Closing Date: September 16, 2020 **Or when 75 applications have been received** Interview Date: October 5, 2020 **Must be available for MS Teams Meeting** Tentative Second Interview Date: October 14, 2020 Desired Start Date: November 9, 2020
Please see the SELECTION PROCESS below for required attachment(s) to the electronic application. Applicants will not be able to "submit" the application, without first electronically attaching the required documents.
If you have further job-related questions, contact (805) 925-0951 ext. 7266. If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties, call the NEOGOV helpline for technical assistance at 1-855-524-5627.
Under general direction of Department Director, plans, organizes, and directs the operation and maintenance of the water, stormwater and wastewater systems, including storage, treatment, distribution, collection, and disposal. This position supervises other department professional and technical staff.
The Water Resources Manager is a Middle Manager role that provides the proper tools, support and assistance to staff to ensure delivery of the highest quality water services. Their role enables City of Santa Maria residents to enjoy healthy, safe, and reliable utilities.
Due upon application submittal:
Résumé (work history section of application may reference “See Résumé”)
WHAT YOU ARE INVESTING IN:
The City of Santa Maria is a full-service City with a City Council/City Manager form of government with over 700 employees and serves approximately 108,000 constituents. The City of Santa Maria is located on the beautiful central coast of California and covers over 23 square miles. The City has a harmonious balance of maintaining coastal and agricultural lands while promoting business. Santa Maria has been recognized nationally as an All-America City by the National Civic League and offers reasonably priced housing, community festivals, quality schools, and is in close proximity to beaches, cultural arts, a local airport, wineries, and higher education institutions.
WHAT WE DO
The Utilities Department is responsible for providing water, sewer, refuse collection, and disposal services to Santa Maria. The Mission Statement of the Utilities Department is to provide efficient utility services through the use of progressive innovation, excellent customer service, and the wise use of public resources for the long-term benefit of the community. The Utilities Department is seeking a qualified candidate to join its management team and lead the Water Resources Division. The Water Resources Division provides water and wastewater services to over 23,000 residential and commercial accounts. These services include water production and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The Utilities Department is seeking a motivated leader to join its management team and must:
Be Knowledgeable in Water and Wastewater Operations and Regulations
Be Dedicated to Relationship Building and Team Management
Be an Excellent Communicator
Be Adaptable to Changing Conditions
These duties are a representative example; position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department and organization. This position:
Plans, organizes, and directs the operation and maintenance of the Water Resources Division of the Utilities Department in conformance with regulatory requirements and industry standards.
Recommends and implements operational plans and procedures for improving division effectiveness and efficiency.
Develops and implements long-range capital programs.
Solicits, coordinates, and reviews work of consulting firms engaged in operational studies and capital project design.
Assists in development of specifications for fleet purchases and equipment to ensure operational efficiency.
Develops and administers budgets.
Prepares and/or reviews technical reports, designs, and calculations to ensure compliance with engineering and regulatory standards, and responds to regulatory and funding agencies.
Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates subordinate staff.
Conducts presentations before City Council, boards, commissions, and community groups as directed by the department director.
Receives customer complaints and takes appropriate action.
Scope of assigned area will depend on departmental structure and is at the discretion of the department director.
Upholds the values of the organization and has strong customer service orientation.
Performs other related projects and duties as assigned.
Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
Incumbents should have a solid foundation of Individual Contributor and Frontline Supervisor core competencies identified by the organization, as well as the following core competencies identified as essential for Middle Manager (click the hyperlink to see the full definition for Middle Manager Competencies):
Talent Development - Effective performers keep a continual eye on the talent pool to monitor skills and needs of team members. They expand staff skills through training, coaching, and development. They evaluate and articulate present performance and future potential.
Organizing & Planning - Effective performers have strong organizing and planning skills that allow them to be highly productive and efficient, manage time wisely, and effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks.
Organization Knowledge - Effective performers understand the workings of a municipal organization, formal and informal policies and structures, and know "how the place works."
Relationship Building - Effective performers understand that a primary factor in success is establishing and maintaining productive relationships. They interact with people and are good at it. They devote appropriate time and energy to establishing and maintaining networks.
Results Orientation - Effective performers maintain appropriate focus on outcomes and accomplishments, are motivated by achievement, and persist until the goal is reached.
Industry Knowledge - Effective performers understand the general workings of local government within which the organization functions, and maintain a current knowledge base.
Written Communication - Effective performers write clearly and concisely, composing informative and convincing documents. They use written language to convey substance and intent with simplicity, accuracy and clarity.
Financial Acumen - Effective performers understand the financial framework of the organization. They are cost conscious and fiscally responsible, and use financial data to make informed business decisions.
Change Agility - Effective performers are adaptable, are effective in the face of ambiguity, and support an orientation for change.
Technology Savvy - Effective performers use technology to be successful in their organizational role. They value technology and leverage existing and new technology to achieve efficiency.
Ideally, seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the field of civil or mechanical engineering or a closely-related field;
A minimum of three years of recent experience in utility operations with an emphasis on water resources facilities, at least two of which must be in a supervisory or management capacity; and
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or environmental sciences, or a related field is required; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Current technical/professional knowledge of complex principles, methods, standards and techniques associated with the scope of work of a recognized profession, such as:
Techniques and operations of water and wastewater treatment, distribution, and collection.
Modern physical, chemical, and bacteriological processes involved in water and wastewater treatment and distribution.
Engineering design and construction practices.
Local, State, and Federal guidelines regulating the operation and maintenance of a water/wastewater/stormwater system.
Reporting requirements to local, State, and Federal regulatory agencies.
Record keeping requirements.
Budgeting; effective management, supervision, evaluation and training.
Safety precautions and procedures.
Effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent).
Use computer and other office equipment effectively.
Desired licenses and/or certifications associated with the assignment, such as:
Certificate of registration as a licensed Civil or Mechanical Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration of Civil and Professional Engineers.
State of California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate.
State of California Water Treatment or Distribution Operator Certificate.
The completed electronic application packet will include the online application and supplemental questions, and electronic attachments of a résumé, organization chart, and cover letter. If you are experiencing any technical (computer-related) difficulties or need help with attaching documents to your application, call the NEOGOV helpline for assistance at 1-855-524-5627.
The most qualified candidates will be selected to appear before a panel for an oral interview. Those applicants invited to interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through the application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment. A tentative oral interview date has been scheduled for October 5, 2020. The oral board will recommend a limited number of candidates to the eligibility list from which the new Water Resources Manager may be selected. This recruitment may also establish an eligibility list for future Water Resources Manager openings.
Prior to an offer of employment, applicants may also be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
About City of Santa Maria Utilities Department
The City of Santa Maria is a full-service City with a City Council/City Manager form of government with over 700 employees and serves approximately 108,000 constituents.