Operations Manager

Santa Fe Irrigation District | Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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Posted Date 2/11/2019

SFID is seeking an Operations Manager with a minimum of seven years of experience, who is a strong leader, possesses solid management and critical thinking skills and is in search of a rewarding career at a dynamic organization.

To plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the Operations Department including plant maintenance and operations, water quality, lake management operations, meter services, construction, distribution system operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance of recycled water use sites, cross-connection control program, raw water conveyance systems, dam maintenance and surveillance, buildings and grounds maintenance, and equipment and fleet maintenance; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; to ensure that water delivered to customers continually complies with all state and federal drinking water standards, and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager.

Examples of Duties
· Plans and organizes the work of assigned staff (department that includes 31 employees); participates in the selection and training of assigned personnel; provides leadership and establishes performance requirements for assigned staff; regularly evaluates performance and provides direction and coaching for performance improvement and development; recommends merit increases and other rewards to recognize performance of and motivate assigned staff; recommends disciplinary action to address  performance deficiencies, all in accordance with the District’s personnel policies, procedures, practices and MOU provisions.
· Directs and participates in the analyses and reporting of plant and distribution system operations, regulatory compliance issues, requirements and needs; determines the time, equipment, materials, staffing requirements, and other technical and management issues and develops specific proposals and work plans to address them.
· Oversee and evaluates water treatment plant and distribution system operations through appropriate personnel to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local requirements and to maintain processes at an optimal and cost-effective level; directs programs, projects and operations changes to meet these requirements; provides technical assistance to staff.
· Organizes, assigns and reviews the work of personnel engaged in building and grounds maintenance throughout the District and Joint Facilities; ensures the maintenance of District vehicles and equipment; and makes recommendations and assists with the research of new vehicles and equipment.
· Prepares a variety of technical studies and reports for internal purposes and external agencies; develops recommendations to improve the District’s potable water treatment operations and water delivery; coordinates activities with other divisions, departments and agencies in making system modifications; provides assistance to consultants and State regulatory agencies during onsite inspections and samplings.
· Reviews pertinent laws, codes, regulations and guidelines for impacts on the District’s water treatment and distribution system operations; recommends changes in programs and operations to comply with such requirements; provides advice and technical assistance to District officials regarding water treatment and distribution processes.
· Represents and advocates the District’s water policy and regulatory positions with regulatory staff and in front of local, state and federal governing bodies and agencies.
· Develops and maintains professional relationships with watershed stakeholders that build consensus in approaches that advance watershed protection activities on the District’s local watersheds and identify funding opportunities to advance these activities.
· Monitors, researches, develops and recommends improvements, modifications, enhancements and changes to the water treatment and distribution system’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA); plans and manages the collection of data and information pertaining to distribution, lake management, water treatment and water quality.
· Directs laboratory staff in performing quality assurance and quality control programs as mandated by Federal and State regulations.
· Directs operation and maintenance of pipelines, pump stations, water tanks, and other District facilities: reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures. 
· Represents the Department to outside groups and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.
· Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports and studies; prepares written correspondence as necessary.
· Responds during emergency situations, as required, including those occurrences after normal working hours and HAZMAT related events, such as hazardous materials release incidents.
· May perform standby duty and follow the standby duty procedures, including the response time requirement of sixty (60) minutes.
· Respond to and resolve customer complaints involving water quality.

Training and Experience:
· Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in chemistry, biology, engineering or a related field.
· Seven years of increasingly responsible, combined experience in the operation and maintenance of a state-of-the art water treatment plant similar in complexity to that of the District and a water distribution system; including three years of administrative and management responsibility.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Water Treatment Operators Certificate, Grade 5 (T5) and Distribution Operators Certificate, Grade 4 (D4). Grade 5 (D5) is highly desirable.
To Apply
To be considered an applicant for this position, a completed District application must be submitted by Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:00pm. An attached resume and cover letter are also requested. Applications can be obtained from our website at www.sfidwater.org, in person between the hours of 7:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday (and until 4pm on the Fridays we’re open) at 5920 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, or by calling 858-227-5806. Completed applications can be submitted by mail to P.O. Box 409 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, fax to 858-756-0450 or e-mail to hr@sfidwater.org.

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Local Government
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