Durham County, North Carolina, operating under a Board of Commissioners-Manager form of government, seeks an individual with demonstrated interpersonal and service-oriented skills to join our innovative and forward-thinking leadership team as Clerk to the Board. Qualified candidates must be able to effectively administer the responsibilities of the position utilizing innovative practices and demonstrating "intellectual firepower" as defined by a positive, willing, and upbeat attitude. Under the general supervision of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk performs all duties as required by law to include preparing minutes, assisting with Board meeting agendas, maintaining official County records, and providing administrative support to the Board Chair, Board of County Commissioners, and other staff leadership team members including the County Manager and County Attorney. Candidates must be well-grounded in current issues impacting the role and be willing to advance change to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Durham County, located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, is home to Research Triangle Park and is one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from the region’s major research, and many private and federal labs, have fueled business and economic growth here has made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology and clean technology.
Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, Durham is a magnet for talent, which helps attract innovative companies working in high- growth industries. Durham, the “City of Medicine,” has long been known for world-class medical facilities, including top-ranked Duke University Medical Center, and an industry-leading pharmaceutical sector. More recently, it’s become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator. Durham boasts a premier performing arts center and the Durham Bulls AAA baseball team. In addition to Duke University, Durham is home to North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public Historically Black College and University, now a major center for biotech and bio-manufacturing R&D, and Durham Technical Community College, a key partner in preparing a competitive workforce. Private investment is flourishing, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings into trendy, mixed-use developments filled with cool housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces and small businesses.
The population of Durham County is over 300,000 and highly diverse. Much of Durham County’s growth occurred within the City of Durham. The County's population grew from 187,035 to 228,330 during the period 2000-2010, representing a decade-long increase of 22%. Current expectations are that the population is projected to grow by 30% by 2030. Centrally located, Durham is a few hours’ drive from the beautiful North Carolina coast to the East and the Appalachian Mountains to the West.
The Durham County Commissioners are a five-member board. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms. Durham County operates under the Board-Manager (Council-Manager) form of government.
The County is regarded as a fiscally responsible, stable and well managed government with sound budget and strong fund balance (net assets). For more than 20 years, Durham County has been awarded a Triple A bond rating, a designation attained by only 69 counties in the United States and only six of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Durham County has an overall budget of approximately $646 million. The County has 27 departments employing about 1900 FTE employees.
Durham County Government provides services ranging from animal control to zoning and strong support is provided to the local Board of Education and School Superintendent. Award-winning programs in our Health Department, Finance Department, Public Library and Social Services demonstrate Durham County’s commitment to better serve our residents, prepare for the future and be a caring, inclusive and transparent government.
About the Position: The Durham County Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and policy-making body for Durham County and is the final authority on County matters. The Board of County Commissioners appoints the County Manager, County Attorney, County Clerk and members of boards, committees and commissions, approves the annual budget, authorizes contracts on the County’s behalf, enacts ordinances and resolutions and establishes general County policies.
The successful candidate for Clerk to the Board has extensive senior level office administration experience and must have a track record of significant initiative, independent judgment, problem solving and discretion. The Clerk oversees all functions of the Clerk’s office with the assistance of a staff of three. Example functions include the appointment process for boards, committees and commissions, notification of meetings, serving as the custodian of all permanent and non-permanent records subject to State and Federal regulations, preparing minutes, processing ordinances and other official documents, executing legal documents affirming proper signatures, and handling public records requests among others. More information about the Clerk’s office can be found at https://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/clerk-to-the-board.
To apply, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.com, and click on Clerk to the Board - Durham County link on the home page. All applications must be submitted online. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application. Screening begins February 21, 2019. Semi-Finalists will participate in onsite skill evaluation in Durham County on April 11-12, 2019. Finalists will be required to pass a pre-employment drug-screen and submit to a comprehensive background check. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC. All inquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Durham County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a related field and extensive experience in office management work; including nine or more years of responsible administrative experience; preferably including some experience in safekeeping and care of records and/or high-level administrative duties in municipal government. Special requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Notary Public Certification is required as well as certification as a Certified Municipal Clerk or a NC Certified Municipal Clerk or the ability to obtain certification within two years of hire. The Clerk must attend various monthly meetings; including evening meetings.
The Successful Candidate:
has thorough knowledge of the functions and organization of municipal government; Rules of Order as related to public hearings and official meetings; County ordinances and codes; and of standard office procedures, practices and equipment;
has a history of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the County’s elected officials, County Manager, County Attorney, other staff members, associates and the general public;
is savvy in understanding political nuance with the ability to maintain neutrality and maintain confidentiality when required;
is committed to excellent customer service and holds self and staff accountable for delivery of same;
has outstanding organizational skills with an eye to detail and emphasis on follow-through;
has a track record of assuming responsibility, dealing effectively with problems and exercising proper judgement when making decisions;
can effectively balance multiple tasks and be flexible in a dynamic, demanding environment with frequent interruptions;
projects a strong sense of professionalism with the ability to remain impartial and objective;
possesses excellent and effective communication skills both one on one and in groups;
has mastery of Microsoft Office programs, including extensive exposure in Word; Excel software, proficient in Outlook and comfort in learning new technology to increase effectiveness;
has extensive experience with public records retention, public records laws and requirements, and open meeting law requirements; and,
is a person who thrives in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability.
Additional Salary Information: Information about benefits can be found at: https://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/human-resources-new/compensation-benefits. There is a residency requirement to relocate within County limits within 12 months of employment.
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