The City of Durham, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks an individual with demonstrated interpersonal and service-oriented skills to join our innovative and forward-thinking leadership team as City Clerk. 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 general supervision of the City Council, City Clerk performs all duties as required by law to include Council preparing minutes, assisting with Council meeting agenda, maintaining official City records, and providing administrative support to the Mayor, City Council, and other staff leadership team members. Candidates must be well-grounded in current issues impacting the role and be willing to advance change to increase efficiency and effectiveness. About the Position: The City Clerk works under the general supervision of the City Council and interfaces regularly with the offices of the City Manager and City Attorney. The Durham City Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Durham and is the final authority on city matters. The council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and members of boards, committees and commissions, approves the annual budget, authorizes contracts on the city’s behalf, enacts ordinances and resolutions and establishes general city policies. The Durham City Council has seven members: three from specific wards, three at-large, and the Mayor. Terms are staggered, with nonpartisan elections every two years. The successful candidate for City Clerk has extensive senior level office administration experience and must have a track record of significant initiative, independent judgment, problem solving and discretion. The City Clerk oversees all functions of the City Clerk’s office with the assistance of a staff of six. 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 City Clerk’s office can be found at https://durhamnc.gov/237/City-Clerks-Office.
To apply, you must complete an online application via Developmental Associates’ online system (or copy and paste https://www.developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/into your browser). Applications will NOT be accepted through the City’s system. Resumes and digital portfolios may be uploaded to the system but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application. All inquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ad closes and application review begins November 25, 2017 and an assessment center will be held in Durham for selected finalists January 4-5, 2018. The City of Durham is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.
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. There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Durham within six months of appointment to the position.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit https://durhamnc.gov/725/Employee-Benefits to learn more.
Durham is located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to Research Triangle Park and one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from our region’s three major research universities – Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and our many private and feder...al labs have fueled business and economic growth here for more than half a century and made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology and clean technology. Durham is home to North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public liberal arts institution for African Americans, now a major center for biotech and biomanufacturing R&D, and Durham Technical Community College, a key partner in preparing a competitive workforce.
Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, we’re 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, we’ve become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator.
Meanwhile, all of downtown Durham is undergoing a dramatic transformation due to City investments a decade ago to build a premier performing arts center and new Durham Bulls baseball stadium. Private investors have stepped up, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings in many parts of the city into trendy, mixed-use developments filled with cool housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces and small businesses.