Career Opportunities

Now Hiring - Town of Catawba, Town Manager

The Town of Catawba (population 610) is currently seeking energetic, results-oriented, forward-thinking candidates for the position of Town Manager. Catawba is a town dedicated to small town values and a great quality of life. A wonderful history, beautiful rolling hills located along northern Lake Norman/Catawba River, and ample opportunities for recreation, shopping and dining in the region make the town an ideal place to work and call home. The town is well positioned along Interstate 40 between Hickory and Statesville and less than one hour from Charlotte. The town serves an industrial park along Interstate 40 that includes public water and sewer service and hundreds of developable acres in addition to the existing 100,000 square foot distribution center for a major tape manufacturer.


The Town Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the Town with 3 full-time and 13 part-time employees covering Public Works, Police and Administration. The FY20-21 general fund budget is $724,594 and the Powell Bill fund budget is $17,970.


The Town Manager must be actively engaged with the community and its businesses through direct contacts and social media.  Candidates must have the ability to relate well to the community and have the ability to partner with an engaged council to carry out the strategic priorities of the community. The position requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a Bachelor’s degree or Masters’ degree (preferred) in public administration or related field and some experience within local government preferred. Experience/training with planning and zoning administration is preferred but not required.


The hiring salary range is $45,000 - $60,000, depending on qualifications, with a full benefits package.  Position is open until filled with a first consideration date of March 15, 2021. Please submit a cover letter, resume, WPCOG application form & references to WPCOG Executive Director Anthony Starr at PO Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603. Electronic submission of applications via email at is encouraged. Candidates will be subject to an interview process. The Town of Catawba is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Now Hiring - Housing Specialist


The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) is currently seeking energetic, self- motivated, and detail oriented candidates for the position of Housing Specialist to work in the Regional Housing department.


The RHA operates a Housing Choice Voucher program with funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The RHA continues to be the leader in providing Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance to income-eligible families in the region. The RHA currently has HUD funding for 1,245 units and is continuously growing.


The Housing Specialist performs eligibility determination based on income, assets and criminal history for applicants seeking a Housing Choice Voucher. The Housing Specialist will determine eligibility for the program by interviewing, verifying information, and gathering data from applicants. The Housing Specialist will also be required to educate applicants, landlords and the public on federal guidelines and regulations regarding the Housing Choice Voucher program. Work requires knowledge of income eligibility requirements, Housing Choice Voucher program, and ability to verify information such as income, childcare, assets, criminal history and other information. The Housing Specialist will be expected to take initiative when making decisions regarding applicants housing eligibility.

In addition to regular program work in eligibility, this Housing Specialist will be assigned as the career coach with the WPCOG Regional Housing Authority EnVision Center. The WPCOG RHA was one of the first 17 EnVision Centers designated nationwide by HUD in June 2018. Through results-driven partnerships with federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, faith- based organizations, corporations, public housing authorities (PHAs), tribal designated housing entities (TDHEs) and housing finance agencies, EnVision Centers will leverage public and private resources to help individuals and families living in HUD-assisted housing climb the ladder of opportunity.



  • Associates degree in human services or related field preferred, supplemented with 1 year or more of professional experience in a related service eligibility role

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

  • Bilingual Skills (English-Spanish) preferred

  • Workforce experience helpful but not required

  • Knowledge and ability to manage data in a complex software system required


The hiring range for this position is $34,983 – 37,000. New hires are eligible for up to a 5% increase with the successful completion of probationary period.

  • WPCOG is a member of the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System. This entitles vested employees with at least five years of employment to a defined benefit at the time of retirement. Members contribute 6% of gross compensation each month. This is a before-tax deduction. Western Piedmont Council of Governments contributes an actuarially determined percentage of the gross payroll of members each month.

  • The Western Piedmont Council of Governments will contribute 4.2% of each employee’s salary and match 4%, for a possible total of 8.2%, to either the NC 401k or the NC 457. *This is in lieu of participating in Social Security. WPCOG does not participate in Social Security.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of an employee's health and vision coverage. The current plan is a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Contributions to the HSA are made pre-tax through payroll deduction.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of the following premiums:

    • Life Insurance - $100,000

    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment

    • Dental Insurance - Employee and Family

    • Short-Term Disability (Weekly Indemnity)

    • Long-Term Disability

  • WPCOG provides for the following payroll deduction and retirement options:

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • Local Government & State Employees' Credit Union payroll deductions

    • Voluntary additional life insurance

  • WPCOG provides for the following paid leave options:

    • 11 Paid Holidays Per Year

    • Annual Leave earned on a sliding scale based on years of service *New hires with applicable local or state government experience may if approved, earn annual leave based on their prior years’ experience.

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay



This position is open until filled. Submit by February 19, 2021 for first consideration.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Ashley Bolick, at WPCOG, P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603. Emailing application materials is acceptable, Questions should be directed to Ashley at (828) 485-4221. Final candidates will be subject to an interview process. The WPCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WPCOG Application

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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