Established:  04/87
Revised:  01/93 10/99; 12/07
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2



Under general direction, to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation and maintenance of all wastewater treatment facilities for the department; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Water Environment Services manages and operates the County's utility service districts, including sewerage facilities, collection systems, pumping stations, treatment plants, and storm and surface water facilities and structures. 

The Wastewater Treatment Services Manager is responsible for all wastewater plant operations, process control and administrative functions for treatment facilities to ensure facilities meet state and federal permit discharge requirements.  Incumbents also provide professional management of construction projects related to wastewater treatment facilities for the Department.

The Wastewater Treatment Services Manager differs from the Wastewater Maintenance Services Manager which oversees all maintenance activities related to the County’s sewage and storm water infrastructure systems.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Participates in the development and implementation of Department policies, goals, objectives and standards; directs and coordinates long and short range planning for wastewater treatment facilities; supervises the preparation of annual work programs. 
  2. Plans, directs and coordinates services provided by wastewater treatment facilities; participates in negotiating NPDES, DEQ and other permit requirements and discharge standards with those agencies; ensures provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, regulations and permits, including those relating to safety and environmental quality.
  3. Oversees the performance and evaluation of plant operations staff performing process control, plant operations and laboratory testing activities; oversees the management of quality control processes; coordinates resources between work units; resolves problems concerning staff scheduling, equipment, operations and process control; provides technical assistance, training and advice in operation, maintenance and repair activities. 
  4. Hires and directs supervisory, professional and technical staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens. 
  5. Participates with management and engineering staff in planning, designing and implementing capital improvement projects to enlarge or enhance the treatment plants; prepares and recommends capital expenditure budgets; reviews and approves expenditures and capital equipment purchases; monitors cost and production data; administers construction contracts; reviews completed projects and verifies compliance with contract requirements and regulations.
  6. Prepares and recommends annual and supplemental budgets; administers approved budget; monitors revenues and expenditures.
  7. Coordinates with management staff to plan and schedule maintenance activities for wastewater treatment plant repairs, upgrades and modifications; manages operations staff performing maintenance projects on treatment plant facilities.
  8. Assists in review and analysis of the impact of new regulatory requirements on operating practices; recommends Department position on regulatory and legislative issues. 
  9. Promotes wastewater treatment facility activities and programs with business associations, citizen groups and the public; evaluates and responds to inquiries and complaints from customers, employees and other government agencies; represents the Department at conferences and meetings.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of wastewater treatment processes; machinery, equipment and materials associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities; principles and practices of public administration, including personnel management and budget administration; techniques of construction project management; Federal, State and local environmental regulations, permits, and discharge standards; occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to wastewater treatment facilities; technical report writing; basic computer applications and management information systems.

Skill to: Plan and implement management goals, objectives and standards; establish priorities; develop and participate in negotiating wastewater treatment permit discharge standards; plan, develop, and implement improvements in wastewater treatment processes; manage complex civil and sanitary engineering projects; resolve technical problems; analyze comprehensive technical engineering reports and records; review and monitor operating budgets; interpret and apply appropriate regulations, codes and safety standards; prepare and maintain accurate records and reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; motivate employees to provide quality service to citizens; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes requested by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, County personnel and government agencies.


Possession of or the ability to acquire within six months of hire Wastewater System Operation Certification, Grade Level IV, issued by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.