Position Status: Full Time; FLSA Exempt; Benefit Eligible
Work Week: Monday – Friday; Some nights and weekends may be required
Salary Range: $112,551.09 - $128,545.25 Annually DOE
Closing Date: February 14, 2020
THE CITY OF FLAGSTAFF is northern Arizona’s most appealing mountain community, renowned for its diversity, Native American culture, stunning scenery, and active lifestyle. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks at an elevation of 6,900 feet, Flagstaff (pop. 75,000, 66 sq. mi.) is surrounded by the largest ponderosa pine forests on earth. Its picturesque snow-capped mountains, aspen groves, meadows, and prairies provide a welcome contrast from Arizona’s lower elevation desert landscapes.
Flagstaff is the largest city in northern Arizona and the county seat for Coconino County, by area the second largest county in the country. From its origins as a thriving railroad, lumber, and ranching town, Flagstaff evolved into a governmental, educational, transportation, cultural, and commercial center. Northern Arizona University (NAU), the City’s largest employer with 30,000 students, has a major economic impact. Flagstaff has excellent public (Flagstaff Unified School District) and private schools, and Coconino Community College. It has quality health care and abundant shopping options. BestChoiceSchools.com recently named Flagstaff the “No. 1 small college town with a great quality of life.” Outside magazine named Flagstaff one of the “25 Best Towns in the US,” as did Business Insider (“20 Best Towns in America”).
Flagstaff is a vibrant community with engaged citizens, who care about the issues facing the city and the decisions of the City Council.
The policy goals of the city council for the 2017-2019 term are the following:
Environmental and Natural Resources
Transportation &Other Public Infrastructure
Building and Zoning/Regional Plan
Town & Gown
The City’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for all. The City of Flagstaff is a safe, diverse, just, vibrant, and innovative community with a unique character and quality of life for all. The City fosters and supports economic, environmental, education and cultural opportunities. Team Flagstaff practices organizational values such as Teamwork, Accountability, Communication, Transparency, Excellence, Leadership and Integrity when delivering services to the Flagstaff community. The City Council appoints the City Manager who serves as the City’s Chief Executive. The City Manager has two principal deputies that oversee the City’s twelve divisions and sections. The City of Flagstaff FY 2018-2019 budget is $280 million with 1,000 employees.
The City’s fiscal year budget has received both the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past 24 years. For more details about the City of Flagstaff budget and financial plan, please visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/3259/2019-Annual-Budget-Financial-Plan.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE WORK
Actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values. Performs highly professional management, administrative, and supervisory duties in directing all activities of the division as a Division Head.
This is a Division Head level position reporting directly to the Deputy City Manager. Employees of this class are responsible for organizing, directing, and coordinating the sections of the division. The position works with considerable independence and has overall responsibility for determining major divisional policies, planning long- and short-range programs, budget preparation, personnel management and professional growth of staff, and deals with major technical and administrative matters with other division, the City Manager, the City Council, various commissions, outside agencies, and the public at large. This position is responsible for the water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater programs within the City.
This position is FLSA exempt.
EXAMPLES OF THE WORK PERFORMED (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
Provides leadership and advises section heads on problems relating to their respective sections.
Responsible for the short- and long-range goals and objectives of the division.
Responsible for the planning and acquisition of long term water resources including involvement in the Little Colorado River Adjudication.
Responsible for the preparation of annual and long-range budgets, and for ensuring that the provisions of the approved budget are complied with and exercises control over expenditures.
Reviews plans, technical reports, budget estimates, and proposed ordinances and regulations submitted by section heads.
Develops division related policies in consultation with appropriate section heads for the expansion, operation, and maintenance of various programs.
Keeps the Deputy City Manager informed of divisional activities through written and oral reports.
Confers with representatives of various agencies, regional water groups and consultants on varied divisional projects and prepares memoranda and conducts correspondence and meetings relevant to the division or its component sections.
Confers with the City Manager, City Council, various commissions and boards, civic groups, and the general public in matters and problems relating to the division.
Represents the City at various regional and state water/wastewater committees and develops policy recommendations regarding long term water strategies to the water commission and council.
Establishes policies, procedures, schedules, guidelines and priorities to be observed by subordinates.
Attends council meetings and work sessions to represent division matters.
Participates in the selection, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
Attends conferences, conventions, and other educational and professional meetings to remain aware and informed of modern procedures, methods, and administration related to the division.
Speaks before civic clubs, community organizations, the media, and others on the plans, objectives, policies, programs, and problems of the division.
Performs related duties as required.
Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity.
Responsible for creating a corporate culture which values the following:
LEADERSHIP – As an organizational leader serves people and guides them toward a common vision. Acts in a direct and truthful manner and is widely trusted and respected. Keeps confidences and does not shrink from personal responsibility. Is able to create a vision and elicit cooperation and support, is able to develop and execute a strategic plan efficiently and with clear goals and objectives, and is able to inspire others to pursue change by actively involving all stakeholders in the process.
ACCOUNTABILITY – Is accountable to the community, organization and division, and is fiscally accountable.
RESPONSIVENESS – Values addressing customer needs through effective communication skills, maintaining composure, making decisions in a timely manner, and utilizing mediation/negotiation skills when necessary.
QUALITY – Provides high quality customer service by focusing on the needs of the customer, managing expectations, and building constructive and effective relationships as well as quality work programs and results.
PROFESSIONALISM – Is honest, responsible, fair, highly trained and cost conscious. Has the required education level and experience commensurate with the position and works effectively with diverse people and demonstrates an understanding of how their own division’s action impacts other areas in the organization.
TEAMWORK – Partners with citizens, other agencies, and employees for a better Flagstaff through managing, coaching and mentoring, delegating and team development.
PROBLEM SOLVING – Solves problems creatively, openmindedly and professionally through generating new ways to accomplish work and develops innovative approaches and ideas. Takes the initiative by seizing the opportunity to improve processes and procedures for the good of the organization and community.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, budget preparation, policy formation, and short- and long-range planning, especially as they relate to the division.
Working knowledge of the functions and goals of the various sections that make up the division.
Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, and coordinate the activities, budgets, and goals of the wide variety of divisions that compose the division.
Knowledge and ability to plan, secure and implement long term water acquisition.
Thorough knowledge of regulatory requirements for the operation of a public water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater systems.
Ability to develop short- and long-range plans and programs and to make decisions on matters of major policy and on complex technical and administrative problems.
Ability to effectively organize and direct personnel to affect maximum efficiency, communication, and coordination within the division.
Ability to deal effectively and cooperatively with councils, commissions, boards, other divisions and agencies, and the general public.
Ability to prepare and submit clear, concise, and accurate reports either orally or in writing.
Ability to select, direct, and evaluate other personnel of a high technical and administrative level.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, government officials, and the general public.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree Public Administration, Business Management, Engineering, or a related field or seven years of high level professional experience in public works, water services, engineering, hydrology or any combination of experience, education, or training that demonstrates the incumbent has the leadership competencies as described in the job description.
Seven years administrative and professional experience relating to public administration in general, and five years specific experience relating to the division.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Master’s degree in public administration, engineering, hydrology, business management or related field
Possession of Grade IV State certification(s) in water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution or wastewater collection.
Possession of a professional registration from the Arizona
State Board of Technical Registration (e.g., engineering or geology)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, use hands to finger/handle, feel, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear; is occasionally required to stand.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
Must possess, or obtain upon employment, a valid Arizona driver’s license.
All application packets must be received by 4PM AZ time on February 14, 2020 regardless of the postmarked date.
Cover letter stating why they want to be a Water Services
Director in Flagstaff at this point in their career;
City Application and Resume, Vacancy #017-20;
Salary history; and
Six (6) professional references including two (2) supervisors, two (2) peers and two (2) direct reports.
Inquiries should be directed to the City’s Human Resources division at (928) 213-2090.
The recruitment process will involve an initial telephone screening and on-site interviews with the City Manager and other City personnel. Candidates may also participate in other written or oral exercises to further evaluate their technical abilities.
As a general practice references will not be contacted until after the on-site interviews as part of the background verification process. The candidates identities may be subject to public disclosure prior to the interview process per Arizona’s public records act.
The City of Flagstaff is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
City of Flagstaff offers Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation Days, Paid Sick Days and Health/Dental/Life/Vision Insurance.