysis; develops, makes and/or approves recommendations; and reviews the work of others to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a directly related field.
  • Nine years of progressively responsible related experience.
  • Professional experience must include significant management and supervisory experience.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration equivalent or other graduate level degree.