Executive Director

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) provides water and wastewater services to approximately 200,000 residents in Wilmington/New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina. CFPUA has a talented, committed staff and engaged Board leadership and is seeking a forward-thinking, effective leader to be its next Executive Director.


The ideal candidate is a seasoned industry professional who is forward-looking, customer-focused, environmentally aware, and able to connect with the community. Understanding of day-to-day water and wastewater utility operations is foundational, but characteristics that will distinguish a candidate include demonstrated ability to think strategically, anticipate and mitigate risks, recognize and act on opportunities for improvement, and remain open to ideas and input from diverse sources.


The ideal candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of the principles and processes of utility operations and administration, best practices, budget preparation, finance, policy formation, strategic planning, and the quality management process. Qualified candidates will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience of a water and wastewater utility including five years of experience in a senior management capacity with a comparable organization. Those with experience in a solid waste authority, a public works organization, engineering firm, or a closely related business also will be considered. A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Business Management, Public Administration, or closely related field is expected. An MBA is preferred. NIMS certification is a plus.


The salary range is $175,000 to $225,000. Compensation will depend on qualifications and experience. To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Recruit26@cb-asso.com by February 12, 2021. Questions should be directed to Steve Sorrell at (513) 317-0678 or Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537. For more information, go to www.cb-asso.com and click on “Executive Search / Active Recruitments.