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Director of Public Utilities - Sarasota County Government , FL (ID: 458523)

Title Director of Public Utilities
Type City/County Manager and Administrators
Date Posted 2023-10-09
City / Organization Sarasota County Government , FL
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Provide leadership, management and supervision to all aspects of Public Utilities, including Water/Wastewater, Utility Engineering, Finance, and Administrative Services.

Up to $5,000 relocation available for those moving 50+ miles to join the premier community where people choose to live, work, and play!


Conveniently located on the southwest coast of Florida between Tampa and Fort Myers, Sarasota County offers a beautiful locale, preserved natural assets, world-class amenities, and diverse business opportunities to its 452,000 residents and over 110,000 seasonal visitors. The county’s 575 square miles features 37 miles of award-winning beaches, including one of the best beaches in the world - Siesta Key. With its powdery soft sand and dreamy blue waters, it’s no wonder why it’s featured in the top 12 of TripAdvisor’s 2023 Travelers Choice Awards list. Additional beaches include Longboat Key, Lido Key, Manasota Key, Venice, and Casey Key. Access to the County is provided from I-75, with airport service available at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, with multiple servicing airports, including the Tampa International, Fort Myers International, and St. Pete/Clearwater International.

The Public Utilities Department is devoted to protecting and preserving the quality of life by providing a comprehensive and holistic approach to water supply, wastewater treatment, and beneficial use of reclaimed water to the citizens and customers of Sarasota County.

Reporting directly to one of the Assistant County Administrators, the Director of Public Utilities provides leadership, management, and supervision to all aspects of the County’s Public Utilities including, Water/Wastewater, Utility Engineering, Finance, and Administrative Services/Customer Service. The current director is retiring following a lengthy career with the Sarasota County Utilities Department.

Sarasota County is seeking an authentic servant leader, with demonstrated skills in utility planning, water resources, a strong understanding of utility operations under local, state, and federal utility laws/regulations, and possessing excellent judgment, discretion, and customer relations, with the ability to provide strong leadership and oversight of multiple divisions to become their new Director of Public Utilities.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public or Business Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a related field and ten years of related experience or a Master’s Degree with eight or more years of related experience. Six or more years of supervisory/management experience. Candidates possessing an equivalent combination of education and training may also be considered. Advanced professional certification is highly desirable. Advanced professional certification and previous work as a high-level manager is preferred.

The starting salary range for this position is $136,000 to $153,000 depending on qualifications and experience.


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  • Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more! Starting January 2024, choose one of three great medical plans, including one with a $0 premium option, with completed preventative visits!
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  • Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations. 
  • Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)​​


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We celebrate and value the experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, talents and strengths that make us different and are committed to creating a culture of understanding and respect where our employees realize that we are stronger together. 

Our vision is to attract, develop, retain and engage a talented workforce broadly representative of the citizens and communities we serve. To further value creativity, innovation, collaboration and great customer service – internally and externally. 

Sarasota County Government provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability,  genetic information,  service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. A job applicant with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process is requested to make known the need for an accommodation to Human Resources or appropriate county staff members. For assistance with the application, please call 941-861-5353.

Government employers are drug-free and tobacco-free environments, EEO/AA/ADA employers, and they prohibit discrimination in all services, programs or activities.


Sarasota County Government is a Tobacco-Free/Drug-Free Workplace.

Job Post Expiration Date   December 29, 2023

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .