Alderwood Water & Wastewater District

Lynnwood , WA
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Maintenance and Operations Director

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District
Lynnwood, WA Full-time
Posted on July 10, 2018



Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) seeks a strong and knowledgeable manager to direct its Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Department. The position requires someone who is supportive of staff and a visionary for the Department’s future direction.

The Maintenance & Operations Director plays a central role in providing safe, efficient service to the District’s customers. This individual oversees programs to evaluate facility conditions, develop regular maintenance schedules, and identify when upgrades and replacements are needed. The Director needs the operational knowledge and understanding to make strategic decisions on how to serve the area, considering long-term demands and conditions as well as our current needs.

AWWD plays a vital regional role as a wholesale purveyor of water to cities and districts, and the M&O Director will understand large systems, a big picture vision of inter-jurisdictional cooperation, and the interpersonal skills to make such cooperation a reality.

The selected individual needs to be a strong leader for a staff of 90+ that includes administration, supervisors, lead workers and field workers. They need to strongly support training and career advancement by staff at all levels. The District faces a very competitive employment market, and the Director must be prepared to develop staff on both the technical and operational sides. The M&O Director will inspire staff to work both safely and productively, and to provide superb customer service.

The individual must have a strong sense of the larger goals of our organization: public health, environmental protection, and public service. The M&O Director leads with integrity, and ensures that we comply with local, state and federal regulations and are transparent in our operations.

The M&O Director must face all of these challenges within a cross-departmental environment. The selected Director will work cooperatively and supportively with other department heads in carrying out the Board’s goals, and help the District carry out team efforts to improve its programs and tools. The District aims to develop and maintain water and sewer infrastructure that will be vital cores of our community for many decades to come, and the M&O Director plays a key central role in making that goal a reality.

Salary: $112,644 to $150,936 annually


Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the requirements of the job.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be five years of progressively responsible experience supervising and managing the maintenance and operation of water and/or wastewater systems. A Water Distribution Manager III certification from the WA Department of Health is required within one year of employment. A college degree is preferred.


  • Medical Plan Options
  • Dental and Vision
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Public Employee Retirement System
  • Deferred Compensation with Employer Match
  • Educational Assistance
  • Wellness Incentive
  • Commute Trip Reduction Incentive
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life/Disability Insurance
  • Training / Development



The Alderwood Water & Wastewater District’s mission is to provide clean, reliable water and wastewater services for a healthy community. As an organization we strive to build and maintain a system that will function for the next 100 years and beyond. We protect the natural environment, conserve water resources, and provide critical services, every day. Spanning over 45-square miles in south Snohomish County, the District is the largest special purpose water/wastewater District in the State of Washington.

The District adopted a five year strategic plan in 2017 that outlines the following strategies: serve you today, plan for tomorrow, protect our water supply, manage our information and our physical assets, and build a learning organization.

The new Maintenance & Operations Director will play a vital role in implementing these strategies. Under the leadership of the successful candidate, the M&O Director will build relations with other agencies to increase information sharing, and support system resiliency efforts.


The ideal candidate will have multiple years of experience supervising and overseeing the maintenance and operations of water and/or wastewater systems for a special purpose district, municipality, or other public entity.

Experience in both water and wastewater is preferred but not required. Job candidates should have experience in organizations that contain multiple employee divisions that manage and perform work on a diverse range of programs and functions.

The individual selected for this position will be committed to public service and understand processes and procedures related to public administration and finance.

Job candidates should enjoy working in a learning organization and be committed to the development of employees. The successful candidate will have exceptional supervisory skills and be a willing and engaged coach and mentor.

The department has 89 full-time employees who work in water distribution, water quality, wastewater collection and treatment, fleet/facilities management, and administration. Department employees work out of the Maintenance & Operations Facility in Lynnwood, WA and the Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Edmonds, WA. Approximately three quarters of the department’s workforce primarily perform their job functions in the field.

AWWD is an EEO employer and a smoke-free workplace. Finalists for the position will be required to participate in a criminal background investigation after they have been interviewed.