Job Listing Overview

Drinking Water Utility Director

City of Olympia, Washington

Salary:  $115,999 – $141,029


With freshwater and saltwater shorelines and nearby forests, Olympia, Washington, offers convenient access to an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Olympia is recognized for its outstanding quality of life, vibrant downtown, an active and engaged community, low crime rate, and family-friendly amenities. Olympia is the state capital and a port city, and is also the entertainment, arts and cultural hub for the Thurston County area and beyond. Olympia is within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and the urban centers of Seattle and Portland, Oregon.


The City of Olympia Public Works Department is divided into six divisions: Engineering, General Services, Waste Resources, Transportation, Drinking Water Utility, and Water Resources. The Drinking Water Utility provides the public with safe and sustainable drinking water and reclaimed water. It ensures a sufficient drinking and firefighting water supply and system capacity for the growing community. Program areas include operations and maintenance, water quality monitoring, cross-connection control, groundwater protection, water conservation, water treatment, water source and other capital facility development, and reclaimed water. The division functions with 34 FTEs on a budget of $16.3 million.


Under the direction of the Public Works Director, the Drinking Water Utility Director will plan, organize, supervise, and direct all activities of the Drinking Water Utility. The new director will lead the planning, design, and operation/maintenance of the utility consistent with state and federal regulations, as well as the vision and direction contained in the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Water System Plan.


The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in Public Administration, Planning, Engineering, or other fields closely related to drinking water and water resources, and have four years of progressively responsible experience in the management of drinking water utility projects, programs, and activities, including at least two years of supervisory experience. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Experience with a municipality or other public sector utility experience is preferred.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Olympia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 19, 2023 (open until filled).