Under general direction of the Board of Directors, the General Manager manages and directs the overall activities of Northern Water including the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Municipal Subdistrict, and their several Water Activity Enterprises.
The General Manager works with the Board to update, refine, or expand Northern Water’s mission and/or vision in response to evolving water needs in northern Colorado.
The General Manager implements and oversees policies and guidelines dictated by the Board and provides direct management of the Assistant General Managers and the various departments. The General Manager coordinates activities with and, as directed by the Board to do so, provides direction to legal counsel.
At the designation of the Board of Directors, the General Manager may also act as Secretary or Treasurer of Northern Water.
Employment and Education Requirements
Qualified candidates for this leadership role will have skills and experience in these areas:
Employment History Requirements
1.Employment by the State of Colorado at the Cabinet or management level of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources or Colorado Department of Health and Environment; or
2.Employment at the management level of a Colorado municipal water utility, water district, ditch company, or water users’ association; or
3.At least 10 years experience as a consulting engineer, attorney, scientist or other technical expert for or with one or more of the Colorado entities identified in Paragraph 1) or 2) above.
•A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent education or a law degree (juris doctorate) or advanced scientific or technical degree is required.
•A Master’s degree in engineering or business administration, OR equivalent work experience/ education is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements
•Is committed to public service and has knowledge of leading mission-driven organizations.
•Able to communicate well in both written and oral form with excellent negotitating skills and demonstrated professional demeanor.
•Possesses a thorough knowledge of Colorado and western states’ water resource development, water law, and/or civil, water resource or hydraulic engineering.
•A general knowledge of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project and water resource management in Colorado including the Colorado water rights system.
•Has experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic visions and plans.
•Has some experience in managing change and leading growth of organizations in a thoughtful manner for long-term sustainability.
•Is politically knowledgeable with proven ability to work with appointed or elected officials at all levels on a non-partisan or bi-partisan basis.
•Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships and effective partnerships.
•Proven experience in developing and growing a senior management team to reach its maximum potential.
•Able to handle stressful or difficult situations in an effective manner.
•Ensures that all staff members feel well-connected to the mission and achievements of Northern Water.
•High degree of integrity, values transparency at all levels; sets example for all other personnel.
•Outgoing, personable, honest, natural relationship builder and partner, collaborative, comfortable with wide variety of people and backgrounds.
•Action-oriented, strong work ethic, follow through, delivers on commitments routinely.
•Detail-oriented but keeps eye on big picture goals and ensures that staff understand and value Northern Water’s long term objectives.
License, Certificate, or Credential Preferences
Northern Water values staff leaders who demonstrate a continuing commitment to their own professional development. Evidence of such a commitment could include but is not limited to obtaining a professional certification such as passing the bar exam for an attorney or obtaining a Registered Professional Engineer designation. Other such professional certifications or licenses are equally valid.
How to Apply
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements at your earliest convenience to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications are to be submitted electronically. The Board expects to begin interviews in February, so we look forward to hearing from qualified, interested candidates soon.
To learn more about Northern Water and this position, please visit our website at www.northernwater.org
The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and commensurate with experience