Water Services Plant/System Chief Operator

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Purpose/Customer Impact:  Perform technical, administrative and supervisory tasks necessary to maintain the treatment and supply of high quality water, maintain regulatory compliance and foster a team environment with multi-skilled staff.  Demonstrated ability to operate independently and to be the lead technical expert to communicate critical information and ensure compliance so that results support treatment requirements. 

Reporting Relationships:   Reports to:  Director of Operations, Water    

Direct Reports: Water Treatment Plant/System Operators and Maintenance Person.

Interrelationships: Daily contact with General Services and Technical 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: Independent work within broad operating procedures of Water Services and other District policies and practices. Determine maintenance and operational priorities. Initiate and facilitate the resolution of process deficiencies or compliance related water quality issues. Discuss specific problems with Director of Operations, Water.

Essential Accountabilities:

  • Manage and assume responsibility for the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and related structures. Coordinate staff efforts in completing all related tasks.
  • Manage and assume responsibility for the Water Systems Area, including chemical injection facilities, well supply systems, booster stations, water storage sites and related structures. Coordinate staff efforts in completing all related tasks.
  • Maintains, but also manages the repairs to equipment, and a qualified expert to mediate and decide the course of action when problem solving.
  • Manage routine monitoring of water quality to maintain proper treatment and water quality in the distribution system, according to District, state and EPA regulations.
  • Create and submit treatment and distribution water quality reports to maintain compliance with District, state and EPA regulations.
  • Provide leadership, resources and training to encourage teamwork, employee development and flexibility of staff. Set operational and Performance Management Goals with employees and assist them in achieving commitments.
  • Assemble, lead and participate in inter-departmental teams to optimize processes or resolve Plant/System, Department or District issues.
  • Responsible for Plant/Systems safety including operational equipment and treatment chemicals.
  • Accountable for disseminating operational, regulatory and company communications to staff and the organization.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.
  • Take initiative to meet or exceed quality standards; take initiative to complete special projects and developmental goals as committed to in the performance management process.
  • Submit and maintain the budget for the Plant/Systems area.
  • Provide the public and industry professionals with tours and presentations.

Essential Job Functions:  Sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting, reaching, squatting, lifting (max 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 Functions and Accountabilities satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  •  A four-year college degree in a related field is required and 3-5 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience (mechanical/engineering/electrical or related fields).
  • Possess a valid State of Maine Class IV Water Supply System License.
  • Possess ten years of experience in the water supply industry, including potable water treatment.
  • Knowledge and experience in the operation, maintenance and regulation of potable water supply systems, including chlorine and ozone production and injection equipment. Knowledge and experience in the safe handling and usage of disinfecting and corrosion control chemicals.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of process control systems and monitoring devices, maintenance and operation of pumps, pressure control valves, water storage facilities and their appurtenant equipment. Understanding of technical relationships to the transmission and distribution of potable water.
  • Possess training and college level courses in administration, use of computer software, electrical/instrumentation, engineering, operation and maintenance of equipment, supervisory and managerial skills, water chemistry and microbiology, as related to water treatment.
  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Maine Driver’s License, with a satisfactory driving record.
  • Ability to function as a team leader and foster a team environment. Commitment to assist in staff development. Well-developed communication skills.
  • Ability to meet approved physical and medical standards.
  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator, as required.
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