Assistant Director, Operations & Maintenance - Sanitation (Wastewater)

Coachella Valley Water District | Palm Desert, CA

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Posted Date 2/08/2024


$13,589.00 – $17,883.00 Monthly


Palm Desert, CA


Full Time






Operations Sanitation




3/17/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary

First review of applications are scheduled for March 4, 2024.


TITLE: Assistant Director, Operations & Maintenance, Sanitation (Wastewater)

SRN U25: $13,589 – $17,883 Monthly, Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented, At-Will/Confidential

Department: Operations & Maintenance

Section: Sanitation



Reports to: Assistant General Manager, Operations & Maintenance

Supervises the following positions: Provides supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision.



Under general direction, the core function of this position is to plan, organize and direct the operations and maintenance of CVWD’s Wastewater Collection, Treatment, and redistribution of Recycled (Nonpotable) Water. The position will oversee the planning, operation, production, scheduling, resource allocation and optimization of all labor, materials and equipment within the Sanitation Branch of Operations and Maintenance, including all Wastewater Plants, and the Mechanical, Collections, and Nonpotable Water Divisions. Additionally, the position will oversee CVWD’s Control Room, and other related work as required

Essential Functions


Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Under the direction of the Assistant General Manager of Operations, assists with the planning, operation, and maintenance of CVWD’s Wastewater Collection, Treatment, and redistribution of Recycled (Nonpotable) Water, as well as the Supervisory Control Room. 
  • Plays a key role in the preparation and administration of the annual departmental budget, and provides input into long-term planning, and the prioritization of capital improvements. 
  • Oversees the distribution of all equipment, material, and personnel to optimize resources, and provide support to improve internal and external customer service.
  • Ensures that employees, consultants, and contractors adhere to CVWD policies and procedures, and conform to environmental permitting, health and safety compliance, fugitive dust mitigation, and other related permitting.
  • Assists in the development of departmental performance standards, supervisory performance goals, the employee evaluation process, and the implementation of performance improvement plans as needed. 
  • Develops, implements, and maintains a comprehensive preventative maintenance program for the Sanitation Branch of the Operations & Maintenance Department.  
  • Assists in the enhancement of departmental training programs. Looks for educational and cross-training opportunities that provide employee development, and help define career path and provide succession planning.                             

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Minimum Qualifications


Licenses/Certifications: Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification. A Class “A” commercial license is desirable. 

Experience: Ten (10) years of increasing responsibility in activities related to operations, maintenance and construction of large public works wastewater infrastructure. This position requires a minimum of five (5) years of direct managerial/supervisory experience within wastewater collection, treatment, construction, and operations and maintenance. 

Education: Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, chemistry, biology, mechanical or chemical engineering or a related field; OR 


College level courses in business administration, project management, supervision, and leadership are desirable. Certifications in Project Management, and/or one or more of the following is highly desirable:

  1. California State Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator T5
  2. California Environmental Water Association Collection Maintenance System IV
  3. Mechanical Technologist IV            

Certificates, Licenses, Registration and Other Requirements

Knowledge of: 

  • State and federal regulations and procedures regarding large wastewater treatment plants and sewer collection systems, including those established by the California State Water Resources Control Board, Southern California Air Quality Management District, the Environmental Protection Agency, and OSHA. 
  • Public finance, budget development and administration, and job costing. 
  • Principles of supervision, conflict resolution, training and leadership development.
  • Principles involves in the design, construction and maintenance of large wastewater systems.
  • Operations, construction, production scheduling, and optimization of resources.
  • Principles and practices of pipeline hydraulics, pumping, and dewatering.
  • Business communications, public speaking, and customer service. 
  • Principles and practices in instrumentation, electrical, mechanical, pumps/energy, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, maintenance, and their related codes, laws, and regulations. 
  • Customer service principles, practices and methods;
  • Stylistic managerial and leadership concepts;
  • Public Sector unionized environment.

Ability to: 

  • Plan, direct and supervise the work of multiple divisions in a collaborative manner.
  • Evaluate trends and performance metrics and prepare technical reports.
  • Research innovative materials and equipment and provide cost/benefit recommendations.
  • Formulate and implement an effective preventative maintenance program to maximize efficiencies and resource allocation.
  • Emergency disaster planning and business recovery concepts and procedures.
  • Work cooperatively with various public agencies, consultants, and customers.
  • Exercise sound judgement in the implementation of CVWD policy guidelines. 
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.             
  • Prepare required legal documents, forms, reports, correspondence, and other written materials;
  • Maintain accurate files and records;
  • Evaluate and recommend improvements in operations, policies and procedures;
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set department priorities, and meet critical time deadlines;
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs;
  • Communicate effectively in person, over the telephone, and in writing; make clear and concise presentations;
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; work with a workforce with diverse background and abilities;
  • Manage multiple task/multiple priorities with frequent interruption and the ability to maintain confidentiality.


Coachella Valley Water District


75515 Hovley Lane East


Palm Desert, California, 92211


Job Category
Local Government
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