Portland Water District

The Portland Water District (PWD) is seeking an experienced, customer focused, innovative General Manager.
The position is open due to the retirement of the incumbent.

Dacri & Associates has been engaged to exclusively conduct this recruitment search.

Portland is the largest city in Maine. Located on the southern coast, PWD and the communities it services enjoy a mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures. With a thriving working waterfront, vibrant economy and downtown districts, historic buildings, art community, and colleges and universities, all contributing to the cultural pulse of the city and region, making this area an outstanding place to work, live and enjoy.

PWD supplies water to 15% of Maine’s population. It has a rich tradition that forms a solid foundation for delivering quality products, while forward thinking provides innovative approaches to combat emerging issues within the industry. PWD is an independent quasi-municipality, serving over 200,000 people, in 11 Greater Portland communities and provides both water and wastewater service to five of those communities.

PWD employs 178 employees, services 54,000 customers, and has 69 wastewater pump stations and 4 wastewater treatment plants, in a service area of 140 square miles. Its annual budget exceeds $40 million.

A Board of Trustees composed of 11 members manages the affairs of PWD. Trustees are elected for a term of 5 years. The General Manager is selected by and reports to the Trustees.

The ideal candidate for Portland Water District’s next General Manager will have a broad and varied professional, business, municipal and management background with demonstrated success in leadership. The individual will be current in modern leadership and management practices, technologically adept and have well-developed skills in strategic planning, people management, labor relations, regulatory affairs, government, board relations, utilities, conflict resolution, organizational analysis, and consensus building. He/she will have strong financial skills, but won’t be afraid to invest; can work well with the trustees, but is comfortable challenging them; and can outreach to the legislature, town managers, regulators, ratepayers and all other stakeholders. The new GM must be willing to be the face of PWD, yet be equally comfortable working behind the scenes. The right candidate should possess a Bachelor Degree in business or public administration, while a Masters is ideal, and have at least 10 years of progressive business or municipal leadership experience.

This is a unique opportunity for the career-minded manager, who thinks strategically, works collaboratively, listens attentively and can make tough decisions. PWD is facing unique challenges with an aging infrastructure, increased regulations, changing technology, and deregulation. Portland Water needs a General Manager who can hit the ground running, lead a vibrant team of engaged employees in concert with the Trustees, work effectively with the 11 municipalities, their leadership and rate payers and provide the vision and direction to PWD in the future.

PWD takes pride in being a premier employer and a respected community partner.

The Portland Water District offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package along with the opportunity to grow a career in a vibrant community.

To learn more about this position, call Rick Dacri, Dacri & Associates Executive Search, at 207-229-5954 or 

To apply, email your resume, cover letter and salary history, in confidence, by January 29, 2016:

Rick Dacri
Dacri & Associates, LLC
Executive Search

Feel free to forward this posting.

The Portland Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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