Town Manager – Town of Atlantic Beach, NC

Town of Atlantic Beach, NC
October 10, 2022
Atlantic Beach, NC
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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina is a charming Town along the coast of North Carolina. It has an excellent reputation for service delivery, a stable political environment, and a strong fiscal position. The current Town Manager is retiring after a successful fifteen-year tenure. Atlantic Beach is looking for its next Town Manager to continue and expand the town’s excellence in government operations.

The ideal municipal executive will be a diplomatic leader with skill in navigating the opinions of others while remaining steadfast in the implementation of the Town’s vision and priorities. Although the town is nearly completely built out, the next Town Manager must creatively and strategically manage strong pressure for growth to increase the quality of development instead of the quantity of development. The ideal candidate will help develop a collective vision for the town and use impeccable interpersonal and communication skills to maintain the unity currently enjoyed between the Town and its stakeholders. The Town Council seeks a well-respected manager who is adept in recruiting and developing talent – one who holds themself and others to high standards of excellence and can maintain a culture of high morale and accountability.

About the Community:

Located in Carteret County on the North Carolina Coast, Atlantic Beach is part of the beautiful Crystal Coast - an 85-mile stretch of coastline that includes the southern Outer Banks. Atlantic Beach is situated on a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. Known for an abundance of public beaches and friendly people, Atlantic Beach proudly holds the accolade of being selected as one of the Coastal Living Magazine’s “Best Beaches.” The community balances the needs of its residents, visitors, businesses, and the delicate coastal environment.

With a range of accommodations and dining options to enjoy, popular fishing piers, where you can throw a line in or catch a wave off the break and the historic Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach is a charming and welcoming place to visit or call home. The area is one of the premier water sports destinations in the country.  It is literally and figuratively shaped by water. In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, the county has many streams, rivers, marshes, and estuaries that attract enthusiasts from around the globe to boat, fish, paddle, dive, and surf.

The official census lists the Town’s full-time population at 1,536 residents. The town believes this estimate is lower that its actual full-time population and suggests that the full-time population is closer to 2,500 residents. Nonetheless, the town sees a significant jump in population during the warmer months.  With over 5,000 housing units, along with hundreds of hotel and motel rooms, the seasonal population swells to well over 20,000.

Carteret County is home to one of the best public school systems in North Carolina.  In recent rankings by US News and World Report all the schools in the system that were eligible to be ranked have earned “Best Schools” rankings.

About the Organization and Position: 

The Town Manager, who reports to the mayor and a five-person, non-partisan Town Council, oversees the Town’s FY 22-23 general fund budget of $9.8M which is supported by a tax rate of $.20 per $100 of assessed tax value. More information about the budget can be found here. The Town Manager oversees operations in seven departments delivered by 56 employees.  The Town Manager is also the staff liaison with the Council appointed Planning and Adjustment Boards.

Atlantic Beach is experiencing notable growth pressures.  With 90-95% of the town already developed, growth will likely come from redevelopment. As the Town evaluates and plans for future growth, the Town Manager will be strategic in sustaining the culture and charm of the Town while channeling the pressure to grow into a higher quality of development. The next Town Manager will have the natural ability to unite teams, establish trusting relationships and maintain a cohesive culture across departments. A few of the town’s long-serving department heads are nearing retirement and the next Town Manager will recruit and develop the next generation of leaders in these departments.  In the process of facilitating the Town’s next strategic plan, the Town Manager will be tasked with preserving the strong sense of community – protecting the Town’s history and excellent quality of life while managing significant redevelopment and a limited amount of quality growth.  The Council desires a Town Manager that is resourceful and assertive and will advocate for the needs of staff and community members while articulating alignment of their needs with the strategic direction of the Town.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university is required; a master’s degree in Public or Business Administration and/or ICMA credentialed management is strongly preferred. Candidate must have seven or more years of successful and progressive levels of supervisory and management experience.  Qualifications that are preferred, but not required include:

  • Experience in North Carolina local government;
  • Experience in coastal or resort communities; and
  • Education or experience in land planning and placemaking.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for the Town Manager is $130,000 - $160,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance may be provided, if needed. Residency within Carteret County is required within a negotiated timeframe. The Town provides a comprehensive benefit package.

To apply, please visit and click on the Town Manager – Town of Atlantic Beach, NC title. To learn more about the selection process, visit select “Client Openings and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.” All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website.  It is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by November 9, 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on December 8 -9, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]. The Town of Atlantic Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.