Town of Apex, North Carolina

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Water Resources Director

at Town of Apex, North Carolina

Pay: $90232 to $148533/year
$90232 - $148533
Posted: 9/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2556636

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Town of Apex is seeking a tech-savvy Water Resources Director who is experienced with rapid growth communities to lead the Water Resources Department. The next director will be outstanding in project management and lead with a customer service focus that effectively coordinates with all internal departments in the Town, external stakeholders, and works to meet Town goals.   The Water Resources Department works hard to maintain excellence in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Apex's employees and residents. The position is open due to an internal promotion.

To apply, please go to and click on the Water Resources Director – Apex link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal.

About the Community: 
Located in southwest Wake County, the town was named "Apex" because it was the highest point on a 30 mile stretch of the Chatham Railroad line that ran between Richmond, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida. Apex was first settled in the 1860s and the town was incorporated in 1873. The 1990s were a time of unprecedented growth, as industry and people moved to the Research Triangle area in record numbers. Apex had its share of growth, as the population grew from about 5,500 in 1990 to nearly 60,000 in 2019. Known fondly today as "The Peak of Good Living," Apex is a growing, thriving town working to balance that 'small town' feel that so many citizens value with the reality of being a mid-sized community in North Carolina.

The well-preserved downtown business district and the trains that still run through the town are a reminder of the past, while new subdivisions, shopping centers, parks, and businesses have enhanced the lifestyle of the citizens of Apex. Downtown hosts nearly a dozen annual street festivals and special events throughout the year attracting thousands of attendees. PeakFest is our signature event, drawing artisans from all over the state with their unique wares. The Latino Arts Festival is a celebration of the senses with music, dancing, art and jewelry making, and homemade Latin American foods. Dozens of barbecue cook teams from across the country descend on downtown Apex for the Peak City Pig Fest. Other holidays like Christmas, Independence Day, and Halloween are all celebrated with small-town charm.
History buffs flock to the Town's central business district, with multiple structures listed on the coveted National Register of Historic Places. Just step inside the Halle Cultural Arts Center and learn about the building's history, dating back to 1912. The Halle is now a modern center for exhibitions, musicals, and plays.

With over 400 acres of parkland, Apex fosters an active community. Unique to our town are a disc golf course at Apex Nature Park, which hosts a nighttime glow tournament and the Rodgers Family Skate Plaza, a 24-hour custom designed skate park. Families drive from all around to visit Kidstown Playground at Kelly Road Park, one of few remaining wooden playgrounds in the area. Those seeking a physical challenge will love our new Elevate Fitness course (think Ninja Warrior) at the Apex Community Park.

About the Organization:
The Town of Apex is governed by a non-partisan Mayor and five-member Town Council utilizing the council/manager form of government. Town Council sets the policy and direction; the Town Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.  With AAA bond ratings from bond rating agencies and excellent stewardship of tax dollars, the Town is regarded as a fiscally responsible and well-managed government with a budget of approximately $144 million in FY 19/20. The property tax rate is $.415 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.  A team of 504 employees, not including part-time and seasonal staff, serve the citizens of Apex across 17 departments.  The Town is currently managing a number of capital improvement projects (CIP) related to infrastructure, revitalization, and innovation.  The strategic focus of Apex is guided by the community vision established in Advance Apex: The 2045 Plan.  
The Town's strategic focus areas that guide staff in developing and implementing the annual budget and work plans include:
  • High Performing Government
  • Active, Engaged Citizens and Visitors
  • Sustainable Development and Infrastructure
  • Safe and Secure Community
  • Economic Vitality

Our internal culture is guided by our "Peak Principles" of Performance, Empowerment, Accountability, and Knowledge which are summed up in this pledge: "We will perform at the highest level by empowering our peers, remaining accountable to each other and those we serve, and continuing the pursuit of knowledge."

Typical Tasks

Water Resources Department and Position Overview: 
Reporting to the Assistant Town Manager, the Water Resources Director will oversee a department with 70 employees working in four divisions: Infrastructure Inspections,  Stormwater and Utility Engineering, Water and Sewer Utility Operations, and Water Reclamation. With a budget of $25.8 million (including a $23.5M enterprise fund for Water and Sewer), the director oversees a department that interfaces with other departments in the Town and has extensive external contact with citizens, business leaders, builders and developers.
Apex is experiencing significant and rapid growth due to the Town's national profile as one of the best places to live and work.  Upcoming priorities include managing a large number of ongoing projects, long-range planning for water and wastewater management, working with new technology including an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system, evaluating staffing needs and ensuring employees have the training and continuing education to be maximally effective, developing public education initiatives to inform citizens about water resource issues, and evaluation of and recommendation related to establishing a stormwater utility fee.
More information about the department can be found here (or by copying and pasting into your browser).

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, biology, environmental sciences, or related field and 10 years of breadth and depth in water/sewer utilities and stormwater experience, including a minimum of 5-7 years progressive supervisory experience in utilities management. A valid North Carolina driver's license is required. PE licensure is strongly preferred along with local government familiarity. The salary range is $94,061 to 154,837 with an expected hiring range of $94,061 - 124,449.  Beginning salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate has a proven track record and is:

  • adept at developing an excellent customer service culture for internal and external customers while supporting and advocating for employees and the department;
  • experienced in proactively leading water utilities strategically, not just operationally and reactively;
  • an effective team builder, equally committed to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as to developing individual employees;
  • outstanding at public relations and community engagement with the ability to tactfully engage with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • resourceful in finding or developing innovative solutions to meet workload demands;
  • knowledgeable of theory, principles, practices, and techniques of water and wastewater utilities;
  • knowledgeable of applicable federal, state and local law, codes and regulations governing the administration of public administration and public utilities functions and activities, including interlocal service agreements;
  • an experienced project manager who is adept at overseeing utility-related construction and infrastructure projects;
  • proactive in building collaborative external relationships with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and business leaders to effectively meet Town goals and internal relationships within the Water Resources Department as well as other Town departments;
  • resourceful in finding or developing innovative solutions to meet workload demands with reduced staff in a tight budget climate;
  • an effective listener who seeks input from relevant parties, realistically assesses plans, and consistently communicates;
  • a principled leader who values accountability while holding realistic and fair expectations of self and others;
  • an effective communicator, including in one-on-one communications, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and elected officials; and,
  • a lifelong learner who maintains knowledge of trends and initiatives regionally and nationally.
To apply, please go to and click on the Water Resources Director – Apex link on the left side of the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume, but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal.   Application review begins September 26, 2019.  Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Apex on November 4-5, 2019.   We encourage applicants to hold these dates should they be invited to participate.     EOE

Recruitment and Selection are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC. All inquiries should be emailed to .

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