Utilities Director

Employment Type:

Supervisor: Asst. City Administrator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Random Substance Testing: Yes

Position Number: PW/38

Employment Opportunity Summary

Under the direction of the Asst. City Administrator, plan, schedule, coordinate and direct the operations and activities of the Water and Wastewater Divisions, including the water and wastewater treatment plants, wells and services of the water distribution system; the wastewater collection system, industrial pretreatment program and sludge processing and disposal operations; develop, monitor and control assigned budgets; select, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel; assure operations and activities comply with established codes, policies, specifications, budget constraints and timelines.

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Employment Opportunity Additional Details

Job Scope:

The purpose of this position is to direct the Public Works operations related to water and wastewater utilities for the city. In addition, this position will seek out, apply for, and manage grants desirable for the City. Successful performance helps ensure properly-equipped, trained, and motivated employees with adequate resources to provide the highest level of customer service and a safe environment to the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with the Asst. City Administrator and other departments, develops and implements short- and long-range goals and objectives, including the city’s Capital Improvements Program; establishes strategies for their accomplishment; establishes and monitors department policies and procedures; monitors work activities and adjusts as necessary.
  2. Develops the budget requests for areas managed; monitors revenues and expenditures under the current budget to ensure compliance.
  3. Supervises the work of department supervisors of areas assigned; evaluates goals accomplished; assists staff with resolving problems and personnel issues.
  4. Plan, schedule, coordinate and direct the operations, maintenance and other activities of the wastewater system, including the treatment plant, collection system, industrial pretreatment program and sludge processing and disposal operations.
  5. Prepare and submit a variety of records and reports for City officials, consultants and other governmental agencies, write and submit reports to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other State and City agencies and personnel.
  6. Develop and implement short and long-range maintenance and preventive maintenance programs; provide technical guidance and training; schedule safety and other training sessions; inspect job sites for safety issues and proper practices; assure proper cleanup of job sites.
  7. Review and approve purchase requests for new materials and equipment and assure proper inventory level of material and parts for maintenance and repair work; review plans, specifications and construction projects to assure compliance with contract, department, City, State and federal laws, regulations, policies and time lines.
  8. Oversees the development and implementation of special programs for construction and maintenance of the various infrastructure related to public works facilities.
  9. Prepare contracts and grant applications for projects and equipment purchase and inspect construction projects.
  10. Operate a variety of equipment, including vehicles, computer terminal, fax machine, calculator, SCADA System and equipment necessary to operate the water and wastewater treatment plant.
  11. Assure compliance with state and federal requirements pertaining to water management.
  12. Review and upgrade City water and sewer ordinance and rate structures; assist in the preparation of billing costs for local water and sewer districts; investigate claims and other customer complaints and issues.
  13. Oversees the implementation of training and safety standards for the department.
  14. Attends City Council meetings as needed and provides information or clarifications as needed.
  15. Coordinates activities and projects with other departments and divisions.
  16. Communicates and maintains good relationships with outside agencies and other city departments; responds to complaints and inquiries from the general public.
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Chemical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry or related field or a combination of education and experience will be accepted in lieu of the education requirement.
  2. Eight years water/waste water treatment, distribution/collection and maintenance experience, including at least five years in a supervisory capacity.
  3. 5 years of progressively responsible managerial experience related to public works, utilities, engineering, or any combination thereof.
  4. Class IV Water Operators/Wastewater Operators License preferred. Required to obtain a B license within 2 years of being placed in this position. An A license is preferred.
  5. At a minimum shall have two (2) of the required licenses. Knowledge of municipal government accounting practices and planning preferred.
  6. Valid driver’s license.
  7. Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen, background check and agree to be subject to random drug screen throughout employment.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Advanced water treatment, distribution and maintenance systems and practices.
  2. Advanced wastewater treatment systems, sewer maintenance, and industrial pretreatment and related functions.
  3. Testing procedures and chemicals used in testing and treatment of water and wastewater.
  4. Federal, State and local laws, codes, standards and regulations regarding water and wastewater treatment.
  5. Occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to phases of the division.
  6. Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
  7. Laws, rules and regulations related to assigned activities.
  8. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  9. Policies and objectives of assigned City systems and activities.
  10. Operation of light and heavy vehicles and specialized equipment.
  11. Health and safety practices and procedures.
  12. Electricity and water hydraulics principles.
  13. City organization, policies and procedures.
  14. Budget development and control.
  15. Grand and loan funding practices for public agencies, including special election requirements.
  16. City purchasing policies and procedures.
  17. Plan, organize and evaluate the day-to-day administration of the work units within the water/wastewater systems division.
  18. Perform a variety of advanced and specialized duties in the construction, maintenance and repair of City water and wastewater facilities and systems.
  19. Train, supervise and evaluate personnel.
  20. Prioritize and schedule work.
  21. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  22. Assure work projects are completed according to code, specifications and time lines.
  23. Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  24. Maintain current knowledge of technological advances in the field.
  25. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  26. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others, including governmental agencies and the general public.
  27. Maintain records and prepare clear and concise reports.
  28. Operate specialized tools and equipment used in advanced maintenance and repair work.
  29. Utilize City’s financial, GIS and asset management software.
  30. Work independently with little direction.
  31. Meet schedules and time lines.
  32. Read blueprints, grade stakes and shop sketches.
  33. Observe health and safety regulations.
  34. Inspect facilities and systems for maintenance and repair needs and fire, safety and health hazards.
  35. Respond to emergency situations and be on an on-call status periodically.
  36. Observe legal and defensive driving practices.


  1. City codes and ordinances.
  2. City and department policies and procedures.
  3. Environmental Protections Agency and Department of Natural Resources regulations, state statutes and regulations.
  4. Guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position is also responsible for developing departmental guidelines.


The work consists of varied management, administrative, and supervisory duties. The number of  duties performed contributes to the complexity of the work.

Principal Working Relationships:

  1. Elected and appointed officials, department and division heads, department employees, professional engineers, contractors, planners, developers.
  2. Co-workers, other city employees.

Purpose of Contacts:

Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, provide services, resolve problems, motivate or influence persons, and clarify, justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility:

This position has direct supervision over Water & Wastewater Superintendent(s).

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table with intermittent standing or stooping. Some reaching and bending may be required. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects typically not to exceed 50 pounds, and may be required to distinguish between shades of color.

Work Environment:

The work is mostly sedentary and typically is performed in an office. Work may involve prolonged use of the telephone and personal computer. Evenings and weekends may be required. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate effectively; Sufficient vision which permits the employee to review a wide variety of written and electronic materials and information: Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate a variety of specialized equipment that includes exposure to chemicals; Sufficient personal mobility which permits the employee to work in high volume traffic areas and to perform the essential functions of the job. Maybe required to lift 50 pounds or more on a regular basis.