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The City of Roanoke Rapids is now accepting applications for the following positions:

Parks & Recreation Director 

Parks & Recreation

The City of Roanoke Rapids is seeking an experienced recreation executive to lead and help shape the future of Roanoke Rapids Parks & Recreation as our next Parks & Recreation Director!  This position guides and supports all aspects of the Roanoke Rapids Parks & Recreation Department to achieve its mission to provide well-rounded programming for all ages and to provide safe, attractive and clean park, recreational, library and museum facilities.  As a department head, the Parks & Recreation Director reports to the City Manager and actively contributes as a member of the City Leadership team in achieving citywide goals and objectives established by Roanoke Rapids City Council.

Job Duties

  • Leads all aspects of the City's parks & recreation services; regularly meets with department staff to clarify mission and objectives; builds a team atmosphere that includes obtaining input on issues and decisions and ensuring all are informed
  • Develop and manage recreational planning documents with community input; supervise and participate in the application of grants
  • Recruits, selects and oversees the training of department personnel; advises, directs and consults with department staff on matters of training, work assignments and scheduling, work performance, promotions and other personnel matters
  • Establishes department policies, sets priorities and reviews performance expectations; recommends and directs changes as needed
  • Supervises the preparation of and recommends annual budgets in consultation with City Manager; administer budgeted funds effectively
  • Receives and investigates public inquiries and complaints concerning recreational activities and services
  • Oversees the preparation of periodic reports of recreational activities; analyzes data trends; presents findings to department staff, City administration, elected officials and citizens
  • Promote department mission, goals, activities and achievements to the general public on a regular basis; build a positive and productive relationship with the community we serve
  • Build collaborative relationships with community partners including public, charter and private school administrations, youth sporting associations, corporate sponsors, civic organization leaders and more; utilize network to deliver a variety of programs and services to the community
  • perform other related duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in park & recreation management, natural resource management, public administration or another closely related field

Certifications: Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Certified Park and Recreational Executive (CPRE) and/or other applicable national or state-level certifications

Experience: a minimum of seven (7) years of Parks & Recreation experience with at least five (5) years in a supervisory/management role

or an equivalent combination of education, certifications and years of experience

Other Requirements: possession of a valid North Carolina drivers license and primary residence is located within a reasonable distance to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina within first twelve (12) months of employment

TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest along with resume and completed City of Roanoke Rapids application to the City of Roanoke Rapids Human Resources Department.  Position is open until filled; however, first review of resumes will occur no later than April 26, 2024.

Main Street Development Director


The City of Roanoke Rapids seeks a highly motivated leader with experience in community, business and downtown development services to serve as our next Main Street Development Director!  This position coordinates activity within the Roanoke Rapids Main Street program that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development.  The Main Street Development Director is responsible for the development, conduct, execution and documentation of the local Main Street program as well as being the principal on-site staff person to represent the community regionally, statewide and nationally as appropriate.  The position reports to the City Manager.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate activity of the Main Street program committees, ensuring that communication between the committees is well established; assist committees with implementation of work plan items.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of the Roanoke Rapids Main Street program including all reporting required by the State Main Street agency and the National Main Street Center.
  • Assist the local board of directors, committees and other stakeholders in the development of an annual action plan for implementing downtown revitalization programs.  The plan should include a five-year vision for downtown, an organizational mission with economic development strategies with implementation focused on four core areas: Design/ Historic Preservation; Promotion; Organization/ Management; Economic Vitality/ Development.
  • Assist tenant and property owners with physical building improvement projects including advice and guidance on applicable financial mechanisms available.
  • Encourage a cooperative climate between stakeholders and public officials.
  • Assess current downtown management programs and encourage improvements on community's ability to carry out various promotional events, business recruitment activities and more.
  • Advise downtown stakeholders on local Main Street program goals and activities; help coordinate joint promotional events that attract people to downtown
  • Help build strong and productive working relationships with various public agencies at the local and state levels
  • Utilizing the Main Street program format, develop and maintain data systems to track the process and progress of the local Main Street program.
  • Represent the community at the local, regional, state and national levels.  Speak effectively on the program's direction and findings, always mindful of the need to improve state and national economic development policies as they relate to smaller communities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in Architecture, Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Public Administration or another closely related field

Certifications: Preferred candidates possess MSARP or comparable professional designation or can obtain MSARP within first three (3) years of employment

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of experience in community development, business recruitment and retention, or downtown development

OR an equivalent combination of education and years of experience.

Other Requirements: Possession of a valid NC driver's license

TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest along with resume and completed City of Roanoke Rapids application to the City of Roanoke Rapids Human Resources Department.  Position is open until filled.

Firefighter Applicant Pool

The City of Roanoke Rapids is accepting Firefighter applications to establish an eligibility list (applicant pool) from which selections will be made as positions become available. 

An employee in this position performs general fire fighting work including but not limited to preparing equipment for responding to fire calls, fighting fires, fire salvage and equipment/ fire vehicle maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be of good character, be in good physical condition and pass a drug test
  • Must be high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • Must have or be able to obtain a North Carolina or Virginia Class B driver's license
  • Must have WorkKeys Silver Certificate (or higher) | Contact Halifax Community College for more information (252-536-6393)
  • Firefighter experience preferred but not required

Essential Duties and Tasks:

  • Provides responses to fires and emergency calls; participates in hazardous material response and prevention programs.
  • Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fire including rescue, entry, ventilation and salvage work.
  • Performs routine maintenance and servicing of equipment including washing and waxing trucks, checking batteries, checking fuel and oil levels, cleaning and drying hoses, inspecting hose and hose connections, etc.
  • Participates in continuing education training programs.
  • Reports facility maintenance, radio, vehicle and equipment problems to appropriate level of authority.
  • Attends in-service classes to maintain current knowledge of fire suppression and emergency medical technology.
  • Participate in physical trainings.

Applicants MUST Submit a City of Roanoke Rapids FIRE Application

Applicant Pool Applications Are Accepted Year Round

Sanitation Worker

Public Works

An employee in this position works as a member of a crew led by a Sanitation Equipment Operator in loading and unloading refuse over an established route.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • must be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • must have a valid NC driver's license

Position Open Until Filled

Street Maintenance Worker

Public Works

An employee in this class must be able to perform a variety of semi-skilled and manual labor tasks related to the maintenance of streets, storm drains, driveways, cemetery and public buildings and grounds.

Job Duties:

  • perform a variety of maintenance tasks such as cutting lawns, painting, use power hand equipment, repairing driveways, replacing storm drainpipes, repairing curb and gutter
  • perform various horticultural and ground maintenance items; perform building maintenance tasks and operating some light equipment
  • responds to public requests and questions with courtesy and tact
  • operates all equipment necessary to complete assigned tasks such as tractors, hand tools and mowing machines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • must have good communication and customer service skills
  • must be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • must possess a valid class C NC driver's license

Position Open Until Filled

Cemetery Groundskeeper

Public Works

An employee in this position is responsible for assisting in the groundskeeping operations of Cedarwood Cemetery.

Job Duties:

  • assist with the care for and maintain public landscaping and grounds around and within Cedarwood cemetery
  • gather and organize materials for each project
  • ensure that litter is picked up
  • responsible for fertilizing, pruning, cutting, and trimming all greenery, removing snow and ice, raking leaves and provide other maintenance tasks
  • maintain cemetery and grave sites

Minimum Qualifications:

  • experience operating various related equipment such as a weed-eater and lawnmower
  • must be a high school graduate or hold GED certificate
  • must have a valid NC driver's license

Position Open Until Filled

(Part Time)

Public Works Worker

Public Works

An employee in this position performs skilled technical and trades work in the maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, facilities and equipment.  Job duties include but are not limited to grass cutting, leaf collection, street sign maintenance and other duties necessary within the Public Works Department.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • must be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • must have a valid NC driver's license

Position Open Until Filled

Property Maintenance/ Custodial Worker

Parks & Recreation

An employee in this class performs manual labor involving a variety of building maintenance and custodial tasks.  Work involves the use of a variety of tools and light equipment.  Regular duties include cleaning floors, windows, bathrooms, replacing simple light bulbs and fixtures, event set ups and routine cleaning functions.  Work is performed under the supervision of designated employee(s) in the Maintenance division and is evaluated through observation and inspection to determine the thoroughness in carrying out assigned duties.

Job Duties:

  • Cleans buildings; vacuums, mops, sweeps, dusts, cleans restrooms and restroom fixtures, cleans windows, cleans carpets, buffs and waxes floors, etc.
  • Stock restrooms with applicable products such as paper towels, toilet paper and soap.
  • Operates equipment such as floor waxers, vacuum cleaners; maintains necessary inventory of cleaning supplies.
  • Cleans grass out of flower beds and leaves/debris away from facilities.
  • Collects litter from facilities grounds and entryways.
  • Sets up tables and chairs at facilities for events and meetings.
  • Participates in the City's safety programs and adheres to all safety procedures and policies of the department.
  • Transport materials to and from facilities as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess working knowledge of custodial and property maintenance unskilled work.
  • Must be able to physically perform basic life functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking and hearing.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 30lbs of force frequently and up to 10lbs of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must be a high school graduate or hold GED certificate.
  • Must have a valid NC driver's license

Position Open Until Filled

(Part Time) Building Supervisor

Parks & Recreation

An employee in this position may include any of the Parks & Recreation facilities:

 -  T J Davis Recreation                -  Aquatic Center                   -  Jo Story Senior Center

 -  Chaloner Recreation Center       - Canal Museum                 -  Roanoke Rapids Public Library

 -  Kirkwood Adams Community Center         - Lloyd Andrews City Meeting Hall 

This employee will supervise scheduled activities and is the City's point of contact during these activities.

Hours are mainly evenings and weekends according to activities that are scheduled.


Position is Open Until Filled

   The City of Roanoke Rapids is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Applications may be obtained at www.roanokerapidsnc.com

(click on Employment Application on right hand side of this page)

or may be picked up at City Hall – 1040 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC 

Christina Caudle – Human Resources Director – City of Roanoke Rapids 

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Phone: (252) 533-2845 – Fax (252) 537-2097

Leaf Collection Notification

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    The Property Maintenance Department collects loose leaves November - February. Crews work an assigned route and cannot take special requests or special arrangements. Loose leaf piles should be placed behind the curb or edge of pavement without blocking the sidewalk or street. Do not rake or blow...

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