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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3253 - Operations Manager

Job Description

GRADE: 317

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty supervising the overall operations of a wastewater treatment plant, collection systems, public water supply and stormwater facilities including oversight of all staff, regulatory compliance, financial planning, engineering, construction management and intergovernmental communication; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time supervising the work of personnel assigned to designated locations or facilities and insuring departmental environmental compliance. Work involves assessing long term wastewater treatment plant and Stormwater needs and coordinating projects. General direction is received from the Director of Public Works and 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 collection systems, public water supply, stormwater facilities.
• Oversees the management and operation of all equipment and ensures proper application and operating efficiency
• Ensures all employees are equipped with the necessary tools, parts, and safety equipment to operate effectively oversees the employee safety committee and safety program.
• Oversees the division manager's job assignments and ensures scheduling of work on a priority basis.
• Administers engineering contracts for construction of all Public Works projects.
• Ensures wastewater treatment and public water supply is carried out in accordance with specified environmental protection regulations and standards.
• Oversees all administrative record keeping and report maintenance on an on-going basis
• Approves all procurement requests and payment vouchers.
• Assists in rate study modeling and preparation.
• Assists with Public Works audit preparation and management discussion. 
• Assists in budget preparation and ensures operating expenses are within fiscal limits
• Develops and maintains short and long term plans for operation of wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems, and stormwater facilities to include contingency plans, as well as, plant and equipment removal/replacement
• Negotiates and administers Intergovernmental agreements
• Maintains current understanding of industry technologies
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Completes required training programs and stays current with County Emergency Management operational policies and procedures
• Supports the County Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems in preparedness, response and recovery efforts
• Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
• 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:
• Wastewater treatment plant, public water treatment, collection system, stormwater, operations, equipment and infrastructure
• Environmental protection standards and regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment plants, public water treatment, collection system, stormwater facilities.
• Engineering principles, structural, mechanical and environmental.
• Financial planning and administration.
• Computer networking, SCADA, and control systems 
• Personnel practices and procedures
• Laboratory analysis and testing procedures
• Administrative procedures relative to job duties
• Management and leadership principles
• County and Municipal codes and administrative structure
• Current office practices, procedures
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Operation of Wastewater plants, public water treatment, collection system, stormwater equipment operations, maintenance and repair procedures
• Management techniques including short and long range planning and directing and coordinating work of others
• Procurement of resources required to efficiently maintain the function of the Public Works department
• Planning, scheduling, assigning and supervising personnel assigned to multiple Public Works divisions
• Analyzing, evaluating and arriving at conclusions on a wide range of problems and situations
• Preparing cost and materials estimates and budgets
• Compiling and presenting detailed technical reports
• Developing and administering engineering contracts.
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Monitor and evaluate employees and the efficiency of Public Works divisions
• Prioritize and assign work 
• Effectively manage multiple Public Works divisions
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, development and implementation of appropriate corrective actions
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of multiple divisions to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and divisions, other departments, and outside entities such as IEPA,USEPA, Municipalities and professional organizations
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues and maintain a positive work environment
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in business or science and ten years of experience in a sewage treatment plant, public water treatment, collection system, stormwater including a minimum of five 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 frequently includes working near moving parts, with hazardous chemicals, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver's license.  This position requires an Illinois Class I Wastewater Operator's Certificate and/or an Illinois Class A Public Water Operators License.