Utilities Director

City of Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Position

The City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking a strong leader who is customer-focused and financially savvy, with both technical and interpersonal competence to serve as Utilities Director. The Director will oversee a department that provides high quality, sustainable water; sanitary sewer; and solid waste and recycling services for the residents, businesses, and regional customers. Cedar Rapids is one of the best-run cities in the country, values employees and organizational health, and is focused on innovation, technology, and the future.

The Director oversees approximately 249 FTEs and manages three divisional budgets totaling $135 million. The Utilities Director works closely with and is an integral part of the City’s Executive Leadership Team. The Utilities Director reports to the City Manager and has the following direct reports: Utilities Environmental Manager, Water Utility Plant Manager, Water Pollution Control (WPC) Utility Plant Manager, Solid Waste Superintendent, Utilities Engineering Manager, Utilities Business Manager, and two administrative assistants. The position is open because the current Director is retiring.

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree and at least six years’ experience in water and/or wastewater utility with significant financial responsibility for budget, projects, and rates.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, licensed Professional Engineer (PE), and significant supervision in a utility organization. Demonstrated experience utilizing new technology, environmental stewardship, continuous improvement, and organizational health in a comparable, complex utility organization is also preferred. Experience with large industrial customers and economic development is also preferred.


The salary range is $128,711 - $180,195, depending on qualifications. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance
  • Participation in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Flex leave (paid time off) accrued monthly
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Deferred compensation
  • Semi-annual longevity payments (beginning after five years of service)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Educational assistance
  • Paid parental leave

Residency within the city limits is required within three months of appointment.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/3ccvu0K. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on October 28, 2020.