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CITY OF AMES Assistant Director of Water and Pollution Control in Ames, Iowa


$91,600.50 - $138,854.35 Annually


50010, IA






Water and Pollution Control











Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

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We are currently in search of dynamic candidates to fill a recent opening for Assistant Director of Water and Pollution Control. This senior leadership position reports directly to the Director of Water and Pollution Control and directly supervises the Administration Divisions technical support staff, while assisting the Director in the overall management, administration, and operation of the rest of the Water and Pollution Control Department. Also, performs professional engineering and other related work as required.

This position is also bound by a residency requirement due to being a member of the Emergency Operations Center. This area is outlined under "Qualifications," later in this posting.

Application Review Information: This position is being posted as "open until filled." This means that we will have ourfirst application review on December 5thto initiate the first interview process from December 11-14, 2023. If the position is not filled by these dates, there will be second application review on December 27th.

For more information about this position and the Ames Water Department, please view these links:

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In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work experience on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Compensation Philosophy: The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position,we may consider a candidate's education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median.The median salary for this position is $115, 227 annually.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at:City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifyi g employer. For more information, please visit the website through this link:PSLF Program

Projects and fosters a passion for protecting public health and the environment through effective and visionary leadership on municipal water issues. Directly supervises the Administration Division's engineering, technical, and intern staff. Assists in the selection, development, supervision, and discipline of employees throughout the department. Effectively fosters and encourages a culture of teamwork and camaraderie through the department. Serves as a key member of the departmental leadership team, provides input, guidance, and implementation of the overall long-term goals and direction of the department. Provides significant and integral contributions to the development of the annual Capital Improvements Plan budget and the annual operating budget as a means of implementing the long-range goals of the department; responsible for the overall implementation of the Capital Improvement Plan. May on occasion serve as a project manager, especially on critical studies and investigations. Represents the department in a positive way to the Ames City Council and other internal and external groups. Present on budgets, projects, policies, and initiatives in a way that builds support and trust in the utilities. Plays a key leadership role in advancing the City's watershed and water quality improvement efforts; leads the wastewater utility's non-point source nutrient reduction program; serves as a liaison to other City departments and various external watershed stakeholder groups. Oversees the utility's Smart Water sustainability and conservation program; leads and coordinates the department's public relations efforts. Participates in various educational outreach efforts. Serves as an official department spokesperson to the media. Responds to customer questions and concerns with empathy, concern, and timely resolution.

Implements and supports the decisions, determinations and policies of the Director and City organization. Directs the preparation and submission of periodic and special operating and financial reports. Authors grant applications and administers grants. Assists in the development and implementation of the department's operational policies and procedures, consistent with collective bargaining agreements and City policy. Coordinates and confers with state and federal regulators on a wide variety of topics and activities. Oversees the development and implementation of departmental security measures and policies. Serves as a member of the Emergency Operations Center and in other disaster and emergency response roles. Participates in state and national trade associations that promote the water industry.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the