This exempt position, is responsible for managing the City’s Wastewater Treatment and Collections facilities. The employee is required to possess a broad knowledge of wastewater treatment practices and principles including operations and maintenance of treatment and collection facilities. This position works under the general supervision and reports to the Public Works Director. The employee is a member of the La Center Exempt Employee Association (union).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
This employee oversees all aspects of the City’s Membrane Bio Reactor Wastewater Treatment Plant, Class A Bio-Solids Processes and Collection Systems, is on-call to respond to all emergencies on a 24-hour basis. The primary duties of the position are as follow:
Responsible for overseeing the operations of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection Systems to include development and implementation of all preventative, maintenance and safety programs, while maintaining compliance with state, federal and local regulatory requirements;
Develop and implement strategic initiatives focused on sustaining a high level of performance efficiency and effectiveness;
Prepare and monitor the Wastewater System’s operational budget, staffing budget demands, and equipment maintenance and purchases in accordance with City policies and general government finance principles;
Oversee, plan and coordinate all preventative maintenance practices including, life cycle analysis of equipment and forecasting short and long-term equipment usage and needs, equipment maintenance and repair;
Direct the organization, staffing, and operational activities for the Wastewater Systems including assuming responsibility for critical decisions regarding operational changes, process changes, maintenance priorities, scheduling and compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations;
Maintain compliance with all NPDES discharge monitoring permit requirements including maintaining the class A bio-solids permitting, clean air permit, and laboratory accreditation;
Work under pressure while exercising independent initiatives, using sound and professional judgment;
Build and maintain effective working relationships with other managers, employees, elected officials, community members, and interested groups;
Identify and actively resolve operational and employee related conflicts;
Ensure all Treatment Plant staff provide and promote excellent customer service to City colleagues, contractors, and the community;
Administer contracts with outside vendors and service providers;
Prepare a wide range of correspondence, reports, and data analysis specific to the Treatment Plant and City operations;
Manage laboratory services, proper sampling techniques and arrange for testing of samples that cannot be tested internally in compliance with the with the City’s wastewater discharge permit;
Maintain solids data and records for billing and reporting in compliance with the City bio-solids permit;
Supervise plant operations, assign daily operations, monitor employee performance, prepare employee performance evaluation and improvement plans if needed, adhere to the collective bargaining agreement, and identify resolutions to complex operational or employee concerns or problems;
Represent the Wastewater Treatment Plant during planning, design, and construction of any future infrastructure projects;
Address, correct and report all non-compliance with NPDES discharge permit and work with regulatory agencies to ensure the City and Wastewater System is promptly compliant;
Ability to troubleshoot and assess electronic equipment problems, SCADA, PLC’s, VFD’s, etc.
Ensure that employees comply with professional regulatory guidelines, City policies, and the City’s Guiding Principles;
Attend a variety of meetings, present essential information at City Council and other public meetings, professional regional and statewide meetings and conferences;
Collaborate with other members of the Mayor’s Executive Team as requested to identify how the City may best meet the needs of the community it serves within the confines of the laws and regulatory guidelines required of the City;
Frequently use a computer to navigate Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
The above list of job duties is not intended, nor should it be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, tasks, skills, working conditions, or requirements associated with this job.
WORK ENVIRONMENT PHYSICAL DEMANDS
This position requires the employee to stand for long periods of time, walk throughout the plant and City facilities, operate motor vehicles, and capable of lifting a minimum of 50 pounds. While performing the job duties of this position, this employee may be exposed to noisy machines, chemicals including gas/diesel equipment, pumps, and hydraulics, chemical metering devices, front end loader, hand tools, plumbing and laboratory equipment.
Use of equipment includes a personal computer, telephone, motor vehicles; plant and collections systems equipment, electric motors and controls.
This position works in the treatment plant, throughout the City out of doors, in the testing lab, and in an office.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Possession of a Class III or IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate of Competency as issued by the State of Washington.
An Associates’ degree in Wastewater Technology, Chemistry, Microbiology or a related field.
Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in wastewater management.
A high school diploma or G.E.D. and seven (7) years of wastewater experience in wastewater treatment and collection systems management, and treatment may substitute for an Associates’ degree.
Advanced knowledge, education, and skill in the operations and maintenance of a Class III Membrane Bio-Reactor Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Possess a Washington Drivers’ License free from serious or frequent traffic infractions.
Ability to demonstrate the operation and maintenance of work related mechanical equipment and tools necessary for managing the operations of the Treatment Plant and collections systems.
Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner verbally and in writing.
Additional Salary Information: This is an exempt, represented position; additional information about benefits may be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement at: http://www.ci.lacenter.wa.us/community/employment.php