Water Operations Manager

Eugene Water & Electric Board Published: 7/2/2019
Eugene, Oregon
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The Water Operations Manager reports to the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible to plan and manage activities of EWEB's Water system to ensure quality, reliability and continuity of services through oversight of routine and non-routine operations and operational support functions.  The selected candidate will be charged with several key strategic initiatives, including the implementation of community emergency water stations, Smart Meter implementation, and development of a second water source.

This leadership role will manage a team of approximately 80 employees through direct reports overseeing the following functions:  Engineering, Treatment, Meter, Pumping, Control, Transmission, Distribution, Construction and Maintenance.

Operations Managers are also responsible for:

  • Long and short term planning and execution of work related to capital improvement projects, work asset management; engineering master plans and, emergency response and operational resiliency efforts
  • Establishing operational performance indicators, monitoring progress against plans and directing adjustments as necessary
  • Ensuring operations are appropriately resourced in terms of both financial and human capital.  Ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and that work is conducted in accordance with EWEB safety standards, Board and organizational policies and guidelines, and occupational best-practices.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of and direct experience in:

  • Reading and interpreting engineering plans
  • Managing capital projects, including creating budget projections and tracking and adjusting costs
  • Creating and managing contracts and inter-governmental agreements desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience associated with regulatory requirements for municipal water treatment and distribution.
  • Experience with large scale O&M construction projects and associated resource requirements.

For additional details on responsibilities and competency expectations, please view the position description here.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), one of the oldest publicly owned utilities in the Northwest, was founded in 1911.  Today, EWEB is Oregon's largest customer-owned utility serving approximately 200,000 people in the greater Eugene and McKenzie Valley areas.  Each year, EWEB is responsible for delivering 7.5 billion gallons of drinking water and 4.5 million megawatt-hours of electricity.  EWEB serves a city that is known for its dedication to action and self-sufficiency.  Our vision is to be a local utility that inspires our customer-owners to invest in and rely on us.

EWEB offers employees a progressive work culture devoted to providing excellent public service. Our employees work in a fast-paced environment where creativity, innovation, involvement, teamwork and professional development are supported and encouraged. EWEB is also committed to providing a work environment conducive to the safety, health, and well-being of its workforce, and offers great benefits, including but not limited to health care, vacation and sick leave, pension, holidays, and employee credit union.

EWEB takes pride in our commitment to diversity and inclusion among our employees. We embrace and value differences of culture, education, experience, physical ability and unique perspectives in our workplace. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. Attracting, retaining and advancing talent from all sources strengthens our bond with the multifaceted community we serve.

Minimum Training and Experience Required

Minimum Experience:   Ten years of progressively responsible work experience in utility operations, which includes five years of direct supervision and at least three years of divisional management over multiple operational groups OR an equivalent combination of professional, senior, lead, or project management experience may satisfy the management requirement.  Public works or publicly owned utility experience highly desirable.

Education:  Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a directly related technical field or an equivalent combination of education or journey-level certification plus additional job related experience may be qualifying.

Professional license or registration:  Oregon State Water Distribution or Treatment Operator III/IV Certification or a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon highly desirable. May Serve as the Direct Responsible Charge (Requires WDIV Certification).


For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.eweb.org/about-us/career-opportunities