DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR - WASTEWATER SYSTEMS (Non-Classified)

  • CITY OF RIVERSIDE, CA
  • Riverside, California
  • Sep 11, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Public Works Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $152,928.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR - WASTEWATER SYSTEMS to fill one (1) vacancy in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The Opportunity
The City of Riverside has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Deputy Public Works Director to oversee the Wastewater Division at the Riverside Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP). Reporting to the Director of Public Works for the City, the Deputy Public Works Director will be the key strategist for the Wastewater Division. Responsible for management liaison with the City Council, regulatory bodies and officials, proactive communication with the stakeholders that work in partnership with RWQCP is essential. Additionally, the Deputy Public Works Director will provide direction on a broad and complex range of policy and program areas, policy analysis and implementation; provide consultation and advice to the Public Works Director, and the wider City leadership team on various regulatory and administrative issues.

Public Works - Wastewater Plant At-A-Glance
The RWQCP provides wastewater treatment service to a population of more than 300,000 within the City and working cohesively with Community Service District stakeholders, provides 96,000 customers within the surrounding communities of Jurupa, Rubidoux, Edgemont and Highgrove. The City's collection system consists of approximately 800 miles of gravity sewers and 20 wastewater pump stations. The RWQCP provides preliminary, secondary and tertiary treatment for approximately 46 million gallons per day.

Current Issues and Priorities
The Wastewater Division is critical in helping deliver quality of life to the City's residents. With an increasing focus on sustainability and renewable resources, there are several pertinent areas of consideration.

In support of the City's Sustainability and Green Action Plan initiative, the Public Works Department, Wastewater Division's vision is committed to protecting natural resources, promoting environmental stewardship, and implementing sustainable operational practices through Renewable Resource projects and programs.

The prospective Deputy Public Works Director will play a major role in overseeing the implementation of projects and programs to support a Sustainable and Resilient Riverside through "Renewable Resource" activities, including:
  • Recycled water production,
  • Organics receiving and treatment,
  • Energy production and independence, and
  • Waste management and reuse.

The Wastewater Division has developed a Master Plan, that has been presented and approved by the City Council. The purpose of this is to evaluate the City's collection system and some of the RWQCP unit processes, make recommendations for future expansions and rehabilitation of the facilities, and develop the resultant CIP and rate structures to pay for the CIP. The next phase of the Plan, which the prospective Deputy Public Works Director will oversee, will be developing a corresponding financial rate plan. Master Plan considerations include:
  • CIP to serve the needs of both existing and future users (to 2037).
  • Complies with regulatory requirements.
  • Does not overburden rate payers.
  • Is equitable to the development community.
  • Develops a rate structure to fund the CIP.
  • Recommends necessary capacity, maintenance, staffing, and funding modifications for both the collection system and treatment facility to continue to provide safe and reliable wastewater conveyance and treatment throughout the planning period and ensure the safety of the community and the environment.


The Position
This position is a key member of the Department's executive management team, which provides day-to-day management of a staff of approximately 120, and an adopted FY 2020/21 operating budget of approximately $64 million and a CIP budget of $14 million. With a proven track record, the Deputy Public Works Director will be future focused with strong leadership and demonstrable implementation and team building skills. With a broad background in all aspects of City government, the incumbent will thrive on managing a busy, multi-operational department that is focused on delivering top quality results. This senior-level executive will demonstrate considered and ethical decision-making, first-class communication and public speaking skills and have sound political sensibility.

The Deputy Public Works Director is expected to lead the Department with the highest degree of professionalism and in order to meet this requirement, the Deputy Public Works Director should be flexible, dynamic and innovative; able to expertly navigate challenges with self-confidence, and speak with clarity and knowledge on a range of complex issues. The ability to work effectively exercising tact and diplomacy with City Council, staff, citizen and business groups, regulatory bodies, developers, contractors, and other governmental agencies is paramount.

Working in unity with the Public Works Director and the Department's management team and staff, the Deputy Public Works Director will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the Department's daily operations, including:

  • Working cohesively with Community Service Districts;

  • Resolving Council/resident issues as related to wastewater operations;

  • Develop and refine best-practice in public works administration;

  • Provide exceptional customer service, transparency and accountability to the public;

  • Enhance employee satisfaction, recruit obtain and retain qualified personnel;

  • Ensure that the City is in compliance with all current waste discharge and air emissions requirements established by regional, state, and federal regulatory agencies, interpret policies and procedures established by regulatory agencies;

  • Prepare, review and submit periodic reports regarding sewage collection, treatment and disposal, air quality compliance, industrial waste control and compliance and groundwater quality;

  • Oversee employee relations issues;

  • Continued commitment to employee safety and disaster preparedness;

  • Exercise the highest level of accountability in the management of public infrastructure and services/programs, including bid process and contracting;

  • Plan, organize and direct the activities of a sanitary sewer collection, treatment and disposal system and support systems (sanitary landfill gas collection/treatment facility and co-generation facility);

  • Provide highly responsible and technical staff assistance;

  • Perform a variety of complex and difficult advanced professional, technical, administrative and analytical duties;

  • Serve as a management liaison to a board or council; coordinate municipal policies, procedures and services for the Sewerage Division; and to do related work as required.


The position is designated as Non-Classified and is exempt from the classified service. The incumbent shall be appointed "at-will" and serve at the pleasure of the City Manager. The position will also require an employment agreement.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position will be flexible and dynamic with strong organizational skills, is a talented and experienced communicator with a fluency and good understanding of regulatory responsibilities. An expert organizational and analytical strategist with heightened critical thinking, this person should possess strong deductive reasoning skills and be solutions orientated. A creative thinker who cares about innovation and is mindful of operational issues and constraints, the new Deputy Director must be able to demonstrate an ability to identify and implement best practices with respect to wastewater processes with a view to increasing sustainability.

Committed to delivering the best public service, the Deputy Public Works Director will work with stakeholders that can have competing interests and values; the incumbent is expected to provide balance and a considered approach to enable groups to constructively work through their differences. In addition, they will be a true collaborator who embraces the input of others in the pursuit of the City's infrastructure, sustainability and diversity goals.

Work Performed
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, priorities and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct a large sanitary sewage program including collection, treatment and disposal operations.
  • Establish policies, procedures, schedules and methods for maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer lines and mains.
  • Analyze plant and laboratory reports and direct the adjustment of processing methods to improve plant efficiency.
  • Plan and recommend the improvement of plant facilities through projects development and equipment acquisition; assist in development of specifications.
  • Control the requisition of supplies, materials, and equipment.
  • Investigate industrial waste sources and determine impact of such waste on sewage system activities.
  • Insure that the City is in compliance with all current waste discharge requirements established by regional, state and federal regulatory agencies, interpret policies and procedures established by regulatory agencies.
  • Insure that the City is in compliance with all current air emissions requirements established by regional, state and federal regulatory agencies, interpret policies and procedures established by regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare, review and submit periodic reports regarding sewage collection, treatment and disposal, air quality compliance, industrial waste control and compliance and groundwater quality.
  • Provide technical assistance to consulting engineers, review plans and specifications for sewer collection, treatment and disposal construction projects.
  • Insure that all safety regulations are adhered to.
  • Make critical decisions to resolve emergency conditions resulting from co-generation, landfill gas collection, sewage collection, treatment and disposal system malfunctions.
  • Respond to and resolve citizen complaints and concerns.
  • Prepare and administer division budget.
  • Coordinate division activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate subordinates.
  • Perform research and statistical analyses on administrative, fiscal, personnel and operational problems.
  • Gather and analyze data and made recommendations on the formulation of policy and procedure, and staffing and organizational changes.
  • Coordinate departmental or divisional personnel actions; define the resolution of work problems; establish work standards and operational objectives.
  • Review, interpret and analyze new and proposed legislation; determine effect of legislation on operations and programs; advise superiors of findings; take appropriate action in order to ensure compliance with existing rules and regulations; propose legislation on own initiative or upon request.
  • Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings as required.
  • Coordinate public relations involving the community; coordinate council/constituent complaint processing; oversee resolution of complaints; apprise appropriate staff regarding complaint disposition.
  • Develop useful performance objectives, goals and measures.


Qualifications
Recruitment Guidelines:

OPTION I:
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in public or business administration, environmental, civil or sanitary engineering or a closely related field.

Experience: Five years' supervisory experience in wastewater treatment and collection operations, including supervisory experience in activated sludge and biofiltrative processing plants, regulatory compliance and operations planning, evaluation and budgeting; or five years' experience in sanitary engineering.

OPTION II:
Education : Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in public or business administration, environmental, civil or sanitary engineering or a closely related field.
Experience : Four years' supervisory experience in wastewater treatment and collection operations, including supervisory experience in activated sludge and biofiltrative processing plants, regulatory compliance and operations planning, evaluation and budgeting; or four years' experience in sanitary engineering.

Necessary Special Requirement:
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid class "C" California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Possession of an active Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California is highly desired.

Selection Process

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION:
1) Completed Employment Application
2) Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
3) Cover Letter
4) Resume

The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, medical/physical examination, drug and alcohol test.

NOTE: The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.

Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.

Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:

A. An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at http://www.naces.org/members.html or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at http://aice-eval.org/members/.

B. An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.
All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CONTRACT.

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