Assistant Town Manager, Town of Apex (closes 1/11/17)

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Closing: January 11, 2017
Salary Range: $97,510 – $160,555 Annually


The Town of Apex, a Wake County municipality with a rapidly growing population approaching 50,000 and recently ranked by Money Magazine as the best small city in America, is seeking a proven and energetic leader to serve as Assistant Town Manager. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Town Manager. and Town’s executive leadership team to oversee the Town’s operations and implement policies and programs as directed by the Mayor and Town Council. The Assistant Manager will have strong interpersonal skills and be a problem-solver who provides leadership and supervision to designated line departments, possess skill in developing a culture of high performance and collaboration and have demonstrated experience in developing and administering budgets. Work will include managing special projects, conducting research, producing reports, and representing the Town at local, regional and state meetings. The ideal candidate will have experience and education equivalent to a Master’s degree in public or business administration and significant management experience in local government.

An employee in this class provides oversight and direction to designated line departments through contact with department directors and review of reports and agenda items. Work involves developing and implementing budgets and policies, managing research efforts and special projects, and working collaboratively with Town staff to develop solutions to organizational problems. Work includes working cooperatively with the Town Manager to manage Town operations and the Town budget, developing policies and programs, researching data and trends, overseeing major service contracts and grants, performing special fiscal or cost studies, responding to public and media inquiries,and serving as the contact with other governing and legislative bodies. Work requires sensitivity to the needs of the total municipal organization, support to management in the research and budgetary tasks, and use of sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Town Manager and is evaluated through periodic conferences, observation of results achieved, and review of records, reports, and files.

Typical Tasks

  • Oversees the operations of line departments and ensures coordination of activities with other Town departments; evaluates the performance of department directors.
  • Develops annual operating and capital budgets for the Town; monitors and administers these funds as approved by the Town Council.
  • Researches and drafts policies and ordinances for consideration and implementation by the Town Manager and the Town Council.
  • Interprets, explains, and answers questions on Town ordinances for the public, news media, and Town staff.
  • Develops recommendations for new and revised programs including cost-benefit analysis, impact statements and technical reports for consideration by the Town Manager and Town Council.
  • Coordinates and prepares any special research reports on a wide variety of functions and issues for the Town.
  • Serves as contact point for Federal and State government agencies with the Town.
  • Supervises staff in the preparation, negotiation and administration of major services with for the Town.
  • Assists the Town Manager in developing agenda items, background materials, and presentations for the governing body.
  • Represents the Town in a variety of meetings, conferences and other governmental functions at the local state and federal level.
  • May serve as Town Manager in the Manager’s absence.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of public, municipal, and budgetary administration.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations which apply to policies and practices in the municipal sector.
  • Considerable knowledge of the trends, legislation, policies, and regulations being required of municipal government.
  • Ability to help develop long term plans and goals for the Town and provide management with target dates, costs, and implementation strategies.
  • Ability to draft policies with appropriate justification and implementation strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze facts, programs, trends, and costs and develop recommendations and comprehensive reports in oral and written forms.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, other government officials, employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of all activities and management discussions.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Completion of a master’s degree in public administration, business or related field and experience in research, budgeting, or related public sector activities; or graduation from a four year college or university with a major in political science, business or related public service field and considerable experience in research, budgeting, public policy, or related public sector activities including considerable supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in local government.