City of San Clemente

Utilities Superintendent Water Operations

Onsite - San Clemente, CA
Full-Time
Application Deadline: 3/8/24

Job Title: Utilities Superintendent Water Operations

Salary: $10,708.53 – $13,015.60 Monthly

Job Type: Full-time

Location: San Clemente, California

Department: Utilities

Join our team! The City of San Clemente is looking for a qualified individual to be an enthusiastic leader in water operations. Under direction, the new superintendent will supervise, coordinate, and oversee the programs, services and activities of the Water Operations Section within the Utilities Division; and will perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. 

NOTE: This position is “Open Until Filled” and the recruitment may close after a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. For consideration, interested individuals should not delay in submitting their application.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is a mid-management level class assigned to the Utilities Division of the Public Works Department. The Utilities Superintendent, Water Operations reports to the Utilities Manager, and is responsible for providing second line supervision, coordination, and oversight over the overall activities of the Water Operations Section of the Utilities Division. 

 Essential Functions:

Essential and other important functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serves as a second line supervisor over subordinate Chief Operators, who serve as full or first line supervisors over assigned staff within the Water Operations Section; oversees, plans, organizes, prioritizes, assigns, and reviews the work of staff responsible for maintaining and operating the City’s distribution system, storage reservoirs, wells and filtration plant, meter services, and field services. 
  • Implements and develops new or modified systems, policies, procedures, and work methods.
  • Participate in the selection of operations staff; prepare performance evaluations; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures. 
  • Coordinates and oversees training programs for water operations staff, ensuring that all safety practices are implemented and followed; develops and implements staff training programs including employee development, certification and job knowledge; and maintains documentation for all training programs. 
  • Oversees the City’s water system as the City’s designated Chief Water Operator by the State of California, Department of Public Health; and ensures that all work activities performed within the Water Operations Section comply with local, State and Federal regulations.
  • Interacts, collaborates, and works with outside contractors on maintenance activities and construction projects; coordinates work activities with contractors; and monitors and oversees contractors’ work products and outcomes to ensure that work quality conforms to standards.
  • Prepares various regulatory reports, memoranda, letters, staff reports and other forms of correspondence; prepares reports on operations and activities; and maintains computerized maintenance programs. 
  • Recommends and assists upper division and departmental management in the planning and implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods for providing potable and recycled water distribution services; coordinates programs, projects and activities with other City departments or divisions and outside agencies or organizations.
  • Participates in the development and administration of the assigned division/section budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures; evaluates capital improvement projects; and prepares specifications for material and equipment purchases.
  • Monitors and interprets laboratory and operational data and information; ensures that treatment processes and water quality tests comply with regulated guidelines; and monitors adjustments to treatment processes, including chemical applications as required. 
  • Coordinates, monitors, and oversees activities, programs, and reports to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and statutes and health regulations affecting the Water Operations Section of the Utilities Division. 
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods, techniques, materials, equipment, and tools, used in the construction, operation. and maintenance of water production, treatment and distribution systems.
  • Standard concepts and principles pertaining to water disinfection, chemistry, and mathematics. 
  • Concepts, methods, and techniques pertaining to potable water, inspections, backflow, and cross-connection.
  • Maintenance and repair activities generally performed in a water distribution, production, recycled water distribution system maintenance and repair program.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safe working practices and precautions including confined space, trench shoring, traffic control, and heavy equipment operation, Lock Out Tag Out.
  • Basic principles of management, including budget preparation and control, and contracts.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting.
  • Methods and techniques pertaining to researching, collecting, and analyzing technical or scientific data and information, as applied to utility water services and operations. 
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting.
  • Modern computers, software, and office equipment.

Ability to:

  • Provide effective coordination and oversight over the water services/utility component of a municipal agency. 
  • Provide a high level of customer service when interacting and communicating with internal and external customers. 
  • Analyze problems in a sound and logical manner, identify viable alternative solutions, determine cost effectiveness of proposed solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and develop and implement appropriate and effective recommendations. 
  • Ensure that facility water operations and services comply with Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations. 
  • Demonstrate effective leadership when supervising, training, and evaluating staff. 
  • Ensure that workplace safety and hazard prevention standards, policies, procedures, and practices are implemented by assigned staff at all times. 
  • Perform responsible and difficult work involving the use of independent judgment and initiative.
  • Interpret and apply departmental policies and procedures in an accurate and effective manner. 
  • Read, understand, and interpret engineering plans, specifications, blue prints and ladder diagrams. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Stay current with new or updated laws, regulations, standards, trends, and technology pertaining to utility or water services provided to municipalities.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

Five years of increasingly responsible operations and maintenance experience with a water or wastewater utility agency, company, or organization. Previous experience must have included at least two years of full supervisory experience over assigned staff. 

Education/Training:

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by the completion of coursework or specialized training in water technology, water resources, regulatory requirements, construction technology, or a closely related field.

Licenses or Certificates:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California Driver License by the time of appointment. 
  • Possession of a Grade 2 Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board by the time of appointment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a Grade V Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board within 12 months of appointment.

NOTE: You must attach your valid water operator certifications to your application.

Special Requirements:

Required to respond to emergencies as needed. 

Required to work during irregular business hours, including evenings, weekend, and holidays; and work on an On-Call duty basis.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work Environment:

The work environment for this job class is divided between an indoor setting with the Utilities division/plant, and outdoors in the field. Work involves exposure to loud noises from machinery, chemicals, gases, fumes, and inclement weather conditions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed within indoor and outdoor environments, requiring extensive sitting, and some standing and walking
  • Moderate lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of boxes and files
  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling to access files
  • Manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment, handle files and documents
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone
  • Visual acuity to see/read documents and computer screens.

 Supplemental Information:

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE

All applicants must submit a completed City of San Clemente application form and supplemental questionnaire thru the online application system within the filing period in order to be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email.

Applications must be submitted via the City’s website at http://san/clemente.org/jobs. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to further testing. Examinations for the position consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral exams to evaluate the applicant’s skill, training and experience.

Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a background review, medical examination, including drug screen, and be fingerprinted, all at City expense. If selected, written identification showing entitlement to legally work in the United States will be required.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or age.

In accordance with the ADA, candidates that require accommodation to perform the tasks of this position should contact Human Resources to inform them of the accommodation requested.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.

Recruiter Information:

Melissa Barber