Water Operations Manager

County of Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

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Posted Date 2/12/2021

Are you looking for a management opportunity in Sarasota County’s Water Utility Department? We need your help to create wonderful experiences for residents and vacationing guests navigating Sarasota.

Be responsible for the delivery of major community outcomes including, but not limited to the sustainable water supply system, surface and groundwater protection/enhancement, protection of public health and the maintenance and enhancement of existing public infrastructure.

Job Description:
This is a professional and managerial position providing oversight to Sarasota County's water utility system, which includes, but not limited to operations, planning, organizational and financial management. This position includes responsibility for the delivery of major community outcomes including, but not limited to the sustainable water supply system, surface and groundwater protection/enhancement, protection of public health and the maintenance and enhancement of existing public infrastructure.

Directs the operation and maintenance responsibilities of the Water Utility to meet, but not limited to the following objectives:

Operate an effective and efficient potable water system.

Deliver efficient, cost-effective county potable water services.

Deliver potable water services in a sustainable, flexible, and responsive fashion.

Also, directs the development and implementation of the Potable Water Repair and Replacement program including financial, engineering, and construction activities.

On behalf of the Director, serves as a technical advisor representing proposed capital improvement projects (CIP) for Potable Water which includes the proposed initial project design, the coordination and review of the draft of the scope of services to achieve a preliminary design report for a proposed CIP, the coordination of the review of proposed construction plans generally through 30% of project design, the provision of fieldwork expertise, as needed, and administration support of contracts for the approved CIP associated with the potable water. The services above include coordination on an as-needed basis with the following departments: Planning & Development Services, Administrative Services, Health and Human Services, Emergency Services, and Community Services.

Directs and supervises a professional and technical staff to facilitate an efficient and effective work team to achieve stated community outcomes and levels of service, including meetings and other customer service responsibilities. Provides leadership and technical guidance to formulate, implement, and monitor policy and procedures appropriate to the day-to-day operation of various programs. Administers staff recruitment, interview process and annual performance management system. Directs the preparation of the annual budget and exercises budgetary controls.

Coordinates responses to inquiries relative to specific projects and other information as required. Attends public meetings, prepares reports, and conducts formal presentations. Acts as a liaison with the regulated community, regulatory agencies and professional organizations to resolve outstanding program issues. Acts as a staff liaison for the WSAC committee.

Serves on technical advisory committee(s), task force(s), teams and focus groups to achieve common enterprise/ organizational goals. Maintains communication and coordination with external agencies on the development and implementation of programmatic function. Attends meetings, workshops, and training activities to ensure professional and personal growth. Performs other related duties and projects as assigned by the Director.

Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.

About You
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public or Business Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a related field AND six (6) years of related experience -OR- A Master’s Degree in above areas with four (4) or more years of related experience. Supervisory experience required. May consider substituting years of experience for the four (4) year degree.

Preferred Qualifications: Registered with the State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers. Advanced professional certification is highly desirable. Previous work as a Manager II is preferred.

Job Competencies: Knowledge of water resource management, engineering, water treatment process, ecology, government organizations, structure and procedure to address principal issues of water resource management and growth. Ability to manage people and projects; excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to negotiate and compromise; skill in supervising/guiding/mentoring/developing staff; ability to prepare and manage a division budget; clear, concise and sensitive presentation skills; excellent judgment and discretion.

About Everything Else
Pay: $70,075.20 - $94,016.00


Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
For more information about employee benefits, please click this link or visit SCGov.net for additional information.
Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)??
Sarasota County Government is a Tobacco Free/Drug Free Workplace

Sarasota County Government promotes diversity and inclusion in its workforce and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identification or expression, genetic information, religion, national origin, marital status, age or disability. A job applicant with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process is requested to make known the need for an accommodation to Human Resources or appropriate county staff members. For assistance with the application, please call 941-861-5741.

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Local Government
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