Watershed Director II (DWM - OLIO - Collection)

  • CITY OF ATLANTA, GA
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

Posting: Ongoing 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:

The Watershed Director II (Collection) manages the oversight of the Office of Linear Infrastructure’s Collection Division, including Construction, Preventative Maintenance, First Response, Spill Response, Sewer Cleaning and Catch Basin Cleaning. Areas of responsibility include planning and evaluation, policy and program development, personnel and fiscal management, and public relations. This is a high level of strategic and operations management, reporting to the department’s Deputy Commissioner. Position manages a primary function of the department and recommends operating policy and procedure subject to department executive approval. This level would be expected to manage a varied array of professionals and management staff.

Supervision Received

May work independently or part of a team of directors and 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. This is a policy-making level of management and would be considered "upper middle" management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
  • Provides direct management for the day-to-day operations of the following functional areas, Divisional units of operations and Budgeting (Operations and Capital).
  • Manages the budget for the assigned operational units which includes invoicing for formal contracts, goods and services, and utilities and inter-jurisdictional expenses. Approves payroll for the collection group members.
  • Develops policies and write rules and regulations for responsible division; interfaces with the Mayor's office, City council, and other departments on policy and technical issues; Resolves technical issues and make final determination regarding the application of Federal, State, and local requirements.
  • Oversees and manages the operation of the City's Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems which provides the transmission of collection of wastewater and supports the City of Atlanta customers.
  • Ensures compliance with all state, federal, local & regional policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to wastewater collection systems and industry best practices.
  • Provides positive leadership, working harmoniously with others in the Department and other organizations, and ensuring that the day-to-day activities.
  • Manages the City's sanitary sewer collection system including producing budget, managing staff, and overseeing technical and engineering processes.
  • Ensures the responsible division has all the necessary resources required to successfully complete job assignments to include financial, human and administrative related areas which enables the City to fulfill its mission to deliver wastewater services to our customers on consistent basis.
  • Directs and prepares annual budget divisional submissions and detailed financial plans; duties include budget formulation and execution, approving all budget adjustments and budget transfers, developing the plan assumptions, and ensuring that the annual budget is in sync with the strategic financial plan.
  • Provides leadership and direction to group managers and oversees project goals. Develops project strategies, implementation plans, project scope and milestones.
  • Track work progress and provides technical reports on work completion and resources needed. Manage assigned tasks and schedule them to reduce delays and become responsive to customer’s needs.

Decision Making

This position generally required to provide input regarding decisions that impacts a defined area within the watershed's divisions and offices. Such issues may be related to policy/procedure, strategy, budget, and/or technical. May commit office to action. Establishes 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.

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of technical terminology; extensive knowledge of water or sewer infrastructure to include repair and maintenance operations, construction projects administrative or field; knowledge of engineering, water and sewage, stormwater management, procurement, hydraulics, and geotechnical processes and terminology; knowledge of legal requirements of water conservation laws & ordinances; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of water resource management and watershed protection.
  • Strong Computer and Software (Microsoft) Skills; very strong administrative and managerial skills; inter-personal and team working skills; skilled in communicating verbally and in written form.
  • 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 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 suites and project management programs.


Minimum Qualification:
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Business, Management, Public Administration, or related field. (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the bachelor’s degree on an exception basis)
  • 7 years of related work experience to include experience in the municipal government sector, with at least 3 years of leadership experience.

Preferred Qualification:
  • Master's degree in Engineering, Business, Management, Organizational Leadership or Public Administration. (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the master’s degree on an exception basis)
  • 10 years of relevant work experience to include experiences in the municipal government sector with at least 5 years of leadership experience.

Licensures and Certifications

• Professional Engineer (PE) (Preferred)

• Wastewater Collection Operator License (Required)

Job Address

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