Water Reclamation Plant Superintendent

City of Mesa | Mesa, AZ

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Posted Date 1/02/2019


First review of applications will be Thursday, January 10, 2019.  This classification has been designated as a non-classified, non-merit system, at-will position.  Offering salary may be made above the minimum of the posted salary range for this position depending upon qualifications and experience.  Employees may progress through the full salary range, subject to their successful performance and annual budget approval. 

A Water Reclamation Plant Superintendent is responsible for planning, directing, organizing, supervising, and controlling the plant operations, maintenance, and related plant functions of the City's three water reclamation plants.  The incumbent is responsible for ensuring continuous staffing at multiple facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and supervising the work of assigned subordinates responsible for the day-to-day operations of each plant (including, but not limited to:  Water Resources Plant Supervisors responsible for operations and maintenance). This employee is responsible for reviewing federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), county, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regulations to ensure compliance with rules as they relate to operations, maintenance, and major construction projects; maintaining a safe working environment that complies with federal, state, and City guidelines; and a hazardous materials management plan.  A Water Reclamation Plant Superintendent has responsibility for preparing and administering the annual Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget for all three facilities (including wages, staffing, supplies, capital expenditures, chemicals usage, chemical costs, power costs, improvement projects, and equipment repair/replacement costs); preparing specifications for annual bids for a variety of commodities (such as treatment chemicals), services, and equipment; and preparing an annual eight year capital forecast of new and rehabilitation projects and equipment purchases.  Other duties include:  reviewing ongoing treatment plant construction plans and specifications; representing the unit or department in meetings; making presentations to City Management or City Council; facilitating public relations activities for various groups; and responding to odor complaints for the water reclamation plants and surrounding areas by regularly monitoring and overseeing odor control systems.  This class performs related duties as required.

The job hazards of this class may include exposure to raw sewage, toxic chemicals such as chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, and methane gas, and occasionally working in adverse weather conditions.  The employee is given considerable latitude for independent judgment and decision-making in order to ensure compliance with federal and state water quality standards.  This class is supervised by the Water Resources Assistant Director who reviews work through weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports, conferences, and overall results achieved.  This class is FLSA exempt-executive.

Qualifications & Requirements

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.
Minimum Qualifications Required.  Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Sanitary Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or a related field.  Extensive (5+ years) professional-level experience at an advanced, large (at least 8 mgd) wastewater treatment facility, including three years as a plant manager or supervisor.

Special Requirements.  Must possess a Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification from the ADEQ, or equivalent from another state through reciprocity with Arizona by application date.  Certification through reciprocity must be obtained within three months of hire or promotion.  Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License by hire date.
Substance Abuse Testing.  Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Three years of experience with advanced treatment at a large wastewater treatment plant, similar in complexity to the City of Mesa, and in a position equivalent to the City of Mesa's Plant Superintendent position, which oversees operations, maintenance, and regulatory compliance functions.  Experience with advanced computerized systems, such as Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

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