Job Listing Overview
Manchester Water District
Salary: $108,500 – $155,000
The Manchester Water District is headquartered in unincorporated southeast Kitsap County, Washington. Kitsap County is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in the south-central Puget Sound, directly across the water from Seattle. The community of Manchester sits on the waterfront west of Blake Island and is accessible by highway or the Southworth Ferry which docks a short drive south. Manchester’s residents enjoy stunning views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Seattle skyline. The Port of Manchester, which the District works closely with, maintains public docks where boaters can tie-up, and the local beaches are a popular destination for families.
The Manchester Water District serves approximately 3,400 individual accounts and a population of just under 10,000. The District is a potable water only utility governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners. The District serves the communities of Manchester, Colby, Harper, and Southworth. District assets include over 40 miles of water main, nine water wells, five reservoirs, and approximately 370 public and private fire hydrants. The District has an administrative office in the Manchester Village, and a separate Field Operations Complex that includes a Field Office building and a 4,300 square foot workshop and fleet storage building.
The General Manager oversees daily operations of the system and personnel, including five Service Technicians, an Accounting Manager and Customer Service Representative. For FY 2023, the District projects annual revenue of just over $3,000,000, including $1,194,036 in reserve carried over from FY 2022. The District’s revenue is almost entirely from rates and meter sales. The General Manager provides financial reports to the Board at monthly meetings.
In addition to the water utility, Manchester Water District also serves as a public point of contact for the Port of Manchester, located next to the administrative office. The Port owns and operates a boat launch facility and pocket park on the western shore of Puget Sound. Through an interlocal agreement, Manchester Water District performs basic administrative tasks, occasional emergency repairs, and serves the boating public. The Port is governed by a three-member Commission. With an annual budget of less than $200,000, the Port has no paid employees. Tasks such as restroom maintenance, landscaping, and parking lot sweeping are all done by contractors.
Education & experience: A related college degree is desired, however, a candidate who demonstrates success running a water or similar utility will be of interest and considered regardless of a relevant college degree. The preferred General Manager will be accustomed to successfully working both in the office and in the field, depending on the priorities of the day. The ideal candidate will have good communication and people skills, and have leadership and management experience in a similar organization.
For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The Manchester Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: March 26, 2023 (open until filled).