Wastewater Superintendent/Utility Manager

Lake Havasu City | Lake Havasu City, AZ

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Posted Date 2/27/2020


Wastewater Superintendent Hiring Range: $3,427.20 - $3,922.40/Bi-Weekly, DOQ

New employees will normally be hired at the first step of the salary range, depending on qualifications.

Special Note:
 Candidate must possess Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Grade IV Wastewater Collection System Operator and Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certifications or equal grade certifications from another state at the time of hire or have the ability to obtain within a time frame established at hire. Candidates with out-of-state certifications will be required to obtain ADEQ certifications within six (6) months of employment.

The Wastewater Superintendent will ensure proper operation of the City's 3 wastewater treatment plants as well as the collection system, including maintenance and repair of all wastewater system facilities.  The ideal candidate will be results driven, motivated by challenges and has excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills. This Position is responsible for both the operations and administrative requirements of the wastewater division, specifically to plan, organize, direct and evaluate all operation and maintenance functions for our wastewater utility. The ideal candidate will have significant experience with asset management, staff scheduling, compliance sampling and preparing annual personnel and operational budgets.
The City reserves the right to consider only the most highly qualified applicants. The succeeding examination processes may be required: training and experience, testing, panel interview, employment eligibility verification (EEV) requirements, personnel evaluation profile (PEP), polygraph test, background investigation and alcohol/drug screening test. Appointment subject to successful background investigation and City paid post -employment medical examination after offer of employment has been made.

Class Description:

Incumbent is responsible for planning, developing, and directing activities, programs, and operations for the Wastewater Division.


Education & Experience/Licensing & Training


Education & Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in a field related to area of assignment and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience, including two (2) years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed below.

Licensing and Training:
  • Valid Arizona Driver's License of appropriate class.
  • Grade IV Wastewater Collection System Operator and Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certifications issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) training, based on assignment.


Essential Duties/Knowledge & Skills


Essential Duties:
These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employee and the City and is subject to change as needs and job requirements change.
  • Supervises staff to include: assigning and reviewing work; ensuring staff are trained, evaluating performance, managing time off requests, handling disciplinary actions and making hiring and termination recommendations.
  • Coordinates and manages the day-to-day operations within the Wastewater Division, to include: reviewing memorandums and reports; developing and implementing goals and objectives; interpreting and enforcing policies and procedures, regulations, codes, and ordinances; preparing ordinances, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations; planning and coordinating activities and projects; prioritizing work orders; notifying affected parties of work activities; ordering equipment, materials and supplies; managing the security program; coordinating and reviewing the preparation of agency required reports; and, resolving citizen and employee issues.
  • Performs a variety of activities requiring management level decisions or related to monitoring and reviewing departmental activities, to include: managing division projects; collecting, verifying, and analyzing information; making improvements or changes; coordinating with contractors and other organizations; managing and implementing new programs; reviewing monthly and annual reports; reviewing balances of accounts and other funds; and, analyzing expenditures.
  • Participates in meetings and ensures that the City's interests are represented.
  • Serves as a liaison between divisions, City Council, City Manager, Boards & Commissions and outside agencies. Serves on commissions and appeal boards.
  • Responds to critical incidents and takes command when appropriate; coordinates, plans, and resolves issues with other state and regional agencies; explains and interprets programs, policies, and activities.
  • Performs contract management, to include: negotiating contracts, preparing contracts and making or receiving payments.
  • Completes and maintains required records and reports which include preparing annual reports and updating project files; ensures required reports are on file.
  • Prepares and presents the divisions budget; monitors and controls division expenditures.
  • Operates and maintains motor vehicles or other work related equipment requiring a valid Arizona Driver License.
  • Maintains regular attendance.
  • Performs other duties of similar nature or level.

Knowledge of:

  • Leadership and management theories and principles.
  • Budgeting theories and principles.
  • Applicable Federal, State and Local laws and regulations.
  • Theories, principles, laws, regulations, and ordinances governing area of assignment.
  • Reporting requirements.
  • Business English.

Skill in:

  • Reviewing and evaluating staff.
  • Evaluating process efficiencies and taking appropriate corrective action.
  • Delegating tasks and authority; coaching to improve staff performance.
  • Developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Performing contract management activities.
  • Giving presentations.
  • Preparing and administering budgets.
  • Managing multiple projects.
  • Reviewing and analyzing information.
  • Resolving problems.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports.
  • Reading and interpreting drawings and specifications.
  • Using computers and related software applications.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Physical Requirements


Physical Requirements: 
Positions in this class typically require: sitting, walking, standing, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to ten (10) pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Hearing ability: sufficient to communicate effectively with others in person and by telephone.

Speaking ability: sufficient to communicate effectively with others in person and by telephone.

Visual ability: sufficient to operate vehicles by both day and night; observe unsafe road conditions; read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.; and, to operate equipment related to the area of assignment.


Job Category
Local Government
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