Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority (GSWSA) seeks the next Chief Executive Officer to join a utility authority with an enviable environmental record and a customer-focused reputation in one of the fastest-growing areas in the southeast. The next Chief Executive Officer will lead this high-performing team, focusing on the future and ensuring the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Authority's water and wastewater services while continuing to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors.
The GSWSA provides services in Horry County, and from the North Carolina line to parts of Georgetown County, and rural areas west of the Waccamaw River. GSWSA provides contractual services to six of the County's municipal water and sewer utilities and two public water companies. The development of GSWSA has been instrumental in Horry County's growth from a population of 70,000 in 1970 to over 332,651 today. The next CEO will ensure the Authority is prepared to serve the needs of the area as outlined in the 2040 Strategic Plan.
This position will be vacant when the current long-standing CEO retires in early 2022, after more than three decades of service leading GSWSA.
Some of the most important aspects that the CEO will be focused on include:
Working on capital projects and other planning to make sure water and wastewater services are ready for areas that are growing.
Maintaining utility’s financial strength, keeping rates low, and focusing on financial stewardship
Continuing the sterling environmental record of GSWSA.
Seeking opportunities to grow the utility’s customer base without compromising on personalized service for ratepayers.
Staying competitive as an employer to recruit and retain top talent and develop leaders and clear career paths for employees at all levels.
Upgrading technology systems and continue focus on cybersecurity.
Compensation and Benefits
The expected hiring range is $220,000 – $250,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package that includes major medical, dental, vision, disability, life/AD&D, and voluntary insurance plans along with a retirement plan. A relocation package and other amenities may also be part of total compensation in an employment agreement.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on October 8, 2021.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, engineering, business administration, or a closely related field with five years of progressively responsible positions working in a water and/or wastewater utility or municipality and at least three years in a senior management role.
Preferred qualifications include strong leadership development skills, experience in business and financial analysis, experience in government relations, knowledge of the regulatory landscape, and environmental stewardship. A master’s degree and/or a Professional Engineer (PE) license are also preferred but not required; experience and/or expertise related to the challenges of operating a water utility in a high-growth and environmentally sensitive area is also a plus.
Residency within the service area after employment is required as a strong engagement in the community is essential for this position.
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