Utilities Operations and Maintenance Superintendent

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

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Posted Date 7/13/2021

The City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities is an award-winning utility that has created a culture of innovationan environment of continuous improvement, and an atmosphere of investment in the development and future of our employees. We are seeking a self-starting, creative individual that has a desire to build on our successes and grow as a professional.

 Located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento River and a short drive from the beauty of Lake Tahoe and other Sierra Nevada destinations, the Sacramento region is home to well-known institutions of higher learning and a thriving community.  Residents enjoy incredible outdoor recreation opportunities, an eclectic and delicious local restaurant and brewery scene, a vibrant cultural environment and the benefits of strong economic growth with an affordable cost of living in California.

Culture of Innovation:  In 2020, the Department updated its Strategic Plan and highlighted innovation as an initiative.  Since then, an Innovation Recognition program has been developed to highlight and reward innovation that is happening in our department as well as encourage it and find ways to spur even more innovation. We encourage innovation in all that we do.

Environment of Continuous Improvement: We strive each day to continuously improve our processes to deliver the best possible drinking water and the most robust wastewater and drainage services possible.

Atmosphere of Investment: The City of Sacramento offers a generous compensation package and participation in CalPERS Retirement System. The City of Sacramento, Department of Utilities firmly believes in the growth of all employees by providing them with development opportunities through tuition reimbursement, specialized training, and opportunities through affiliations through national industry organizations. In addition, we invest in the improvement and sustainability of our company.

What is expected of our Operations and Maintenance Superintendent?

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent has the overall responsibility for the continuous improvement and successful compliance to all regulatory requirements for operations of the Department’s wastewater facilities, all mechanical maintenance within the departments water and wastewater facilities and maintenance of all the city's emergency stationary generators.  There are approximately 60 employees within 3 unique work sections.  These three sections maintain an operating budget of over $5 million. CIPs and multi- year funding for operations are also a part of funding some of these section’s activities.

The Mechanical Maintenance section maintains all the mechanical equipment for DOUs Water, Sewer and Drainage pumping facilities. This includes over 150 wastewater pumping facilities, 11 water reservoirs, 27 wells, and 2 Water Treatment plants. This section employs the classifications of Machinist Supervisors, Machinist, Machinist Helpers and Senior Maintenance Workers.

The Emergency Generator Maintenance section is responsible for taking care of approximately 103 emergency generators and 18 engine driven pumps. This program spans the entire City and covers all the City's stationary emergency generators. This section employs the classifications of Supervising Generator Tech, Senior Generator Tech, Generator Tech.

The Wastewater Operation sections is responsible for operating the city's wastewater facilities in accordance with all relevant regulations including managing the city's combined wastewater flows. This section also has the responsibility to take the lead in storm events planning and response for the department’s wastewater/ drainage pumping and treatment facilities. This section employs the classifications of Supervising Plant Operator, Plant Operator and Junior Plant Operator.

Success is achieved by:

  •  Creating a highly effective workforce through training and developing team members.
  • Applying process control and statistical tools to drive improvements and efficiency in every aspect of the operation.
  • Knowing and understanding all operations of the systems including over 150 wastewater pumping facilities, 11 water reservoirs, 27 wells, and 2 Water Treatment plants.
  • Growing personal knowledge and the knowledge of staff through participation in in national and state water industry groups such as CWEA, ACWA, AWWA, etc.

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent standardizes operations through:

  • Effective document control of SOPs, guidance policies, and permits using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Documenting and following Best Management Practices.
  • Comparison against established national industry benchmarks such as those offered by the AWWA.

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent leads a high performance and accountable team where everyone in the organization is responsible for the overall performance and outcomes of the organization. This is possible through:

  • Effective management and development of all staff members.
  • Provision of direction and technical support.
  • Resolution of operational, process, safety, and personnel issues through detailed investigations.

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent understands the importance of critical equipment involved in the operations of critical assets and drives the upkeep of the equipment by:

  • Actively communicating with maintenance teams.
  • Employing operator driven preventive maintenance strategies.
  • Effectively planning, budgeting, and stringently spending capital funds.

 The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent is fiscally responsible for adhering to budgets by:

  • Preparing budgets through the analysis of historical and future process information.
  • Reviewing expenditures and analyzing monthly data for spending trends.
  • Communicating with operational leads and staff on budgetary performance.

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent drives compliance at all levels of the organization by:

  •  Providing a safe and secure workplace to all employees.
  • Providing comments to proposed regulatory changes and inputs for applicable permit renewal applications.
  • Reviewing monthly data with the operational staff.
  • Maintaining a close relationship with regulatory agencies.

 The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent communicates at all levels through:

  • Effective writing of reports to upper management and outside organization.
  • Efficient and purposeful meetings.
  • Open dialogue with other groups throughout the organization.


What minimum qualifications and experience requirements are necessary to be most successful in this essential leadership role?

Our Operations and Maintenance Superintendent should possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, or business administration, public administration or a related field.  Additionally, 5 years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience in the repair, construction, and maintenance of water, sewer, or flood control and storm drainage systems.  Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education on a year-for-year basis.  Possession of a Grade III or Grade IV Water Distribution Operator certificate issued by the State of California or possession of a State Water Resources Control Board certificate as a T5 water treatment operator at the time of appointment is highly desirable.  

For additional information, and to apply for this position, please refer to the City's website at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Career-Opportunities.  This job posting closes on 8/6/2021.  


Salary135982.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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