Employment Opportunities

The positions below are currently open with the City of Hendersonville.

To apply for open positions visit our career site or you may use the  Employment Application (PDF)

Please contact :

Jennifer Harrell, Human Resources Director
City of Hendersonville
160 Sixth Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Email: hremployment@hvlnc.gov

Phone: (828)697-3003
Fax: (828)697-8645

Any employment opportunities are shown below.



 Planning Division Manager

As part of the Community Development Department, the Planning Division Manager supervises the planning division’s review of development proposals to ensure compliance with current and long-range planning codes and regulations and supervises the division’s professional staff in carrying out this work. Work involves professional planning responsibilities managing all general planning issues for the City. Duties include staffing and consulting with boards and committees on development issues in the City including zoning, economic development, community appearance and related issues. Work involves coordination with a variety of other local and state jurisdictions and agencies and considerable knowledge of the planning field and local ordinances, and extensive public contact skills. Performs other work as assigned. 

The employee should have comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, land use and zoning related to long range planning, current planning and the comprehensive planning process; working knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to the wide variety of planning topics; skill in working with committees, task forces and other groups; ability to solve complex problems through review and assessment of relevant information, development of alternatives and implementation of solutions; ability to address and prioritize customer service demands with provision of ongoing and deadline driven land development process management; ability to prepare and present technical communication clearly, in written and oral form, to a wide variety of audiences with varied understanding of the field of planning; knowledge of principles of personnel management, training and performance evaluation. 

This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; and up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

 Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Landscape Architecture or similar related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible professional planning experience in the management and supervision of planning departments; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in planning in the public sector which will provide for the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to adequately perform the essential duties. Valid driver’s license, Certified Zoning Official, Certified Housing Code Official (desired) AICP Certification (desired).

The position is in pay grade 22 with a hiring salary of $57,264. Hiring salary will be determined based on qualifications and internal equity. 

To apply: Complete a  City of Hendersonville application, upload resume and cover letter. The position is open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Police Chief

Hendersonville, located in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, is seeking a change agent to be its “top cop.”  The next Chief of Police must have a track record of proactive and innovative law enforcement leadership, particularly during challenging times, being merely a manager is not enough. The Chief is expected to be engaged both internally and externally, trusting his or her staff to manage incidents but involved with officers, fellow department heads, citizens, and partners in multiple jurisdictional agreements.

The department will move into a new Police Headquarters in 2021. This is the ideal opportunity for the next chief to launch a new era for the Hendersonville Police Department (HPD).

The Chief of Police reports to the City Manager and is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Police Chief will be responsible for leading a well-equipped Department in a community that is supportive and demands high levels of service and engagement. The Department has a $ 5.7 million Budget, 45 sworn personnel, and 11 support personnel in four divisions: administration, support services, patrol services and criminal investigations.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include 7 years of executive-level experience at the rank of Captain or higher.  Must possess current advanced NC LE certification or be eligible to acquire.  A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC.  The hiring range is $85,000 to $100,000 with negotiation within the range based on credentials and experience. The City offers outstanding benefits. 

To apply, go to https://agency.governmentjobs.com/developmentalassociates/default.cfm and click on the Chief of Police - Hendersonville link, to learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: https://developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/).  All applications must be fully completed listing your time at each rank and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume.

Application review begins October 11, 2020.  Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on November 11-12, 2020 will require 3-4 hours of time on those days, not including preparation.   Interviews with the City Manager will follow at a subsequent time.   All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com. Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Police Telecommunicator                                                          

 The City of Hendersonville is seeking a Police Telecommunicator. An employee in this class is responsible for receiving service calls from the public, prioritizing calls, dispatching appropriate public safety officials, and maintaining open lines of communication with public safety during emergency situations. Emphasis of the work is on taking emergency calls from citizens or businesses, data entry into emergency CAD dispatch consoles, providing information and referral to the public, and communicating with police officials during emergencies. The employee must have the ability to handle multiple situations at a time and the ability to make decisions quickly under stressful situations. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Communications Supervisor.

The employee should have knowledge of the operation and use of computer aided dispatching equipment; knowledge of FCC communications signals in lieu of voice traffic; knowledge of various support manuals and resources such as call books, HAZMAT manual, tactical dispatch manual, and other standard operating procedural manuals; some knowledge of current telecommunications practices and procedures as well as practices and procedures used in the police and fire departments ; some knowledge of city geography and street locations. The employee should have the ability to manage multiple situations at once under stressful conditions; ability to operate a computer terminal, telephones, radios, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) consoles; ability to sit for long periods of time in low light with multiple computer screens ;ability to enter information on a call while talking to a citizen, or police providing service; ability understand or comprehend calls made with different accents or broken English; ability to read maps quickly, scan warrant files, and review recorded tapes ;ability to calmly communicate with people in emergency and stressful situations and document actions taken. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Employee should have the ability to work all shifts. Work in this position is sedentary requiring exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Employee must have the visual acuity to operate a computer terminal. Focused concentration for extended periods of time causing fatigue without periodic breaks is an occupational hazard. The work area is devoid of primary lighting due to visibility requirement of multiple computer screens.

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school or GED equivalency. Some prior experience in a dispatch function or extensive public contact role. Prior experience in a law enforcement or fire/EMS environment is desired

Special Requirements: NC DCI Certification and NCAWARE and CJLEADS training.

Hiring salary: $31,866

To apply: Complete a  City of Hendersonville application, . The position is open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.                                      

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Water & Sewer Operations Manager                       

The City of Hendersonville has a great opportunity for a dynamic and innovative individual interested in working in vibrate city with a growing combined urban/rural water and sewer system located in western North Carolina. This position will report to the utilities director and will be responsible for all field operations including water distribution and sewer collections systems with over 680-miles of water mains, over 200-miles of sewer mains and over 100-above ground facilities (pump stations and tanks).

The Operations Manager will help plan, organize, direct, and supervise utility field operations staff including 48-employees) and programs including leak detection and repair, sewer inflow/infiltration reduction, repair and replacement program, preventive maintenance, warehouse/inventory control operations and dispatching. This position will also assist in the establishment of department priorities and formulating long range capital plans, assist in monitoring the department’s performance and suggest actions which will increase the department’s level of service for our customers and to the community. The ideal candidate is a decisive, results-oriented leader with a strong customer service orientation and strong interpersonal skills.

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or civil engineering or two-year degree in environmental science or civil engineering technology or closely related field or a combination of education and experience required.  Individual is required to have North Carolina water distribution, sewer collections and cross-connection state certification or ability to obtain in a timely manner. Qualifications include at least five (5) years progressively responsible water/sewer or engineering experience preferably including the construction and maintenance of water and sewer infrastructure, along with four (4) years supervisory experience or similar experience with water and sewer systems.

The salary range for this position is $57,264 - $87,141. Compensation will be determined based on qualifications and experience. To apply: Complete a  City of Hendersonville application, upload resume and cover letter. Send questions to hremployment@hvlnc.gov. The position is open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 Zoning Enforcement Officer

As part of the Community Development Department, the Zoning Enforcement Officer performs work providing professional enforcement of the City’s Zoning, Nuisance and Minimum Housing Ordinances. Work includes inspecting sites, interpreting and explaining ordinances to the public, and working with owners to comply with local rules and regulations. Work involves processing enforcement paperwork and may require appearance in court cases, responds to and investigates zoning ordinance violations, conducts on-site inspections, enforces ordinances and issues citations. Performs other work as assigned.

The employee should have thorough knowledge of technical ordinances, codes and regulations pertaining to land use, zoning, subdivision, site design and minimum code areas; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of zoning and other code enforcement functions; thorough knowledge of legal procedures related to enforcement of laws and ordinances and regulations;  considerable knowledge of governmental laws, programs and services related to the code enforcement processes and procedures ;ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms ; ability to enforce ordinances and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, associates and the general public; ability to interpret local ordinances, rules and regulations; ability to document and complete required records and reports ;skill in conflict resolution; computer applications; research related to code enforcement duties. 

This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; and up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects. Work is performed primarily in an environmentally controlled office subject to typical office noise but is also required to work outdoors occasionally in periods of cold, heat and other environmental conditions. 

Education: The position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s Degree with experience in Zoning Law, Zoning Administration, Planning or related field. 

Experience: One or more years’ experience in code enforcement or related field. Customer service experience preferred. Valid driver’s license and Certified Zoning Official or ability to obtain within twelve months of hire.

 The position is in pay grade 12 with a hiring salary $35,155. Hiring salary will be determined based on qualifications and internal equity. 

To apply: Complete a  City of Hendersonville application, upload resume and cover letter. The position will be open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.