To plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the Plant Maintenance, Laboratory and Operations Departments including plant maintenance and operations, water quality, lake management operations, raw water conveyance systems, and dam maintenance and surveillance; 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 staff support to the General Manager.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service oriented work environment which supports achieving the Department’s goals / objectives while upholding the District’s mission and values; applies process improvement and quality management principles to assigned area of responsibility.
Develops, plans and implements department goals and objectives; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
Coordinates Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the General Manager and Board of Directors; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the Department's work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Plant Maintenance, Laboratory and Operations Departments budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments.
Plans and organizes the work of assigned staff; 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 analysis and reporting of plant 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 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.
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; 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 operations; recommends changes in programs and operations to comply with such requirements; provides advice and technical assistance to District officials regarding water treatment 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.
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.
Supports the District’s safety program; ensures subordinates follow safety practices in work; enforces safety procedures; educates employees on safety rules, regulations and codes, safe work habits, and potential hazards by their work.
May perform standby duty and follow the standby duty procedures, including the response time requirement of sixty (60) minutes.
Builds and maintains positive customer-focused service processes and working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Respond to and resolve customer complaints involving water quality.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Five 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; including two years of administrative and management responsibility.
Equivalent to an Associate’s degree (though a Bachelor's degree or advanced education is highly desirable) from an accredited college or university and with major course work in chemistry, biology, civil/environmental engineering, water technology or a related field.
License and Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain by appointment date, a valid California driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy.
Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Water Treatment Operators Certificate, Grade 5 (T5).
Please complete an application at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sfidwater by Wednesday, July 31.
About Santa Fe Irrigation District
The Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID) is the water district situated in the northern San Diego County area that serves the coastal City of Solana Beach and the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.
The Mission of the Santa Fe irrigation District is to provide its customers with safe and reliable water.