Economic Developer

The Town of Ayden, NC, (pop. 5000) is seeking qualified applicants for the  position of Economic Developer. Full-time position w/excellent benefits. Economic Developer is part of Management Team and reports directly to Town Manager. Performs complex professional work in planning, organizing, and directing economic development activities of the town. Performs wide range of duties focused on supporting businesses seeking to create or retain jobs in the Town of Ayden, and as such, plays an instrumental role in promoting Ayden as a great place to live, work, and conduct business. Works in partnership with a network of agencies and resources, serves as the initial point of contact for businesses looking to locate to Ayden; assist existing businesses planning to expand or seeking assistance in helping their business achieve its potential. Essential functions and responsibilities performed include, but are not limited to: serve as community ombudsman to assist businesses navigating local processes; work with site selectors, industrial and commercial realtors and other agencies to coordinate activities aimed at obtaining necessary zoning permits and other approvals as needed for new development, to include residential development, and business prospects; serves as a resource for the development community, property owners, business and community organizations; grant writing. Desired capabilities: develop and maintain strong and effective professional relationships with business leaders, developers, other organizations and town staff; plan, organize and administer economic development programs; knowledge of Town and Pitt County development procedures and assist businesses and developers in navigating these procedures; knowledge of trends, developments and techniques in the field of economic development, including site selection, business outreach, recruitment, business expansion, downtown revitalization and related activities; forward thinking and ability to foster successful public and private partnerships; handle confidential information appropriately; strong customer service skills, ability to work effectively in a team environment, excellent oral and written communication skills; effective verbal presentation skills; maintain flexibility in work schedule with some evening and weekend work required for special events, conferences attendance, etc. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, sales, communication, economic/community development or a related field: 3-5 years of successful, demonstrated experience implementing economic development related strategies and techniques or an equivalent combination of education and experience .  Salary negotiable with hiring range of $55,000-$65,000.  Mail résumé with cover letter and salary requirements to: Town of Ayden, P.O. Box 219, Ayden, NC 28513 Attn: Town Manager, or via email to For more information and a complete job description, please visit The Town of Ayden is an EEOC employer and does not discriminate against any qualified applicant.

Director of Public Works & Utilities


Town of Ayden (pop. 5,143), in Pitt County six miles from Greenville and East Carolina University, seeks a qualified Director of Public Works and Utilities. The Director plans, organizes and directs the work of employees engaged in a range of municipal operations and services including engineering services; water, wastewater and stormwater system construction, maintenance, operations and services; street maintenance and repair; building maintenance and repair; electric power distribution; sanitation services; and the fleet management garage. 

The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public works and utilities administration, planning and construction; Town policies, state and federal laws and regulations, and equipment and materials used in construction, maintenance and operations local infrastructure. Considerable knowledge of civil engineering design principles and ability to apply them to designated projects, governmental budgeting, personnel and purchasing practices. General knowledge of principles and practices, and laws and regulations, relating to supervised functions. Responsible for $15.5 million budget.

This position is a safety sensitive role and employee is subject to working in inside and outside environments, in adverse weather and emergency situations. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Town Manager and is evaluated based on review of reports, conferences and quality of services delivered to the citizens.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in civil, electrical or environmental engineering or related field preferred, and considerable experience in a responsible management position in the public works or utilities field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screen after a conditional offer of employment, and background check.


Send letter of interest and resume to: Ellis Hankins, Sr. VP, The Mercer Group, Inc., by email at, by May 31, 2019 or soon after. Request recruitment brochure for more information. Salary range $71,382-$105,645, hiring salary $71,382-$78,663 DOQ. Attractive benefits. EOE, Town values diversity.


Employment Application Information

Employment Application - Automated (Word Document)

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Employment Application - Handwritten (PDF)
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Please sign your application and bring it to Ayden Town Hall (4144 West Avenue, Ayden) or mail it to:  Town of Ayden, P.O. Box 219, Ayden NC  28513

Questions concerning all positions should be directed to the Town Manager's office by calling (252) 481-5826
Town Hall is open Monday - Friday; 8:30am - 5:00pm; except holidays.

The Town of Ayden is an EEOC Employer and does not discriminate against any qualified applicant.