DIRECTOR OF WATER (Unclassified)

Recruitment #2112-4190-001


The City of Tucson is a progressive, dynamic, full-service municipal organization operating under the Council and City Manager form of government. The city has 21 departments, including the City Manager's Office, which manages many programs; 4,671 budgeted FTE employees; and an adopted 2021-2022 budget of $1.86 billion.


Tucson’s Mayor is elected by the voters at- large. Six council members are elected from single-member districts in the primaries, and from the city at-large in the general election. Terms of the Mayor and Council Members are four years, with the terms staggered so that a general election is held every two years with half of the Council being elected at each election. The City Council is responsible for the appointment of the City Manager, who is the Chief Administrative and Executive Officer of the city.


The Mayor, Council and City Manager of Tucson are committed to their mission to deliver exceptional service to all members of the Tucson community. The organization’s vision is to be the destination for sustainable living, growth and opportunities, and the City Manager’s role is to make it the best managed city in the country.

Our Priorities

Excellent customer service

Stable financial environment

Employee-focused organization

Smart city focus

Our Values

Tucson Water is a dynamic department of the City of Tucson government serving water to residential, commercial, and industrial customers both within and outside of the City’s boundaries. Tucson Water’s authority and responsibility is derived from the City Charter, ordinances, and resolutions of the Mayor and Council.  The Tucson Water utility is an enterprise fund of the City of Tucson.  As such, the utility operates in a manner similar to a business, covering all costs of doing business from revenues.

The Director of Tucson Water is responsible for the leadership and management of departmental operations, maintenance, finances, securing water resources, and strategic planning. The Director plays a lead role in regional water management issues and works collaboratively with other local utilities and city government organizations.  The Director reports to an Assistant City Manager and serves as a vital member of the City's Executive Leadership Team.

The ideal candidate is a progressive leader and visionary. The candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills, a proven record of financial management, and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. The successful candidate will be outgoing, gregarious, and charismatic; proactive in communication and making connections with the Department’s customers and numerous stakeholders. Candidates who are diplomatic and have a demonstrated ability to build coalitions and develop win-win solutions will be favorably considered. The ideal candidate is a potent leader of people – able to effectively delegate assignments and responsibilities. As the Director interfaces with and makes presentations to the Mayor and Council, strong presentation skills and political acumen are critical ingredients for success in this position. While it is expected that strong candidates will have the technical knowledge and experience in running a substantial organization, candidates must bring a macro-perspective to this position and the role it plays within the larger City government and community.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Management, Civil Engineering, or related field.  

Ten (10) years of supervisory management experience in the administration of a large, complex organization is required.  Registration as a Professional Engineer is desired.

**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

Selection Plan

This position will open in the near future for submittal of applications.  Please continue to monitor this website for further information.

In accordance with City Code, the selected candidate will be required to establish residency within the City of Tucson city limits.