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Waterworks Assistant Director

Newport News, Virginia
$125,000 – $145,000
Closing date
Jun 29, 2024

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The Position

The City of Newport News, Virginia, is searching for an Assistant Director of Strategies in the Waterworks Department. This Assistant Director will lead with integrity and confidence and will have considerable influence in the overall administration, execution, and management of water utility services, especially overseeing and coordinating the financial and digital strategies of the regional water utility.

The Assistant Director will report to the Director of Waterworks and work alongside the Assistant Director of Operations to enhance the existing outstanding leadership and management with the goal of taking the department to the next level.

The Assistant Director of Strategies will lead a team of highly competent staff who are committed to providing the City and the region with exceptional water and ensuring the continued financial and digital integrity of the water system. The Assistant Director of Strategies will have three direct reports who are the Administrators of the Business Services, Strategic Governance, and Data Governance Divisions.

In addition to internal leadership, the position will play a critical external role in engaging the community and establishing positive working relationships with regional stakeholders, the local media, and intergovernmental partners.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements are any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, engineering, or a related field and seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in water or wastewater utility management. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and experience in a complex water utility. Demonstrated experience of leadership, employee engagement, oversight of complex utility programs, successful adaptation to new technology, and helping achieve organizational and digital goals are preferred and should be addressed in the cover letter or resume.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $125,000 – $145,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement benefits through the State of Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Deferred compensation
  • Paid leave
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Discounted fitness center memberships
  • Relocation up to $5,000

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with a first review of applications beginning July 15, 2024.

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