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City Manager

City of Southport

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City Manager – Southport, North Carolina (Population – 4,124)

The City of Southport is seeking a City Manager who wants to use their skills, abilities, and experience to make a difference in the lives of our citizens, our city, and the thousands of visitors who travel to Southport each year. Southport needs a City Manager who is project oriented, has a vision for our future and for success, is collaborative in working with City Employees, the Mayor, and the Board of Aldermen, and wants to live in and be a part of the Southport Community. 

Southport, located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, salubrious breezes, live oaks, unique neighborhoods, is surrounded by beautiful beaches, from Bald Head Island to Sunset Beach and is the downtown for Brunswick County and has infrastructure challenges with respect to population and tourism, growth, and development as well as how to meet these challenges while preserving our history, our cultural heritage, our quality of life, and protecting our fragile environment. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the mayor, and the six-member Board of Aldermen.  Specific duties include preparation of the annual budget for presentation and adoption by the board, project management, and employee supervision. The manager should have the ability to relate to and work with all elements of the city residents while being supportive of city staff.

Compensation and Benefits

The City of Southport offers a competitive salary depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The City provides a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability insurance (city paid employee coverage), health savings account, participation in the North Carolina Local Government Employees’ Retirement System, participation in the NC 401K plan – 5% city contribution, as well as generous vacation, sick, and holiday pay.  Residency is highly preferred for the next City Manager. 

Desired Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with a major in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a closely related field; Master’s degree preferred.   Seven years of progressively responsible city management experience is required.  A career as a seasoned city manager or assistant in a similar sized community and complexity as Southport will be a significant advantage for the candidate seeking this position. 

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a City of Southport application, cover letter and resume along with at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers) as well as salary history no later than December 31, 2022, to

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