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Utilities Director




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Hillsborough - Utilities Director. The Town of Hillsborough is seeking a visionary and innovative director to lead the Utilities Department. The next director will lead with a customer service focus that effectively serves all internal departments in the town as well as works to meet town goals while maintaining excellence in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Hillsborough's employees and residents. Utilities Department and Position Overview: The Town of Hillsborough operates under a council-manager form of government. The town has just over 100 employees working across seven departments. The director will report to the town manager. The Utilities Department has 30.5 employees working in four divisions: Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Utilities Administration. With a departmental budget of $13 million, the director oversees a department that interfaces with other departments in the town and has extensive external contact with citizens, business leaders, builders and developers. Upcoming responsibilities include overseeing a $16-million reservoir expansion (construction starts in March); filling the vacant assistant director position and/or considering a departmental reorganization; continuing infrastructure upgrades; updating the town’s water capacity analysis; creating a sewer capacity model; developing options to extend the capacity of the Wastewater Treatment Plant; and developing strategies to minimize future rate increases. Hillsborough is experiencing significant growth due to the new UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus and other approved developments. In addition, Riverwalk and recent downtown streetscape improvements will continue to enhance Hillsborough as an attractive destination for visitors, businesses, and residents. Helping manage town operations at current lean levels of resources and funding is critical until new revenues become available. More information about the department can be found here (or by copying and pasting into your browser) Qualifications: Requires a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, environmental sciences, engineering or related field and six years of water/sewer utilities experience, including considerable supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A master’s degree is preferred. A valid North Carolina driver’s license is required. Preferred licensure and certifications include: N.C. professional engineer’s license, N.C. A-Distribution water system operator, N.C. cross-connection control operator, and N.C. Grade IV wastewater collection system operator. Salary range is $81,511 to $130,418 (beginning salary will be commensurate with experience). In-town residency is not required, but residency within the town’s water and sewer service area is encouraged. To apply for this position, click on the utilities director link via the Developmental Associates website. Or cut and paste into your browser and click on “visit client positions.” All applications must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal. The application deadline is Jan. 4, 2018. The selection process will be conducted Feb. 5-6, 2018, in Hillsborough.  The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC. All inquiries should be emailed to Additional information about the town is available on the town’s website at EOE Employer