Water Chief Operator, Treatment/Systems

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Purpose/Customer Impact: Through the direction of the water treatment and maintenance staff, manages the operation and maintenance of the Portland Water District’s (PWD’s) two (2) water treatment facilities, pump stations, water storage facilities, and other related facilities.   Ensures regulatory compliance of the treatment facilities; consistent management of personnel; oversees the planning of work and utilization of resources through budgeting and oversight; develops and revises operating programs to achieve PWD’s    Strategic Goals.  Engenders a culture of learning and engagement, recognizes problems and participates in the development of viable solutions.

Reporting Relationships:  Reports to:  Director of Operation Services, Water

Direct Reports: Water Treatment Plant/System Operators and Maintenance Person SLWTF and Water Systems Operators, as assigned.

Interrelationships: Daily contact with Environmental and Engineering Services on maintenance, operational and regulatory issues. Weekly participation in inter-departmental teams dealing with water quality concerns and various District projects. Provide tours and presentations to the general public and industry professionals. Monthly coordination of state officials’ visits and inspections. Regular contact with contractors and consultants on construction and optimization of projects.

Independent Action: Responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance, budgetary preparation and the identification and resolution of issues that might impede the efficient, safe delivery of water. Management of direct reports including recommending hiring, performance management, coaching, development, and carrying out discipline.  Responsible for major Operation and Maintenance (O & M) program formation. Performs medium range planning and participates in long-term capital planning efforts.

 Job Duties:

Manage the operation and maintenance of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and the Water Systems Area, including chemical injection facilities, well supply systems, booster stations, water storage sites and related structures. Oversee the response to emergency situations in areas of responsibility.

  • Manage the operation and maintenance of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and the Water Systems Area, including chemical injection facilities, well supply systems, booster stations, water storage sites and related structures. Oversee the response to emergency situations in areas of responsibility.
  •  Create and submit treatment and distribution water quality reports to maintain compliance with District, state and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and requirements; communicates and implements policies and procedures, conducts audits to ensure all workplace health and safety policies and procedures are followed; implements corrective recommendations as a result of audits or identified hazards.
  • Evaluates the performance of the treatment and maintenance staff directly and indirectly against the approved budget and organizational goals and objectives. Creates an environment that implements safe work practices and continuous improvement in all aspects of work. Regularly coordinates cross-training and utilization efforts to encourage increased awareness of all aspects of Water Services Department activities. Participates with other PWD staff and outside resources in the determination of appropriate work process modifications to ensure efficient and effective results.
  • Under the general direction of the Director of Operations, Water, implements staffing plans and personnel actions, while ensuring follow-up and completion of any corrective action; seeks consistency with other organizational units both within and outside the Water Services Department; promotes employee training and development; responds to complaints and grievances.
  • Maintain a strong collaborative relationship with Asset Management and Planning (AMaP), Environmental Services, and other Departments to coordinate the management of operation and maintenance programs and capital plan implementation; create plans to control costs, balance workloads, anticipate and avoid delays, and meet deadlines.
  • Oversees the preparation of water treatment budgets; monitors expenditure activities; approves operating and maintenance expenditures to authorized levels; reviews budget variance reports and determines and implements all necessary corrective action.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

 Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting, reaching, squatting, lifting (maximum 50 lbs.), visual accuracy, clear verbal and written communication, driving, extensive keyboard usage, climbing.

Minimum Requirements: An individual must be able to perform Essential Job Duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job duties.

  • Possess a two (2) or four-year (4) undergraduate degree.  This requirement may be substituted with five to seven (5-7) years of commensurate experience.
  • Must hold a State of Maine Class IV Water Treatment and a Class IV Distribution System License.
  • Possess five years of experience in utility operation and maintenance, or a similar service industry; with increasing accountability levels of supervisory experience.
  • Possess strong information technology skills and use business applications such as computerized maintenance programs, word processing, spreadsheets and engineering applications.
  • Demonstrated ability in Project Management; determine areas objectives, organize resources, implement plans, share tracking of progress with team, and achieve objectives.
  • Experience in mentoring and motivating staff; commitment to personnel development.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels within the organization, cities, other agencies, regulatory agencies, special interest groups, and the public
  • Exercise good judgment and discretion while addressing distribution system issues, external communications, and employee management.
  • Good communication skills; both orally and written; ability to prepare presentations on administrative and technical topics
  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Maine Driver’s license, with a satisfactory driving record.
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