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WCU MPA Program Welcome to the Western Carolina University Masters of Public Affairs Program! This page is intended to build community among WCU MPA alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and prospective students.

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Another great job opportunity with Buncombe County!
04/26/2021
County Manager Administrative Coordinator

Another great job opportunity with Buncombe County!

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our ci...

Exciting Buncombe County job opportunity!
04/15/2021
Strategic Partnership Business Officer

Exciting Buncombe County job opportunity!

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our ci...

Exciting job openings at the Isothermal Planning & Development Commission: Project Manager (Economic and Community Devel...
03/24/2021
Employment Opportunities

Exciting job openings at the Isothermal Planning & Development Commission: Project Manager (Economic and Community Development) and Business Services Representative (Workforce Development)

Check out our open positions and regional employment resources!

Register for the upcoming Blueway Guide Launch Webinar, an exciting economic development project that amazing MPA alumna...
03/22/2021

Register for the upcoming Blueway Guide Launch Webinar, an exciting economic development project that amazing MPA alumna Rachel Taylor has been a part of through her employer NCGrowth:

Register for the upcoming Blueway Guide Launch Webinar, an exciting economic development project that amazing MPA alumna Rachel Taylor has been a part of through her employer NCGrowth:

MPA job seekers, the Town of Biltmore Forest is seeking a Finance Director. See below for more details:
03/18/2021

MPA job seekers, the Town of Biltmore Forest is seeking a Finance Director. See below for more details:

MPA job seekers, the Town of Biltmore Forest is seeking a Finance Director. See below for more details:

Buncombe County is seeking an Employee Relations Coordinator!
03/10/2021
Employee Relations Coordinator

Buncombe County is seeking an Employee Relations Coordinator!

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our ci...

The Town of Mills River is seeking a Zoning Administrator:
03/05/2021
Jobs

The Town of Mills River is seeking a Zoning Administrator:

​This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Thank you for your interest in the Town of Mills River!

Congratulations to WCU MPA alum Jeremy Lett on his new position with the City of Asheville!
03/03/2021
Jeremy Lett steps into new role as Asheville Neighborhood Services Specialist | The City of Asheville

Congratulations to WCU MPA alum Jeremy Lett on his new position with the City of Asheville!

The City of Asheville has a new go-to person dedicated to two-way communication with our neighborhoods. Jeremy Lett has joined the City as Neighborhood Services Specialist, working alongside Neighborhood and Community Engagement Manager Brenda Mills. This role is a part of the new initiatives set fo...

02/26/2021
Terry Bellamy - 2021 Public Servant of the Year Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Bellamy, Madison County Director of Community and Economic Development, WCU MPA alumna, and the North Carolina Public Administration Alliance Public Servant of the Year!

The Public Servant of the Year Award recognizes the significant contributions to the State of North Carolina that the recipient has made throughout a career ...

Jennifer
02/25/2021
Jennifer

Jennifer

Any Development Directors on here looking for an awesome non-profit to work with?

WNC Nonprofit Pathways
02/23/2021

WNC Nonprofit Pathways

Join the Pathways team! Are you committed to a better WNC? Do you love helping local nonprofit leaders have the learning opportunities, resources, and support they need to have the most impact possible in their communities? Then check out this opportunity!

WNC Nonprofit Pathways is looking for an experienced Program Consultant to coordinate capacity-building services for nonprofits across our 18 county region. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply below..and please share, message, or tag folks in your networks!

http://nonprofitpathways.org/program-consultant-wnc-nonprofit-pathways/

The Town of Catawba is seeking a Town Manager:  https://www.wpcog.org/career-opportunities
02/19/2021
Career Opportunities | wpcog

The Town of Catawba is seeking a Town Manager: https://www.wpcog.org/career-opportunities

The Town of Catawba (population 610) is currently seeking energetic, results-oriented, forward-thinking candidates for the position of Town Manager. Catawba is a town dedicated to small town values and a great quality of life. A wonderful history, beautiful rolling hills located along northern Lake....

02/17/2021
Jennifer

Jennifer

NC Guardian ad Litem is hiring 7 grant-funded full-time GAL Supervisors across the state! They will be based out of Harnett, Scotland, Martin, Union, Cabarrus, Pitt, and Macon counties. We are looking for folks who love working with volunteers!

This is an excellent opportunity for MPA folks who want to work within the NC Administrative Office of the Courts.

Let me know if you have questions about Guardian ad Litem!

Find links to each position here:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina

Excellent employment opportunities with Land of Sky Regional Council:
02/10/2021
Jobs

Excellent employment opportunities with Land of Sky Regional Council:

Land of Sky Regional Council is seeking a motivated individual to fill a permanent Regional Transportation Planner position. The position is responsible for the Regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program for the Land of Sky Region. They will also work with the Economic and Community Dev...

We'd like to wish WCU MPA alumna and Graham County Manager, Rebecca Garland, all the best as she steps down from that ro...
02/05/2021
Human Resources – Graham County North Carolina

We'd like to wish WCU MPA alumna and Graham County Manager, Rebecca Garland, all the best as she steps down from that role and continues on as county Finance Director. Thank you for your service Becky!

For job seekers, Graham County is now seeking applicants for the position: https://grahamcounty.org/human-resources/

Graham County is now taking applications for County Manager. Qualifications Required: Knowledge of County Government, Federal & State labor laws, computer literate, 21 years of age or older, a driver’s license, combination of education or experience equivalent to four years in public management field. All applicants are subject to background checks, drug & alcohol screening. Duties include but are not limited to: Carry out the directives of the Graham County Board of Commissioners. Responsible for the coordination and implementation of the operation, policies and procedures of Graham County Government, inclusive of state and federal laws & regulations. Act as a liaison to high level management and elected officials as well as the general public. Work closely with the county finance officer to prepare the budget, monitor spending and authorize special appropriation funding and approval / authorization of all purchase orders for the fiscal year’s budget. In charge of solicitation of bids for new projects, equipment, construction and maintenance work. Oversee the day to day operations of county government. Prepares bid specifications for all vendors and contractors. Monitor disbursement of surplus properties. Make recommendations and suggestions to the Graham County Board of Commissioners on a bi-monthly basis. Work with state, federal and county boards. Communicate with State and Federal legislators and any other governmental agency representatives. Salary is negotiable based on prior experience. County Manager’s office is located at 196 Knight Street, Robbinsville, NC. Applications will be taken until the position is filled. You may apply by mail or by email. You are required to submit a PD-107 Application that can be retrieved on-line or come to the office and pick one up. For questions, call 828-479-7961. Graham County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

GrahamCounty.org | Information and resources from the various departments in Graham County, North Carolina government.

Congratulations to WCU MPA Alumni, Mr. Steve Wyatt, on being recognized by the NCCCMA with the The Whitehurst Award for ...
02/05/2021

Congratulations to WCU MPA Alumni, Mr. Steve Wyatt, on being recognized by the NCCCMA with the The Whitehurst Award for Lifetime Service. Thank you for your dedication to excellence in public service!

Hendersonville, NC City Government
02/04/2021

Hendersonville, NC City Government

Preston Blakely is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Carolina University. He is employed with his family’s business, a Town Councilman at the Town of Fletcher and serves on the Board of Directors for Henderson County Smart Start Partnership for Children and Thrive. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee for Land of Sky Council of Governments. #BlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth

Exciting job opportunity with the town of Black Mountain!
01/28/2021
Finance Director

Exciting job opportunity with the town of Black Mountain!

Town of Black Mountain TITLE: FINANCE DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT: ADMINISTRATION SALARY RANGE: Grade 22 -...

Congratulations to Bonnie Childers, WCU MPA alumna 2017, who is the new Director of Communications and Development at Si...
01/23/2021
Mental Health | Sierra Vista Child & Family Services | United States

Congratulations to Bonnie Childers, WCU MPA alumna 2017, who is the new Director of Communications and Development at Sierra Vista Child and Family Services in Modesto, California!

Since 1972, Sierra Vista has grown into one of the largest nonprofit agencies in the region, serving on average more than 20,000 children and families each year with nearly 250 dedicated employees, 28 programs, and providing services in school districts throughout the Central Valley in California. Sierra Vista Child & Family Services has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

Sierra Vista Child & Family Services is a Mental Health Non-Profit Agency. We strengthen families and communities by transforming lives.

For anyone interested in data and performance in local government, check out this virtual information session that the C...
01/18/2021
City of Asheville to hold introduction to new Office of Data and Performance | The City of Asheville

For anyone interested in data and performance in local government, check out this virtual information session that the City of Asheville is holding to introduce its new Office of Data and Performance

Community is invited to attend, ask questions In December, the City of Asheville established the Office of Data and Performance to support a results-based, data-driven approach to the City programs and clear communication about what our programs intend to achieve, how they expect to achieve it.....

MPA student and alumni job seekers, the Town of Maxton, NC is seeking a Town Manager:
01/06/2021

MPA student and alumni job seekers, the Town of Maxton, NC is seeking a Town Manager:

Job opportunity with the City of Asheville!
12/15/2020
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

Job opportunity with the City of Asheville!

Due to impacts of COVID-19, we are postponing the hiring process for many of our positions at this time. We are fortunate to still be able to recruit for certain positions and will keep our postings up to date on our website. Please complete a job interest card (see Menu) to be notified as positions...

MPA and alumni job seekers, check out a great opportunity in the Planning Department in Jackson County:
12/14/2020
Jackson County

MPA and alumni job seekers, check out a great opportunity in the Planning Department in Jackson County:

Jackson County

Congratulations to MPA alumna Alison Alexander--the new Assistant County Manager in Catawba County, NC!
12/08/2020
Catawba County Government - Catawba County North Carolina

Congratulations to MPA alumna Alison Alexander--the new Assistant County Manager in Catawba County, NC!

Catawba County, North Carolina, is located in the western part of the state in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Exciting job opportunity with the City of Asheville:
12/02/2020
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

Exciting job opportunity with the City of Asheville:

Due to impacts of COVID-19, we are postponing the hiring process for many of our positions at this time. We are fortunate to still be able to recruit for certain positions and will keep our postings up to date on our website. Please complete a job interest card (see Menu) to be notified as positions...

MPA student and alumni job seekers, Buncombe County is hiring for a budget analyst position.
11/13/2020
NCLGBA Jobs – NCLGBA

MPA student and alumni job seekers, Buncombe County is hiring for a budget analyst position.

Budget Analyst, Buncombe County (closes 11/30/20) Lauren Brune NCLGBA Jobs, Current Jobs November 13, 2020 Click Here For the Full Description and/or to Apply for this Position Closing: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM Eastern Hiring Range: $65,580 – $86,893 annually Job Description: The Budget Analyst I perfo...

Join us virtually November 17th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM for our last Professional Development Series event of the semester! ...
11/11/2020

Join us virtually November 17th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM for our last Professional Development Series event of the semester! Outstanding alum and Fletcher Town Council Member, Preston Blakely, will be sharing on the topic of elected officials in local government.

Selma, NC is seeking a town manager. Applications can be sent to Lee Worsley with Triangle J Council of Governments. lwo...
10/21/2020
Employment Opportunities - Town of Selma, NC

Selma, NC is seeking a town manager. Applications can be sent to Lee Worsley with Triangle J Council of Governments. [email protected]

Additionally, these vacancies are advertised via Social Media and other relevant advertising resources, depending on the position. Announcements are also posted on the North Carolina Division of Employment Security website at https://www.ncworks.gov.

Just a reminder, there's still time to sign up for our virtual alumni and friends event tomorrow (Oct. 15) from 12-1. Dr...
10/14/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: WNC Public Policy Update . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Just a reminder, there's still time to sign up for our virtual alumni and friends event tomorrow (Oct. 15) from 12-1. Dr. Chris Cooper will be discussing Election 2020. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Register for free here: https://wcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdeupqDwrH9PG9WuQGssgACDoVoYGv_Ki

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: WNC Public Policy Update . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Congratulations Jesse!
10/14/2020

Congratulations Jesse!

The ALGC congratulates Jesse Fowler, WCU MPA alum, on his new position as Assistant Town Manager for Waynesville. Jesse will do great things in WNC and beyond!! Reach out to him and show your support for another local government professional.
CONGRATULATIONS, JESSE 🎉👍🍾

MPA Student and Alumni job seekers, the Town of Fairmont is seeking a town manager. For more information see the job des...
10/02/2020

MPA Student and Alumni job seekers, the Town of Fairmont is seeking a town manager. For more information see the job description and ad below.

MPA student and alumni job seekers, the Arthur Morgan School (AMS) invites applications for the position of Development ...
09/25/2020

MPA student and alumni job seekers, the Arthur Morgan School (AMS) invites applications for the position of Development Coordinator. Questions may be directed to Jessica Ruegg, [email protected], Chair of the Development Search Committee. See below for the job ad.

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Any Development Directors on here looking for an awesome non-profit to work with?
NC Guardian ad Litem is hiring 7 grant-funded full-time GAL Supervisors across the state! They will be based out of Harnett, Scotland, Martin, Union, Cabarrus, Pitt, and Macon counties. We are looking for folks who love working with volunteers! This is an excellent opportunity for MPA folks who want to work within the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. Let me know if you have questions about Guardian ad Litem! Find links to each position here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina
Hi friends, I'm a 2016 MPA alumnus and am looking for a dynamic person to talk with a group of teenagers about voting, answer some questions and encourage civic engagement. The 4-H Youth Leadership Council is set to talk about voting, and participate in an online youth voting platform at their virtual meeting on Sunday, November 1st at 7:30pm. They would like someone to educate them (ages 14-18) and answer questions. It will be pretty informal. I will be present to facilitate the conversation. A student could receive academic or service credit if that's useful. Are you interested? Do you know of a current undergrad or grad student who would be interested? Mostly I'm looking for someone who would be comfortable with teenagers who can also encourage their interest in being engaged citizens. Contact me at [email protected]
Anyone looking for a great opportunity to join the NC Guardian ad Litem Program?
Any MPA folks looking for a position in the Triangle? The org I work for is looking for a full-time Marketing & Outreach Coordinator!
FYI. Let's flood Hendo with some MPA folks!
Attention WCU MPAs: The second annual WNC Outdoor Economy Conference will be October 10 in Asheville. WCU hosted the first OEC on campus in Cullowhee last October and remains an integral part of this year's event, which has already grown to become one of the largest - if not THE largest - outdoor-themed conference east of the Mississippi! WCU students can still get reduced price tickets by entering Promotional Code STUDENTDEAL at https://outdooreconomy.org/ (students will be asked to show their student ID when checking-in). WCU staff, faculty, and alumni should enter Promotional Code OUTDOORPRO at https://outdooreconomy.org/. But hurry! Tickets are going fast!
FYI....
A criminal justice research position is open at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Students who are interested in criminal justice policy research should consider applying!
Take a look at the job openings at Land of Sky Regional Council. It's a perfect local government office to utilize your MPA degree.
Great opportunity in Macon County to work in the Guardian ad Litem Program!