The DuPage Water Commission (DPWC) is seeking a General Manager. DPWC is the second largest water supply system in the State of Illinois, providing potable water to 27 DuPage County municipalities and agencies. Its headquarters are located in Elmhurst, Illinois, less than a half hour west of Chicago.
The DuPage Water Commission serves a population of approximately 928,000 based on the 2020 census, and serves an area of over 400 square miles. The General Manager is responsible for assets and investments worth more than $567 million, supported by a $123 million budget and 38 full-time employees. The staff includes three engineers and a microbiologist. DPWC has achieved an AAA bond rating. The General Manager position is open due to the upcoming retirement of the current General Manager following 10 years in the position. The current General Manager will retire in February 2022 and the Board desires to have his successor in place to allow some overlap in duties and to fully orient the new General Manager into the position.
This position requires a minimum of 10 years progressive administrative and management experience in the water industry at the chief administrator/executive or assistant chief administrator/executive level, preferably in a municipal or regional organization, which serves a multiplicity of constituencies and customers. A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering is required. An additional degree in Business, Public Administration, Finance, and/or registration as a Professional Engineer are not required, but a plus. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and leadership skills and the ability to work with a relatively large Board representing a variety of perspectives. Experience working with unions is desired.