The North Kootenai Water & Sewer District was formed in July of 1998 after a vote of the citizens served by the Hayden Pines Water Company to form a District. The vote was ratified by the First District Court of the State of Idaho, and under Title 32 Chapter 32 of the Idaho Statutes North Kootenai Water District was formed.
Mission Statement: To provide affordable, reliable, and safe water resources to our customers. We strive to achieve this through professional management fiscal responsibility, customer satisfaction, governmental compliance and conservation. We do this in the public’s trust, while protecting the water quality of our greater community.
The District is governed by a 5-member board of directors, each elected to a 6-year term of office. Board members reside within the District’s boundary. The General Manager works under the general policies and objectives of the Board of Directors. The Manager is expected to be able to function with independence of action in carrying out the specific program goals and appropriate operational procedures and methods of accomplishing Board Policies and objectives.
The North Kootenai Water & Sewer District’s office and shop facility is located in Rathdrum Idaho. The District serves 15 separate water systems and one sewer system. Thirteen of the water systems are supplied by ground water wells drilled in the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. Two water systems are surface sources, and have slow sand filtration. The one sewer system is a Membrane Bio-Reactor, which treats wastewater to Class A standards. This treated wastewater is reused for irrigation of a golf course.
After fourteen years of service, the current manager is retiring. The 5-member governing board is a policy making body. The manager reports directly to the board of directors.
The manager is responsible for the implementation of board policy, and is in charge of all operations of the District. This includes but is not limited to planning, organizing, directing, and review of all administrative and operational activities of the District. He/she represents the District’s interest at local, regional, State and Federal levels. The position is as an exempt employee, and employment is At Will Employment as outlined in the District’s Employee Manual.
The successful candidate will need to possess a strong working knowledge of:
Water system operations
Principles of public administration, including fiscal planning, policy implementation, human resources, and program development
Ability to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level employees
Strong problem-solving skills
Ability to negotiate and collaborate with others to achieve objectives
Knowledge of Idaho Drinking Water Rules and Regulations
Knowledge of Idaho Water Rights and associated regulations
Ability to exercise leadership, authority and supervision skills tactfully
Ability to interact on the District’s behalf with other county, state and federal agencies
Strong communication skills, ability to express oneself in the written word as well as verbally
Ability to establish and maintain a strong working relationship with the Board, staff, and District constituents during work
Provide advice and consult with the Board of Directors and District consultants
Attend and participate in professional group meetings
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Desired, seven or more years of management or administration in the water industry. This would include responsibilities in planning, organizing, implementing and supervising various water related programs and projects. Supervisory capacity including budget creation, administrative operations, and HR preferably with a public agency for at least five years is required.
Compensation and Benefits
Highly competitive salary and benefits for this geographic area is based on the applicant’s qualifications. The benefit package includes Idaho PERSI (Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho), paid vacation, and holidays, as well as medical and dental insurance.
Application and Selection Process
For consideration of this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume with salary history, and work related references to:
North Kootenai Water & Sewer District is a public water & sewer purveyor located in northern Idaho. We are a public agency (political subdivision of the State of Idaho), non-profit, owning and operating 15 water systems and 1 class A sewer system.