Sewer Transmission Systems Maintenance Supervisor

City of Tacoma Published: 8/8/2019
Tacoma, United States
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In the Environmental Services Department, we believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.  The union-represented position of Sewer Transmission Systems Maintenance Supervisor is an important role in fulfilling this purpose.

This position will be responsible for supervisory duties for sewer transmission maintenance activities and will oversee and establish work priorities and assignments for multi-skilled work crews and special construction projects.   Incumbent is responsible for monitoring and ensuring project completion by providing supervision and guidance to area leads and work crews; prioritizing and estimating time and costs; developing, recommending and implementing modifications or revisions to existing operating procedures and performance standards.

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team!

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to review reports and data and provide analysis and track trends
  • Outgoing, positive personality who enjoys leading teams and developing the skills of subordinates
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
  • Personally motivated– an ambitious and committed self-starter
  • Strong leadership skills and team building abilities - someone who leads by example

The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.  Qualifications: An equivalent combination to:

Graduation from high school or vocational school
Three years experience supervising field maintenance and construction personnel in a wastewater or surface water industry setting,

Six years experience in a journey-level craft or engineering field, including three years as a lead supervising journey-level craft trades.

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.  Knowledge & Skills: KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Materials, methods, practices, tools and equipment used in maintenance and construction
  • Occupational hazards and safety regulations
  • Record-keeping techniques
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training
  • Operation of various tools, equipment and machinery used in maintenance and repair work


  • Direct and Assist in the operations, maintenance and repair of the City's sewage and storm drain system
  • Perform field inspections, address safety issues and ensure compliance with safety regulations, enforcing all policies and procedures
  • Plan and schedule sewer transmission system maintenance and construction work
  • Establish and maintain harmonious relationships with City officials, employees and the general public
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Use computerized information management system for generating work orders, assisting in maintenance plan creation, reports and reviewing system maintenance and equipment history
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Effectively analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Train and provide work direction to others, coach and mentor peers and subordinates
  • Assign and review the work of other
  • Proficiency in basic computer navigation and electronic data management
 Selection Process & Supplemental Information:
Our City:

With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world.  Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process:
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions scored as the Experience and Training Test for this position.  This is your TEST, these questions will be scored by subject matter experts on the basis of information provided; therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training.  Providing false information will result in disqualification. Those who pass the Experience and Training test with a minimum score of 70% or higher will be placed on an Eligible List for hiring consideration for a period of one year. Any vacancy that comes up within the one year period of time will draw from candidates on the Eligible List for potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and reference check.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local Union PTE 17.  Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

A nine-month probationary period must successfully be completed prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.


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