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Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority

Invites Applications for the Position of Executive Director

Job Title:    Executive Director

Salary:        $90,000 to $125,000 annually.

Last Date to Submit Resume: November 1, 2019

About Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (the “Authority”):

The Authority is a Water and Sewer Authority created under the provisions of Chapter 162A of the North Carolina General Statutes. It is governed by a fourteen member board , two of whom are appointed by the City of Wilmington, two by New Hanover County, two by Columbus County, two by Pender County, four by Brunswick County and two by Bladen County. The Authority provides raw water pumped from the Cape Fear River at its facility at Kings Bluff at Lock and Dam Number One in Bladen County to Brunswick County, Pender County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, Praxair, Inc. and Invista S.à r.l. In addition to the pumping facilities located at Kings Bluff, the authority operates and maintains approximately 24 miles of pipeline for the transmission of raw water from the Kings Bluff facility to a location on Highway 421 in New Hanover County. The Authority also owns a water treatment facility located on the Cape Fear River adjacent to the Smithfield Packing Company, Incorporated (“Smithfield”) facility in Tar Heel, N.C. This water treatment facility is operated by Smithfield under a contract with the Authority. At this time, the only customer of this water treatment facility is Smithfield.

Essential Duties:

The Executive Director is responsible for the total management of the Authority’s operation including long and short range planning, budget development and administration, personnel management, capital improvement systems, expansion of facilities and the organization, provision of agreed upon services, and other administrative functions. Work includes directing the Authority’s development and implementation of programs, policies, practices and procedures for the Authority. This position is directly accountable to the Board of Directors for performance and accountability for compliance with federal and state laws governing utility functions, and capital improvement projects of the Board’s programs and activities.

Typical Essential Duties:

  • Prepares agendas and support information for Board’s regular and special meetings; attends Board’s regular and special meetings
  • Confers with O&M staff and supervisors on an as needed basis
  • Prepares and directs long-range Capital Improvement plans with guidance from the Board of Directors to include source funding
  • Serves as the Authority’s Finance Director, Investment Officer and Budget Officer; plans and manages the fiscal and financial function to include budget development and to include rates related to fiscal operations
  • Performs, reviews and approves the work of staff; delegates, monitors, and evaluates work output as appropriate
  • Represents Authority to public, local, state, and federal entities as it relates to the fiscal and financial operation of the Authority and other pertinent issues Serves as the Authority’s Personnel Director; reviews and approves all personnel action including hiring and dismissal, performance management, training and policy and procedure development
  • Serves as the Authority's Purchasing Officer
  • Oversees and implements all Authority policies
  • Interacts and coordinates all agreements with Authority third-party contractors
  • Performs all other duties as directed by Board of Directors

Education and Experience Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Management, Engineering, Planning or other appropriate degree and extensive management experience in a public utility organization is required.

A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Business Management, Engineering or other complimentary field is preferred but not required.

Necessary Knowledge and Skills:

  • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge of the operations, systems, equipment, facilities, and finances of a water and wastewater utility company
  • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge of government operations
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws relating to water operations
  • Ability to plan, manage, organize and evaluate Authority programs, activities and processes
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Board, the community, the media, other governmental and regulatory agencies, employees, customers and the general public
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Ability to develop and implement long range plans, establish goals, and monitor and evaluate progress toward their completion
  • Thorough knowledge of North Carolina local government law

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to operate a variety of office machines. Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and /or a negligible amount of force to lift or move objects. The job involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for periods of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General Information:

The Authority offers a competitive benefit package including vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, employee health insurance and retirement. The Authority provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. The Authority is required by law to verify identity and employment eligibility of all persons hires. The position requires a valid North Carolina driver’s license. A background check and drug screen will be conducted with a contingent offer of the position.

How To Submit Resume:

Interested persons should submit their resume by mail addressed to Chairman Wayne Edge, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority, 1107 New Pointe Boulevard, Suite 17, Leland, N.C. 24851 or by email to admin@lcfwasa.org. Resumes will be accepted until the last date to submit resume noted above.