Van Buren Township

Director of Water and Sewer

Description :

Salary Range: $100,000 – $110,000

Excellent Benefits Package: Employer Paid %

The Blues of Michigan Medical/Dental (90%)
Vision (100%)
Defined Contribution (12%), Vested after First Contribution
Life Insurance $50,000 (100%)
Generous PTO Banks
Education Tuition Assistant Plan
HCSP of $2500 annually (After 2080 hours of employment)

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

The Charter Township of Van Buren is an equal opportunity employer.

The Charter Township of Van Buren, Michigan is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Director of Water and Sewer. The list of job requirements, duties, responsibilities and other abilities are meant to be representative and not all encompassing.

Position Summary
Under the general supervision of the Township Supervisor, the position is the administrative department head directing the activities of the Van Buren Water & Sewer Division. As Director, the Employee directs the operation, maintenance, engineering, repair and installation of related equipment and facilities, in addition to utility billing, cross connection and all related regulatory responsibilities. This position also oversees the operation and maintenance of wastewater and water infrastructure and other facilities in coordination with the Water and Sewer Superintendent, Township Engineer, the Public Services Director, Planning Director, Township Supervisor and other department heads and consultants. Significant emphasis is placed on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.  The duties and responsibilities require considerable independent judgment and initiative. Interacts in a consistently pleasant and helpful manner with fellow employees, visitors and residents of the Charter Township of Van Buren, and demonstrates the highest standards of internal and external customer service.

Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
An employee in this position may be called upon to perform any or all of the following essential job functions, duties and responsibilities.  These examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by an employee assigned this classification and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed in this position.

  • Oversees the administrative functions of the Water & Sewer Division including; personnel, budgeting, financial, engineering, and general administration.
  • Plans and directs the activities of skilled and semi-skilled workers, consultants and supervisors
  • Oversees the operation, installation, maintenance and repair of piping, water hydrants and gate valves, gate wells, manholes, sewer lines, pumps, etc.
  • Recommends priorities, develops new policies and procedures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations; reviews major changes and problems with the Public Services Director
  • Evaluates operational needs, such as manpower, parts, materials, and equipment.
  • Provides administrative oversight of the installation, maintenance, repair and reading of water meters for industrial, commercial and residential accounts.
  • Provides administrative oversight of all water and sewer utility billing operations.
  • Performs Project Management for technology and infrastructure as it relates to water, sewer operations and maintenance, including writing RFP’s, presentations at public hearings and meetings.
  • Ensures township compliance regulations related to water, such as: Backflow Prevention, Stage 2 Disinfection By-products, Lead and Copper, Bacteriological monitoring and Consumer Annual Reports. Performs duties as required by regulation for water supply, NDPES permits, etc.
  • Maintains records and reports in compliance with M.I.O.S.H.A. regulations and other applicable laws
  • Enforces safety rules and regulations and ensures proper training of personnel
  • Supervises and coordinates the resolution of customer complaints and service requests
  • Serves as a liaison to water & sewer and regulatory entities at the state, regional, and local level.
  • Develops and recommends budgets and rate models, analyzes costs and evaluates staff performance.
  • Performs liaison duties with other divisions, departments, external agencies and other communities; represents the operations at meetings
  • Counsels and advises the Township Board of Trustees and Water & Sewer Commission on infrastructure related matters
  • Keeps abreast of professional developments, new administrative techniques, legal issues and other current events.
  • Performs plan review in conjunction with Planning Director
  • Works with development of the Township's Geographic Information System, as it relates to divisional operations.
  • Maintains effective networking relationships with peers and other colleagues in and outside the Township
  • Maintains effective working relationships with Township officials, employees and the general public
  • Represents the Township interests at various commissions, committees and other industry related events and activities
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Drives personal or Township vehicle as required
  • Required to be available to perform duties for operational problems, equipment emergencies, storms, power outages and other emergencies deemed necessary by management after normal working hours, weekends and holidays

The above list of job requirements, duties and responsibilities, physical abilities and other abilities are meant to be representative only and not all encompassing.  The Township reserves the right to add to, delete from, change and/or amend the requirements, duties and responsibilities, physical abilities, and other abilities herein above set forth at any time and without prior notice.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities of the position.

  • Considerable knowledge of civil engineering and construction of water main and other system appurtenances.
  • Extensive knowledge of the policies, procedures, equipment, and materials required for effective operation, maintenance, and repair of water distribution systems, utility billing, and regulations related to water systems
  • Considerable knowledge of data processing and other technologies as related to utility operations
  • Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of organization and management
  • Ability to effectively organize and direct divisional activities and to analyze and resolve problems
  • Ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively diffuse and resolve difficult situations.
  • Possession of an S-1 EGLE Water Operator Certificate
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in Water / Sewer field maintenance and operations
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in Water / Sewer operations management
  • Possession of a valid State of Michigan Driver’s license


  • Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor degree in Business, Public Administration, Engineering, or closely related field
  • Prior experience as a department or division director in a local governmental organization is highly desired

Physical Abilities and Work Environment
The conditions 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; when visiting parks or construction sites the incumbent may be required to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces, be exposed to all weather conditions, dust and pollen, and mechanical hazards such as construction equipment; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside Township boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled