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Now Hiring - Drexel Town Manager

Situated in the heart of Burke County at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Town of Drexel is currently seeking self-motivated candidates for the position of town manager who excels in organization, finances, and managing important details. Drexel has a total population of 1,760 residents as of the 2020 Census. The town is located near Morganton and Hickory and is only 75 minutes to Charlotte. Drexel is undergoing a transformative opportunity, with the Town having acquired the former 100-acre Drexel Furniture site for redevelopment. Federal, state, and private funding currently total $5 million.

 

The town manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town with 21 full-time staff who work in seven departments including Administration; Finance; Fire; Police; Planning; Public Works; and Recreation. The FY22-23 Budget totals $4.5 million with a General Fund of $2.26 million. The water/wastewater enterprise fund totals $843,740 thousand and the electric utility fund totals $2.3 million.

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • strong interpersonal and active listening skills;

  • the ability to develop and manage a budget with multiple capital projects and collaborate with various partners;

  • the ability and inclination to get out of the office and connect with the public, employees, businesses, and community organizations;

  • the ability to communicate well with the Mayor and Council;

  • the ability to effectively mentor and manage staff; and

  • prior knowledge of grant writing to assist with funding for town projects.

 

The position requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree (preferred) in public administration or a related field as well as some experience as a local government manager or department head preferred.

 

The hiring range is $97,715-$108,001 depending on qualifications with a full benefits package. The position is open until filled but please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to WPCOG Executive Director Anthony Starr, at P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603 no later than Wednesday, July 26, 2023, to ensure consideration. Electronic submission of applications via email at anthony.starr@wpcog.org is encouraged. Candidates will be subject to an interview and assessment process. The first round of interviews will take place in late August. Town of Drexel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Now Hiring - Caldwell County, North Carolina
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) director

Caldwell County Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking an experienced, motivated, collaborative open-communicator for the position of DSS Director. The population is 80,820 residents with a large and diversified manufacturing base, and beautiful outdoor opportunities.  Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Caldwell County is a nature lover’s sanctuary. With access to many rivers, creeks, lakes, and woodlands (i.e. Pisgah National Forest, Lake Hickory, Lake Rhodhiss), tranquility is always at your fingertips. If you are looking for a quaint atmosphere with the ability to reach cities in just minutes, Caldwell County is calling. 

 

The DSS Director is responsible for the day-to-day department operations with 165 full-time employees. The FY22-23 Budget totals $16.5 million.

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • strong interpersonal skills;

  • the ability to effectively motivate, support and recognize DSS staff while being open to receiving feedback from and collaboration with all other Caldwell County departments

  • the ability to develop and manage a complex budget with programs consisting of funds and regulations from local, state, and federal jurisdictions

  • the ability and inclination to get out of the office and connect with the public, especially related non-profit and faith based groups in Caldwell County

  • sound judgement in high-stress situations with a proven track-record of working effectively with emergency services (i.e. police, fire, EMS) and critical partners such as school, mental health, and legal systems

  • proven visionary skills to develop strategic goals and projects

 

Education and experience requirements are as follows: Master’s degree in social work and two years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services; or a BS degree in social work and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, one of which must have been in Social Services; or graduation from a four year college or university and three years of supervisory experience in the delivery of client services, two of which must have been in Social Services; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 

The salary range is $92,588-$143,511 depending on qualifications with a full benefits package.  The position is open until filled but please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to WPCOG Administration and HR Director David Pugh, at P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603 no later than Friday, June 30, 2023 to ensure consideration. Electronic submission of applications via email at david.pugh@wpcog.org is encouraged. Candidates will be subject to an interview and assessment process. The first round of interviews will take place in late July. Caldwell County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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