Williamsport, PA (population 27,754)  The seat of Lycoming County, Williamsport is on the West branch of the Susquehanna River, 90 miles north of Harrisburg. The City is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of state game lands as well as a navigable river and many exceptional value streams, making the area popular with hunters, fishermen, hikers, boaters, birders, and all types of outdoors enthusiasts. Indoors, the Community Arts Center produces cultural events and performances. Williamsport also hosts the Little League World Series every year, with a museum that pays homage to this competitionIn the 1800s, Williamsport was the Lumber Capital of the World, with all the attendant wealth that implies. Today, visitors can tour the Millionaire's Row historic district by replica trolley.

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s (WMWA, or the Water Authority) Water System is a regional system which serves a population of approximately 51,000 residents of the City and surrounding municipalities in Lycoming County with public water.  Service is provided on an efficient and dependable basis at low rates.  Presently there are three sources of supply, the first two of which are surface sources, and the third is a wellfield supply comprised of nine wellsThe Water Authority owns 10,053 acres of watershed, which provides an abundant source of high-quality mountain stream water
The water treatment plant, completed in March, 1992, is a conventional filtration plant and has finished water storage facilities that hold a total of 13.6 million gallons. The entire distribution system presently consists of approximately 280 miles of mains.  The average annual amount of water delivered into the system during the past five years is approximately 5.0 million gallons daily average.  
The Williamsport Sanitary Authority (WSA) serves the residents of the City of Williamsport and other neighboring townships and boroughs.   The WSA operates two secondary wastewater treatment plants, eight pumping stations, an expansive collection system within the City of Williamsport, and an Environmental Protection Agency approved Industrial Pretreatment Program
The combined authorities own several major facilities, pump stations, typical rights of ways, and an extensive array of operating equipment and supply materials.  Additionally, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority shares its main office and garage facilities with the WSA, as well as many of the managerial employees and customer service personnel.  This sharing concept has allowed the WSA to keep administrative and overhead costs low compared to similar facilities operated separately.  
The Water Authority’s budget for FY 2023 is $8.3M in operating and $5M in capital and the WSA’s budget for the same period is budget is $13M in operating and $3M in capital.   The organization is governed by a ten-member Board of DirectorsA professional Executive Director oversees nearly 100 full-time employees between the two authorities The WSA’s last bond issue in 2021 and outstanding debt received an ‘A+’ rating with a stable outlookS&P Global Ratings noted the rating reflects a strong enterprise profile and a very strong financial profile”, and management’s “willingness to adjust rates as needed to maintain strong financial metrics”.
Position Requirements
Appointed by and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance (Director) is responsible for all the financial and administration services of the Authorities, including accounting/controller and financial reporting functions, as well as billing service and data management.  The position involves hands-on financial and administrative duties and the detailed administration of the expenditures and revenues for water and sanitary services The Director currently has three direct reportsan Accounting Manager, a Customer Service Manager, and a Billing Manager.  Ten other employees report to those three positions for a total Finance department count of 14, including the Director  

The Authorities are seeking an experienced, organized and ethical Director to lead the Finance Department.  The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, finance, accounting, or related field
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in public or private finance or accounting, with three (3) years of management/supervisory responsibility, preferably in local government.
  • Master’s Degree, CPFO or CPA designation, Auditing experience, or knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to is strongly preferred and may substitute for up to two years of experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated proficiency and enthusiasm for working closely with elected and appointed officials.
  • Technically proficient in accounting and commonly used applications of financial services information technology.
Compensation and Benefits     
The anticipated starting salary is $100,000 – $115,000 depending on qualifications and experienceResidency is preferred but not requiredThe majority of the work week is “in office”.  The Authorities offer attractive benefits, including membership in a 457b Retirement Fund and a menu of excellent health plans
Application Process    
Apply immediately online with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional referencesThe position is open until filled with a first review of applications on Feb. 24, 2023.  Confidential inquiries may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116.  

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted: 2023-02-23

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