Water District General Manager

King County Water District #49
415 SW 153rd St., Burien WA 98166, Burien, Washington
Job Type
Job Post Expires On


King County Water District 49

Job Opening Announcement: General Manager

Email cover letter, resume, and supplemental Questions to Mark Bethune, Interim General Manager: markb@wd49.org

King County Water District No.49 is located at 415 S.W. 153rd Street in Burien. Water District No 49 is responsible for over 59 miles of water mains and over 4,200 service connections.

This district provides services to more than 16,000 residential and commercial users in parts of Burien and northern Normandy Park. King County Water District No.49 has eight employees, and three commissioners govern the district. The District contracts for Legal and Engineering consulting.

The water this district provides is supplied from the Cedar River Watershed. The Cedar River Watershed is located in a remote, uninhabited area of the Cascade Mountains and is managed by the City of Seattle. The city also maintains large transmission pipelines which convey the water from the watershed to our area. The District’s distribution system is connected to these pipelines by four separate taps on large transmission mains.  Seattle Public Utilities provides the water treatment for the system

Job Summary for the General Manager:

The General Manager (GM) provides leadership to King County Water District 49. The GM oversees district operations, guards the district’s short- and long-term financial health, and ensures that the district’s water supply is safe, reliable, affordable, and compliant with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. The GM answers to a three-member elected Commission.  The Commissioners shape the district’s strategic vision, and the GM is responsible for its implementation (See attached detailed job description).

Supplemental Questions:

In order to get a better sense of your writing skills and additional insights into your experience, please answer the following questions.  Limit your responses to no more than a single page per question and upload your answers as part of your online application.

  1. Please tell us why you are interested in this position and why this is a good time in your career to come King County Water District No 49.
  2. Water field procedures have evolved informally over the years. As the work pace and system grows it has become necessary to develop formalized procedures with field manuals and other asset management processes. Please describe your experience with developing formalized procedures. How do you ensure said procedures are followed?

Job Description:

Water District No. 49


Job Description


Title:                         District General Manager


Reports to:               Board of Commissioners


ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $105,000 TO $125,000

FLSA Status:           Exempt



Responsible for the overall management and operation of the District.  Follows District policies, state statutes and all other government regulations. Provide information and recommendations to the Board of Commissioners concerning water rates and charges, accounting and fiscal information, the District Comprehensive Plan, personnel and labor relations issues and other policies and procedures. Coordinates activities with the Board of Commissioners, Office Manager/Financial Officer, other governmental agencies, community groups and news media.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees and implements operating and administrative policies.
  • Is the “Responsible Charge” for the District as specified by the Department of Health
  • Oversees the daily operations of the District.
  • Keeps the Commissioners informed of the issues facing the District, through developing the agenda for Commissioner meetings.
  • Implements policies and procedures as established by the Commissioners.
  • Approves and signs outside service contracts, change orders on capital improvement projects, SEPA checklist, Determination of Non-Significance, and Notice of Action requests.
  • Attends all Board of Commissioners meetings and any Special meetings as directed by the Board.
  • Represents the District at regulatory agencies, associations and civic groups in all areas relating to utility matters.
  • Oversees the Office Manager’s/Financial Officer’s development of the annual operating budget for Commissioner approval.
  • Builds and maintains a competent staff dedicated to serving the District’s customers.
  • Provides support for, and works cooperatively with, the Office Manager/Financial Officer on financial, accounting and billing functions, and personnel matters within their respective job responsibilities.
  • Resolves disputes with customers who have problems with District policies/actions.
  • Coordinates and directs activities with outside consultants, such as engineers, accountants, attorney, and bond counsel.
  • Ensure that policies, procedures, performance standards, etc., are adhered to and/or achieved.
  • Provides oversight of the Collective Bargaining Agreements, including negotiations and management/labor meetings.
  • Sets annual District-wide goals related to enhancing customer service, water quality and operations.  Oversees annual report depicting the District’s major accomplishments.
  • Oversees and participates in bidding activities.
  • Oversees Purchase Orders
  • Oversees and participates in the development of Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Oversees and approves small works projects.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of management and supervision.
  • Working knowledge of Windows operating system and Microsoft Office Programs.
  • Skill in fostering a team effort and eliciting the cooperation of others.
  • Ability to work with the public and with other members of the organization in a positive and fair manner.  Able to empathize with differing points of view and to mediate conflicts.
  • Ability to counsel and guide employees in the performance of duties.  Serve as information resource and technical advisor on difficult problem areas and employee development issues.
  • Ability to develop and implement work rules and safety procedures, insuring consistency within the District.
  • Ability to handle difficult citizen and staff complaints and concerns.
  • Ability to interpret complex guidelines, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures that apply to the District.
  • Ability to recognize training needs and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to make decisions under difficult and demanding circumstances involving legal or financial liability and sensitive community issues.  Able to make fair and consistent decisions as called upon by circumstance.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with District staff, customers, developers, consultants, contractors, agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.


Preferred Education, Certifications, and Experience:

  • 5 years managerial experience.
  • 10 years equivalent work experience.
  • Certified as a Water Distribution Manager III (or ability to obtain certification within one year and carry the office of “Responsible Charge” during the time the certification is in process).
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (e.g., business, accounting, civil engineering) not required, but will be beneficial.


Physical Demands:  The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work is primarily performed indoors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to computers.  May be exposed to upset customers.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.


Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.