Water and Hydroelectric Services Director

  • Spokane, Washington
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $100,516.32 - $138,204.72 Annually USD

Job Description


Provide safe and reliable drinking water services for the health and safety of the community by maintaining the water system infrastructure and ensuring adequate water for fire protection.

Responsible leadership of the Water and Hydroelectric Services Department by setting policy and directing various functional units of the department including maintenance and construction, taps and meters, and planning coordination. Also manage the operation of the City's Upriver Dam, a FERC regulated hydroelectric project, wells and pump stations. Provide continuous review of operational procedures in the various divisions and initiate changes as necessary.

Has complete responsibility for guidance and direction of all employees in the Water and Hydroelectric Services Department. Provide leadership to direct and indirect reports in professional, administrative, and technical positions.

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting. It involves frequent attendance at meetings to include some irregular hours and potentially out-of-town travel. Incumbents in this classification are expected to communicate verbally, in person, and by telephone. A computer terminal is used and requires the use of repetitive arm movements.


The following Responsibilities and Requirements are functions the individual who holds or desires the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

  • Stay current with Public Potable Water Regulations set forth by federal, state, and local government including pending legislation;
  • Stay current with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Washington Industrial Safety & Health Administration (WISHA), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations and provide compliant supervision, direction and control for the employees and the public;
  • Direct, supervise and control the operation of the city's water distribution system, municipal water and hydroelectric facilities;
  • Directs the preparation of extensive studies related to current capacity planning, rate setting, programming and development. Analyze their affect and develop plans for the present and future;
  • Attend applicable meetings and hearings regarding various public utilities functions. Work with local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations regarding drinking water standards, aquifer protection, water conservation, and regulatory compliance.

Knowledge of:
  • Operations, personnel, and fiscal management of municipal water systems;
  • Water quality and public health protection requirements of a public water system and legal requirements for its operation;
  • City regulatory codes, ordinances and safety-related regulations;
  • Cross connection control;
  • Fiscal budgeting and funding process.

Ability to:
  • Meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Work cooperatively with other and maintain positive relationships;
  • Adapt to other duties as assigned and prioritize, organize, and plan work as needed to meet objectives;
  • Analyze planning studies and formulate substantive recommendations;
  • Proficiently engage in public speaking to a diverse audience.


Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that would likely provide the
relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally this will include:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a field such as
Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration with eight (8) years' experience in progressively responsible operational positions related to public utilities that includes four (4) years' responsible supervisory experience.

Cross Connection Control Certification or the ability to obtain both within one year.

Advanced degree in business or public administration is desirable.

A valid driver's license or otherwise demonstrated ability to get to and from multiple work
location as required.

As an exempt employee of the City of Spokane, the Water & Hydroelectric Services Director is subject to the City's Code of Ethics set forth in Chapter 1.04A of the Spokane Municipal Code. As such, "it is the policy of the City of Spokane to uphold, promote, and demand the highest standards of ethics from all of its employees who shall maintain the utmost standards of responsibility, trustworthiness, integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fairness in carrying out their public duties, avoid any improprieties in their roles as a public servant including the appearance of impropriety, and never use their City position, authority or resources for personal gain."


Position will remain open until filled.

Job Address

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