Water Utility Plant Manager – Iowa Water Enviornment Association – Cedar Rapids, IA

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Iowa Water Enviornment Association

The Water Utility Plant Manager position is directly responsible for the public drinking water system permit issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Manages the operation and maintenance of the City’s water production plants and facilities; Plans, evaluates, supervises, and directs source water protection program and activities.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm. Other hours as required and ability to respond to emergencies.
Salary: $85,987.20/annually to commensurate.

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Essential Duties:

Manages and provides day-to-day guidance to plant operational maintenance and laboratory staff to streamline cost-effective water treatment processes and optimize the operational quality and procedural efficiency of the city’s water production facilities.
Schedules and conducts training regularly on quality issues and regulations; manages workflow and works schedules and ensures adequate staffing levels, approves time and attendance; handles grievances; supervises the work of assigned personnel, including assigning and reviewing work, providing guidance, and conducting performance evaluations.
Reviews water treatment operations and monitors standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure compliance with regulatory standards; gathers documentation for the direct source water protection program and special project activities to determine project objectives and requirements.
Manages internal controls to evaluate the lime residual and other byproducts formed during and after water treatment processes and ensures compliance with established safety protocols, treatment techniques and procedures.
Develops and evaluates operational and treatment data quality reporting in compliance with the state, federal, and local regulatory agencies criteria requirements.
Coordinates operational and maintenance activities with other utilities divisions operation and maintenance managers.
Analyzes methods for equipment used and performance measures to implement recommendations for water production quality improvement systems.
Plans, prepares and monitors budgetary activities for water production facilities.
Develops purchasing specifications, request for proposals (RFP) and professional service contracts for the purchase of goods and services.
Monitors and measures the quality control of services provided by contractors, consultants, and vendor products are consistently meeting the regulatory agency requirements and exceeding the city quality standards.
Identifies and analyzes gaps on existing policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), working instructions and safety when implementing a new programs and/ or projects and seeks out opportunities for continuous process improvement.
Reviews capital improvement project (CIP) plans for storage tanks, remote sites, and other associated infrastructure; serves on the water utility management team, conducts project research and recommends capital improvement projects (CIP) in support of the city’s initiatives.
Ensures seamless integration between continuous operation of plant operations during routine and more extensive capital maintenance projects.
Participates in citywide initiatives, committees, planning groups, board proxy/member, trainer, and facilitator.
Serves as a regulatory community liaison to residential, commercial, and industrial users and responds to production capability inquiries; keeps current with new methods, products, technology developments.
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with city policies, procedures and safety practices.
Performs related work as required.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology, Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration, or Construction Management and
Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience including supervising and project management in Facility Management, Industrial Manufacturing, Environmental Sciences, Water/Wastewater Management or
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid U.S. Driver’s License
Iowa Grade IV Water Operator Treatment Certification

Desired Qualifications:

Supervisory experience in a union environment


Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, procedures, equipment and materials used in the operation of water production plants, water wells, water storage systems and hydroelectric generation.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hazards and safety precautions applicable to water production, water storage and hydroelectric plant operation and maintenance.
Safety regulations and protocols, standard operating procedures (SOPs) for water production, water storage, and low head dam operation, and chemical and physical processes for water treatment systems.
Regulatory standards applicable to drinking water.
Water production laboratory procedures and techniques.

Skills in:

Project management
Assigning, prioritizing, monitoring, and reviewing work assignments.
Communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders using both technical and non-technical language

Ability to:

Work cooperatively and develop and maintain effective working relationships
Analyze water production plant operations and performance requirements.
Read and interpret blueprints and engineering designs for operations, water treatment and plant maintenance activities.
Communicate effectively and maintain working relationships with other city employees, supervisory personnel, and state and local elected officials, contractors, engineers, chemists and regulatory agency representatives, and the public both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
Prepare research and data driven reports containing chemical and engineering data, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for meeting regulatory compliance.
Operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities.
Use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
Perform a wide variety of assigned tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
Quickly learn and put to use new concepts and methods brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology environment.