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General Manager

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This is a Full-time position in Cedartown, GA posted May 1, 2021.

Polk County Water Authority is Seeking a full-time General Manager Position


Job Description

Job Title: General Manager

General Summary:

Overall responsibility for managing and directing the operation of the Polk County Water Authority (PCWA) to ensure compliance with state statutes, goals, policies, resolutions and applicable governmental regulations to support high quality, cost-effective and dependable water and sewer service.

Implements PCWA Board of Directors’ adopted policies and procedures.

Reporting Relationships:

This position reports to the PCWA Board of Directors.

This position supervises the Field Superintendent and Office Manager. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs, manages and coordinates PCWA operations, staff, facilities, programs, projects and planning of existing and future services.
Coordinates and oversees the activities of the PCWA consultants, engineers, attorneys, and financial advisors.
Signs contracts and agreements which do not require specific signatures of the Board of Directors.
Oversees and implements financial controls and reporting requirements.
Supervises and coordinates the preparation and presentation of the annual budget, including capital and extraordinary expenditures.
Coordinates annual review of employee benefits and compensation.

Prepares recommendation to Board for annual medical cost allotment, employee step increases and employee merit increases.

(Merit increases will be presented as a lump sum percentage/dollar amount and when approved by the Board, will be disbursed to employees as determined by the General Manager).
Provides final approval of personnel actions; including hiring of new employees, formal disciplinary actions, and separations (changes in personnel classifications subject to Board approval).
Identifies and communicates to the Board all needs for repairs, replacements, and capital improvements.
Directs development and implementation of short and long term plans for maintenance and operations.
Directly manages office staff; oversees all personnel administration.
Reviews and makes recommendations concerning rate revisions and bond refinancing.
Conducts and oversees public relations.
Attends PCWA Board Meetings and provides information and recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Represents the PCWA on interagency issues, both agency to agency and agency association levels.
Ensures that emergency preparedness plans, activities, procedures and drills are established and practiced in order to support delivery of critical resources in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Resolves escalated customer issues as necessary.
Performs other duties as needed or assigned by the Board.


General knowledge of:

Principles and practices of management, design, construction and operation of a public water/sewer district;
Public finance;
Organization, rules, regulations and processes of regulatory agencies;
Project management and controls;
Fiscal and budget principals, practices, and procedures;
Human resources and organizational management; and

Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, procedures, and practices related to water and sewer operations.

Ability to:

Make critical decisions involving work assignments, staffing priorities, objectives and operations;
Interpret and apply PCWA policies and procedures;
Supervise and evaluate management, professional, and administrative staff;
Train and develop competent employees;
Comprehend construction plans, specifications and maps;
Negotiate contracts;
Build and maintain strong, positive working relationships with Board of Directors, staff, and other agencies;
Make effective public presentations;
Efficiently use computer and related software applications;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with consultants and staff at all organizational levels, customers, and the public;
Understand and follow verbal and written directions;
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Experience/Education: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or related field and 10 years experience in a senior management role in public works.

Valid GeorgiaState driver’s license.

The PCWA Board of Directors may accept alternatives to some of the above requirements

Physical Requirements: This job typically requires sitting, balancing, reaching, standing, walking (including construction sites), driving automobiles, speaking, listening, writing, reading and computer utilization.

Work Environment: Duties are performed in an office environment with frequent travel to meetings, conferences and to PCWA facilities and construction projects.

Evaluation: The General Manager will be evaluated annually by the Board of Directors.

Other: The General Manager serves at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Unless agreed upon in a written contract approved by the Board of Commissioners, employment with the PCWA is “at will.”

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and may be changed or amended at any time to meet the needs of the PCWA.

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