Applications Accepted to Participate in Town Manager Assessment Center Process

Post Date:03/22/2018 4:42 PM

UPDATED April 9, 2018:The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to noon on Monday, April 23.

The Town of Chapel Hill is hiring a new Town Manager. In an effort to get the best information about candidates, the Town will use an assessment center process on May 31 and June 1, 2018. An assessment center provides the opportunity for a team of assessors to view the candidates in simulated scenarios a town manager will face. Assessors from each scenario report back to a review committee where the information is analyzed and a recommendation made about the candidates moving to the next step in the hiring process.

The Town Council passed a resolution on March 21 to approve a process for recruiting and selecting four to six community members to serve as assessors during the two-day assessment center.


Who should apply?

Any Town of Chapel Hill resident may apply. Community members must be available to serve on both May 31 and June 1 and agree to keep candidate information confidential. Town employees are not eligible to participate.


How to apply

Applications to participate in the Town Manager assessment center will be accepted through noon on Monday, April 23, 2018. To apply, please complete an online application at

If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance, please contact Beth Vazquez at or 919-265-0806.

A Council committee will meet on April 27 to review applications and recommend up to six applicants to participate in the assessment center. Town Council will make appointments at its regular business meeting on May 2.

Community members appointed to participate in the assessment will be charged with:

  1. Completing a Statement of Confidentiality;
  2. Attending both days of the assessment center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both May 31 and June 1, 2018;
  3. Working on a team with assessors who are local government leaders from other communities to facilitate one of four exercises; and
  4. Observing and rating candidate performance and, in some cases, serving as a role player.

Assessors will receive training on how to apply behavioral-based rating systems.

The assessment center will be held locally, and lunch will be provided on both days. Child care and transportation assistance will be available upon request. Community members appointed to participate are eligible to receive a $125 stipend.

Appointed community members shall have met their charge after participating in both days of the assessment center on May 31 and June 1, 2018, unless the Council determines otherwise.

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