The City of Grand Rapids is conducting a national search for a Water System Manager who will lead the Grand Rapids Water System. The position includes advanced professional, managerial and leadership in the planning, organizing, implementing and directing of programs and activities regarding the water system including water purification, pumping and distribution, lead service line reductions, distribution system maintenance and related utility functions. The purpose of this job is to oversee the various divisions responsible for long-range planning, operations, capital and operating budgets for the utility. Responds to media inquiries regarding the Water Utility. Provides leadership and oversight dedicated to providing safe, high quality drinking water. Ensures that overall operations effectively manage water infrastructure assets. Work is performed under the executive direction of a senior executive staff member. Supervision is exercised directly or indirectly over all employees in department composed of 127 personnel.
Minimum Training and Experience
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Science, Engineering or a related field
At least five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in water treatment operation and maintenance, public administration, utilities or environmental management, including supervisory or management experience
Licensure as a Professional Engineer is encouraged, but not required.
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan. It is
on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and three hours from Chicago. The
City's population is 198,829 and covers an area of 45 square miles. The combined statistical
area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland is 1.3 million.
The City recently received numerous recognitions ranging from the Best U.S. City to Invest in
Housing and the Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. (Forbes); the #1 City to Raise a
Family; the #1 Hottest Real Estate Market to Watch (Trulia.com), and #28 Most Hipster
City in the world. The Art Prize Festival was ranked one of the Top Five Festivals
Worldwide (Time). Fifteen craft breweries are located within Grand Rapids making it locally
known as Michigan's "Beer City." Please click here to learn more about Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to a multicultural group of residents, students
and visitors. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area hosts fifteen institutions of higher learning.
Grand Rapids has 67 parks with sports and recreation activities year-round. Salmon weighing
up to 35 pounds are caught during the annual... upstream migration of the Grand River.
In 2019 the City completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan with a new Mission Statement: To
elevate quality of life through excellent City services. Please click here to view the
City's strategic plan.