Plan, coordinate, direct, and supervise all operations and programs relating to the City's wastewater treatment, biosolids program, and wastewater quality laboratory in a safe, continuous, and cost effective manner, in compliance with local, State and federal rules and regulations. These tasks are illustrative only and may include other related duties.
Plans, directs, and monitors the City's wastewater treatment operations and wastewater quality laboratory for continuous, safe and cost effective operation. Manages and maintains operating facilities and equipment. Assures treatment process adheres to established DEQ and EPA regulations, and maintains required documentation and records. Develops goals, objectives, policies and maintenance programs to minimize equipment downtime and service interruptions. Utilizes staff efficiently and effectively to cover facility operations.
Develops, implements and monitors operational and maintenance work plans, processes, and procedures to achieve work group objectives and performance measures.
Maintains knowledge base to communicate, administer, and ensure compliance with all State and federal programs and regulations related to the Clean Water Act, OSHA, ADA and all other applicable rules and laws. Prepares and submits necessary monitoring information to appropriate state and federal agencies for compliance with regulations.
Manages biosolids utilization program and equipment, and environmental monitoring program. Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations and maintains required documentation and records.
Evaluates effectiveness of services and programs, and recommends improvements and modifications. Researches regulatory developments and formulates strategies to meet operational and maintenance requirements. Provides quality assurance management. Forecasts and plans for short- and long-range operations and maintenance needs. Participates in design review, to include equipment evaluation, research and recommendation of improved process design.
Plans, coordinates, manages and/or participates in technical projects related to areas of responsibility. Develops and implements contract documents, plans, specifications, special projects, and bid documents. Administers contracts and manages budgets associated with contract work. Communicates and collaborates with consultants and other organization staff working on projects. Resolves performance issues with contractors.
Writes letters, memorandums, technical documents, and reports related to the operation, strategic planning, and management of areas of responsibility.
Monitors and coordinates purchasing of materials, equipment, and supplies to comply with purchasing policy guidelines and to remain within established budgetary constraints. Develops, administers, and monitors operations and special projects budgets. Prepares equipment and material specifications and cost estimates. Conducts cost analysis on purchasing and contracting alternatives. Prepares purchase orders.
Provides expert consultation, assistance, technical advice, and support to the Division Manager. Participates in division planning and coordination.
Functions as a team member in the management and operation of assigned program areas. Provides technical and operational input for improvements to facilities; provides technical guidance to ensure highly productive and effective work teams and programs. Demonstrates understanding and good judgment in the evaluation of complex technical and/or financial information and alternatives related to program and policy development. Coordinates activities with other supervisors, managers, and work groups.
Develops technical information resources, project data, and historical reference files.
Responds to emergency calls 24/7 and coordinates emergency response activities.
Manages and evaluates safety, training, and security policies and procedures. Investigates accidents and claims and implements modifications as required. Conducts staff safety meetings and ensures safety inspections are conducted as required. Conforms with all safety rules and performs work is a safe manner. Ensures staff maintains a safe working environment and compliance with federal and state health and safety guidelines and regulations.
Responsible to plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of staff. Performs personnel duties such as selection, evaluation of performance, discipline, and termination of employees. Makes effective recommendations in hiring and termination decisions. Counsels employees as appropriate. Provides career development opportunities for staff. Develops processes that involve employees in decision making. Implements and communicates goals and expectations for staff performance. Ensures appropriate training is provided.
Communicates with the public, local officials, other municipalities, and other City departments on matters related to the wastewater treatment facility. Develops and provides public information and educational services. Participates in and represents the City at technical conferences, wastewater task force meetings, professional organizations, and public meetings. Serves as a liaison to private contractors, engineers, property owners, and regulating agencies in matters related to operation of a wastewater treatment facility. Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints and recommends corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
Attends meetings and/or serves on a variety of City committees and task teams.
Attends necessary training to maintain state cerification levels and City safety standards.
Complies with all Administrative Policies. Performs work in accordance with Council Policies and Municipal Code sections applicable to the position.
Delivers excellent customer service to diverse audiences. Maintains positive customer service demeanor and delivers service in a prompt, respectful and patient manner.
Maintains effective work relationships.
Arrives to work, meetings, and other work-related functions on time and maintains regular job attendance.
Operates and drives a motor vehicle and/or truck safely and legally.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred or four years equivalent combination of education, experience, and training providing the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.
Five years of job related work experience in a related operations and maintenance field with an increasingly responsible supervisory or leadership capacity.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
High level of technical expertise in wastewater treatment, including activated sludge treatment, anaerobic digestion, and solids handling.
Knowledge of modern principles and practice of a public wastewater treatment plant operation, and maintenance methods, materials, and equipment used in treatment plants.
Knowledge of the federal Clean Water Act, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and other applicable rules and regulations pertaining to wastewater, and of the national Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and their relationship to the wastewater utility. Ability to interpret and apply applicable local, State, and federal regulatory requirements.
A broad knowledge of wastewater utility operations.
Knowledge of principles of supervision and personnel practices, and budgeting and records keeping.
Ability to work under time constraints, manage evolving situations, perform multiple tasks effectively, evaluate and motivate staff to maximize organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Ability to read plans, specifications, engineering drawings, and interpret maps. Ability to develop and implement operations and maintenance management programs and procedures.
Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinates to accomplish goals and objectives. Effective written and oral communication skills; ability to prepare and present comprehensive written and oral reports on technical and complex issues to a non-technical audience.
Ability to make appropriate decisions, apply independent judgment, solve complex problems and prioritize support activities and programs in a cost effective manner.
Get along well with coworkers and maintain working relationships, including effective labor relations.
State of Oregon Wastewater Treatment Grade Level IV certification required.
Maintenance of First Aid and CPR certification.
Possession or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Drivers License.
Respond to emergency calls during business hours and after hour call outs and coordinate emergency response activities. Must be able to respond within 30 minutes to the Wastewater Reclamation Plant prior to the end of probationary period.
Occasional travel includes local and regional meetings.
This position may regularly be required to work evenings and weekends.
Demonstrable understanding and commitment to sustainability; promote commitment, understanding and use of sustainability principles by employees for day to day operations. Hold employees accountable for sustainability objectives.
Demonstrable commitment to diversity and promote diversity principles with employees in day to day operations. Successfully use diversity principles within the department and city-wide.
The individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.
SUPERVISORY OR LEAD WORK RESPONSIBILITIES
This position supervises assigned employees which includes scheduling and assigning work; mentoring, coaching, and training; developing work plans and reviewing work for completion; evaluating performance and providing necessary feedback to employee; setting work standards; imposing or effectively recommending necessary disciplinary action; responding to grievances; and making or effectively recommending hiring and termination decisions.
In the performance of job duties, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, stand and use a computer for extensive periods of time. Required to bend, squat, and negotiate different terrains when in the field. The employee must be able to hear changes in frequencies and identify abnormal noises, and have the ability to smell chlorine and/or other chemicals used in the treatment process.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
In the performance of job duties, the incumbent may use the following tools and/or equipment: multi-line phone system; personal computer including SCADA, Distributive Control System, word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software; copy and fax machines; calculator; automobile or truck; and other related tools and equipment.
The work performed in an office environment is usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments, with some telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. Field work includes exposure to a variety of hazardous situations on a recurring basis including adverse weather conditions, production equipment, loud noise, confined spaces, raw sewage and byproducts, hazardous chemicals, environmental hazards, live utilities and air borne hazards.
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