Job Title

Town Manager

The Town of Elon, NC (population 12,183) is seeking a thoughtful and visionary Town Manager who is committed to transparent public communication, effective intergovernmental relations and personal community engagement; adept at leading cohesive and collaborative change; balancing competing interests to find effective solutions; and implementing strategic plans.

The Town is also home to Elon University with an enrollment approaching 7,000 students. The university is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is nationally renowned. It is one of only seven private universities in the nation with accredited schools of law, business, communications, and education.

About the Organization:

The Town of Elon invites applications from experienced and dedicated professionals to serve as the next Town Manager. The Town utilizes the council-manager form of government with a mayor and five (5) elected aldermen.  The Town Manager reports to the Board of Aldermen and serves as the town’s chief administrative officer and is responsible for a FY19 budget of $11.7 million. The Town has 57 full-time employees in Administration, Fire, Police, Public Works, Planning, Downtown, and Recreation and Parks.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have at least ten (10) years of increasingly progressive management responsibility with at least five (5) years of increasing responsibility at department head level or above (assistant manager or manager preferred). Top priorities of the next Town Manager will include implementing Envision Elon 2040; completion of the land development ordinance revision; the development and implementation of the capital improvement plan; supporting downtown and economic development opportunities; managing growth; and continuing staff development and building a culture of collaborative innovation. Candidates must provide evidence of accomplishments in technological initiatives which have contributed to the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and possess strong finance and budget skills. Work experience in a university community is highly desirable.

Bachelor’s degree in political science, business, or related field required.  MPA, MBA, or related master’s degree preferred. Designation as ICMA credentialed manager is preferred. Residency within the town’s corporate limits within six months of hire is required.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and the Town provides an excellent benefits package.


Interested candidates who meet position requirements for educational training and related job experience should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and a list of three references with email addresses and phone numbers to: Mayor Jerry Tolley, P.O. Box 595, Elon, NC 27244. The application deadline is July 15, 2019. Applications will be treated confidentially. The standard application form is not required at this time.

The Town of Elon is an equal opportunity employer.