Long Beach Utilities Department

Manager - Water Treatment

Onsite - Long Beach, CA
Application Deadline: 5/12/24

The Long Beach Utilities Department is seeking applicants for Manager of Water Treatmentwhich is an at-will, division-level management position. 


Ideally located on the Pacific Ocean south of Los Angeles, adjacent to Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California (population 470,000) is frequently described as a series of strong, diverse interwoven smaller communities within a large city. Enjoying an ideal Southern California climate, Long Beach is home to an abundance of cultural and recreational options. The Long Beach Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, and the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, plus a wide variety of other attractions (two historic ranchos, three marinas, and five golf courses), serve to draw 6.5 million visitors a year. The City is also home to California State University, Long Beach, and Long Beach City College. Cal State Long Beach is the second largest university in the state and was recently ranked the No. 3 best–value public college in the nation. Covering approximately 50 square miles, Long Beach is supported by a wide mix of industries with education, health and social services, manufacturing, retail trade, and professional services comprising the highest representation. Known for its livable and desirable neighborhoods, Long Beach was named by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People two years in a row. While it offers all the amenities of a large metropolis, many say Long Beach offers the added benefit of having maintained a strong sense of community and cohesiveness despite its growth. A superb climate, quality schools, a vibrant downtown, and a wide variety of neighborhoods help make Long Beach one of the most livable communities in the country.


Long Beach, a charter city formed in 1897, is governed by nine City Council Members elected by district and a city-wide elected Mayor. Other elected officials include the City Attorney, City Auditor, and City Prosecutor. The elected officials are elected to staggered four-year terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Clerk. The City Manager is responsible for the efficient administration of all City departments, excluding those under the direction of a separately elected official, Board or Commission. Long Beach is one of only three cities in California with its own Health Department and one of the very few municipalities with its own Utilities Department (Water and Gas) and Energy Resources Departments. 

The City is supported by a FY 2024 total budget of approximately $3.3 billion with a General Fund budget of $719 million. More than 6,000 full and part-time employees support municipal operations with the vast majority being represented by twelve employee associations. To learn more about the City of Long Beach, go to www.longbeach.gov.


Long Beach Utilities serves nearly 500,000 people in 50 square miles, providing high quality, safe and delicious drinking water and wastewater management for Long Beach, as well as natural gas services for Long Beach and Signal Hill. With the foundation of roughly 500 dedicated employees, the department maintains 1,600 miles of water and sewer mains, 1,900 miles of gas pipeline and a dedicated groundwater treatment plant, and also provides 24/7 emergency response. To learn more visit LBUtilities.org.


Under the direction of the Senior Director of Water Quality & Process, organizes and directs the activities and staff of the 62.5 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) central groundwater treatment plant (GWTP) and multiple remote facilities for drinking water system, reclaimed water system, and sewer collection system; serves as the Chief Operator for GWTP; ensures effective and efficient high-quality work in the managed programs to ensure the efficient operation and maintenance; directs the monitoring and operation of the drinking water, reclaimed, and sewer Pump Stations to ensure compliance with water quality regulations and other safety and environmental requirements; trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs water treatment operations related, including drinking water treatment and distribution, reclaimed water distribution, and sewer collection system facilities.
  • Assesses treatment processes and distribution operations, inspects facilities for proper operation and upkeep; evaluates operation efficiencies and develops new techniques, policies, and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to achieve Department goals and objectives.
  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees and recommends and implements personnel actions including hiring, cross-training, promotions, transfers, reassignments, and disciplinary actions. 
  • Oversees regulatory compliance for assigned programs; develops, implements, interprets, and ensures compliance with complex rules and regulations, policies, and permits such as drinking water and air quality regulations, storm water discharge, industrial waste permits, hazardous material storage and disposal, safety and other regulations. 
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable safety programs to protect employees, the public, and the environment from exposure to acutely hazardous chemicals and other unsafe conditions; maintains an awareness of emergency response policies and procedures; responds to any and all safety concerns; corresponds and interacts with regulatory agencies.
  • Provides technical expertise, information, and assistance to the Senior Director of Water Quality & Process regarding assigned functions; assists in the formulation and development of policies, procedures, and programs. 
  • Coordinates division activities involving external agencies, private contractors, and other City Departments to facilitate projects and tasks.
  • Directs, prepares, and maintains a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records and files related to personnel and assigned activities; prepares written correspondence.
  • Assists in the development and preparation of the annual preliminary budget for treatment plant operations which includes personnel, operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses, and capital outlay; analyzes and reviews budgetary and financial data; controls and authorizes expenditures in accordance with established limitations. 
  • Participates in the forecast of funds needed for water sales and long-term capital improvement goals; ensures the proper inventory and accounting techniques of all materials, chemicals, and equipment.
  • Maintains after-hours emergency response and management availability status for water system emergency contact purposes; serves as designated on call T5 chief operator responding to water supply and water quality emergencies.
  • Oversees contract management, including the development of specifications, proposals, and purchase orders.
  • Monitors field activities routinely to ensure compliance with safety requirements and operational efficiencies.
  • Coordinates with other divisions and bureaus in planning, prioritizing, and scheduling of long-term capital improvement projects (CIP); collaborates with engineering bureau in implementing CIP by participating in the design, engineering, construction, and field inspection activities.
  • Communicates with other personnel, vendors, contractors, other City Departments and outside organizations to coordinate activities, facilitate projects and tasks, resolve issues, and conflicts and exchange information. 
  • Operates a computer and assigned software; drives a vehicle to conduct work as assigned.
  • Attends and conducts a variety of meetings as assigned; identifies employee development and training requirements and develops training programs.
  • Performs other duties as required, related to the primary job duties of the assigned position.



 Education and Experience:

  •  Graduation from high school supplemented by college level course work or specialized training in a related field and five years of water treatment and distribution system related experience.
  • Six years of supervisory experience is required and can be achieved through direct supervision experience or demonstration of leadership through a combination of work experience and education.

Required licenses and/or certifications:

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver license.  
  • Possession of California’s State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) Treatment T5 Operator Certificate. Registration as a Professional Engineer in California or possession of equivalent Treatment T5 Operator Certificate from an out-of-state’s primacy agency may be substituted for the California SWRCB Treatment Grade 5 Certificate.
  • Possession of Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certification.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, materials, equipment and techniques involved in the maintenance and operation of water treatment plant and distribution system, reclaim distribution system, sewer lift stations.
  • Trends and emerging technologies in drinking, reclaimed, and wastewater field.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training. 
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and processes of water plant, water distribution, and water systems. 
  • Operation and maintenance principles of pumps, motors, values, and other mechanical equipment related to water treatment. 
  • Applicable state and federal laws, standards and requirements related to water treatment plant operation and maintenance. 
  • Project management techniques
  • Emergency preparedness programs.
  • Budget preparation and control.
  • Health and safety regulations and procedures. 
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy. 
  • Business letter writing and report preparation. 
  • Implementation of preventative maintenance programs.
  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service. 
  • Oral and written communication skills. 

 Ability to:

  •  Plan, organize, and direct an effective water treatment program.
  • Assess water treatment and distribution system and sewer lift station emergency situations and ensure resources and equipment are available to meet potential emergencies.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
  • Develop and administer Department goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. 
  • Assesses the reliability of the treatment and distribution system including treatment plant and process.
  • Represent Long Beach Utilities Department to public agencies, regulatory bodies, special interest groups, other external organizations and members of the public.
  • Meet schedules and timelines. 
  • Work independently with little direction. 
  • Plan, prioritize, and organize work. 
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and files related to assigned activities.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Read and understand standard drawings, blueprints, and maps.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. 
  • Operate a computer and assigned software.

Recruiter Information:

Jessica Stoudenmire