Plans, organizes and supervises the daily operations and staff engaged in the operation, maintenance and repair of the City's water distribution or water production systems, including wells, storage reservoirs, booster stations and pressure regulation valves. Position is subject to extended work hours and emergency call-out. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services.
Position functions primarily outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions, heavy traffic, high voltage equipment, gases, dust, odors, fumes, explosives, open manholes and burn hazards. Heavy physical work; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 75 pounds; ability to work in confined spaces and trenches; ability to hear warning sounds and conversations; visual acuity sufficient to conduct on-site assessments of conditions; ability to operate motorized vehicle and navigate about on even and uneven surfaces.
Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.DOT REGULATIONS REQUIRE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM (49 CFR PART 40).
Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
FIRST CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO CURRENT CITY OF LAS CRUCES EMPLOYEES WHO MEET ALL THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.
Full-time; regular, exempt position
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervises, schedules and coordinates the daily operations with crews to meet work goals; assures activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations and goals; demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service; responds to requests for information, and provides technical information within scope of authority.
- Supervises the staff of the unit; meets regularly with staff to resolve workload and technical issues; prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; trains, cross-trains and evaluates staff; counsels, coaches and instructs employees as required; monitors work and evaluates performance; ensures staff adhere to policies and procedures in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
- Meets with contractors and Public Works Inspectors to make or recommend changes to the design of projects in progress.
- Reviews, updates and approves current and future pricing agreements; reviews, completes, approves and forwards billings to the Accounts Receivable department for processing.
- Reviews and approves/denies requests to abandon current utility easements; maintains the fire hydrant data base.
- Oversees and coordinates preventive maintenance programs; oversees the operation of the SCADA monitoring system, production reports and equipment/material inventories.
- Reviews and comments on infrastructure rehabilitation, design and project specifications; provides input to the engineering staff regarding strategic planning.
- Generates and reviews equipment specifications and makes recommendations.
- Responds to and resolves customer complaints and issues.
- Develops and administers an operating budget; monitors and controls expenditures.
- Oversees purchasing activities regarding equipment and supplies; performs inventory of equipment and materials for current and future needs.
- Evaluates work activities and programs; recommends modifications to improve service levels and capacity.
- Prepares various reports and records.
- Meets with the Water Resource Administrator and Utilities Engineers to remain current of water production and water distribution goals, changes, and future needs.
- Responds to emergency situations to restore water service.
Associate Degree in Water Technology or related field PLUS five years of experience in water distribution/production operations, which includes lead/supervisory experience. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Valid Class A commercial driver's license and Level IV Water Operator Certification are required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City policy.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of:
Principles, practices, equipment and materials used in water distribution/production; physical processes involved in the treatment of water; state and federal regulations regarding water distribution/production; principles and practices of effective employee supervision; principles and practices of administrative management.
Read and interpret blueprints, plans and specifications; conduct field inspections; perform technical reading and writing; maintain accurate written records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships; make quick judgment calls and decisions during malfunctions or other emergencies; use hand and power tools; work in confined spaces, wear and use SCBA equipment, and pass annual confined-space physical; operate a motorized vehicle and navigate about on even and uneven surfaces.
Equipment and tool use; operating personal computer with various installed software.