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Human Resources

Throughout our county, Buncombe County employees work everyday to achieve our mission.

Our Mission

  • We promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life.
  • We provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust.
  • We deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

To achieve this mission, Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.


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Employment Opportunities

Note: Applicants must create an account in order to apply!
*Current Buncombe County Employees must apply through their Workday account.

About Applying

Buncombe County wants to find the best qualified people available to serve its citizens. Everyone who applies cannot be hired, but your application will be given every consideration.

Buncombe County is an equal opportunity employer. Firm practices and employment decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, assignment, promotion and compensation shall not be based on any individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law.


Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. Paper applications are not accepted.
A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Note:

  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required for employment.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.

Notice: Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources.

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Employee Benefits

Health & Dental Insurance

Buncombe County is committed to providing affordable quality health care coverage for our employees. With our PPO plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC), you may receive care in-network and out-of-network. However, if you visit an out-of-network provider, you are responsible for more of the costs for services. Having a PPO plan gives you the security of knowing you can receive care no matter where you are.

LGERS

Every full-time and part-time employee who works at least 1,000 hours per year becomes a member of the N.C. Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System. An employees' share of the cost is currently 6% of their compensation, and is automatically deducted from their paycheck. After five years of creditable service in the N.C. LGERS, employees are vested for purposes of retirement benefits in accordance with the eligibility requirements established by the State Department of the Treasurer, Retirement Systems Division.

BC FIT Wellness Program

Preventable conditions are a leading driver of health care costs. Preventable illness makes up approximately 90% of all health care costs and more than that, preventable illness also accounts for eight of the nine leading categories of death. Our Wellness Point Program is designed to help you prevent illness and be more active and healthy. The program is for employees who are enrolled on our health insurance plan.

Employee Health Clinic

The Buncombe County Employee & Family Health Clinic offers quick access to health care for County employees and their family members who are enrolled in one of our health insurance plans. The Employee Health Clinic offers health services at a low cost with little to no waiting time, no cost for generic drugs, and does not require employees to use their leave time when seen at the Clinic.

401(k)

The NC 401(k) Plan is a retirement savings plan available exclusively to North Carolina public employees who are actively contributing to one of the NC Retirement Systems. North Carolina state and local government employers offer this plan to help you reach your retirement savings goals. The plan allows employees to contribute by payroll deduction to an investment program which shall defer income taxes on both the employee’s investment and the income in the investment until a later date. Employees may select from a variety of investment plans. Buncombe County contributes an eight percent amount of the regular employee's salary to the plan. Additional employee participation is voluntary.

Short Term Disability

Short Term Disability benefits are payable when you become disabled due to an accident, sickness or pregnancy. Employees pay Short Term Disability benefits with after tax dollars therefore this is NOT taxable income. The amount elected to be paid per week is what they will receive. No taxes are withheld.

Life Insurance

Life insurance can be a safety net that catches a family when tragedy strikes. It can be the heart of a family’s financial security. No one likes thinking about it but if your family depends on you, then this is a subject you can’t avoid. Buncombe County currently provides, at no cost to employees, basic life insurance plus accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance. Employees may add the supplemental life insurance coverage.

457 Plan

Through payroll deduction, employees may defer a portion of their salary on a regular basis through the 457 Plan. The program provides a tax shelter and investment opportunity. Taxes on the deferred amount and earnings are deferred until they are withdrawn, usually at retirement or when one leaves employment with the county. Deferred amounts may be invested in one fund or in a combination of funds to maximize the investment return.

Additional Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Condition Care
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Leave Accrual
  • Annual PTO
  • County discounts at local businesses

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Why Buncombe?

We value diversity.

Building strong diverse teams is at the heart of everything we do. We seek a diverse professional workforce and recognize the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees. We are at our best when we build on each employee's unique experiences, talents, and perspectives.

Join our team and make a difference.

The work we do matters. From working to expand our economic development, to inspecting restaurants and pools, to preventing a disease epidemic or caring for one of our most vulnerable citizens, each of our employees has a role to play in building a strong, healthy, and vibrant community.

Buncombe County has an average of 1,600 employees who serve as sheriff deputies, nurses, social workers, librarians, emergency medical workers, park rangers, environmental health specialists, planners, tax assessors, administrators and more - all working to serve the citizens of Buncombe County.



Locate & Contact

Human Resources Department

Contact

Margaret Ellis
Interim Director
P: (828) 250-4166

Job Line
P: (828) 250-4183

Human Resources
200 College Street, First Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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