Director of Water and Sewer

City of Trenton | Trenton, NJ

Posted Date 2/19/2020

The City of Trenton in New Jersey is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Director of Water and Sewer. This is a department director position and the salary for this position is $131,844.


The successful candidate will provide leadership and management for water treatment and water distribution, and for sewage collection, storm water collection and sewage treatment. The candidate will have demonstrable knowledge of and experience with drinking water and sewer regulations, and complex technical issues surrounding the operation, maintenance, and capital improvement of treatment facilities, the distribution system, reservoirs, pump stations, sewers, storm sewers and sewage treatment facilities.

The successful candidate will have regular interaction with a wide variety of stakeholders including customers, regulatory agencies, representatives of other jurisdictions, and other City departments. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and perform duties in a manner consistent with the stated values of the City.

The successful candidate will be part of the City leadership team and will work with a highly skilled group of professionals. The successful candidate will provide leadership for subordinate staff including planning, organizing, and evaluating work; and ensuring that staff adhere to City policies and procedures.

Duties will also include frequent written and verbal communication with staff in other city departments, the City Council, customers, consultants, contractors, regulators and others. The ideal candidate will be problem solver who is collaborative, team-oriented, reliable, dedicated, and knowledgeable.


The Department of Water and Sewer manages the City’s water system and the City’s sewer system. Organizationally, the Department of Water and Sewer includes a Water Division and a Sewer Division.

The Water Utility provides water service to the City of Trenton and to significant portions of the four surrounding Townships of Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence and Hopewell.

The Water Division includes approximately 150 employees and it has an annual operating budget of about 40 million dollars, and a capital budget in 2019 of 25 million dollars.

The Sewer Division includes 50 employees and it has an annual operating budget of 15 million dollars. The 2019 capital budget is about 1 million dollars.

The capital budgets of both the Water and Sewer divisions are expected to significantly increase over the coming years as various planned infrastructure projects are bonded and implemented.

The water system includes a 60 MGD conventional water treatment plant, a water treatment plant waste mechanical dewatering facility, a 45 MGD booster station, a 3 MGD booster station, a 2 MGD booster station, 100 million gallon ground storage reservoir, 4 one million gallon elevated storage tanks, a 1.4 million gallon standpipe, a 600,000 gallon hydropillar, about 630 miles of water main, about 8,500 valves, about 1000 fire hydrants, about 63,000 metered customer services, and four emergency interconnections with adjacent water utilities.

The sewer system includes a 20 MGD sewage treatment plant, about 180 miles of gravity sewers, about 140 miles of stormwater collection mains, 3600 catch basins, 3000 manholes, and 5 pumping stations.



  • Applicable Federal and State policies, laws, and regulations affecting public water and sewer systems operations and maintenance
  • Principles and practices of effective human resource management and supervision
  • Principles and practices for managing water and wastewater operations and projects
  • Principles and methods of maintenance and repair for water and wastewater systems and equipment
  • Principles and practices associated with budgeting, purchasing, business plans, and maintenance of public records
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost-effective management of resources
  • Principles and practices of managing municipal infrastructure development and maintenance
  • Principles and practices of advanced information technology associated with water and wastewater programs and operations including SCADA systems, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, hydraulic modeling, CMMS and GIS
  • Principles and practices of developing, implementing and updating an asset management program
  • Personal computers and associated software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database application programs.


  • Effectively supervise and train subordinates
  • Productively utilize goal setting and progress monitoring to promote accomplishment of tasks
  • Communicate and provide leadership skills necessary to resolve conflicts; effectively negotiate contracts
  • Work independently and make decisions with little daily supervision
  • Foster positive working relationships with individuals, working teams, other divisions/departments, consultants, and other governments or agencies
  • Maintain harmonious relationships with other employees and the general public
  • Developing and administering plans, budges, policies and procedures
  • Managing professional and supervisory level staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance
  • Analyzing problems, resolving disputes and grievances, and developing effective solutions
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within the established procedural guidelines
  • Interpreting technical instruction and analyzing complex variables
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, official and representatives from other local, state and Federal agencies
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands
  • Preparing, reviewing and presenting management reports
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing


Graduation form an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering or Environmental Engineering.


  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in increasing responsibility in the management and leadership of a water or sewer utility or a combined water and sewer utility. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a senior management or executive management position


  • Valid Driver’s License (Must be transferred to New Jersey within 60 days of start of employment)
  • New Jersey Professional Engineer’s License (If holding an out of state Professional Engineer’s License, the successful candidate will be expected to acquire a New Jersey license within one year of employment.
  • Must possess a highest-level New Jersey water (T4 or W4) license or New Jersey sewer (C4 or S4) license or the out of state equivalent. Out of state licensees with equivalent licenses will be expected to be converted to New Jersey licenses within one year of employment.

Please submit cover letter, resume and any other required document via e-mail to Adam Cruz, Business Administrator at or by mail to:

Adam E. Cruz, Business Administrator

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Local Government
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