District Manager

South Adams County Water & Sanitation District | Commerce City, CO

Posted Date 9/16/2021

Special District is seeking an experienced District Manager
to lead us into our next chapter!


The South Adams County Water and Sanitation District (the District) is a Colorado special district formed in 1951 to provide water and sanitary sewer services to a 65 square mile area now known as Commerce City and surrounding areas in unincorporated Adams County. With about 100 employees and an annual budget of $90,000,000, the District currently serves a population of approximately 65,000 customers and provides drinking water and wastewater treatment to its ratepayers. It recently constructed a $60 million-dollar centralized water softening treatment facilitating utilizing innovative technology. 

The District’s current Manager is retiring after a long career with the District. The District is searching for a Manager who is primed to lead the District in a brand-new chapter, which will bring such challenges as adaptation to state-of-the-art technology, growth and expansion opportunities, as well as a continued commitment to providing affordable and sustainable quality water and sewer services to its customers. 

This position serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the District under the direction of the District Board of Directors. The District Manager is responsible for all aspects of the efficient and cost-effective operations and administration of the District.


  • Advise the Board on all matters relating to the planning, development, administration, and operation of District departments.
  • Oversee, plan, and coordinate all activities of the District’s human resources, administrative services, water systems, wastewater systems, and distribution and collection systems departments.
  • Manage and oversee a highly effective staff and organization including direct supervision of department managers and human resources generalist. Directly, and through subordinate supervisors, develop, maintain, and retain an effective staff inclusive of but not limited to recruiting, training, mentoring, directing and assigning work, and appraising performance.
  • Plan and execute short- and long-range business strategy of the District. Review activities, costs, operations, forecasts, and other relevant information to determine progress towards strategic goals.
  • Establish and administer District rules, regulations, and personnel policies to ensure effective programs and efficient operations, in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.
  • Prepare annual and long-range operating and capital expenditure budgets to ensure the District is operated in a fiscally responsible manner. Support access to capital at all stages of commercialization and budget.
  • Oversee compensation and evaluation philosophy and implementation in accordance with direction set forth by the Board.
  • Manage public relations with District employees, customers, governmental entities, and news media to ensure effective communications and timely responses to all inquiries. Share District success stories with the community.
  • Attend District, Board of Director, and relevant industry and outside agency meetings.
  • Positively represent the District with various private parties, public and governmental committees, associations, groups, municipalities, and developers. Promotes a professional image of the District at all times.
  • Foster a county-wide culture of collaboration with our programs and events.
  • Cultivate a supportive, innovation-friendly business climate for employees and community.
  • Work collaboratively with industry partners in advancing efficient use of water resources.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, finance, civil engineering, environmental science, water resources or related field, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • A minimum of ten (10) years related experience in wastewater or water utility management
  • A minimum of five (5) years management and leadership experience required, with demonstrated leadership providing coaching, mentoring and feedback
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning and problem solving
  • Demonstrated strong communication and presentation skills
  • Computer skills including proficient knowledge of MS Office products, and the ability to analyze and make recommendations on other programs including asset management software, SCADA technology, records management, GIS, meter reading systems, and billing and accounting systems

The successful candidate has:

  • Knowledge of Colorado water rights and applicable Colorado regulations pertaining to water and wastewater
  • A strong commitment to community, communication, and innovation
  • Demonstrated experience with or working knowledge of communities similar to the District’s service area
  • A leadership style that embodies the District’s mission, values, and core competencies of: Customer Focus, Communication, Integrity, Teamwork and Appropriate Job Skills
  • Proven success in a leadership role with a governmental water and/or sanitary sewer provider
  • Experience administering an enterprise that provides highly regulated services
  • Previous experience working with or reporting to a Board of Directors, preferably a publicly elected Board
  • The ability to collaborate with the community and keep the District’s community members and stakeholders top of mind regarding internal operational, economic development, and growth goals


  • Expected annual salary range of $120,000 - $190,000
  • Comprehensive health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision
    • Kaiser DHMO or POS – Up to 100% employer paid with meeting wellness goals
    • Delta Dental PPO and Premier – 100% employer paid
    • EyeMed Voluntary Vision
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA
  • Retirement Benefits
    • 457(b) – Eligible immediately
    • 401(a) – 5% employee and employer contribution following one year of employment
  • Paid Time Off
  • Nine paid holidays and one personal day
  • 100% employer-paid Life and Accidental Death & Disability insurance, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Employee Assistance Program
  • Additional benefits include wellness programs and events, legal plan, supplemental life and accident insurance, pet insurance, and discount partners

South Adams County Water and Sanitation District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements, the District complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The District will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.

The District expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of The District employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a drug screen and background check prior to employment.

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Local Government
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