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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3226 - Chief Wastewater Facilities Operator

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    315

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty supervising the overall operations of wastewater treatment plants; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising the work of Wastewater Facilities Operators and all plant personnel assigned at designated locations in regard to operations and maintenance procedures.  Direction is received from the Operations Manager and/or the Director of Public Works & Operations

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Supervises the work of subordinate personnel engaged in operation of wastewater treatment plants
•    Inspects all equipment and ensures operating efficiency
•    Ensures all operators are equipped with the necessary tools, parts, and safety equipment to operate effectively
•    Makes job assignments and schedules work on a priority basis
•    Ensures wastewater treatment is carried out in accordance with specified environmental protection regulations and standards. Keeps abreast of changing regulatory issues.
•    Ensures administrative record keeping and report maintenance on an on-going basis (e.g. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), & IEPA reporting).
•    Assists in working with consulting engineers to prepare plans and specifications for treatment plant and system improvements.
•    Assists in annual budget preparation and ensures operating expenses are within fiscal limits
•    Assists in the development of short and long term plans for operation of plants to include contingency plans, and capital improvement planning
•    Supervises and manages the design and construction of capital improvements at the wastewater treatment plants
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
•    Wastewater treatment plant operations, design, processes, equipment and capabilities
•    Environmental protection standards and regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment
•    Personnel practices and procedures
•    Laboratory analysis and testing procedures
•    Administrative procedures relative to job duties
•    Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
•    Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
•    Wastewater plant equipment operations, maintenance and repair procedures
•    Planning, assigning and supervising personnel assigned to plant operations
•    Experience in wastewater treatment plant capital improvements, both design and construction.
•    Using computers/ software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Monitor and evaluate employees
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science and five years of experience in operation of or designing sewage treatment plants, including two years in a supervisory capacity; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit for extended periods of time, use hands and/or arms to operate tools and equipment and vehicles, climb, crouch or stoop, and lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment.  The work environment for this position regularly includes working in various outside weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts, with hazardous chemicals, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.