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GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB
Manages water & wastewater projects from the preliminary stage through surveying, design, permitting, and construction.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manages projects from the preliminary stage through surveying, design, and permitting to produce 100% plans released for construction.
Ensures completion of back-end permitting, as-built drawings, and long-term documentation into GIS database.
Manages, coordinates, and oversees the contract and construction of contractor projects.
Oversees and supervises staff and consultants.
Evaluates and reviews performance of staff (engineering, surveying, environmental, GIS, drafting, inspection, and permitting), to include hiring, termination and discipline recommendations.
Provides mentoring and direction to Engineering Intern.
Coordinates projects with consultants, departmental staff, other County departments, and regulatory agencies (local, state, and federal) for projects in the design/permitting stage.
Reviews engineering consultants’ plans & specifications; ensures standards and deadlines are met.
Maintains project management checklists, ensuring completion of necessary components.
Manages the design and inspection for all county water and sewer projects.
Oversees surveying operations, drafting, and inspections.
Oversees and directs GIS and mapping operations. Actively leads necessary changes to be a useful, modern tool for department-wide operations.
May be required to serves on Purchasing’s Standing Selection Committee.
Provides engineering assistance in departmental operations, such as sewer spill reporting, precautionary boil water notices, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) support.
Utilizes AutoCAD and WaterCAD for drafting and analysis as needed.
Maintains Autodesk and WaterCAD subscriptions.
Serves as the department’s primary point of contact for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and County Public Works roadway and drainage projects.
Attends pre-construction meetings, completes detailed plan reviews, coordinates design to avoid utility conflicts, prepares utility work schedules, and coordinates relocations, as needed.
Ensures compliance with the FDOT Utility Accommodation Manual (UAM).
Prepares detailed cost estimates and time schedules for construction projects.
Performs a lead role in grant management, reporting, and administration. Reviews and approves contractors’ and consultants’ task orders, invoices, and change orders.
Oversees and directs the acquisition of easements and deeds for construction and maintenance of water and sewer utilities and facilities.
Assists in defining and prioritizing projects in the department’s capital improvement plan (CIP), as well as long-term and strategic planning.
Reviews and provides recommended changes to the Water and Sewer Standard Specifications, Design Manual, and Standard Details.
Prepares agenda items for Board of County Commissioners meetings.
Researches options to resolve water and wastewater problems within the county; conducts water and wastewater studies.
Provides engineering and construction direction to the general public and county staff on water and sewer utility issues.
Must be able to meet work schedule and attendance standards.
Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience managing projects through design and permitting, preferably in the field of water and wastewater, three (3) years of which shall be acquired in a supervisory capacity, preferably for a governmental utility; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience in AutoCAD, surveying, and GIS preferred. Must be a Florida registered Professional Engineer, or must be registered in another state with the ability to acquire certification as a Professional Engineer in Florida within twelve (12) months of hire. Must be computer literate. Must possess a valid driver license.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Physical Requirements: Must be able to reach, extending hand(s) in any direction. Must be able to exert over 100 pounds of force occasionally, 20 to 100 pounds of force frequently, and 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Requires walking and standing over rough and uneven surfaces. Must be able to ascend and/or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps and the like, using feet and legs or hands and arms. Must be able to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Must be able to bend legs at knees to come to rest on knee(s). Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending legs and spine. Must be able to move about on hands and knees or hands and feet. Must be able to reach, extending hand(s) in any direction. Must be able to work for sustained periods of exposure to outside atmospheric conditions. Is exposed to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gasses and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin. Is exposed to possible bodily injury from electrical shock, extreme environmental conditions, explosions, chemicals/toxic agents, pathogenic substances, hazardous wastes, insects, reptiles, rodents and vehicular traffic.
Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information; includes receiving assignments and/or directions from supervisors; includes giving of information, explanations, and/or directions to others. Requires the ability to tactfully and effectively interact with the public and with co-workers. Clear, thorough, and straightforward explanations are expected, both verbal and written. Writing skills are required to be excellent.
Language Ability: Requires the ability to read Standard English. Requires the ability to read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, work orders, logs, technical data, etc. Requires the ability to use the computer and to prepare reports, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Must be able to speak with clarity, voice control, and confidence and to articulate information to others.
Intelligence: Requires the intellectual ability to successfully manage approximately 25 projects at any given time – projects that are at different stages and different levels of complexity – by proper prioritization, organizational tactics, and great judgement. Requires the ability to apply principles of common sense understanding to carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions; to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in or from standardized situations; to make independent judgments in the absence of supervisor; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in Standard English and in a variety of technical languages used within the parameters of the job.
Numerical Aptitude: Must be able to add and subtract totals, multiply and divide, calculate percentages and decimals.
Forms/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.
Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using automated office equipment.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items including automated office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions or individuals in the industry that are unreasonable or incompetent. Requires patience and understanding of people. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with an emergency or tight deadline. Avoids violent behavior and any other type of behavior that could threaten the safety of other employees or the public.
Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear; (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to hear and understand communications through telephone and radio.
Okaloosa County Water & Sewer is mid size utility with 134 employees in the panhandle of Florida. We service 37,000 water accounts and 34,000 sewer accounts with 21 wells, 19 water tanks, 466 miles of water distribution mains and 52 miles of water service lines, 3,980 fire hydrants, 150 liftstations, and 3 Water Reclamation Facilities.