Director of Water Operations

Strategic Government Resources | Aurora, CO

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Posted Date 9/09/2021

Ideally situated in the eastern Denver Metro Area on prairie grasslands, rolling hills, and the Black Forest’s northern tip, Aurora is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Aurora is the third-largest city in Colorado, covering 154.19 square miles across three counties, Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas. A diverse community composed of 550 friendly, welcoming neighborhoods, Aurora is one of the safest cities in the state and one of the top 50 safest large cities (>250,000 population) in the nation. The City is home to more than 385,000 residents who enjoy convenient access to quality schools, safe, mastered planned communities, and unparalleled recreation and cultural attractions. Nicknamed the Gateway to the Rockies, the City offers spectacular views of the Front Range, spanning from Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs to Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The City of Aurora seeks someone with strong interpersonal and managerial skills to serve as the new Director of Operations for Aurora Water. The ideal candidate will be skilled in the use of Windows-based programs, customer service, customer relations, crisis communications management, health and safety best practices, public speaking, written communications, media relations, and in checking information for accuracy and completeness and correcting errors. They will be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and other City departments, citizens, and elected officials, as well as handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy and be able to negotiate with other governmental entities. The next Director will be able to establish and fulfill goals and objectives; direct and effectively supervise a large workforce, and establish and administer budgets and capital improvement programs in a safe and efficient manner based on organizational values of integrity, professionalism, respect, and customer service.

A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, management, business administration, or a directly related field, is required. The incoming Director of Water Operations should have at least eight years of progressively responsible, directly related experience in a full-service water utility with at least five years of division-level managerial experience. Preference will be given to candidates with 12 or more years of progressively responsible, directly related experience in a full-service water utility. Certifications as a Professional Engineer and/or Level IV certification in Distribution and/or Treatment, and/or Wastewater Collection is not required but are strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

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For more information on this position contact:

Larry Gilley, Senior Vice President


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