The City of Newport News, Virginia, is searching for a Waterworks Director to oversee all water utility functions, develop staff within the department, and serve as a member of the executive leadership team. The Director will lead a team of highly competent staff committed to providing exceptional water and ensuring continued environmental and operational integrity, regulatory compliance, safety, and security of the water system. The Director develops, implements, and manages the complex operating and capital budget and makes recommendations to City Management regarding water utility, its rates, and future needs. The Director is also responsible for the supervision of all Newport News Waterworks staff and the administration of human resources policies and procedures within the department. The Director sets the strategic direction for the department, aligning work plans and complex projects to best achieve Council goals and priorities. In addition to internal leadership, the position has a critical external role engaging the community and establishing positive working relationships with regional stakeholders, the local media, and intergovernmental partners.
The Director reports directly to the Assistant City Manager and currently has nine (9) direct reports.
Minimum requirements are any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, engineering, or a related field and 10 years of progressively responsible experience in water utility management. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience is also required.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, PE, and experience in a complex water utility. Demonstrated experience of leadership, employee engagement, oversight of multiple complex capital projects, successful adaptation to new technology, and helping achieve organizational and community goals are preferred and should be addressed in the cover letter or resume.
The anticipated hiring range is $130,000-$160,000, depending on qualifications. Benefits offered include the following: Health, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance; Retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS); Deferred compensation; Flexible spending accounts; Employee Assistance Program (EAP); Discounted fitness center memberships. Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Open until filled with the first review on October 9, 2020.