Performs difficult professional, technical, and administrative work planning, organizing, and directing a public utilities operation with broad geographical, environmental, health, and economic impact and scope and directing the public facilities construction and maintenance function.
An employee in this class plans, organizes and directs the work of employees engaged in utility operations and services. In addition, the employee manages the utilities maintenance and capital projects construction programs. The employee provides technical advise and assistance to the County Manager and the Board in the long range planning, construction, improvement, capacity management, environmental compliance, citizen and intergovernmental relations, and maintenance of facilities and water and environmental resources. Overall scope also includes contract management, handling citizen issues, billing and customer service, budget, and personnel administration of the department. The employee represents the county to a wide variety of citizens, developers, other local officials, state and federal regulatory officials, etc. Work is performed independently and in coordination with the County Manager and other county officials. Work is performed under the general administrative direction of the County Manager and is evaluated by review of reports, conference and acceptance of the community.
Essential Duties and Tasks:
Reports to and advises County Manager and officials on public works and public utilities projects and activities; researches and recommends long range plans and strategies for meeting customer service needs; researches and recommends service levels, economic impact, fee structures, and policy changes to the County Manager.
Manages construction and maintenance of public buildings; prepares grant and project funding; procures architects and engineers, supervises consulting design and construction administration, obtains sites, manages contractors, approves final construction.
Oversees the selection, promotion, training, counseling and performance management of department staff in consultation with County Manager; meets with others to solve more complex problems; sets priorities and deadlines, and provides guidance and direction.
Represents the County with utility districts, other local governments, state and federal authorities on issues such as inter-basin transfer and service agreements; directs research, grant development, and funding options for capital plans; coordinates design and construction of infrastructure; plans, organizes, and monitors a variety of contracted work; coordinates with engineers, developers, customers and contractors; makes field inspections of projects to review progress and ensure completion.
Engages in considerable personal contact with citizens and other County agencies such as development review and environmental health, emergency services, and other governmental agencies concerning service request and complaints; investigates and decides or recommends actions; coordinates projects with other departments; attends County Board meetings to represent the department; serves as part of County management team.
Oversees the preparation and reviews departmental operating and capital budgets; monitors and approves expenditures; conducts or oversees rate analysis and recommends structures and amounts.
Oversees, participates in and plans for changes in regulations regarding water, wastewater, safety and other related issues; participates with industry officials to influence professional standards and regulatory requirements.
Insures that adequate management information is collected and maintained for trend analysis.
Coordinates and oversees mapping of the utility system and utilization of GIS and other methods for long range planning and efficient operations.
Additional Job Duties
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledges, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering design principles and engineering practices as applied to departmental functions.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of water and environmental resources administration, planning and construction.
Thorough knowledge of County utility policies, state and federal laws and regulations.
Thorough knowledge of capital project management including buildings and utilities.
Thorough knowledge of modern governmental budgeting, personnel and purchasing practices, and information systems applications to functions managed.
Considerable knowledge of laws and regulations related to utilities, public finances, and human capital management.
Knowledge of the equipment and materials used in the construction, maintenance and repair of water and sewer treatment, distribution and collection systems, solid waste management landfill and remediation sites, and stormwater management.
Skill in collaborative conflict resolution, meeting facilitation and public speaking.
Skill in problem-solving and analysis.
Ability to conduct long range planning for infrastructure needs.
Ability to effectively represent the County with a wide scope of governmental, regulatory, industry, development and other groups and individuals and to negotiate on behalf of the County.
Ability to supervise subordinate supervisors including effective leadership, communications, motivations, staffing, and performance coaching.
Ability to interpret and prepare complex and detailed records and reports.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with County officials, other public officials, employees, contractors and the general public.
Ability to present ideas effectively in oral and written form.
Desirable Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering, or related field, and considerable experience in a responsible management position in utilities or public management field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.