General Manager

Mount Pleasant Waterworks
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

The Position

Mount Pleasant Waterworks, a water and wastewater utility serving over 90,000 residents, is seeking a dynamic, innovative leader as its next General Manager. The current, well-respected General Manager is retiring in the summer of 2021 after 30+ years of service. Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW) has an impeccable environmental record, values its exceptional workforce, and provides a high level of service and value to its customers. The organization has been one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina since 2016, and its ranking continues to improve. Located in the beautiful, rapidly-growing coastal locale of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (part of the Charleston metropolitan area), the utility and its General Manager provide leadership in the region and state on the environment, water quality, and innovation.

Under the general direction of the Board of Commissioners, the General Manager is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for all water and wastewater operations, functions, and facilities of Mount Pleasant Waterworks. The General Manager is responsible for developing and administering short and long-term Commission strategies, oversight of the Commission’s Operating and Capital budgets, supervising executive management staff, and addressing escalated customer problems.

Currently, eight department directors report to the General Manager. The General Manager has an opportunity to engage with many regional and state boards, is the face and voice of the Mount Pleasant Waterworks in the community, and plays a critical public education role in the importance of clean water for the region’s economic vitality.

A detailed job description is located on MPW’s website in the Join Our Team/Open Positions section at

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, engineering, business administration, or a closely related field with five years of progressive leadership experience working in a water utility or municipality and at least two years in a senior leadership role. 

Preferred qualifications include strong leadership development skills, experience in business and financial analysis, experience in government relations, and environmental stewardship. A master’s degree and/or a Professional Engineer (PE) license are also preferred but not required; experience and/or expertise related to the challenges of operating a water utility in a high-growth and environmentally sensitive area is also a plus.

Residency within the service area is encouraged as strong engagement in the community is essential for this position.


Compensation includes a highly competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an outstanding benefits package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at 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 March 3, 2021.