Director of Water Department

Jefferson Parish | Jefferson, LA

Posted Date 12/16/2019

The Director of Water oversees two (2) water treatment plant facilities; plus water distribution in Grand Isle; various water towers; approximately 1,600 miles of water mains and thousands of valves, hydrants and water meters; and approximately 270 civil service employees.  The annual operating budget is $40 million with a capital budget of approximately $11 million.  The Director’s duties include, providing policy development and management guidance in the area of water; evaluating department operations and report to director of public works on a regular basis; is responsible for capital facilities planning; directs the water department in formulating and evaluating operating policies, programs and procedures; prepares reports on departmental operations evaluates performance against established objectives, and prepares special reports on operating problems or plans as required; manages daily operations including treatment, distribution, billing, lab operations and other activities; prepares annual operating and capital budget, approves expenditures and monitors revenues and collections; receives and responds to complaints regarding department operation and water quality; directs administrative and field staff;  handles personnel matters; and carries out all duties as assigned by the Parish President.  Salary range is $76,221 to $118,244. 

Minimum requirements: shall have a four-year degree in civil, sanitary, chemical engineering, or related acceptable degree, with 5 years administrative experience and shall devote his entire efforts to this purpose for which this department has been created; or 10 years of significant management experience with a public utility.  Preferred Requirements:  7 years water utility management/supervisory experience.  Louisiana Registered Professional Engineer preferred. 

Knowledge of effective management and supervisory techniques and procedures; commitment to providing excellence in public service; proficient verbal/writing communication skills; ability to work within a culturally diverse community; provide leadership in developing and implementing policy initiatives for Jefferson Parish; familiarity with Local/State/Federal laws applicable to water utility operations and in providing potable water supplies to Parish residents; working knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel computer programs; knowledge of personnel policies, supervision principles, budget development, administration principles, contract development and administration, and billing and collection policies and procedures.

The Director of Water shall be appointed by the Parish President with the approval of the Council.  The individual selected will be required to report for duty during emergency situations.  The position is considered unclassified, limited-tenure, at-will employment.  The individual selected shall possess and maintain a valid Louisiana Driver’s License or have the ability to secure one within 10 working days of hire.  The individual selected will be subject to a background check and will be required to submit a financial disclosure statement annually. 

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Salary76221.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
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