Water and Wastewater Bureau Head

Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Baltimore, Maryland

The Position

The City of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking a strong, strategic leader who can run a large operational Bureau, is committed to sustainability, communicates as effectively to employees in the field as elected officials, and will bring creative, problem-solving skills to water and wastewater management.

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Water and Wastewater Bureau Head plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Bureau’s operational functions through division chiefs, managers, administrative staff, and supervisors.

The positions that report directly to the Bureau Head are the Deputy Bureau Head, Chief of Administration, Chief Technical Officer, Laboratory Operations, Office of Engineering and Construction, Water Facilities Division, Wastewater Facilities Division, and Utility Maintenance Division. The Bureau Heads’ direct reports are part of the Managerial and Professional Society and the employees in their chain of command are part of the City Union of Baltimore and/or AFSME Local 44 Unions.

DPW provides safe drinking water to 1.8 million residential and business consumers, making the City of Baltimore the major water supplier for the Baltimore metropolitan area and the 10th largest public water utility in the country. In addition to Baltimore City, DPW services Baltimore County and supplies wholesale water to the surrounding counties: Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard. Baltimore has three water treatment plants, Montebello I, Montebello II, and the Ashburton Filtration Plant. The plants produce up to 360 million gallons of drinking water daily. In addition, Baltimore has two wastewater treatment plants: Back River and Patapsco. There are 4,500 miles of water mains in the whole system, of which approximately 1,550 miles are in Baltimore City. The City collects and treats an average flow of 300 million gallons of wastewater daily and operates nine major, and some smaller, wastewater pumping stations.


Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree, plus fifteen years of experience providing leadership as a senior policy advisor, senior operations manager, or technical subject matter expert or equivalent including seven years of local government or water/wastewater management experience.

Preferred qualifications, Experience managing in a diverse, complex local government or water and wastewater organization. A Professional Engineer license is highly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $127,444 - $210,373 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Benefits offered include a take-home vehicle and assigned downtown parking space; personal leave days in addition to vacation and sick leave days; comp time; medical; vacation leave; sick leave; holidays; pension benefits; and retirement.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at jobs.crelate.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume.  A first review of applications will be completed on May 20, 2024.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at ctuckparrish@raftelis.com and Alexa Worrell at aworrell@raftelis.com.