Director of Ecosystem Services

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District serves a population of over 340,000 in the greater Madison area. The District’s 180 square-mile service area encompasses 32 customer communities, including the City of Madison, and operates a 96-mile system of interceptors, 18 pumping stations, and a state-of-the-art, 50 MGD capacity wastewater treatment plant.

As a result of its initiatives in source reduction and resource recovery, the District is a nationally recognized leader in returning clean wastewater to the environment. The District is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the customer communities. The Chief Engineer and Director provides executive leadership to the District’s 100 employees and manages an annual budget of $42 million.


Success Factors:
1. THOUGHT LEADER: Provides a global, holistic perspective on water issues and translates to local
District action. Must be visionary and pragmatic.
2.COLLABORATOR: Builds strategic alliances across sectors and nurtures strong long-term relationships in the community.
3. INNOVATOR: Identifies, evaluates and implements new approaches to achieve
improved environmental outcomes.
4.NAVIGATOR: Quickly grasps complex policy and technical issues and pursues the areas
of greatest opportunity.

The Director of Ecosystem Services will exercise leadership to envision and execute next generation
water quality and resource recovery solutions. The Director performs highly responsible managerial
work guiding the overall functions of the Department of Ecosystem Services which includes: resource recovery, pollution prevention/source reduction, laboratory services, pretreatment/waste acceptance, regulatory performance, and other environmental programs.

Critical Results are the most important products of the work that, once achieved, fulfill the purpose and meaning of the work for this position by:
• Delivering effective water quality solutions that achieve the District's vision, mission, and goals.
• Maximizing the District's beneficial reuse of wastewater.
• Developing and nurturing a highly confident, purpose-centered workforce that connects with the community and District staff.

Essential Job Duties
1. Understands and is committed to the District’s vision and mission, and works to communicate these broadly.
2. Identifies, develops, and implements strategic initiatives needed to meet permit requirements and/or achieve long-term environmental objectives.
3. Incorporates "one water” and watershed-based thinking into District priority setting.
4. Provides management oversight of the District’s watershed adaptive management approach for
phosphorus reduction.
5. Works with key external partners to advance environmental initiatives.
6. Directs and coordinates the administration and management of the Ecosystem Services Department.
7. Builds and nurtures confident, self-motivated, and self-disciplined leaders in the organization.
8. Always looks over the horizon to see what is coming and guides both the Department and the District to adapt to it.
9. Manages the District’s WPDES permit renewal process and supports the District’s WPDES compliance activities.

1. Build public support for beneficial uses of treated effluent.
2. Advance the District's maturing watershed adaptive management program.
3. Negotiate new regulatory solutions for managing high risk peak flow events, expanding beneficial uses of recovered resources and pollution prevention.
4. Diversify the District's organic "waste” resource recovery program.
5. Strengthen and maximize community-based water quality solutions particularly for chlorides and
6. Build teamwork.
7. Positioning the District to meet emerging and expanding analytical needs.
8. Work with District customer communities and industries on incentive-based water quality improvement initiatives.
9. Develop community based programs for the District's new Shop One education and engagement center.

• Requires a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred in environmental studies, natural sciences, environmental engineering, water resource management or related fields.
• A minimum of ten years’ experience in progressively responsible management positions with strong leadership credentials, including five years supervisory experience.

The District provides a competitive compensation package which includes:
• The salary range is $98,000 to $133,000 annually DOQ
• Participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
• Health insurance: Excellent coverage at a low cost with no deductibles or office co-pays
• Dental insurance

Submit your cover letter and resume online at

This position is open until filled.

Sharon Klumpp of Springsted |Waters is assisting the District with this recruitment. For more information, please contact her at or by calling 651.223.3053.

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.


Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017