A draft of the job advertisement for the next town manager for Chapel Hill has been posted after a discussion at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday night.

The public can submit comments on the draft job posting until 10 p.m. Thursday, March 8, before it is scheduled to be posted and distributed on Friday, March 9.

The advertisement says the town is searching for a “thoughtful, equity and social justice-oriented leader” for the next manager, who will be replacing Roger Stancil. Stancil announced last fall that, after 12 years serving as Chapel Hill’s town manager, he would be retiring in 2018.

The manager’s office oversees the town’s more than 700 employees across 13 departments and a town budget of more than $107 million.

The manager reports to the town’s mayor and eight council members.

The draft job posting list high priorities for the next manager as “continuing to implement Chapel Hill 2020, completion of the land use management ordinance revision, superior financial management, managing capital projects – including aging infrastructure – and debt service, advocating and planning for affordable housing, and supporting economic development opportunities.”

The post also says the new manager will need to “balance competing interests and find effective solutions to challenges.”

The minimum starting salary is listed at $180,000, adding that salary will be negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

Candidates have to apply through Developmental Associates, which is managing the recruitment and selection process.

Review of applications will begin on April 6. Semi-finalists will then participate in on-site assessments in Chapel Hill on May 31 – June 1. Mayor Pam Hemminger has previously said the town is hoping to name a new manager in June who would then take over as Stancil retires later in the year.

Three public input sessions were held over the last week to allow for comments from residents as to what they would like to see in the next town manager.

More information from the town is available here.