About Brunswick County, North Carolina
Brunswick County (2021 est. population 151,000) seeks an experienced County Manager to direct and coordinate the overall operation of the county. Consistently ranking as one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, Brunswick County ranked thirteenth for 2019 in growth percentage and seventh among counties with a population of greater than 10,000. The County is included in the Myrtle-Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area which is the second-fastest-growing MSA in the nation at 3.3%. Brunswick County is located in the southeastern corner of the State in the coastal plains region. Forming a natural boundary on the southeast, the Atlantic Ocean gives the county approximately 47 miles of beachfront. Geographically, it is the sixth largest county in the state with a land area of 846 square miles. It is the southernmost county in North Carolina and contains 19 municipalities and 2 sanitary districts, including numerous beach, waterfront, and island towns.
Brunswick County provides a broad range of services that include public safety, environmental protection, health and social services, cultural and recreational programs, community and economic development, and education. The County also operates a water and wastewater utility system responsible for treatment for over 80,000 citizens.
The County Manager will oversee an annual budget of approximately $291.5 million, with approximately 1,100 full-time employees. Brunswick County operates its own water and wastewater treatment plants, serving residential, commercial, and wholesale customers. In recent years, the County has expanded its facilities for parks and recreation, and for senior centers to serve the geographical and demographic needs of its citizens. The County is also expanding and upgrading its public utilities to increase its wastewater treatment capacity, and to install a low-pressure reverse osmosis system for its water treatment plant to provide the highest level of service to its citizens.
Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners, the County Manager serves as the chief administrator of County government, executing the policies of the Board of Commissioners. The County Manager is responsible for the general administration of all departments of County government under the general control of the Board. The County Manager shall have the duties designated in North Carolina General Statute 153A-82, “Powers and Duties of Manager.”
- Plans and directs all County departments in the provision of services to county residents.
- Formulates and recommends new and revised policies and operating procedures for approval by the Board of Commissioners.
- Prepares the agenda for Board of Commissioners meetings. Attends meetings and presents oral reports. Responds to questions in order to assist the Commission in reaching decisions in the best interest of the County.
- Prepares and submits the annual budget and capital improvement program to the Board of Commissioners. Makes appropriate recommendations to the Board regarding use of available resources.
- Hires and supervises all department heads and evaluates performance in a timely manner.
- Represents the County and Board of Commissioners to media, citizens, and local organizations regarding questions, suggestions, and complaints.
- Assists the Board of Commissioners in the development of long-range goals for County services and finances. Ensures development of individual department plans to implement County goals and objectives. Conducts necessary analyses to evaluate County performance.
$170,000.00 - $225,000.00
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, with an emphasis in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Finance or a related field. Master’s degree in public administration or another complementary field preferred but not required.
Twelve or more years of experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible managerial and fiscal leadership experience in governmental policy and procedures, including thorough knowledge of State law governing county administration. Experience in managing an expanding water and sewer system is highly desirable.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Comprehensive knowledge of public administration principles and practices.
- Comprehensive knowledge of government finance practices.
- Comprehensive knowledge of governmental laws, ordinances and regulations.
- Experience providing leadership that encourages initiative, innovation and flexibility to meet changing public needs.
- Ability to manage County departments in order to achieve programs and policies articulated by the Board of Commissioners.
- Ability to write clear and concise reports, memoranda, directives and letters.
- Ability to analyze complex problems and develop comprehensive plans from general instructions.
- Ability to meet the public and to discuss problems and complaints.
- Ability to plan and direct the work of large operating agencies.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials.
- Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills, including the ability to communicate to different audiences in a manner that is both inclusive and transparent.
- Work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force.
- Work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing and using hands to manipulate office equipment.
- Frequently requires repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking and reaching with hands and arms.
- Work has standard vision requirements.
- Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately and quickly.
- Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound.
- Work requires operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities.
- Work has no exposure to environmental conditions.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Brunswick County residency is expected within an agreed upon length of time.
Brunswick County provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons regardless race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Brunswick County is required by law to verify identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired. Brunswick County participates in E-Verify to determine employment eligibility to work in the United States.
All positions with Brunswick County require a valid Driver's License and candidate must be current on all Brunswick County taxes. A background check and drug screen will be conducted with a contingent offer of any position.