Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) is an enterprise activity of the Municipality of Anchorage, providing services through joint management of distinct regulated utilities for water service (Anchorage Water Utility) and wastewater service (Anchorage Sewer Utility). AWWU is renowned nationally and internationally throughout the industry for its excellence in management and its commitment to ensuring reliable service, safeguarding public health, and protecting the environment, long into the future.
The Finance Division Director acts as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for AWWU and reports to the General Manager as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. The CFO provides strategic and tactical leadership regarding the fiscal management of the two economically regulated utilities with a combined annual revenue stream exceeding $120 Million from its stable customer base of over 56,000 wholesale and retail customer accounts. The CFO will guide the Utility towards its goal of responsible stewardship of ratepayer funds for long-term financial health and sustainability.
This position requires a broad understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) principles and pronouncements, economic regulation, long range financial planning, and preparation and management of operating and capital budgets. The successful applicant will be knowledgeable or capable of rapidly gaining an understanding of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) standards, Utility Tariffs, ratemaking principles, collective bargaining agreements, and applicable Anchorage Municipal Code and Alaska State Statutes and regulations.
We are looking for an individual with proven leadership, management, financial, and interpersonal skills who embraces a collaborative and collegial environment. The position requires excellent judgment, integrity, and intelligence, as well as the ability to address multiple tasks and activities with competing priorities in a dynamic environment. The successful applicant will possess superb communication skills to promote excellence through innovation and inspire staff to continuous improvement in efficiency and service. Demonstration of these skills from experience in a public utility environment or similar industrial operations will be important in the selection process.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in an appropriate field and eight (8) years of experience in fiscal management, accounting, or utility management of which two (2) years have been in a supervisory or lead capacity, or an equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Must have a valid driver’s license at the time of hire. For all applicants, employment is conditional based on a satisfactory background check which includes criminal, education, and employment history.
Appropriate experience may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis, which provides the expertise to effectively perform the duties of the position.
The Municipality of Anchorage offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a choice of health insurance plans, life insurance, vision, audio, dental, and Long Term and Short Term Disability plans. There is a voluntary 401k and 457 Deferred Compensation plan. Annual leave is accrued at various rates depending on the length of service with the Municipality of Anchorage. The Municipality is a member of the Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS). This position is appointed by the Mayor and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor. For more information about the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, please visit our website at www.awwu.biz. The Municipality of Anchorage is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
To apply, e-mail your letter of interest, detailed résumé, and at least three references to: AWWU Administrative Services Director at: Alyssa.Farrar@awwu.biz.
You can also mail your letter of interest, résumé, and references to:
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
Alyssa Farrar, Director
Administrative Services Division
3000 Arctic Blvd, Suite 301
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-3898