Posted on Dec 11, 2023
The Stormwater Utility Administrator performs complex professional tasks associated with the management and prioritization of the Stormwater Utility and implementation of the Water Resources Master Plan and associated capital projects. Serves a primary role in the coordination, development, and delivery of the Stormwater Utility core program components. Directs financial aspects of the Stormwater Utility.
SALARY: $86,081.78 - $105,428.00 Annually
LOCATION: Charlottesville, VA
JOB TYPE: Regular Full-Time
JOB NUMBER: 230600025-2
DEPARTMENT: Public Utilities
OPENING DATE: 12/11/2023
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
*This position has been re-posted on 12/11/2023: Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.*

The preferred hiring amount for this position is between $86,081.78 - $105,428.00 Annually. Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. This is a full-time, exempt, position which provides excellent benefits including 13 paid holidays plus 1 floating holiday, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, City's retirement options, gym membership reimbursement (up to $34 a month), tuition reimbursement (up to $3,000 per fiscal year), and continuing education/training opportunities.  

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This position provides customer service to Stormwater Utility ratepayers and coordinates complaint response, tracking, and communication. Directs and coordinates with staff regarding City stormwater systems operations and maintenance, as well as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) compliance efforts. Works closely and in coordination with technical staff, operational staff, and other departments that have stormwater responsibilities. Reports to the Director of Utilities. 

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Administers the Stormwater Utility program, including but not limited to capital project management; customer service, stormwater system and best management practice (BMP) maintenance; billing, rate evaluation and budgeting; policy and procedure development; and program reporting.
  • Coordinates, implements, and tracks the development and execution of the Water Resources Master Plan and its associated drainage and water quality capital improvement projects (CIPs). 
  • Implements and prioritizes drainage and water quality capital projects not included in the Master Plan, to include developing procurement documents, negotiating and securing easements and access agreements, managing the work of consultants and contractors, and coordinating with other City Departments.
  • Coordinates operation and maintenance planning and execution; develops cost analyses of programs and projects; and reports results and/or findings to management.
  • Tracks Stormwater Utility financials; prepares the annual budget; manages Stormwater Utility Fee Petitions for Adjustment and Credits; prepares the annual billing file with support from the Information Technology Department and the Treasurer's Office; completes periodic multi-year business plans and rate evaluations in conjunction with the Utilities Director.
  • Manages the development of construction plans and oversees construction of stormwater projects to ensure alignment with program goals and objectives, which may include managing the work of consultants and contractors.
  • Prioritizes drainage/stormwater management projects within the City, including the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), TMDL projects, stormwater management facility inspections and retrofits, pipe replacement/rehabilitation, storm drain network upsizing, utilizing the Utilities asset management system, and integrated Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP) plan components.
  • Coordinates with others to investigate, identify, and eliminate illicit connections and illicit discharges to the City's storm sewer system and water bodies within the City.
  • Provides customer service related primarily to billing and drainage issues.
  • Supports the Utilities Engineer in all aspects of the Stormwater Conveyance System Rehabilitation Program.
  • Works with the City Attorney’s office in matters of City drainage policy.
  • In collaboration with technical staff, coordinates and tracks operational stormwater maintenance efforts, which includes but is not limited to inspections of existing facilities, remedial assessments, and system planning.
  • Represents the City at stormwater related meetings and acts as program liaison to the Stormwater Advisory Committee.
  • Contributes to internal and external program reporting.
  • Develops performance and cost analyses of programs and projects for quality and efficiency control of the WRPP.
  • Reviews and revises complex construction plans for compliance with standards and for adherence to acceptable engineering principles.
  • Supervises assigned staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
  • Collaborates and coordinates public education programs and media campaigns to promote stormwater protection, best practices, and address public groups. Monitors content on website, in brochures, and in public presentations to ensure consistent messaging.
  • Prepares memos and makes presentations to citizens, City officials, and other entities in public forums regarding projects, policies, or other stormwater utility related topics.
  • Coordinates and assists with environmental issues/information requests, Federal and State environmental regulations, and provides support for stormwater-related audits and inspections.
  • Ensures compliance with standards and adherence to acceptable principles and best practices.
  • Performs other related tasks as required.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A four-year degree in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources or related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in stormwater program management or other related public water resource protection field. 
  • Possession of a valid appropriate driver's license required and must meet the City's driving eligibility requirements. (To view our driving eligibility requirements, visit; 

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Highly preferred Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Landscape Architect (PLA), or other related certification.
  • Preference for at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. 

Skills: Technical knowledge of water resource and stormwater planning, design, and program implementation; thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local stormwater management laws and regulations; methods for construction, maintenance, and repair of stormwater management systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills in preparing and delivering presentations and reports to officials and the ability to explain complex stormwater related topics to the general public; working knowledge of MS Office and some experience with GIS and CAD software; understanding and ability to organize and manage data in support of stormwater rates and billing; ability to provide leadership and direction in meeting program goals and interdepartmental cooperation; ability to establish effective working relationships with other departmental staff, contractors, public agencies, civic groups, and the general public.


Physical Conditions & Additional Information

Primarily office environment with ability to climb, crawl and access various areas within construction or during emergencies and in all weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodation. The job may risk exposure to inclement weather, wet or humid conditions, uneven terrain, noise, fumes, dusts and pollen, animals/wildlife, and traffic.

Works closely and in coordination with technical staff, other divisions and other departments to manage, integrate, and/or coordinate the various components of the Stormwater Utility and WRPP.

Communicates with the public including but not limited to citizens, advisory groups, other City staff, and City Council.

 Note: This job opportunity is advertised with a closing date of "Continuous." If interested in being considered, an application should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible during the recruitment with candidates who are best qualified. Applications may no longer be considered once a candidate to fill the position is identified. This job announcement will close when the position(s) have been filled and may close at any time.