Engineering & Development Director

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District Published: 27/7/2017
Lynnwood, WA
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The Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) is looking for a supportive and accomplished visionary to direct the Engineering & Development Department under the supervision of the General Manager.   The Engineering & Development Director will play a major role in planning for replacement, upgrade and future growth of the District's water/wastewater systems, and will be tasked with growing the department to handle significant capital work due in the coming decade.

The ideal candidate will have experience planning and/or managing public works construction projects related to water and wastewater infrastructure. This individual will have working knowledge of modern capital improvement programming. The Director should understand the concept of using data and metrics to plan and guide a capital program as well as to provide status reports in a way that is easily understood by elected officials, government leaders, and the public.

In this position the incumbent should see conflict as an opportunity and have the capability to take competing ideas from different interests, create a vision, and take action. The successful candidate should understand that success is a product of cooperation and engage stakeholders outside of the District. The person selected for this position will need to understand the importance of the relationship between the District and the development community in extending and maintaining water/wastewater systems.

The Engineering & Development Director will be a willing participant in the growth of employees and should be able to learn from anyone within the organization or the community. The Director needs to be a compassionate individual, committed to the ideals of public service, but should also drive results from staff. The successful candidate will have the capability to be soft on people, but tough on accountability. The next Director will need the motivational skills necessary to rally staff toward a common vision in a fast-paced environment, with a constant focus on protecting public health.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge and experience in public administration. The Director will be able to develop and implement a budget, create policy, supervise and evaluate staff, participate in selection and disciplinary processes, and make tough decisions. In accomplishing these tasks the successful candidate will seek and receive help from others and be a productive member of the management team.


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 recently adopted a new five year strategic plan 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 Engineering & Development Director will play a vital role in implementing these strategies by helping the District foster in a new asset management system and modernizing GIS technology. Under the leadership of the successful candidate, the Engineering & Development Department will develop strategies to increase capital project delivery, build relations with other agencies to increase information sharing, and support system resiliency efforts.


The Engineering & Development Department has three working divisions: capital projects, construction inspection and management, and engineering development services.

Overall the department has 22 FTEs and recently added a new CIP Analyst position to assist with evaluating and analyzing the capital improvement program, an engineering technician position to help with an increased need for development extension review, and has plans to add two additional engineer FTEs in the near future.   Two Construction Managers, the Capital Projects Manager, the Development Engineer, and the Administrative Assistant report to the Director. The rest of the department includes dedicated construction inspectors, engineering technicians, and engineers.

Candidates for the director position ought to assume that from day one they will be asked to evaluate the structure of the department and help determine how to best organize in order to accomplish the goals of the strategic plan. The Board of Commissioners have been clear that they are willing to commit resources toward increasing capital project delivery… the new Director will be charged with developing a plan to move forward.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain meet this requirement would be five years of related management experience at a supervisory level and a bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, construction management, public administration, or a related field.

Professional Engineer license, experience with water or wastewater systems, and a master’s degree preferred but not required.

The salary for this position is $109,368 to $146,580 annually dependent upon experience and qualifications. The District offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, group term life insurance, short term and long term disability coverage, State of Washington PERS 401(a) retirement plan participation, a deferred compensation match program, a commute reduction incentive, and a wellness incentive.


To view a full job description or apply online go to All application materials must be received by Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM to be considered during the first review of applicants. For questions or other information please contact HR Manager Mathew Pruitt at (425) 741-7923. Prior to employment, a criminal history background check and reference checks will be conducted on the top candidates. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies for a drug-free and smoke-free work environment.