Established: 3/06
Reactivated and Revised: 5/08
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general direction, to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation and maintenance of all wastewater and surface water treatment and conveyance systems for the department; to provide complex administrative assistance to the Director; and to do other work as required.


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

The Water Quality Manager is responsible for all wastewater and surface water operations and maintenance, process control and administrative and regulatory functions for treatment facilities and conveyance systems to ensure facilities and systems meet state and federal permit discharge requirements. The incumbents also act as member of a professional management team for construction projects related to wastewater and surface water treatment facilities and conveyance systems for the Department.

The Water Quality Manager differs from the Director of Water Environment Services, which oversees all divisions and their activities, including Administration and Business Services, Finance, Planning and Engineering, Environmental Monitoring and Water Quality.


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; establishes appropriate service levels; develops and implements methods, procedures and standards; develops, prepares and supervises the preparation of annual work programs and reports; participates in the WES Leadership and Management Team to establish department policy, provide coordination and cooperation among divisions and provide overall leadership; assists other divisions by providing data and program support to meet regulatory, customer and citizen needs.
  2. Manages the operation and maintenance of treatment facilities, sanitary collection and surface water systems, and fleet and equipment procurement and maintenance; directs the planning and organization of work activities through subordinate supervisors; tracks associated program costs; assures compliance with associated adopted master plans.
  3. 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; works with Environmental Monitoring Division to ensure provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, regulations and permits, including those relating to safety and environmental quality; monitors and evaluates the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends corrective actions and improvements.
  4. Oversees the performance and evaluation of plant operations staff performing process control, plant operations, collection systems inspection and related maintenance activities; oversees the management of quality control processes; coordinates resources between work units; resolves complex issues concerning staff scheduling, equipment, operations, maintenance and process control; provides technical assistance, training and advice in operation, maintenance and repair activities.
  5. Hires and directs supervisory, technical, operations and maintenance staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; provides leadership and conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; ensures a safe work environment and encourages employees to follow safe work practices; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.
  6. 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; participates as a member of the management team to administer construction contracts, review completed projects and verify compliance with contract requirements and regulations.
  7. Prepares and recommends annual and supplemental budgets; administers approved budget; monitors revenues and expenditures; prepares budget justifications and personnel requests; participates with management team in the negotiation and administration of contracts for studies, services and purchases; may participate as a member of County negotiating team during labor relations.
  8. Coordinates with management and supervisory staff to plan and schedule maintenance activities and repairs for wastewater and surface water facilities and conveyance systems, upgrades and modifications; oversees operations staff performing maintenance projects on treatment plant facilities.
  9. Assists in the review and analysis of the impact of new regulatory requirements on operating practices; ensures compliance with State and federal statutes, rules and regulations assists other managers in recommending Department position on regulatory and legislative issues.
  10. Promotes wastewater treatment facility activities and programs with business associations, citizen groups and the public; integrates Department programs with partners and stakeholders; evaluates and responds to inquiries and complex issues from customers, contractors, consultants, employees and other government agencies; researches, mediates and resolves technical, procedural and sensitive interpersonal issues and concerns for internal and external customers; represents the Department at conferences and meetings.
  11. Develops a proactive regulatory program to anticipate regulations either before laws are passed or shortly after; influences the development of regulations, policies and guidance documents supporting promulgation of those technically and scientifically sound and cost effective, while opposing or changing those that fail to meet these criteria; works directly with senior staff members from other agencies to develop regulations and policies within assigned areas.
  12. Establishes rapport, builds coalitions and coordinates with similar agencies in order to support, oppose or amend pending litigation and/or legislative proposals.
  13. Provides and coordinates information and testimony before legislative committees, regulatory agencies and other appropriate bodies; promotes and provides information to and cooperates with members of the Legislature, their staffs and other officials on matters of interest to the District.
  14. Maintains and provides continual review of all pending and current legislation before the Legislature of the State of Oregon relevant to the District; keeps the District fully informed at appropriate intervals of these matters.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of wastewater and surface water treatment, conveyance and maintenance systems and processes principles and practices of public administration, including personnel management and budget administration;; Federal, State and local environmental regulations, permits, and discharge standards; occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to wastewater and surface water treatment facilities, conveyance systems and maintenance activities; 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;; mediate and resolve technical procedural and interpersonal issues and problems; analyze comprehensive technical 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; provide leadership and 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.


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.