Client Openings/Process

Developmental Associates serves educational, government and nonprofit organizations in recruiting, screening, promotion and selection for key leadership positions. Employers choose us because we offer rigorous screening and assessment of candidates using multiple methods of assessment of candidate’s skills to ensure the best fit for both the applicant and the organization.

Our Process

Developmental Associates is contracted by employers to assist with recruitment and/or screening of applicants.  We want to ensure that applicant experience and credentials are communicated in a consistent manner to our clients. To that end we have an on-line application process powered by NEOGOV that ensures all applicants are compared against the same hiring criteria, which is determined through a comprehensive analysis of the job, the organization, and conversations with key stakeholders.

While applicants apply through Developmental Associates, we present all candidate application materials to the employer for consideration. Candidates who meet the minimum and preferred requirements are typically given higher consideration at the first stage  The hiring entity – be it a Board, Council, Search Team, or Manager – determines who will be invited to participate in the next step of “Secondary Screening” which can include a phone interview, written answers to questions related to the job, and/or an assessment of emotional intelligence competencies. The secondary screening step is intended to go beyond evaluation of your credentials and work experience to provide the decision makers with more detail about your breadth and depth of experience and your skills.

Once again, Developmental Associates presents all data to the decision makers who will then decide whom to invite to the next stage which usually occurs on-site and consists of an internal series of interviews or an assessment center which Developmental Associates develops and facilitates.  (When involving a governmental employer, this process of sharing information requires applicants to provide a “limited confidentiality waiver” allowing us to share the information with those at the employing organization who are involved with the hiring process.   If you apply, you will be asked to consent to this condition in order to have your application shared with and considered by the employer.  We are required by law to maintain confidentiality.)  Depending on how many people are invited to this stage (typically 6-7 for government positions and 3-4 for educational institutions), some organizations conduct another round of interviews to assess “mutual fit” between the organization and the top 1-2 candidates.

Developmental Associates always recommends that clients conduct a thorough background check, which, depending on the position can include motor vehicle records, criminal records, drug tests, media searches, and/or detailed references. We will recommend professionals to carry out that step, if the client desires.

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Learn about Positions We’ve Filled:

Education Leaders

  • Admissions Director – Gaston Day
  • Executive Director – Lake Lure Classical Academy
  • HR Director – Cannon School
  • HR Director – Guildford Technical and Community College, Jamestown, NC
  • Director of Institutional Advancement – Ashley Hall School, Charleston, SC
  • Director of Institutional Technology, Cannon School
  • Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management – Ashley Hall School, Charleston, SC

Public Sector Managers

  • Assistant City Manager of Community Services – Reidsville, NC
  • Town Manager, Clayton, NC
  • Town Manager, Garner, NC
  • City Manager, Burlington, NC
  • City Manager, Brevard, NC
  • Town Manager, Cary, NC
  • Town Manager, Weaverville, NC (2010)
  • City Manager, Rocky Mount
  • Town Manager, Fuquay Varina
  • Town Manager, Waynesville
  • RDU Airport Authority Director
  • Assistant City Manager, Greensboro, NC (2 positions)
  • Deputy City Manager, Durham, NC
  • Town Manager, Hendersonville, NC
  • Town Manager – Town of Morrisville, NC
  • Assistant City Managers (Two Positions) – Charlotte, NC
  • Deputy City Manager – City of Asheville, NC
  • City Manager – Monroe, NC
  • County Manager – Transylvania County (Brevard County Seat), NC
  • Town Manager, Rutherfordton, NC
  • City Manager – City of High Point, NC
  • Town Manager, Mills River, NC
  • Assistant County Manager – Cumberland County, NC
  • Executive Director – Triangle J – Council of Governments
  • Town Manager – Wake Forest. NC
  • City Manager – Reidsville, NC
  • Town Manager, Weaverville, NC (2015)
  • General Manager/ CEO – Go Triangle (Formerly Triangle Transit)
  • City Manager, Burlington, NC
  • Town Manager, Lake Lure, NC
  • City Manager, Rocky Mount, NC
  • City Manager, Concord, NC
  • Deputy City Manager, Wilmington, NC
  • Town Manager, Rolesville, NC
  • Town Manager, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Town Manager, Holly Springs, NC
  • Town Manager, Wendell, NC

Public Sector Department Heads

  • Assistant City Engineer, Fayetteville, NC
  • Assistant City Manager – Rocky Mount, NC
  • Assistant Director of Public Services – Fayetteville, NC
  • Assistant Health Director – Mecklenburg County
    • Case Management
    • Clinical Services
    • Population Health
    • Preventive Health
    • Internal Health Administrator
  • Assistant Town Manager/Director of Public Services – Town of Southern Pines, NC
  • Assistant Town Manager/ Planner – Elon, NC
  • Assistant Town Manager – Garner, NC
  • Assistant Director – Chapel Hill Transit, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Assistant Parks and Recreation Director – Town of Chapel Hill, NC
  • Assistant Director – Durham Parks and Recreation, Durham, NC
  • Animal Control Director, Cumberland County, NC
  • Animal Services Director, Onslow County, NC
  • Auditor – Onslow County, NC
  • Budget and Evaluation Director – Winston-Salem, NC
  • Budget and Management Services Director, Wake County, NC
  • Chief Financial Officer – City of Winston-Salem, NC
  • Chief Information Officer – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Chief Information Officer  – Durham County
  • Chief Information Officer – City of Greensboro
  • Chief Information Officer – Winston-Salem
  • Chief Talent Officer – Chapel Hill, NC
  • City Attorney – Monroe, NC
  • City Attorney, City of Wilmington, NC
  • City Clerk, Durham, NC
  • Community Development Director, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Corporate Communications and Marketing Director – Charlotte, NC
  • County Attorney, Cumberland County, NC
  • Deputy Director – Field Operations  – Greensboro, NC
  • Development Services Director – Rocky Mount, NC
  • Development Services Director, Waynesville, NC
  • Director of Administrative Services, Southern Pines, NC
  • Director of Engineering and Utilities, Brevard, NC
  • Director of Human Resources, Greensboro, NC
  • Director of Human Resources – Reidsville, NC
  • Director of Planning and Development Services – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Director of Planning, City and County of Durham, NC
  • Director of Water Resources, Greensboro, NC
  • Director of Transportation, Greensboro, NC
  • Downtown Development Director – City of Wilson, NC
  • DSS Director, Macon County, NC
  • DSS Director, Transylvania County, NC
  • Economic  and Community Development Director, Fayetteville, NC
  • Economic Development Director, Garner, NC
  • Economic Development and Business Services Manager – City of Greensboro, NC
  • Economic Development Director – Vance County, NC
  • Emergency Communications Center Director – Durham, NC
  • Engineering and Infrastructure Director, Fayetteville, NC
  • Engineering and Inspections Director – Greensboro, NC
  • Engineer, City of Burlington, NC
  • Engineer, Town of Morrisville, NC
  • EMS Director – Durham County
  • Emergency Medical Services Director, Onslow County, NC
  • Emergency Communications Director, Chatham County, NC
  • Finance Director, City of Charlotte, NC
  • Finance Director – Davidson, NC
  • Finance Director, Town of Garner, NC
  • Finance Director, Morrisville, NC
  • Finance Director, Town of Black Mountain, NC
  • Finance Director, Land of Sky Regional Council, Asheville, NC
  • Finance Director, Transylvania County, NC
  • Financial Controller – Agri Supply Company – Garner, NC
  • Fire Marshall, Greensboro, NC
  • HR Director, Brevard, NC
  • HR Director, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
  • HR Director, Town of Garner, NC
  • HR Director, Durham County, NC
  • HR Director, City of Raleigh, NC
  • HR Director, City of Laurinburg, NC
  • HR Director, Town of Wake Forest, NC
  • Human Relations Director – Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission
  • Inspections Director – Morrisville, NC
  • Internal Auditor – Rocky Mount, NC
  • IT Director – Onslow County, NC
  • Library Director, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Library Director, Greensboro, NC
  • Library Director – Onslow County, NC
  • Management Information Systems Director – Chatham County, NC
  • Medical Director, Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Neighborhood Development Director, Greensboro, NC
  • Parks and Recreation Director, Town of Garner, NC
  • Parks and Recreation Director, Town of Wake Forest, NC
  • Parks and Recreation Director, City of Greensboro, NC
    • Parks and Recreation Deputy Director – City of Greensboro, NC
    • Parks and Recreation Park Management and Operations Manager – City of Greensboro, NC
    • Parks and Recreation Division Manager, City of Greensboro, NC
  • Parks and Recreation Director, Onslow County, NC
  • Recreation and Parks Director – Winston-Salem, NC
  • Planning Director – City of Greensboro, NC
  • Planning Director – City of Burlington, NC
  • Public Health Department, Mecklenburg County, NC
    • Assistant Health Director – Case Management and Health/Community Partnerships
    • Assistant Health Director – Population Health
    • Assistant Health Director – Preventive Health
    • Internal Health Administrator
  • Public Health Nursing Director – Onslow County
  • Public Works Director – Reidsville, NC
  • Sanitation Superintendent, City of Burlington, NC
  • Social Work Program Manager – Onslow County, NC
  • Solid Waste Management Director – Cumberland County, NC
  • Solid Waste Director – Fayetteville, NC
  • Solid Waste Manager, Fayetteville, NC
  • Strategic Communications Manager, Wilson, NC
  • Tax Administrator – Cumberland County, NC
  • Town Attorney, Town of Chapel Hill, NC
  • Vehicle Maintenance Director, Onslow County, NC
  • Veteran Services Director, Onslow County, NC

Public Safety Selection

Chief of Police  

Municipal/ County


  • Fayetteville State University
  • NC State University
  • UNC Asheville – (Chief and Assistant Chief)
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Charlotte
  • UNC Pembroke
  • UNC Wilmington (Deputy Chief)
  • Wake Forest University
  • Campus Police Chief – Guilford Technical and Community College, Jamestown, NC

Fire Chief

  • Asheboro, NC
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Clinton, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Kernersville, NC
  • Matthews, NC
  • Morrisville, NC
  • Wilson, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Zebulon, NC

Public Safety Promotional Processes


  • Apex, NC
  • Asheboro, NC
  • Asheville, NC
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, NC
  • Hanover, NH
  • Matthews, NC
  • New Bern, NC
  • RDU Airport Authority
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Southern Pines, NC
  • Thomasville, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Wilson, NC
  • Wrightsville Beach, NC

Campus Policing

  • Duke University
  • NC State University
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Greensboro
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University

Fire Safety

  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Kernersville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC

  • Executive Director, NC Independent Schools Athletic Association
  • Executive Director – Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, Durham, NC
  • Executive Director – The Arc of North Carolina
  • Executive Director – Disability Rights, NC
  • Program Director – MusicWorks!, An El Sistema Inspired Program of the Asheville Symphony


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