Posted on Jan 30, 2024
The City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Director of Public Utilities to oversee the management of a variety of utility operations. Harrisonburg (pop. 55,700) is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University, and one of the fastest-growing cities in Virginia.
$49.94 - $56.18 Hourly
$3,995.20 - $4,494.40 Biweekly
$8,656.27 - $9,737.87 Monthly
$103,875.20 - $116,854.40 Annually
LOCATION: Harrisonburg, VA
JOB TYPE: Full-Time
JOB NUMBER:  5218 (Dec 2023)
DEPARTMENT:  Public Utilties
OPENING DATE:  12/20/2023
CLOSING DATE:  Continous
The Public Utilities Department has 5 divisions, including the Water Treatment Plant, Field Utilities, Billing, Pumps, and Engineering, and has more than 50 employees and approximately 16,000 accounts. The department is responsible for providing a sufficient quantity and the reliable delivery of safe potable water in addition to the conveyance of sanitary sewer service.

The candidate selected for this position will report to the Director of Public Utilities. The Deputy Director will be responsible for assisting the Director on all issues pertaining to the long-term planning of activities, policies, budget, capital improvement, organization, and management, including supporting department initiatives and assisting in the development of business plans. The Deputy Director will be a collaborator and mentor who participates in and leads various departmental performance committees designed to transcend traditional functional division barriers. The ideal Deputy Director must be well-versed in municipal utilities asset management (maintenance and operations) and project management in addition to trends within the industry.

A comprehensive list of all essential functions, along with the ideal candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position is available in the class specification.
This is a full-time exempt position with benefits and a preferred hiring range of $103,875 - $116,854 annually; however, anexact salary will be dependent upon the selected candidate's qualifications/experience and in compliance with City policy. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in civil engineering or related field and extensive (6 or more years) experience in public utility design, construction, maintenance, and repair, including considerable (3-5 years) supervisory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be used to meet this requirement.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Click here to view the physical requirements of this position.
Candidates registered as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia are preferred; however, this is not a requirement for consideration.
The selected candidate for this position will be subject to the following screenings and must receive satisfactory results:
  • DMV record review;
  • Credit check; and
  • Criminal background check.

Supplemental Information

To Apply: In order to be considered, all candidates must submit a complete City of Harrisonburg online employment application, including previous work experience and education history in the body of the application.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  This position may close at any time after 10 calendar days. (posted 12/20/2023)

The City provides an excellent benefits package, including health insurance, retirement (VRS & MissionSquare), life insurance, paid leave, and holidays.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
The City of Harrisonburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.