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General Manager - West Des Moines Water Works

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direction of the West Des Moines Water Works (WDMWW) Board of Trustees, manages and directs the utility towards its mission of providing quality water in reliable quantities and superior service to an expanding base of water consumers. Is accountable for developing, implementing and executing short-and long-range plans, policies, budgets, and strategies to accomplish the mission, Strategic Plan and Board of Trustee’s priorities.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Directs, plans, coordinates, controls and evaluates the daily operation of the utility through subordinate directors.
  • Establishes current and long-range goals, objectives, plans, and policies subject to review by the Board.
  • Dispenses advice, guidance, direction, and authorization to carry out major plans, standards, and procedures consistent with established policies.
  • Oversees adequacy and soundness of the organization's financial structure, including, but not limited to capital improvements and economic justification for projects,
  • Reviews engineering documents, plans and plots prepared by others and is responsible for designs and proposals to meet the WDMWW objectives.
  • Compares operating results with established objectives and takes steps to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to correct unsatisfactory results.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications throughout the organization.
  • Is responsible for keeping all Board members informed of activities of WDMWW and progress of projects.
  • Plans and works in concert with the City of WDM, Des Moines,and other suburbs to ensure the best service for WDM.
  • Represents the utility with major customers, business partners, other utilities and the community.
  • Is responsible for coordinating all work of planning, engineering and legal consultants.
  • Directs and oversees the analysis of proposed legislation and regulation as it relates to the utility.
  • Participates in regional, state and national utility meetings and conferences to stay abreast of trends and technology related to the utility’s operations.


Experience: Eight to ten years of experience within a utility with a track record of positive professional growth and proven ability to manage a team.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering is preferred. Degrees in Engineering, Business Administration, or related field combined with appropriate work experiences will be considered. Masters Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or related field a plus

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Iowa driver's license. Iowa DNR Grade 2 Treatment and Distribution license or higher. Valid PE Certification desired.


  • Ability to foster strong relationships with industry peers, policy makers, community leaders, union leaders, and other organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills with knowledge of public relations principles and techniques.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex, sensitive problems in an ambiguous, dynamic, political environment.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, vision, imagination, and patience.
  • Ability to provide strategic direction to the Board and staff.
  • Experience in positively managing change.
  • Understanding of water industry and regulatory knowledge.
  • Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data, develop financial plans and budgets, and manage resources.
  • Ability to motivate teams, develop and challenge staff, and build diversity within the workforce.
  • Skill in working with and educating a diverse Board, many committees, and the community on water issues and concerns.


  • Frequent sitting, talking, hearing, reaching, close vision and repetitive hand motions.


  • Work is performed under typical office conditions.

To Apply - reach out in confidence to: 
Karen Novak Swalwell, President
Francis & Associates
6923 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Phone: (515)-221-9800

An Equal opportunity Employer.


Environmental Engineer - Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Salary: $52,478.40 - $81,369.60 Annually
Location: Des Moines - 50313 - Polk County, IA
Job Number: 19-01575
Closing: 1/30/2019 11:59 PM Central
Point of Contact: Lori McDaniel, Supervisor, Flood Plain Management and Dam Safety Section; 515-725-8303;
Job Description

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a job vacancy for an Environmental Engineer, within the Flood Plain Management and Dam Safety Section in Des Moines, Iowa.

Duties include conducting technical analysis of proposed flood plain development projects to determine if the proposal meets technical and regulatory requirements.  Analysis may include, but is not limited to, calculating base flood elevations with the use of hydrologic and hydraulic principles, computer software models, and appropriate data review, quantification, and confirmation.  

Key Abilities and Skills
Applicants must be able to develop a working knowledge of the DNR's flood plain permitting program, including the ability to analyze complex hydraulic and hydrologic data, along with the use of computer software models to determine floodway and floodplain impacts; provide customer assistance for questions and requests related to rules, regulations and permits; must be able to communicate effectively in both writing and verbal presentations; develop and maintain productive working relationships with customers and co-workers through providing high quality service and teamwork; occasional travel required.

Critical Job Competencies
Technical Skills – water resource and flood plain engineering, Computer Skills, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Customer Focus, Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity and Team Player

The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range.  This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.

Applicants may attach a resume/cover letter to the online application.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental, Sanitary, Civil, Chemical, Nuclear, Mechanical, Industrial, Agricultural, Biomedical, or Public Health Engineering;

Licensure as a Professional Engineer by the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners.

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An Equal opportunity Employer.


Development Engineering Manager - City of Ankeny

SALARY: $85,536.00 - $114,791.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 01/21/19

CLOSING DATE: 02/18/19 11:59 PM


The City of Ankeny is accepting applications for the full-time position of Development Engineering Manager in the Municipal Utilities department.

The full salary range is $85,536 - $114,791, with starting salary of $85,536 - $99,019, depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefits. Applications must be received no later than February 18, 2019.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a resume along with a detailed cover letter expressing interest.


• Supervises and approves engineering designs, plans, cost estimates, and engineering reports for public infrastructure and developer-funded public improvement projects.

• Completes the review of street paving, water mains, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, storm water detention, site grading, and erosion control measures for compliance with SUDAS and the City of Ankeny Standards and Codes.

• Oversees the construction improvements on Capital Improvement Projects as well as developer-funded public improvement projects.

• Manages development engineering staff daily activities including annual reviews and time off of work.

• Advises the development engineering staff when they complete construction inspection and testing of construction materials.

• Responds to inquiries and complaints from residents, businesses, and contractors regarding public infrastructure and private development improvements; completes on-site investigations, and resolves issues as the City's representative.

• Assists the Director of Municipal Utilities with preparation of utility connection fee district ordinances and manages the collection of said fees.

• Oversees the maintenance of records and plans for public improvement and development engineering projects for sanitary sewers, storm sewers, streets, sidewalks, water systems, and related capital improvement projects.

• Reviews traffic impact studies for private development projects. Traffic studies may include traffic control warrants, turn lane warrants, traffic signal warrants, and system analysis.

• Completes special projects, studies and engineering reports including storm water routing, sanitary sewer and water capacity analysis, and pavement determinations.

• Prepares and maintains the annual budget for the development engineering division.

• Assists with the preparation of the City's annual capital improvements program (CIP), including planning, coordinating with current and anticipated developments, developing improvement concepts, generating conceptual cost estimates, and formulating the five-year CIP document.

• Oversees both consultant design and in-house engineering design and preparation of construction documents for capital improvement projects including plans, specifications, cost estimates, and bidding documents. Also oversees the advertising, bid opening, and construction administration of these projects.

• Directs the activities of civil engineering drafting and mapping personnel.

• Attends work related meetings, including after hours, as needed or as directed, and makes staff presentations when required.


Knowledge of modern principles and practices of public works, civil engineering, and utilities operations; knowledge of building design principles; knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS); ability to coordinate and supervise the activities of the development engineering division personnel; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; ability to communicate and cooperate with officials, subordinates, developers, consulting engineers, contractors, and the general public.

Must be in possession of a license to practice as a professional civil engineer issued by the State of Iowa or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain an Iowa license within one (1) year of date of hire. A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience in civil engineering including field and office experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Shall possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the State of Iowa. Pre-employment drug screen and background check required.


• Works in office environment.

• Works in field or off-site locales.

• May be expected to participate in off-hour meetings.


An Equal opportunity Employer.