Operations Supervisor

Inland Empire Utilities Agency - Chino, CA (30+ days ago)4.6

**The Supervisors' Unit reached a tentative agreement for a 3-year contract (2018-2021) which is pending Board approval on July 18, 2018. The agreement includes a 3% COLA on July 1, 2018, 3% COLA on July 1, 2019 and 3% COLA on July 1, 2020.**

There is (1) vacancy in the Operations Division

This recruitment is being conducted to fill (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.

This position is an advanced journey-level and first-level supervisor class in the Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant Operator series. Incumbents may serve as the Chief Plant Operator and provide first-line supervision, training and technical assistance to assigned operations staff.

Open until filled, Apply Immediately
First Review of Applications scheduled for July 16th
Interviews of Qualified Applicants Scheduled for August 2nd

Salary Range: SU 100
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Probationary Period: 12 months

The Chino I Desalter commenced operation in 2001 and was expanded in 2005 from an 8.4 MGD facility to a 14 MGD facility. It is operated by IEUA staff. Groundwater is pumped from supply wells throughout the Chino Basin area to the Chino I Desalter. The treatment processes include Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ion-Exchange (IX) for removal of nitrate and total dissolved solids (TDS). The Chino I Desalter also includes air stripping for removal of some volatile organic chemicals (VOC). The plant produces approximately 2 million gallons per day of brine, a byproduct of the reverse osmosis and ion exchange processes, which is transported by the Inland Empire Brine Line (IEBL) to Orange County and is subsequently discharged to the ocean. The high-quality water is then pumped into the municipal water supply systems for the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, and into the Jurupa Community Services District and the Santa Ana River Water Company water systems.

Under general direction, plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the operations and maintenance of one of the Agency's wastewater collection, transmission and treatment plants, systems, facilities and related appurtenances in compliance with state and federal requirements; and performs related duties as assigned. Some positions in this classification may also plan, organize, coordinate and direct the operations and maintenance of an Agency and/or JPA desalter facilities, reclaimed water system, co-generation facility, or composting facility.

The Operation Supervisor is the advanced journey-level and first-level supervisor class in the Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant Operator series. Incumbents provide first-line supervision, training and technical assistance to assigned operations staff. With direction and general guidance from the Deputy Manager of Operations. Incumbents of this class are responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all operations and maintenance activities at assigned plants and facilities, including the wastewater, water, and reclaimed water, collection system, transmission system, facilities and equipment, and for desalter, co-generation, and composting operations to ensure compliance with all federal and state environmental requirements. Duties and responsibilities are broad in scope and are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies, procedures and guidelines. Work and results are reviewed through conferences, inspection and analysis of records, reports, and plant performance. The work of this class involves significant accountability and independent decision-making responsibilities. Incumbents of this class are also required to have high computer literacy. Operation Supervisor must be proficient in using computer programs to produce tables, graphs, and reports.

Examples of Essential Functions:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

Evaluates the performance of assigned plant operations personnel; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets for assigned personnel; regularly monitors performance and provides feedback for performance improvement and development; with management approval, takes disciplinary action to address performance and deficiencies in accordance with the Agency's personnel rules, policies and labor contract provisions.

Supervises plant operation to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements and to maintain processes at an optimal and cost effective level.

Participates in the selection, training, and motivation of plant operations personnel.

Provides day-to-day supervision, leadership and works with assigned staff to ensure the proper, safe and efficient operation of several wastewater/water treatment plants or other assigned facilities.

Provides technical assistance and advice to assigned plant operations personnel.

Inspects treatment plant and facilities equipment to ensure its proper functioning, minimize interruptions in the treatment/operation process, and to alleviate costly repairs; makes adjustments to operating equipment; reports the need for major or specialized repairs to equipment, machinery and electrical and electronic systems; assists specialized trades personnel in making major and/or highly technical repairs to equipment, machinery and systems; ensures the timely completion of preventive maintenance activities on plant equipment, machinery and systems.

Monitors systems; controls valves for emergency and scheduled shut down; troubleshoots diagnoses and reports problems to appropriate personnel; responds to emergencies such as pipeline breakages, unauthorized discharges, chemical leaks, and equipment failure; schedules and coordinate responses, repair and clean up.

Responsible for ensuring treatment plant and other facilities operates in an effective and cost efficient manner; including the tracking and optimization of unit production costs and the development, implementation and continued assessment of key performance indicators.

Supervises and manages operations personnel work schedule, including trainings, shift rotation, on-call, vacation, sick leaves coverage while minimize overtime.

Responsible for ensuring that treatment plant unit processes, buildings and grounds are maintained in a clean and orderly manner.

Receives chemical shipment; monitors unloading process and records into inventory; tests shipments for compliance to standards; checks chemical alarms and feed systems for leaks.

Responsible for ensuring operational supplies such as chemicals, polymers, office supplies orders are received by the warehouse and entered into Agency's accounting system.

Requisitions necessary tools, equipment, chemicals, and supplies.

Responsible for carrying out the Agency's safety program at the treatment plant and/or assigned facilities; ensures subordinates follow safety practices in work methods and procedures; enforces proper safety procedures while working in dangerous situations; educate and train employees on rules, regulations, codes, safe work habits and potential hazards presented by their work environment. Schedules and conducts safety tailgates in compliance with Agency's safety program.

Prepares and maintains a variety of records, including time sheets, incident reports, maintenance requests, round sheets, daily operation reports, operation spreadsheets, odor control surveys, construction plan and specifications, as-built drawings, etc.

Operates wastewater collection system lift stations, treatment equipment, machinery and facilities by using manual, electronic and computer control systems to regulate and control processes. Reads, analyzes and reports on data collected from gauges, meters, charts and graphs, and operates pumps, valves, electric motors and related equipment.

Collects wastewater/water samples for quality control tests and assists laboratory personnel in the analysis of samples using laboratory test equipment; conducts laboratory and field tests as needed.

Coordinates, assists in conducting research studies and/or tests with internal departments and outside agencies. Ensures these studies and/or tests are done safely, economically, and completely.

Develops, implements, maintains, and updates standard operating procedures, and other manuals.

Reviews engineering plans and specifications for construction projects; attends design and construction meetings and contribute comments and recommendations on projects as assigned.

Responsible for taking the lead on coordinating with construction management, maintenance, technical support and other departments on project commissions and decommissions, including shutdowns, tie-ins, startups, and troubleshooting new systems.

Answers emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; responds to emergency at various locations if necessary.

High computer literacy. An expert on programs such as Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and database programs.

Develops, implements, and tracks the Operation Division's annual budget.

Works in vaults and other confined spaces.

May fill in for Deputy Manager of Operations in that person's absence.

Operates vehicles to travel to various Agency facilities and off site meetings.

Provides professional staff assistance to the Executive Manager – Operations and the Manager of Operations & Maintenance.

May attend and participates in professional groups; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of water/wastewater operations and associated activities.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualification Guidelines:TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D with a substantial amount of course work in engineering, sanitary engineering, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, public administration, or related field of study (a degree in one of the aforementioned areas of study is highly desirable); six years of skilled, journey-level experience in the operations of a wastewater/water treatment plant or relevant facility including two years of supervisory or lead responsibilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

A valid Class "C" California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Agency's vehicle insurance program.

Possession of an appropriate California Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate (Grade III, IV or V, based on assignment).

Some positions require possession of a California Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate (T5) and California Water Distribution Plant Operator Certificate (D4).

Principles, practices and methods of administering and operating a large, wastewater treatment plant; water treatment facilities, applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies; equipment and material requirements for plant operations; construction management methods and techniques; safety regulations associated with treatment plant operations; principles and practices of budgeting and purchasing; Agency's personnel policies and labor contract provisions; management principles and practices, including budgeting, goals and objectives development, and work planning and organization; records management requirements and procedures; the principles and practices of effective management and supervision; computer applications related to the work, including modern, process control and SCADA systems; methods and techniques for operating pumps, valves, electric motors, diesel engines and electronic, computerized and manual control systems; functions and servicing requirements of the equipment used at the facilities; principles, methods, practices and techniques utilized in chemical, bacteriological and biological analyses.

Operate a variety of pumping, treatment and control equipment and machinery, including digital control equipment; accurately read meters, gauges, valve books, blueprints and schematic drawings; make mathematic calculations, including metrics; establish and maintain effective relationships with Agency management, employees, regulatory agency officials, consultants and contractors, and others encountered in the course of the work; work independently and exercise sound judgment in performing assignments within established guidelines; understand and follow oral and written instructions; prepare basic records and reports of work performed; operate and maintain hand and power tools pertaining to the work; safety practices and procedures pertaining to the work; plan, organize, schedule, lay out and supervise the work of plant operations personnel. Analyze technical and operational issues and problems, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions and recommendations for action and improvement; understand, interpret, explain and apply local, state and federal environmental protection requirements; direct line staff in the operations and maintenance of equipment commonly found in wastewater, and water treatment facilities; monitor and maintain plant processes at an optimal and cost-effective level; organize work schedules for a continuous, around the clock operation; prepare technical reports on plant operations; read and interpret technical illustrations, blueprints, maps, plans, specifications, wiring and pneumatic diagrams; perform computer calculations as necessary to determine operations parameters; handle work-related stress in a professional manner; provide technical assistance and staff leadership on all aspects of the Section's function; produce tables, graphs, and reports using computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; analyze disposal processes, evaluate alternative approaches, project consequences of proposed actions and adopt effective solutions in support of goals; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and provide assurance that the Agency is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.

Selection Process:
All employment applications will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant experience, education, training and other job related qualifications. Applicants with the strongest background relating to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the testing process which may include one or more of the following: written test, oral interview, performance/practical and/or agility examination. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background/reference check and pre-employment physical examination including a drug screen (for safety sensitive position) at no cost to the candidate. Please visit our website at www.ieua.org and select the Human Resources Department for additional information regarding the Agency, the hiring process and benefit information.


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