Executive Director

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Sewer Authority, Virginia | Full-time


The Position

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Sewer Authority (HRRSA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead an organization known for providing exceptional wastewater treatment services, its fiscal stability, and its excellent personnel. The Executive Director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Authority’s Board of Directors. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing all aspects of HRRSA’s operations, including finance and budget, wastewater treatment and collection system operations and maintenance, capital improvement, procurement, regulatory compliance, and human resources.

The Executive Director has the following direct reports: Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, Environmental & Safety Manager, Office Manager, and a part-time Administrative Assistant. There is also one vacant position that is expected to assist the Executive Director with projects and asset management.

The current Executive Director is retiring after 12 years of service leading the Authority.

The Organization

The HRRSA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, organized under the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act. The HRRSA was created by the action of the Board of Supervisors of Rockingham County and the Councils of the City of Harrisonburg and the Towns of Bridgewater, Dayton, and Mount Crawford, Virginia. The HRRSA was chartered by the State Corporation Commission on July 15, 1970.

The organization is governed by the HRRSA Board of Directors, which consists of eight (8) total members who are appointed by the Authority’s member organizations. Four (4) of the Board members are appointed from the City of Harrisonburg, and one member is appointed from the remaining four-member jurisdictions. The Board meets every month and two committees – Personnel and Engineering – meet as needed. An Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) Working Group, composed of Board members and other stakeholders, meets quarterly.

The HRRSA’s wastewater treatment and collection facilities include approximately 21 miles of gravity sanitary sewer interceptor and trunk sewer lines ranging from 10-54 inches in diameter, a four (4) MGD raw sewage pumping station and force main, 13 metering stations, and the North River Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF). The North River WWTF operates an enhanced nutrient removal process and has a rated design capacity of 23.0 million gallons per day (MGD). Average daily flows are approximately 12-14 MGD. The facility is staffed and operated 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The Authority has a sterling environmental compliance record.

The HRRSA consists of 32 employees, including the Executive Director. The organization has an annual Operations and Maintenance budget of approximately $5.6 Million.

Mission Statement

HRRSA’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of its member localities by providing reliable, efficient, and affordable wastewater treatment services.

Core Values

Serving Our Communities:

  • Developing a work culture that strives for continual improvement in the management of our financial and human resources;
  • Eliminating waste and wasteful practices; and
  • Proactively providing asset care to ensure our facilities are properly maintained to provide reliable and dependable service.

Valuing Our Employees:

  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and trust;
  • Providing a safe and healthy workplace;
  • Encouraging personal growth; and
  • Fostering a work environment that promotes teamwork.

Protecting Our Environment:

  • Striving to achieve environmental excellence every day through superior process control and implementation of pollution prevention practices;
  • Attaining regulatory requirements and mandates; and
  • Providing an effective Pretreatment Program.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, sanitary engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related field, and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in wastewater, construction, or public utilities. Demonstrated knowledge of environmental permitting and compliance, budgeting, project management, and supervision/management of staff is also required.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience in wastewater plant design, construction, operation, maintenance, and oversight of consulting engineers. In addition, long-term capital planning, financial management, intergovernmental relations, and experience with media are preferred. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and experience working with the Chesapeake Bay regulatory environment is preferred but not required.

The Ideal Candidate

The HRRSA’s ideal Executive Director is a proactive, experienced industry professional with demonstrated success in balancing the administrative and technical facets of wastewater management. This individual seamlessly administers all personnel functions within the Authority while also planning and overseeing all system operations and programs. The Executive Director provides the Authority’s Board with sound financial and technical advice on treatment plant and collection system activities and environmental programs and has extensive project management and contract negotiation experience.

The successful candidate is collaborative, approachable, and easily builds rapport with staff throughout the organization. They are a hands-on administrator with experience in performance management, purchasing, strategic planning, and permit compliance. This candidate is decisive and comfortable both in representing the Authority before regulatory agencies and elected bodies and in serving as the face of the Authority with a variety of external stakeholders. The next Executive Director is committed to environmental stewardship and fiscally sound solutions for the wastewater processing of the Authority’s customers.

The ideal candidate is well-versed in current environmental regulations, the principles and practices of wastewater treatment and sanitary engineering, the nutrient removal process, budget development, expenditure tracking, capital financing, and grant management.

The Community

The HRRSA is located adjacent to Interstate 81 in Mount Crawford, Virginia, in the central Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Situated approximately seven miles south of the City of Harrisonburg, both Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, are only a two-hour drive away. The region served by the HRRSA includes the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and Towns of Bridgewater, Dayton, and Mount Crawford.

Most customers served by the HRRSA are residents of Harrisonburg, which has a population of approximately 54,000. Once an agricultural hub, Harrisonburg has evolved into a lively and distinct destination with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Harrisonburg is a melting pot of ethnic diversity, with more than 1,900 refugees having settled into the City in recent years and more than 50 different languages spoken in Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

Rockingham County boasts diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, thriving cultural attractions, vibrant and inviting small towns, and numerous historical attractions. Large portions of the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest fall within Rockingham County, which has helped preserve the region’s natural scenic beauty.

The region is home to three higher education campuses—James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Bridgewater College.


The expected hiring range is $120,000 – $150,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on April 19, 2021.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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