This is an opportunity to lead and manage a very large water and wastewater utility in a dynamic city government that values innovation, efficiency, and top-quality management.

The City of Phoenix is seeking in its Water Services Director an innovative strategic thinker who is efficient, effective and responsive and a person who will move the Water Services Department forward for the future.

The Water Services Director reports to a Deputy City Manager and is a vital member of the City’s management team. The Director is responsible for managing the largest enterprise department in the City of Phoenix with a current annual operating budget of $269.7 million and capital improvement budget of $351.2 million.

Throughout its rapid growth, the City has had a long history of political and organizational stability, with three City Managers during the last 34 years.

The City of Phoenix Water Services Department has consistently provided a reliable supply of drinking water that meets or surpasses all standards for health and safety at a cost lower than most cities in the Southwest. More than 90 percent of the water delivered to its customers comes from surface water sources such as lakes, rivers, and streams. The remaining amount of water delivered to customers comes from groundwater (wells). The surface water is treated at one of six water treatment plants.

After customers use the water, the City collects it and treats it at one of the three wastewater treatment plants in such a manner that it meets all applicable standards to protect the environment. Most of the water is reclaimed and is used for agricultural irrigation, industry, or to water large turf areas such as golf courses.

The City of Phoenix Water Services Department, as a government agency, is fee driven and thereby self-supporting and does not rely on taxes for its operation. A staff comprised of about 1,400 employees – trained engineers, technicians, and office and field service people – provides the Department’s services to customers within its 540-square mile service area.

The City of Phoenix is seeking a Water Services Director with proven experience at a director or assistant director level for a complex City or County Public Works/Water Department or public utility providing water service.

A working knowledge of western water law, the Law of the Colorado River, the Clean Water Act, Federal Reclamation Law, and the Arizona Groundwater Management Act is important. A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Business Administration, or a related field is required.  A Master’s degree or better is preferred. A significant number of years of progressively responsible experience in the development of municipal water policy and the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to enhance the position of municipalities in water policy development is required. In addition, the new Director must be willing to think outside of the Water Services Department to assist staff in partnering with other Departments in the City.

Phoenix is Arizona’s capital and the sixth largest city in the United States with more than 1.4 million residents within 519 square miles, geographically exceeding Los Angeles. Long recognized internationally as one of the fastest-growing and most desirable places to live, the population of Phoenix has doubled in the last thirty years. The Phoenix metropolitan area, known as the Valley of the Sun, is home to 25 incorporated cities and towns with a total population in excess of 4.2 million.

The salary range for the Water Services Director position is being voted on by the City Council on February 6, 2013. At that time the salary range is expected to be $125,174 - $197,059. The starting salary is negotiable depending on the selected individual’s qualifications and match with the desired attributes sought by the City. The City offers an outstanding fringe benefit package. The City will pay reasonable and customary relocation expenses for the next Water Services Director who will be required to live within the City of Phoenix within 24 months after the date of hire and must maintain residency.

This position will remain open until filled. First review of applications will occur on February 22, 2013. In order to be considered for this position, please send your confidential resume and cover letter with current salary to jmercer@mercergroupinc.com. For further information on this important opportunity, please contact James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc., 1000 Cordova Place, #726, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Voice: 505-466-9500; Fax: 505-466-1274. E-Mail: jmercer@mercergroupinc.com; Website: www.mercergroupinc.com



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