Executive Director

Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority, NY | Full-time

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The Position

The Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority (LCWSA) is seeking a new Executive Director to lead this dynamic organization to continued success and excellence in service delivery. This job requires a person who is passionate about utilities, can help others see the potential of growth, and has the tenacity and perseverance to execute long-term plans.

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer in the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority. This involves planning, directing, and coordinating administrative and operational functions to ensure adequate capacity for water and wastewater throughout the County.

Typical duties include:

  • Ensure the Board of Directors and its officers are kept fully informed on the conditions, finances, and operations of the LCWSA and all important factors influencing them.
  • Work with the Board in formulating the basic policies, programs, and projects that will further the objectives of the LCWSA.
  • Plan and administer official meetings of the LCWSA.
  • Conduct all communications with the LCWSA customers, including newsletters, general mailings, public reports, and online information.
  • Establish and maintain a sound organizational structure.
  • Ensure all LCWSA funds, physical assets, and other properties are appropriately safeguarded and administered in a manner that meets accepted accounting standards.
  • Manage all union and non-union staff matters. Participate in union contract negotiations, and administer collective bargaining agreements, including grievance handling.
  • Identify and implement measures to maintain and enhance the LCWSA’s public image.
  • Maintain effective relationships with other public and private entities that have the potential to impact or be impacted by the established policies and objectives of the LCWSA Board and mission.
  • Coordinate with developers who seek to bring new business to the service area and need water and/or sewer services.
  • Manage and work directly with engineering firms to develop and implement new water and wastewater capital improvement projects.
  • Implement or enhance asset management process, including a scheduled work program and work order system.
  • Establish and carry out annual capital improvement program.

The Executive Director has two direct reports, including the Principal Account Clerk and the Director of Operations. The Executive Director is appointed by and reports directly to the Water and Sewer Authority Board.

Water and Sewer Authority

The Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority is a public benefit corporation established in 1995 by an act of the State Legislature. The LCWSA mission is to provide high-quality, environmentally-sound, efficient, reliable, and affordable water and sewer services to the people who live, work, and visit Livingston County.

The Authority is governed by a Board consisting of seven members, who are residents of Livingston County and are appointed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. These members are civic-minded individuals with diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time to the organization. Members are appointed to three-year terms.

The Authority’s primary responsibilities are to construct, improve, maintain, develop, expand, and rehabilitate water and sewerage facilities. The Authority currently operates and maintains: two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 50 miles of sanitary sewer collection and conveyance piping, and 45 sewage pump stations; approximately 75 miles of water distribution and transmission piping, 12 water storage tanks, seven booster pump stations, and five re-chlorination stations.

The Authority is providing water services to approximately 3,558 water accounts within the Village of Livonia and portions of the Towns of Avon, Caledonia, Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, Livonia, Mount Morris, and Sparta. The Authority is providing sewer services to approximately 3,515 sewer accounts within the Village of Livonia and portions of the Towns of Livonia, Conesus, Avon, Groveland, Leicester, and Sparta. The Authority is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the flood gates in Conesus Creek at the outlet of Conesus Lake. This is accomplished through an agreement between the Authority and the Conesus Lake Compact (Towns of Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, and Livonia).

The Authority is currently staffed by 11 full-time employees, and the 2021 approved budget is $3.2 Million.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field. Other combinations of training and/or experience in lieu of a degree that demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of the skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position, including experience working in a utility, local government, or construction field and demonstrated ability to oversee contractors and consulting engineers will satisfy this requirement. In addition, a minimum of ten years of experience in progressively responsible positions, including at least three with supervision/project management oversight, is also required.

Preferred qualifications include experience helping a utility system grow, managing and funding multiple large capital projects, working collaboratively within a rural utility environment, providing leadership and direction to unionized staff, and developing a hard-working part-time board. A master’s degree or PE is preferred but not required.

A valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record is also required.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge and experience leading water and sewer operations, public utilities, with strong financial and business management expertise. The next Executive Director is an independent thinker who has a creative approach to problem-solving and can develop realistic, achievable plans for implementing solutions to problems. He or she is a visionary with the ability to see the big picture, anticipate the future impact of current decisions, and help others see those impacts. The ideal candidate is hard-working, goal-driven, and future-oriented.

The ideal candidate is both an effective delegator and working manager and can also mentor, develop, motivate, and utilize a small staff to achieve quality results. They also have a record of the highest honesty and integrity and work well with the public and elected officials. Openness and candor are also important characteristics. They bring with them the knowledge and skills to grow and develop an organization over time.

The ideal candidate is a skilled communicator and politically savvy. They have the ability to articulately communicate complex information effectively and foster meaningful relationships with the LCWSA Board, employees, customers, regulatory agencies, and elected officials in villages, towns, and County government.

In addition, the next Director has knowledge of engineering practice and design, large capital projects, and real estate acquisition, estimates, and condemnation procedures. The ideal candidate has extensive project management experience in either the public or private sectors with strong financial management skills that include water and sewer rate structures and budget development.

The Community

Located in the Finger Lakes region of western New York, Livingston County is a dynamic community with a rich history dating back to 1821. The key industries in Livingston County are agriculture, food processing, and manufacturing. The County has some of the most valuable land in the state.

The County is a part of the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area and is situated approximately 35 miles south of the City of Rochester. This ideal location provides residents with access to a plethora of big city amenities. The Village of Geneseo is the County Seat. Livingston County is home to SUNY Geneseo and Genesee Community College.

Livingston County boasts an impressive array of parks and green space, including Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East, which spans 14,000 acres along the scenic Genesee River. Other amenities include cultural heritage attractions, wineries and craft beverages, boating and fishing, golf, arts and culture, shopping and antiques, and farmer’s markets.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 62,914
  • Median Household Income: $56,071
  • Median Home Value: $126,700
  • Median Age: 40.8

 All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Compensation

The expected salary range is $115,000 – $130,000, depending on qualifications, and the LCWSA will negotiate a package of fringe benefits with the selected candidate.

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 February 22, 2021.

Questions

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

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