County Manager

Bladen County
February 12, 2024
P.O. Box 824, Elizabethtown, NC
Billing Address
P.O. Box 824, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
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Closing Date
March 8, 2024


Bladen County is centrally located in southeast North Carolina and has an estimated population of 29,500. It is governed by a Board of Commissioners made up of nine members.  The County operates under a board-manager form of government. 

The County seeks an innovative solutions-oriented professional to join its team as County Manager. This position is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and works collaboratively with the Board to facilitate its vision for the community. The County Manager leads a team to carry out goals, objectives, and policies established by the Board of Commissioners. The position recommends and administers an annual budget of $73,739,027, oversees 403 full-time employees, and holds executive-level responsibility for day-to-day management of the organization. The ideal candidate will have significant and successful local government experience and a demonstrated passion for public service that supports the vision and values of Bladen County. 


  • Works to continually improve County services through visioning, strategic planning, policy development, execution, and program evaluation.  
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups, professional associates, supervisors, volunteers, governmental bodies, other community agencies, and the public.  
  • Represents the County’s interests in working with a broad range of collaborative partners to resolve often complex and sensitive issues. 
  • Maintains community visibility through active participation on boards and committees impactful to Bladen County government and the local community.  
  • Directs, coaches, and evaluates Department Directors and other staff, motivating staff to think creatively and ensuring programs align with overarching policy objectives and operate effectively and efficiently. 
  • Reinforces value of positive work environment that fosters excellence in public service by deliberately cultivating current knowledge of professional trends and best practices.


Commensurate with experience


A Master of Public or Business Administration with extensive experience in governmental management as Manager, Deputy Manager or Assistant Manager in a County or City organization is required; or any combination of comparable education, training, and experience which demonstrates the required skills and knowledge to perform the duties of the position.

Special Requirements

  • Integrity, high moral standards, respect, professional demeanor, and transparency.
  • Must be willing to work collaboratively and maintain effective relationships with the Board of Commissioners.
  • Must be willing to advance the vision of the Board of Commissioners.
  • Must be willing to work collaboratively and maintain effective relationships with County staff, advisory boards and committees, partner municipalities, state and federal regulatory agencies and institutions, vendors, and consultants.
  • Independent and self-directed initiative and drive, along with the appetite to take on new challenges over time.
  • Excellent communication skills are a must, including the ability to communicate with a community that encompasses urban and rural interests and represents forward-looking and creative ideas from a well-educated, diverse community.
  • Ability to think analytically to prioritize work, make data driven decisions, meet established deadlines, delegate duties, and attend to details as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate by example with excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills, inspiring staff to high performance.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, accompanied by a strong capability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.
  • Strong creative, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
  • Willingness to establish residency in Bladen County within reasonable timeframe after appointment.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Direct cover letter and resume to:

Bladen County Chairman, PO Box 824,  Elizabethtown, NC 28337,
or email to [email protected]. 

Deadline:  March 8, 2024.