Town Manager

Town Manager
Town of Valdese
 Valdese, North Carolina
Job Description

The Town of Valdese (est. pop. 4,900) is nestled in the scenic foothills of Western North Carolina "where the Piedmont meets the Mountains." Located approximately one hour from the major cities of Charlotte and Asheville, Valdese offers a diverse array of attractions while enjoying easy access to broader horizons.

Valdese is seeking a Town Manager with extensive experience in public administration and a demonstrated proficiency in conservative budget management. The Town Manager is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the annual budget ($13.3M in FY2024), and the general oversight of a dedicated workforce of 72 full-time employees and 70+ part-time or seasonal employees. In addition, this position provides effective and ethical leadership while working collaboratively with the community, the Council, and Town staff and serves as the facilitator of the Town vision.

This position requires a blend of education and experience comparable to completing a degree from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree in public administration, business, or a related field is preferred. Candidates should be ambitious with a steadily increasing responsibility in managing governmental or private sector enterprises and leading people. Additionally, they should demonstrate familiarity with the principles and practices of local government management, encompassing areas such as budgeting, financial management economic development, urban planning, human resources, grant oversight, and emergency services coordination.

The starting salary range is $122,500 – $158,720 annually, based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include but are not limited to participation in the North Carolina Local Government Employees’ Retirement Plan, deferred compensation plan, vacation and sick leave, holidays, group life insurance, medical, dental and vision insurance, short and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and professional dues and conference expenses. The Town also provides full-time employees with free aquatic and fitness membership for the employee and their immediate family. Relocation reimbursement is negotiable. Pre-employment screenings include physical exams, drug test, criminal/credit background checks, and driver’s record checks.

This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than May 1, 2024, at:

For more information, please contact Anne Lewis at or 703-923-8214. EOE.