Drainage and Wastewater Line of Business System Maintenance Division Director

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • 700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 24, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management Building Maintenance Public Works Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $118,139.04 - $194,893.92 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description

This position is open until filled. However, first priority will be given to candidates who apply by July 22, 2022.

Are you a strategic and performance driven leader? Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is looking for an experienced operations leader to oversee its Drainage and Wastewater System Maintenance Division. This position seeks to ensure efficient delivery of essential frontline utility work through a service-oriented mindset and a culture of continuous improvement.

The System Maintenance Division Director is responsible for managing and directing the operation, maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of the City’s storm water and drainage and wastewater system, including both scheduled, reactive, and emergency activities. The Division Director is responsible for operating and maintaining the City’s drainage and wastewater systems in a manner that complies with all laws and regulations, and protects aquatic resources, the environment, property, and public safety and welfare.

The System Maintenance Division Director currently oversees a team of 140+ employees who are represented by four (4) different unions and a proposed 2023 operational budget of $25M. The position reports to the Drainage and Wastewater Line of Business Deputy Director.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Job Responsibilities
The essential functions of the System Maintenance Division Director are:

  • Lead a team of professional, para-professional, and skilled trades staff to deliver drainage and wastewater system maintenance operations for:
    • 1,800 miles of sanitary, combined, and stormwater infrastructure
    • 43 miles of creeks and 49 creek watersheds
    • 19,500 feet of innovative green storm water infrastructure
    • 121 miles of culverts and 65 miles of ditches
Optimize system operations by developing operational strategies and facilitates productivity through improving resource availability, employee training, and staff utilization. Develop and review metrics to measure performance and focus on process improvement to ensure programs are meeting targets and maximizing efficiency and value for SPU customers. Develop and sustain a culture of service and continuous improvement in the division.Identify key issues affecting storm water drainage and wastewater system performance. Provide leadership and direction to operations managers and crew chiefs in integrating new or modified storm water drainage or wastewater practices and protocols into their areas of operations. Plan for long term viability of the system through capital improvement projects, system repairs and upgrades.Communicate utility vision, goals and strategy, and mentor employees to encourage growth within current and future roles. Build trust through transparent, equitable leadership.Participate on the Drainage and Wastewater line of business leadership team and collaborate with other division directors to establish and maintain consistent execution and alignment with SPU and branch goals.Plan, monitor, and forecast annual Operations & Maintenance budget of $25M.Manage effective relationships with Labor partners across the City.
Experience: Eight (8) years increasingly responsible experience in a medium to large size public utility or comparable multi-function organization including five (5) years of supervisory/management experience.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, civil engineering, construction management, environmental studies, or a related field OR two (2) additional years of relevant experience.

License: Must possess or be able to obtain valid Washington State driver license within six (6) months of hire.

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to create and foster a culture of empowerment and engagement through shared leadership.
  • Experience managing a large operations function with a diverse workforce in a unionized environment.
  • Demonstrated success utilizing key performance indicators/metrics to assess performance and drive organizational improvements.
  • Experience leading continuous performance improvement initiatives.
  • Experience supporting technology implementations for front-line operational staff.
  • Commitment to the City's Race and Social Justice initiative as well as our values of access, opportunity, and sustainability.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104 United States View Map