Job Listing Overview

The City of Durham, NC seeks an innovative and knowledgeable water resource professional to serve as one of its Assistant Directors for the Department of Water Management (DWM). Joining a diverse community, the Assistant Director is one who values and embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) – an empathetic leader with experience ensuring the integration of DEI practices in departmental policies, procedures, and interactions. The Assistant Director will navigate the demands and increase of expectations on the Water Management department and uphold high expectations and accountability of quality customer service delivery. The Assistant Director will demonstrate outstanding project management competencies, lead with a customer service focus, and effectively coordinate with all internal departments in the city, external stakeholders, etc. for all projects including planning and funding the renewal and replacement of the City’s aging water/wastewater infrastructure and the DWM’s asset management program. Overseeing a budget of $11M and several divisions with 67 staff members, this Assistant Director will be one of three Assistant Directors for the Department of Water Management. The Assistant Directors work collaboratively to provide leadership, direction, and support for Water Resources Planning (including water efficiency and conservation), Laboratory, Industrial Waste Control, Utility Finance and Customer Billing Services, and administrative support for the Department of Water Management.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Hydrology & Water Management, Environmental Engineering or related field is required; Master’s Degree preferred. At least 9 years of experience in upper-level management with a minimum of 5 years of budget development/management experience is required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Certified Professional Engineer (PE) and/or Water/Wastewater related certifications is highly desired, but not required. The city prefers candidates with utility experience serving over 50,000 customers. Must possess a valid driver’s license. The anticipated hiring range for this position is $110,000-$135,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including a comprehensive wellness program.  The normal work week is 37.5 hours with required attendance for after-hours community meetings as needed. To apply, please visit and click on the Assistant Director –Department of Water Management, City of Durham, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by October 2, 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on November 1-2, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The City of Durham is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.