Job Listing Overview

 The Water Resource District Director provides professional leadership in planning, organizing,
and efficiently operating, maintaining, repairing, and funding both a rural potable water system
and a rural sewer system. This position is responsible for an O & M budget of $4.8M and five year
Capital Improvements Plan budget of $40 M+. This position is located in Watford City, ND,
scheduled for Monday – Friday, and reports directly to both the McKenzie County Water
Resource District Board and the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners. Level and
salary commensurate with experience Starting salary $93,755.00 may vary depending on experience

Essential Job Functions
• Establish division goals, objectives and priorities; set goals and performance criteria; monitor
and measure attainment of objectives, goals and priorities and implement corrective actions
in project phases and objectives for the innovative and prudent management of the
division’s performance
• Plan, prepare and control annual and capital improvement budgets; review financial and
performance data; present programmatic expenditure requests; prepare and authorize
contracts with outside agencies for maintenance of District facilities; evaluate proposals and
award contracts in accordance with District/County policies and procedures
• Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, project performance using
appropriate tools and techniques as well as project costs using appropriate verification
• Track project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and
long-term goals, meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints
based on financial analysis
• Plan, direct, coordinate, and control the daily operation of the Water Resource District;
including administration, financing, maintenance, operation, engineering, and construction.
Approve, prepare, and direct design of water and wastewater projects
• Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of staff; carrying out
supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable
laws; oversight of interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and
directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and
addressing complaints and resolving problems
• Maintain an effective, highly motivated, and dedicated work force to carry out the work of the
• Establish, review, maintain and interpret the District organization that makes the best use of
all employees’ skills and talents, all other resources, provides effective and proper
information flow, and establishes an effective procedure for complaint resolution
• Establish District policies relating to matters such as regulation, distribution and use of
water, operation and maintenance standards, and standards concerned with construction of
water storage and delivery systems.
• Develop and/or implement policies and procedures, forms, work methods, schedules, job
priorities to be followed, and coordinate all Departmental work
• Works directly with appointed and elected Board members to, recommend implement
current and long-range goals, objectives, plan and policies; attend and participate in Water
Resource District Board meetings, professional organizations, and community meetings;
prepare and present reports
• Reviews reports and operating data and compares them to established objectives and
standards; ensures that appropriate measures are taken to correct unsatisfactory results
• Communicate with the general public, other County employees, outside contractors, elected
officials, or others in order to supervise the Water Resources Department. Produces
documents such as policies, methods, and procedures for improving productivity; develops
plans and specifications for additions or revisions and special studies in the Department
• Enforces all aspects of an effective job safety program
• Other duties as assigned for business needs

Minimum Qualifications
• High School Diploma or GED
• 5 years’ supervisory experience at a management level with a local government
organization, preferably in a utility environment
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of water utility administration, planning, and
• Knowledge of civil engineering and infrastructure planning
• Knowledge of rate determination and financing principles and practices relating to public
• Knowledge of all water system components and how to safely maintain and repair all
different types and sizes of infrastructure.
• Ability to conduct field inspections, read and interpret specifications on blueprints and
schematic drawings, and make recommendations to resolve construction, maintenance issues
• Must possess or have the ability to obtain ND State certification as Class 2 Water
Distribution Operator within 12 months of employment
• Must possess or have the ability to obtain ND State certification as Class 1A Wastewater
System Operator within 6 months of employment
• Ability to conduct independent research, analyze data and draw conclusions, and prepare
complex reports
• Proficient with MS Office programs including Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Valid driver’s license
• Must be able to report to Watford City, ND daily at required schedule time
• Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology or related field
• Experience with ESRI ArcGIS, Trimble Terra Sync or other GIS software/hardware
• Experience with Bentley WaterGems/WaterCAD, KY Pipes or other water modeling

Physical requirements and Working Conditions
• Able to handle exposure to extreme weather conditions
• Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, kneel, stoop, sit, walk extensively
• Occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, fumes, odors, dusts,
poor ventilation, and intense noises.

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.