Public Utilities Director


Organization : City of El Dorado
Job Category : Director Public Works
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : KS
City : Kansas City
Salary and Benefits : $70,138 - $103,334

The Ideal Candidate

The City of El Dorado seeks a Public Utilities Director to oversee the Public Utilities Department, which includes management and oversight of the Water Treatment Plant, Water Reclamation Facility, and the Water Distribution and Sewer Collection Divisions. The highly independent position works directly under the supervision of the City Manager, and is responsible for executive-level decisions and management of the department.

The ideal candidate will exercise a proactive leadership philosophy through example and clear communication. The director will encourage a culture of integrity and inclusion, and will strive to develop a culture of teamwork and trust throughout the department. The director will also foster an innovative culture throughout the department and continuously work to improve El Dorado’s utility services through excellent customer service. The ideal candidate will prudently manage the department’s resources in a fiscally responsible manner.

Compensation and Benefits

The pay range for the Utilities Director position is between $70,138 and $103,334. The City Manager will determine starting pay for the position based on experience following the interview process. The position is exempt and not eligible for overtime pay.

In addition to a salary, the City of El Dorado offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision health insurance. The City pays up to 75% of the premiums for these coverages. The City also offers paid sick, personal, and maternity leave, and YMCA membership. The City participates in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) and contributes to a 457 deferred compensation program. The estimated value of the City’s benefits package for this position is $26,000.


The Utilities Director position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, civil engineering, business, management, or a related field of study. KDHE Class IV Water and Wastewater Certifications preferred; must be able to obtain within three years of hire date.

Qualified candidates should also demonstrate at minimum of ten years of experience with the following types of experience:

  • Three to five years of supervision of professional-level engineers, technical, and/or maintenance staff is required.
  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in the management of utility systems (water and wastewater) and infrastructure including but not limited to design, construction, operation, and maintenance of water/wastewater systems and facilities, and related utilities systems functions and operations is preferred.
  • Experience with project management and utility infrastructure construction projects is also preferred.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to manage complex infrastructure systems. Candidates should have well-developed knowledge of all aspects of water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and sewer collection systems, capital project planning, financial modeling, construction and design techniques, and governmental procurement processes. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to think critically, make decisions, and set priorities.


The information listed above reflects minimum standards and illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific job functions, requirements or tasks does not exclude them from the job if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of the work assigned. 

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee.

Application Process

The City of El Dorado invites interested candidates to submit a cover letter and resume for review and consideration. This position will remain open until filled, although candidates should provide their information no later than December 11, 2020. The City will review applications and schedule interviews with an initial round of candidates. The City envisions the interview process having at least two rounds, and may include additional exercises for the City to evaluate candidates’ abilities. The City will conduct background and reference checks with a selected candidate following final interviews. Ideally, the selected candidate will begin work with the City sometime in the month of January 2021.

See the document below for more information. To apply, visit:

Public Utilities Director Recruitment Profile.pdf Public Utilities Director Recruitment Profile.pdf

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