County Manager

Madison County
Published
August 30, 2021
Location
Marshall, NC
Category
Billing Address
P.O. Box 579, Marshall NC 28753
First Name
Brooke
Last Name
Ledford
Phone Number
8286492854
County
Madison
Closing Date
Open until filled

Description

Position Summary:
Madison County is seeking a skilled professional with proven leadership ability to serve as the next County
Manager. Madison County prefers a County Manager who will successfully establish and foster both internal
and external relationships. The five-member governing Board of Commissioners is seeking a candidate with
strong finance, budget, administrative, economic development, and leadership skills who will also encourage
growth. Additionally, the County Manager will lead employees across multiple departments and build teams to
provide quality services to the County’s citizens while receiving direction from the Board of Commissioners.
The County Manager will be responsible for staff supervision, goal setting, long-range plans, policy,
operations, budgets, and personnel. A strong knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and guidelines are a
must, as well as, excellent communication skills. Local and regional participation in boards and committees
will be expected during and after normal business hours. The County Manager works under the general
supervision of and at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners for Madison County.
This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Community:
Madison County is located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a community rich in
cultural arts, crafts, and music. Madison County is home to many outdoor destinations, including the
Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the French Broad River, that provide a picturesque
backdrop for recreation activities such as hiking, rafting, and fishing. With a population of just over
21,000, Madison County is a smaller but thriving community with a strong sense of tradition and a desire
to grow. The County is home to many flourishing manufacturing businesses, locally-owned businesses
and restaurants, a thriving arts community, and much more! With the three unique towns – Marshall, the
County Seat, Mars Hill, and Hot Springs – and a short commute to downtown Asheville, Madison County
offers a rural pace of life with traditional urban comforts.
Where to Apply:
This position is open until filled. Submit a North Carolina State Application (PD 107) with a cover letter to
Madison County Human Resources. To obtain an application, visit
https://www.madisoncountync.gov/employment-opportunities.html. Applications will be accepted at the
Madison County Human Resources Office, 107 Elizabeth Ln., Marshall or mailed to: Madison County
Human Resources, PO Box 579, Marshall, NC 28753. Applications will also be accepted via email to
[email protected]
Madison County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Essential Functions:
Madison County employs 220 FTE employees across 22 departments and has a total budget of $29.8
million. The County Manager serves as chief administrator of county government and maintains
responsibilities for administering all departments under the general control of the five-member Board of
Commissioners. General duties are based upon North Carolina General Statute 153A-82 and include:
• Direct and supervise the administration of all county offices, departments, boards, commissions and
agencies under the general control of the board of commissioners, subject to the general direction
and control of the board.
• Appoint with the approval of the board of commissioners and suspend or remove all county officers,
employees, and agents except those who are elected by the people or whose appointment is
otherwise provided for by law.
• Acts as Budget Officer in preparation of fiscal year budget. Prepare and submit the annual budget
and capital program to the board of commissioners. Consults with all departments, commissions, and
agencies of the County Government in evaluation of their operating and capital outlay needs.
• Prepares and recommends policies for adoption by the Board of Commissioners when the
development of such policies would tend to promote efficiency and economy in County Government.
• Attend all meetings of the board of commissioners and recommend any measures that he considers
expedient.
• See that the orders, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the board of commissioners are
faithfully executed within the county.
• Annually submit to the board of commissioners and make available to the public a complete report on
the finances and administrative activities of the county as of the end of the fiscal year.
• Make any other reports that the board of commissioners may require concerning the operations of
county offices, departments, boards, commissions, and agencies.
• Perform any other duties that may be required or authorized by the board of commissioners.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or closely related field is
required; a master’s degree preferred; local government experience is preferred; or an equivalent amount of
education, training, and experience in local government management that would allow the candidate to
successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Candidates with five or more years of successful
supervisory and management experience with strong administrative, budgeting, and communication skills are
preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Comprehensive knowledge of the governing process at the federal, state, and local levels, exhibiting
in-depth knowledge of North Carolina and County government functions.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
• Knowledge of the organization, function, and methods of operation of County Departments.
• Knowledge of general management and office organization principles and practices.
• Knowledge of local government budgeting, finance management, and purchasing practices.
• Knowledge of the basic laws, ordinances, and regulations underlying the County governance.
• Skill in management and supervision.
• Skill in researching and analyzing data and making decisions.
• Skill in negotiating and problem solving.
• Skill in public and interpersonal relations and communication.
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance
with ADA requirements, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform essential functions. Additional physical requirements:
• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of talking, hearing, and
repetitive motions.
• Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a
negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift objects.
• Must possess the visual acuity to work with data and figures, operate a computer terminal, and do
extensive reading.
Requirements:
Applicant must be willing to submit and pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol test as well as a criminal
background check. Must possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License. Successful candidate must have
permanent residence within Madison County within 120 days of beginning employment, or a reasonable time
limit as adjusted by the board.
Salary:
Hiring Range: $80,000- $102,000 dependent on qualifications and experience. In addition, this position will
come with a travel allowance. This position comes with a benefits package including: paid health insurance;
dental, eye and other supplemental insurance available, paid sick time, paid vacation time, and paid holidays

Salary

Hiring Range: $80,000- $102,000 dependent on qualifications and experience. In addition, this position will
come with a travel allowance. This position comes with a benefits package including: paid health insurance;
dental, eye and other supplemental insurance available, paid sick time, paid vacation time, and paid holidays.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or closely related field is
required; a master’s degree preferred; local government experience is preferred; or an equivalent amount of
education, training, and experience in local government management that would allow the candidate to
successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Candidates with five or more years of successful
supervisory and management experience with strong administrative, budgeting, and communication skills are
preferred.

Special Requirements

Applicant must be willing to submit and pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol test as well as a criminal
background check. Must possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License. Successful candidate must have
permanent residence within Madison County within 120 days of beginning employment, or a reasonable time
limit as adjusted by the board.