Executive Director for the Little Blue Valley Sewer District (LBVSD)

  • The Little Blue Valley Sewer District (LBVSD)
  • Independence, Missouri
  • Apr 19, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Engineering Public Works Sanitation and Solid Waste Executive, Management
  • Salary: Starting Salary up to MID $120s DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816-868-7042
  • Apply By: May 23, 2019




(Starting Salary up to MID $120s DOQ/E - plus excellent benefits)

The Little Blue Valley Sewer District (LBVSD) is seeking an experienced engineering professional to serve as Executive Director for a regional provider of wholesale wastewater services in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The District serves over 400,000 residents in multiple cities and counties and treats approximately 14 billion gallons for its 13 contracted customers. The Executive Director is responsible for all operations, including multiple treatment plants, pump stations, interceptor mains and metering stations - all supported by a budget of $30 million and 64 employees. District facilities include the 54 MGD Atherton Plant, the 2.25 MGD Pleasant Hill Plant, 37 metering stations and approximately 130 miles of interceptor main (maximum size 10-foot diameter). The District was formed in 1968 in response to regulatory actions which prohibited treated effluent discharges to the, then impaired, Little Blue River. Counties and municipalities in this watershed acted collectively to build a regional system to serve the customers’ best interests. 

Since inception, the District has been governed by customer representatives, every customer having a standard service agreement with the District. Currently, the 11-member Board of Trustees is represented by the Mayors of Blue Springs, Grandview, Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Raymore, Raytown, Sugar Creek; the Jackson County Executive and one County Legislator; and the Cass County Presiding Commissioner. Policy makers and operational leadership are forward-looking, using long-range financial forecasts, data analysis, continuous improvement and business-case analysis for decision-making. A new Administration and Employee Services building was constructed at the Atherton Plant located in Independence, Missouri in 2017 to improve communications, align activities and consolidate District functions at a location containing most of its workforce.  Management has a good working relationship with the bargaining unit, policy makers, customers and regulators. 

Job Description

The Executive Director reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees under the terms of an employment agreement.  The current executive director is retiring after 7-years of service. This position provides the daily leadership and management of District functions ensuring that safe, high-quality, reliable, economical and compliant wastewater services are provided for customers.  The Director operates with broad policy guidance, substantial latitude and discretion to achieve the objectives, outcomes and results desired by customers.  The position has responsibility for the following groups: administration, finance, operations, technical and environmental, maintenance, conveyance and the Middle Big Creek Sewer Subdistrict.  Regular reports are provided to various boards and committees including the Board of Trustees, Mayors Advisory Board, Middle Big Creek Sewer Subdistrict Advisory Board and the Technical Advisory Committee in order to keep stakeholders apprised of District operations. 

The District is seeking an entrepreneurial wastewater expert with highly developed political acumen, excellent communication skills, critical-thinking abilities, and proven leadership skills.  The ideal candidate will possess experience working with wastewater treatment processes, have skills in leading diverse work groups and building consensus, and exhibit the ability to critically analyze problems and define solution strategies in a group setting.  The selected candidate will have a record of leading an organization’s service delivery with limited direction and oversight.

Job Requirements

The starting salary for the executive director is $124,000; individuals possessing additional qualifications and/or far-reaching experience may warrant a higher starting point.  The Board of Trustees will negotiate a mutually-agreeable, at-will employment agreement with the selected candidate and may consider relocation assistance and a vehicle allowance.  Other benefits include a fully-paid defined benefit retirement plan, health insurance, vacation, sick leave and supplemental life insurance.   

This position requires 10-years of progressively responsible management and administrative experience in a public utility setting, with strong preference given to those with wastewater experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from an accredited college or university is required. The selected candidate will be a registered professional engineer and must be licensed in Missouri within 6 months of appointment.   

Special Instructions

For additional information please review specific qualifications, benefits, priorities and a brochure on our website at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2318. This position is open until filled; interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than Thursday, May 23, 2019.  Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. For more information, please contact Art Davis at art.davis@bakertilly.com, or by phone at 816-868-7042. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checks prior to an on-site interview. Visit the Little Blue Valley Sewer District web site at www.lbvsd.org.

Additional Information

Little Blue Valley Sewer District (LBVSD) is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EOE).