Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Manager

  • City of Tulare
  • Tulare, California
  • Jul 14, 2017
Full Time Public Works Sciences and Laboratory Utilities Water and Wastewater Treatment Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $ 73,237.44 Annually
  • Salary Top: $ 89,020.68
  • Phone: 559-684-4204
  • Apply By: Aug 13, 2017



Thank you for your interest in our Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Manager position.  We look forward to the opportunity to consider you as an applicant.

To be considered for this outstanding career opportunity applicants must submit an application with detailed information in each section of the application: Education, Work Experience, Certificates and Licenses, and Skills. 

In addition to submitting a detailed application, you are required to respond to the supplemental questions associated with the application. Your responses to the supplemental questions will be used to help us evaluate your qualifying knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a complete, detailed application or in lieu of detailed responses to the supplemental questions.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to advance to the interview phase.  For planning purposes, please anticipate interviews being conducted on: TUESDAY, AUGUST 29th.  Qualified applicants will receive a formal invitation to interview after our screening process is completed (no later than August 21st).

Job Description


Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and reviews the work of staff performing difficult and complex professional, technical, and office support related to all programs and activities of the Wastewater Treatment Plant; administers current and long-range planning activities; manages the effective use of the appropriate City's public works maintenance resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides complex and responsible support to the Public Works Director and other utility managers in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.


Receives general direction from the Public Works Director.  Exercises direct and general supervision over wastewater operations and maintenance staff.  Coordinates and monitors the work of outside contractors, vendors, and consultants as assigned.

This is a mid-management classification that manages a division of the City's public works maintenance and operations activities, including collection system maintenance, wastewater treatment operations and maintenance, laboratory testing and analysis, and storm drain maintenance operations.  Responsibilities include performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibility.  The incumbent organizes and oversees day-to-day activities and is responsible for providing divisional-level support to the Public Works Director in a variety of areas.  Successful performance of the work requires an extensive background as well as skill in coordinating departmental work.  This class is distinguished from the Public Works Director in that the latter has overall responsibility for all functions of the Department and for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy.

Examples of Essential Functions:  Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Division; recommends within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of the Wastewater Division.
  • Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assigned programs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and recommends to the Director.
  • Manages and coordinates the work plan for the assigned Division; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Participates in the selection, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates service delivery, makes recommendations for improvement, and ensures maximum effective service provision.
  • Develops and reviews staff and regulatory reports related to collection system maintenance, wastewater treatment maintenance and operations, laboratory, and storm drain maintenance activities and services; assists with reports presented to the City Council and other commissions, committees, and boards; performs a variety of public relations and outreach work related to assigned activities.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Division budget; oversees the budget for the Division.
  • Provides complex staff assistance to the Public Works Director; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Participates in the planning, development, coordination, and administration of plant projects and improvements.
  • Oversees and monitors project management, construction and plant improvement activities including ensuring project is completed within scope, budget, and schedule.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to assigned programs, policies, and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Implements adopted storm drain maintenance and wastewater collection, testing, distribution, and treatment maintenance and operations plans, policies, and standards.
  • Inspects and approves new construction and new development for proper wastewater treatment and distribution systems, facilities, services, and locations.
  • Coordinates assigned services and activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater collection and treatment; researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to City needs.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Receives, investigates, and responds to problems and complaints in a professional manner; identifies and reports findings and takes necessary corrective action.
  • Responds to operations, maintenance, and repair emergency situations as required.
  • May act as the Public Works Director in his/her absence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, project management, and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Principles and practices of budget administration.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations concerning the operation of the Wastewater Division.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration and evaluation.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned Division.
  • General principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of a major Wastewater Division.
  • Safety principles and practices.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Ability to oversee and effectively manage contracts.
  • Recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient services.
  • Manage and monitor complex projects, on-time and within budget.
  • Plan, organize, schedule, assign, review, and evaluate the work of staff.
  • Train staff in work procedures.
  • Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Interpret, explain, and ensure compliance with City policies and procedures, complex laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs including use of spreadsheets and data bases.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Special Instructions

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Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of a bachelor's degree in engineering or the sciences supplemented by coursework in biology, engineering, industrial management, or a related field and five (5) years of responsible experience in the wastewater field including two (2) years of supervisory or lead experience.   

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Possession of a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board or the ability to obtain through reciprocity.