Job Opening: Executive Director; Columbus City Utilities; Columbus, IN

Executive Director
Columbus City UtilitiesPosition Summary
Columbus (Indiana) City Utilities (CCU) is seeking a strategic, collaborative leader to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will lead the water and sewer utilities and be the “public face” of CCU. The position reports to the Utility Service Board.

 Oversee all operations of the utility and any construction work, repairs, or alterations to the system.
 Appoint, supervise, and dismiss utility employees in accordance with the City personnel policy.
 Represent the City Utilities to the community.
 Employ unskilled labor when needed, without competitive examination.
 Investigate all claims against the utility.
 Develop policies, planning, and implementation of personnel, finance, and facilities goals to timely meet the requirements of the 25-year master plans and interim plans.
 Develop long range plans and programs, which are beneficial to the City and to its existing customers for the control of utility services to rural areas.
 Develop processes for well-organized and clear decision-making presentations to the Utility Service Board for its approvals and to the City Council for improved relationships.
 Continue Total Quality programs.
 Bring about an efficient and economical operation and maintenance of the utility.
 Oversee preparation of the annual financial plan for review and approval by the Utility Service Board and the City Council.
 Conduct all other activities and meet the requirements for performance as required by Indiana laws.
 Keep Utility Service Board appropriately advised and informed on all issues facing the City Utilities.
 Interact with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as needed.

 Bachelor’s degree is required. Preference for a Technical or Science degree, but will consider Business or other.
 Registration as a Professional Engineer is a plus.
 Prefer a minimum of 10+ years of relevant experience, including extensive experience in water and/or wastewater utilities and applications. Other utility experience may be acceptable.
 Leadership experience in other city functions may be acceptable. Examples could include Street, Parks, or Stormwater departments. Areas other than utilities and government may be acceptable.
 Require progressively responsible management and supervisory experience.
 Proven ability to direct and motivate personnel.
 Prefer knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal operations, including rate supported utilities.
 Prefer working knowledge of best practices for finance and public policy affecting utility operations and programs.
 Capacity to identify critical issues related to financing alternatives.
 Prefer experience dealing with common utility industry challenges, including revenue sources and agency infrastructure.
 Prefer experience managing and communicating with a public organization.

 Policy requires that all employees reside within Bartholomew County or a county contiguous to Bartholomew County within six (6) months of employment.

Interested candidates should contact:

Keith Syberg
Smith and Syberg

An Equal Opportunity Employer