Assistant Director; Systems Engineering & Maintenance
Water Management - City of Durham
May 15, 2018
Durham, North Carolina
$81,327 – $105,725
Full Time - Experienced
Civil - Water / Wastewater, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
CITY OF DURHAM invites applications for the position of:
Assistant Director; Systems Engineering & Maintenance
$81,327.00 - $130,123.00 Annually
Hiring Range: $81,327 – $105,725
The City of Durham, North Carolina, Department of Water Management, is seeking an Assistant Director of Systems Engineering & Maintenance. As part of the Executive Team, this role provides strategic leadership in terms of long-range planning and direction for the City's linear assets and oversight of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for water and wastewater facilities as well as the water distribution and sewer collection systems. This group includes Utility Engineering, Cross Connection Control, and Water & Sewer Maintenance (166 staff), which in addition to managing the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) program and installation of new services, provides rehabilitation and repair to over 1200 miles of waterlines and over 1100 miles of sewer lines. A strong focus is placed on the Capacity, Management, Operations and Maintenance (CMOM) Program & development with an ability to leverage new technologies to improve service levels. With approximately 250,000 citizens and an extended water and sewer service area population of over 270,000, The City of Durham also serves large institutional users located within the Research Triangle Park, as well as the Universities of Duke and North Carolina Central and major health care systems. Water Management is responsible for a $43 million operating budget, $250 million capital improvements program, and 342 employees operating in nine divisions.
The successful candidate will have industry knowledge and the ability to articulate a clear vision for the engineering, cross connection, and systems maintenance divisions. You will be responsible for preparation of the annual operating and capital improvements budgets, and will lead the expansion and rehabilitation efforts for improved methods and best practices. This role interacts with City Council and the public regarding budget issues, facility/system performance, and may serve as media spokesperson as delegated.
Assists in planning, organizing and directing the operations and maintenance of the City's Water and Sewer Utility (municipal water and wastewater operations) to achieve the goals and objectives of the City and Departmental Strategic Plans.
Assists with oversight of the department's and water and sewer fund's fiscal operations by developing and submitting the department's annual operating budget and Capital Improvements Program; overseeing and monitoring the water and sewer utility billing systems; monitoring customer account practices, customer service issues and reviewing billing techniques; monitoring the department's procurement processes (including PCARD program); and reviewing and approving expenditures.
Works with staff and consultants on the design, expansion, and construction of new facilities or rehabilitation of existing facilities to ensure long term compliance of water, wastewater, collection and distribution systems; participates in long-term planning of the water and sewer utility systems; participates in development and implementation of asset management and computerized maintenance programs; evaluates inspection reports and safety training practices.
Assists with directing departmental personnel by facilitating payroll, timekeeping, leave, and attendance; monitoring the recruitment and hiring of staff; evaluating safety training for new and existing staff; responding to requests for information; serving on committees and boards; and collaborating with the community and other departments to create education programs for public outreach.
Ensures compliance with rules and regulations by preparing or monitoring and reviewing reports to state agencies; ensuring lab certification and reporting; reviewing reports, brochures, and other correspondence; and ensuring that the biosolids application program and landfill gas program operate effectively and meet regulatory requirements.
Work requires managing and monitoring work performance of a department (which may include several divisions) including evaluating program/work objectives and effectiveness, establishing broad organizational goals and realigning work and staffing assignments for the department.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in engineering: mechanical, industrial, electrical, construction, environmental or civil. Other majors such as water resources planning/management or public administration are applicable.
Seven or more years of related experience leading operations & maintenance for collection/distribution systems. Experience dealing with wastewater operations are also applicable
Valid NC Class C Driver's License.
Ability to assess maintenance and recovery systems in the aftermath of adverse weather or disaster events
Excellent interpersonal skills to lead others, be a change-agent, and to improve performance output
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
One or more of the following*:
NC Professional Engineer's License (PE);
Grade IV Wastewater Collections,
Grade A Water Distribution,
Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, and/or
Grade A Surface Water Treatment Facility Operator certification
*An out-of-state employee will have up to 6 months to obtain a NC PE and up to 1 year to obtain a reciprocal NC Water Distribution or NC Wastewater Collections certification(s).
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:
Cross Connection Control certification preferred
Experienced user of computerized maintenance management systems(CMMS): analysis, reporting, & preventative maintenance along with advanced predictive maintenance tools
Internal Number: Position #18-01658
About Water Management - City of Durham
The Department of Water Management is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's
water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, the collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. Water Management has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services, and strives to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets.