Watershed Director I (DWM - Office of Engineering Services)

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 09, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Engineering

Job Description

Posting open until filled

Salary commensurate with experience

At the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained. Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta! If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

General Description and Classification Standards

Manages the overall administration and management of the Engineering Support Services Division of the DWM Office of Engineering Services. This Division provides the following support services to DWM and other City Departments:, surveying, document management and archiving, land acquisition, permitting, planning, plan review of water and sewer projects and sewer capacity assessment. Areas of responsibility include the direction of around 45 staff including group supervisors and a broad range of engineering, inspectors and other support staff. The Watershed Director will provide engineering support including design input and review and provide personnel and fiscal management. This position requires a high level of strategic and operations management, reporting to a DWM Deputy Commissioner. This is NOT a routine promotional level and the specific justification for classification at this level must be documented.

Supervision Received

May work independently or part of a team of Managers that meet to discuss issues related to budgets, staff, policy, and operations. Direction received is very general and focuses on strategic objectives and is typically collaborative in nature. The Watershed Director I will report to the Deputy Commissioner of Engineering Support Services. This position would be considered "upper middle" management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

Oversees and manages the Engineering Support Services Division of the DWM Office of Engineering Services, currently with around 45 staff. This includes direction and management of the following groups: Survey, , Document Management, Real Estate and Permitting, Backflow Prevention, Water Availability, Sewer Availability, , Capacity Certification and other groups, which may be added.

Provides positive leadership, working harmoniously with staff within the Office of Engineering Services and other DWM Offices, and ensuring that the day-to-day activities are performed efficiently.

Provides engineering design support to the Capital Project Division of the Office of Engineering Services. This involves the assignment of Design Managers, who are responsible for design input, review and quality control of designs prepared by DWM’s various A/E Joint Ventures.

Oversee the updating and maintenance of a set of current DWM guidelines, specifications and standard details for the design and construction of water distribution, sanitary sewer and stormwater systems. Work with other DWM staff to facilitate access to the various guidelines, specifications and standard details by DWM staff and City developers and design professionals.

Assists with budget development and tracking of operational expenses, staff utilization and planning, staff recruitment and oversight of workforce development.

Collaborates with the Deputy Commissioner and other Division Directors in the day-to-day management of the Office of Engineering Services. Assists with the development of an annual budget submission for the Office of Engineering Services.

Support engineering staff by meeting with developers to assist with plan review and approval of water and sewer projects for site development and capital projects.

Provides leadership and direction to group managers and oversees project goals.

Decision Making

This position is generally required to provide input regarding decisions that impacts the Engineering Support Services Division. Such issues may be related to policy/procedure, strategy, budget, and/or technical. Provides input on organization strategy and policy within required legislative or executive limitations.

Leadership Provided

Provides guidance to a varied group of Managers and Supervisors or may directly supervise a staff of professionals and team leaders engaged in an organization-wide or policy-advisory activity. Guidance should typically be general in nature and focus on objectives, end results, and policies.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

Experience with the design, procurement and construction of engineering projects, especially water and sewer projects. Experience with hydraulics; geotechnical testing and terminology; knowledge of contract law.

Very strong administrative and managerial skills; inter-personal and team working skills; skilled in communicating verbally and written; strong computer and software (Microsoft) skills.

Ability to develop relationships and partnerships; ability to write clear and concise technical documents; ability to read, understand, and prepare legal documents; ability to operate city vehicles: sedan, 14-passenger van, and pickup truck; ability to effectively negotiate resolutions of conflicts among citizens, neighbors, elected official, and staff, as well as efficiently manage a government office open to the public; ability to interact effectively with various personality styles and with upper departmental management or elected officials; ability to read and interpret construction drawings; ability to interpret laws, regulations and guidelines; ability to utilize Microsoft software and project management programs.

Minimum Qualifications - Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Science or Construction Management. 5-10 years of work experience in engineering consulting, contracting or municipal government sector. At least 3 years of experience as a manager, supervisor, team leader, etc.
Preferred Education & Experience

Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Construction Management. 10-20 years of work experience in engineering consulting, contracting or municipal government sector with 5-10 years of experience as a manager, supervisor, team leader, etc.

Licensures and Certifications

P.E. License preferred.

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

City of Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Address

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