Water Plant Manager

City of Everett Published: 5/8/2019
Everett, Washington
Job Type
Job Post Expires On


$8,395 - $10,919/Month | Plus a comprehensive benefit package

The City of Everett is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong leadership skills for the appointive position of Water Plant Manager. We are committed to hiring a Water Plant Manager that exemplifies the vision, mission and core values of our City.

Under the direction of the Operations Superintendent, provide administrative manage the drinking water treatment facility enabling efficient operations in a 24/7/365 environment. Responsibilities include supervising water treatment plant operations and maintenance functions, including oversight of drinking water production facilities to ensure compliance with all federal, state, county and city laws, regulations, codes and policies. Responsible for applying knowledge of water treatment and supply, using sound management skills to plan, organize, and direct water treatment plant activities. This includes developing short-term and long-range operations and maintenance plans and budgets, directing personnel, and ensuring division funds, personnel, facilities, equipment and time are used efficiently and economically to accomplish short and long term goals. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and effectiveness of plant and facilities operations. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, technical, administrative and bargaining unit employees.

  • Coordinate and manage plant improvement and/or maintenance division-level operations including such activities as supervision of field staff and crews who are engaged in plant and facility maintenance, asset and maintenance management systems, laboratory management, and operations.
  • Organize, direct, control, monitor and perform treatment plant and pump station routine and emergency work. Analyze and solve complex operations and maintenance problems.
  • Ensure staff complies with all applicable safety regulations and with all City and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities and analyze situations to develop a course of action to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Develop and implement emergency response plans and communications procedures to ensure proper coordination of plant operations/repair activities in the event of natural disasters or unscheduled disruption of utility services.
  • Coordinate watershed and water supply functions, such as operations with the Snohomish County PUD, and collaborate with other agencies and other City staff and departments. Communicate, plan and coordinate water production activities and resources with other work groups.
  • Communicate management decisions, policies and programs to plant personnel. Communicate the goals and philosophies of the Public Works Department to customers, outside agencies and other city departments.
  • Prepare and/or review and submit reports of various data for presentation to both internal and external customers. Review, approve, and/or submit monthly reports on plant operations regarding water quality and health to the appropriate agencies.
  • Prepare, implement and track annual water filtration and source budgets. Assist in the development of division operating and maintenance budgets and grant applications as required.
  • In coordination with the Operations Superintendent, address a variety of personnel needs and issues, including hiring, training, scheduling, work-flow methods and procedures, documentation of leave use, monitoring overtime, providing on-going performance feedback to employees and completing annual written performance evaluations for subordinate personnel.
  • Work closely with staff to set goals, standards, and expectations, and provide leadership to ensure the work and goals of the division are performed in conformance with established standards, specifications, and practices for shared resources, asset management, training, and maintenance activities and programs. Prioritize work crews, materials and equipment to accomplish work assignments efficiently.
  • Supervise and assist staff with questions, complaints and requests and determine staff needs; coach staff in team concepts for sustained and improved performance. Train, assign and evaluate the technical work of personnel; discipline personnel as appropriate according to established City policies and procedures.
  • Provide leadership techniques that create a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans.
  • Manage a variety of manual and computerized records i.e., chemical supplies, parts and equipment inventories, telemetry readings, water quality activities, preventative maintenance schedules, etc.
  • Estimate timelines, employee hours and amount and types of materials or equipment needed for effective plant operation. Analyze and evaluate actual expenditures in accordance with established budgets.
  • Direct subordinate staff to insure compliance with all applicable safety regulations. Determine which regulations apply to affected work groups. Inspect plant operations to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes and standards.
  • Manage a variety of manual and computerized records i.e., chemical supplies, parts and equipment inventories, telemetry readings, water quality activities, preventative maintenance schedules, including those related to all plant operations and maintenance and regulatory reporting needs.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for proper operations of the plant and facilities. Performs project management responsibilities for plant lead initiatives or projects, including managing contracts, vendors, and consultants.
  • Follow established purchasing rules and completes required paperwork to acquire goods and services in the most economical method possible; and prepares and reviews specifications for new equipment and materials.
  • Develop, monitor and manage cost of plant operations and maintenance; and perform cost analyses as needed. Research and analyze transactions to resolve budget problems, ensure financial controls and requirements are met and furnish internal reports regarding financial information.
  • Assist the Superintendent on planning efforts that includes annual budgeting, capital programs, staffing plans, facility plans, and maintenance and repair needs and completion.
  • Participate on capital project teams, which includes project identification, defining project scopes, providing needed data to engineers, reviewing plans and specifications, coordinating and gathering inputs from plant operations and maintenance staff, and working directly with consultants and engineers.
  • Read and interpret mechanical, electrical and engineering specifications, schematics and diagrams to troubleshoot and resolve systems and equipment malfunctions and needed repairs.
  • Inspect facilities for maintenance and repair needs and fire, safety and health hazards. Respond to emergency and off-hour situations as required.


Perform related work and special projects as assigned.
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are essential and critical to successful performance in this position:

Knowledge of:

  • Thorough knowledge of water treatment filtration techniques, principles and operations, supply systems, facilities, and equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of and of modern utility installation, construction, and repair methods and materials. Knowledge must be sufficient to manage a treatment facility and staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic theory and application, and possess the ability to instruct others in applying that knowledge to water treatment operations and other diverse requirements of the operator's job.
  • Thorough knowledge of all local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations, ordinances, codes, policies and procedures, drinking water and environmental regulations, to include the regulatory process at local, state and federal levels.
  • Thorough knowledge of water quality and safety sufficient to monitor compliance. Knowledge of safety procedures and the use of all safety equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic theory and application.
  • Basic engineering procedures as well as equipment, methods and materials used in water treatment processes.
  • Research techniques.
  • Personnel management policies, procedures, practices, principles, and regulatory guidance concerning personnel issues. Motivation methods, conflict resolution principles and problem solving techniques.
  • Statistical record keeping.
  • Municipal systems including finance and accounting, civil service procedures, union contracts and roles of other city departments.
  • Occupational hazard and safety procedures of water treatment facilities.

Skill Level:

  • Management and team building skills including supervisory, instruction, problem analysis and decision making, planning and organizing, adaptability/flexibility, stress tolerance and time management.
  • Superior customer service skills required including a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external contacts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other departments, city staff, city officials, regulatory agencies and the public.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proficient research and documentation skills.
  • Proficient in the use of office equipment including personal computers and related software applications to include maintenance management programs.

Ability to:

  • Manage, organize, direct and coordinate the work of Department supervisory, professional, technical, clerical and temporary staff.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate personnel.
  • Build effective work teams committed to organizational goals.
  • Resolve conflicts and negotiate efficiently.
  • Review statistical data and identify future trends; make recommendations based on analysis of data.
  • Make rapid and sound decisions in the event of extraordinary situations such as equipment malfunctions, water quality, or power outages, to ensure the quality of finished water and to protect public health.
  • Write and summarize detailed and complex information in simple terms for communication to various audiences.
  • Develop and write operational policies and procedures.
  • Work effectively on several projects concurrently and with specific deadlines and work well under stress.
  • Read and interpret schematics, prints and schedules.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other city staff, and the public.
  • Relate to others in a professional, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Maintain a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Proactively address potential employee issues.
  • Promote diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the workplace and the community.

A combination of education and related experience may substitute for education requirements.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Water/Wastewater, Mathematics, Physics or a related field, advanced degree preferred, and
  • 8 years related experience with 4 years management/supervisory experience in water treatment/filtration operations to include experience with process control equipment.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain Washington State Water Distribution Manager Grade IV certification.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain Washington State Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade IV certification.

Application materials may be accessed via http://www.everettwa.gov/careers. All applicants are required to complete and submit (1) the standard City of Everett Application Form, (2) upload a cover letter clearly detailing applicant’s relevant work experience and training, and (3) upload a résumé (not to exceed two pages). Completed applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, to be considered in the initial review.

FILING OPENS: August 05, 2019

FILING CLOSES: Open Until Filled



The City of Everett requires new hires to establish identity and employment authorization in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. THE CITY OF EVERETT VALUES A DIVERSE WORKFORCE. THE CITY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF SEX, DISABILITY, RACE, COLOR, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERAN OR MILITARY STATUS, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.