The Director of Field Operations reports to the General Manager, Tom Hennig. The Director of Field Operations is responsible to plan, organize, coordinate and direct the operations and maintenance of water, wastewater and drainage functions of the District; to supervise, train and evaluate staff; to coordinate the construction and maintenance work of outside contractors.
The Director Provides direct supervision over Chief Plant Operator and Utility Supervisor.
The Director will also be expected to:
Plan, organize, coordinate and direct a wide variety of water distribution and treatment, wastewater collection systems and treatment plant operations, flood control and drainage, raw water and treated effluent storage, including operation and maintenance of earth-filled dams, drainage systems, levees, lakes and reservoirs, construction and maintenance, functions of the District.
Direct and participate in the development of goals, objectives, rules, policies and operating procedures for field operations.
Prepare departmental budget requests and control expenditures; coordinate the activities of the department with other District departments.
Maintain water rights permits and oversees preparation of periodic reports to Federal and State, county and local agencies.
Prepare cost estimates and specifications for outside contract work including Capital Improvements Projects.
Coordinate and routinely inspect construction and maintenance work performed by contractors.
Establish and oversee comprehensive programs for preventive maintenance, work safety, training and energy conservation.
Approve the requisition of materials, supplies, and equipment.
Attend meetings of the District Board of Directors; prepare detailed staff reports and make presentations to the Board.
Provide technical information, advice, and consultation to the District Board and General Manager on water, wastewater, and drainage activities or problems
Direct the preparation and prepare a variety of reports related to operations, functions, and activities.
Respond to sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints concerning operations and activities.
Serve on District or community committees as assigned.
Develop long range strategic and financial goals for the department.
In order to be successful in the position of Director of Field Operations, candidates must possess the following personal characteristics and attributes:
Leadership – Ability to assign, review, plan, coordinate and guide the work of other employees; recommend the transfer, promotion, salary increase, discipline or discharge of staff; evaluate the work of employees and prepare performance appraisals; promote staff development and motivation and to train staff; analyze problems that arise in the areas under supervision and recommend solutions; preparation procedures and processes for tracking and evaluating the budget through the year.
Understanding of Technical Issues - Specific knowledge of the principles and methods of water distribution, water treatment, and wastewater treatment, collections, operations and maintenance. Knowledge of the principles of organization and management; principles of supervision, training, and effective personnel management; budgetary and job costing practices. Familiarity of safety programs and practices related to the control and use of hazardous materials and substances, confined space entry and related safety issues. Knowledge of energy conservation programs and Familiarity and ability to comprehend and apply applicable Federal, State, county and local environmental regulations.
Management Skills – Ability to use independent judgment in fairly non-routine situations, such as, but not limited to: water leaks, calculating anticipated revenue and/or expenditures and ensuring adequate supervision of programs.
Supervisor Skills - Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices; Operation, administration, policies and procedures relating to governmental administration and finance; operate a computer at a skill level and with the degree of accuracy to meet job requirements; data management including word processing, spreadsheet and data base principles; Methods of preparing and monitoring annual budgets.
Organization Skills Including Ability to Multi-Task – A highly disciplined and organized technical professional, able to handle and prioritize multiple projects. A self-starter that is able to anticipate and deal with a wide-array of operational needs.
Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Ability to work with and communicate clearly with various Federal, State, County and local regulatory agencies, build and maintain a good working relationship with the applicable agencies.
Bachelors of Science degree in civil/environmental engineering, public/business administration, chemistry, natural sciences or related field.
Four (4) years effective Water and Wastewater utility administration experience including supervision, budget preparation, personnel management, operations and maintenance analysis, and analytical report preparation including two (2) years in a supervisory or management capacity.
License and/or Certificates
Possession of the category of a current California Driver's license required by the State Department of Motor Vehicles to perform the essential duties of the Continued maintenance of a valid driver's license, insurability, and compliance with established District vehicle operation standards are conditions of continuing employment.
Possession and maintenance of a Grade 3 Wastewater Plant Operator's Certificate of Competence issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board within 18 months of entering this position is required.
Possession and maintenance of a Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate required by the California Department of Health Services within 18 months of entering this position is required
Possession and maintenance of a Grade 1 Laboratory Certificate issued by either the CWEA or the AWWA.
Possession and maintenance of a Grade 1 Collection System Maintenance Certificate issued by either the CWEA or AWWA.
Possession of California Department of Pesticide Regulation – Qualified Applicator’s certification for aquatics, roadsides & right-of-ways, and sewer collection root control.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
CalPERS retirement of 2.0% at 55 for classic members, 2.0% at 62 for new members, and medical, dental, and vision benefits.
About Rancho Murieta Community Services District
The Rancho Murieta Community Services District provides water, wastewaster, drainage, solid waste collection and security services to the private, gated community of Rancho Murieta, which is nestled below the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is ideally located 25 miles from downtown Sacramento and 16 miles from Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova.