Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) is an enterprise activity of the Municipality of Anchorage, providing services through joint management of distinct regulated utilities for water service (Anchorage Water Utility) and wastewater service (Anchorage Sewer Utility). AWWU is renowned nationally and internationally throughout the industry for its excellence in management and its commitment to ensuring reliable service, safeguarding public health, and protecting the environment, long into the future.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is recruiting for its top executive position of General Manager. Working under the direction of the Municipal Manager, the General Manager provides guidance and leadership to Utility staff to ensure that AWWU is executing its mission in accordance with prudent business principles and accepted industry standards; satisfying customer expectations; complying with all federal, state and local laws and regulations; responding to the long-term growth needs of the Municipality of Anchorage; and providing for long-term system integrity and financial sustainability.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is the largest water and wastewater utility in Alaska, serving the Municipality of Anchorage from Eklutna to Girdwood. The Utility produces over 8 billion gallons of water annually from two major surface watersheds, Eklutna Lake and Ship Creek, and several deep underground wells. AWWU has over 56,000 water customer accounts, serving about 80% of the municipal population of nearly 300,000. Wastewater is collected and treated at one of three facilities, discharging in accordance with NPDES permits into Cook Inlet (28 mgd), Eagle River (2.5 mgd) and Glacier Creek (0.65 mgd).
In addition to water and wastewater treatment facilities, AWWU infrastructure includes over 1600 miles of water transmission and distribution and wastewater collection pipelines, 7200 hydrants, 22 reservoirs, 34 water booster stations, 38 wastewater pump stations. Total book value of the plant exceeds $900 Million, with annual Utility investments exceeding $50 Million in capital projects to replace aging systems and improve performance efficiency.
AWWU employs 285 men and women to operate the Utility and seeks to be the employer of choice for existing and future staff. Through education, training, certification programs, field experience, and longevity of service, the employees of Anchorage’s water and wastewater systems are a competent and dedicated team of professionals, from entry level clerks to field staff to the Executive Leadership Team. The General Manager convenes regular meetings with this team of direct reports, including the Directors of each of the Utility’s seven divisions: Administrative Services, Finance, Customer Service, Treatment, Operations and Maintenance, Engineering, and Information Technology.
This is an outstanding opportunity for the right management professional to work with an excellent staff in a high functioning, dynamic organization.
The position requires the following qualities, skills, and experience:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or public administration, or a closely related field.
At least seven years of progressive administrative experience working with an executive team, or as professional CEO, three of which must have been at the supervisory management level in the field of water and wastewater distribution, collection and treatment systems, or a closely related field.
Superb language and communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
Analysis and development of organizational structures.
Team-building through application of positive interpersonal skills.
Ability to apply independent critical thinking and creative problem solving.
Patience, maturity, integrity, humility, respect.
The position may also require the successful applicant to:
Represent AWWU in communication with Mayor, Municipal Manager, Department Directors, AWWU Board of Directors, media, and public, in-person and via phone, e-mail, and written correspondence.
Develop and maintain a network of industry-wide contacts to stay abreast of technical, regulatory, legal, and policy developments.
The Municipality of Anchorage offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a choice of health insurance plans, life insurance, vision, audio, dental, and Long Term and Short Term Disability plans. There is a voluntary 401k and 457 Deferred Compensation plan. Annual leave is accrued at various rates depending on the length of service with the Municipality of Anchorage. The Municipality is a member of the Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS). This position is appointed by the Mayor and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor. For more information about the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, please visit our website at www.awwu.biz. The Municipality of Anchorage is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
To apply, e-mail your letter of interest, detailed resume, and at least three references to the AWWU Administrative Services Director at: Alyssa.Farrar@awwu.biz.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
Alyssa Farrar, Director
Administrative Services Division
3000 Arctic Blvd, Suite 310
Anchorage , Alaska 99503-3898
About Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) is the largest water and wastewater utility in Alaska. AWWU currently serves the Municipality of Anchorage extending from Eklutna to as far south as Girdwood. Although they share one workforce, AWWU operates as two separate economic and regulated entities: The Anchorage Water Utility (AWU) and the Anchorage Wastewater Utility (ASU).AWWU owns and operates five Treatment Facilities (2 water and 3 wastewater), over 1,600 miles of pipe, and over 325,000 square feet of facility space distributed throughout the Municipality. The certificated water service area covers 130.4 square miles in three distinct geographic areas, Northern Communities, the Anchorage Bowl, and Girdwood Valley. Estimates place the water service population at nearly 300,000 people and over 56,000 customer accounts.