Water Operations Manager

Eugene Water & Electric Board
4200 Roosevelt Blvd, Eugene, OR
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This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close at any time without prior notice in order to proceed in the selection process. This opportunity is posting Friday, July 8, 2022, and initial application review will begin on Friday, July 22, 2022.  Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board is currently seeking a Water Operations Manager who reports to the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible to plan and manage EWEB’s Water System, including Source Water Protection; Treatment and Distribution Operations and Maintenance; Engineering; Construction; Metering; and Compliance functions.

It has never been a more exciting time to work for EWEB’s Water Division which consists of an 80 million gallon per day water treatment plant, 800 miles of distribution pipe, 26 pump stations, 22 reservoirs, numerous pressure zones serving almost 200,000 customers through both wholesale contracts and retail.  The selected candidate will serve in a leadership role, will manage a team of approximately 80 employees with approximately 7 direct reports that oversee the EWEB Water System, and will be charged with several key strategic initiatives including watershed restoration, construction of a second water treatment plant, base-level storage upgrades, and advanced meter deployment and systems implementation.

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, 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 resources and budgets for multiple work groups.
  • Large scale construction projects and associated support and resource requirements.
  • Regional, state, and federal regulatory requirements related to municipal water systems (OHA, EPA, DEQ, OWRD, NELAC, etc.).
  • Creating and managing contracts and inter-governmental agreements desirable.

The starting annual salary for this position is $119,814.69 – 171,163.75, commensurate with knowledge, skills, education, and experience as it relates to the position.

Please note:  This posting includes supplemental questions. Your responses will be scored and used to determine if you will proceed to the next step of the selection process. Please provide detailed answers to each question. Please do not reference your resume or application in your responses. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

This position is based in Eugene, Oregon and is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement involving a combination of telecommuting and working in-office based on agreement between the hiring manager and the successful candidate.


EWEB values total worker health both at work and at home and provides a robust compensation & benefits package – Read more about our benefits.    


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. We are currently one of the top three healthiest employers in Oregon and consistently rank within the top 100 healthiest employers in the nation!

Founded in 1911, EWEB is Oregon's largest customer-owned utility. We provide water and electricity to the Eugene community, as well as parts of east Springfield and the McKenzie River valley area.

As a public utility, we do not operate to earn a profit or to serve the investment needs of stockholders. Instead, EWEB is chartered by the City of Eugene to serve the interests of its citizens. We are owned by the people of Eugene and it's our job to provide reliable, affordable water and electricity for our customers.

Our mission is to enhance our community's vitality by delivering drinking water and electric services consistent with the values of our customer-owners. And our vision is to do so while being a local utility that inspires our customers to invest in and rely on us.

Our core values:

  • SAFETY: We value the physical and psychological health and safety of our workforce and the public.
  • RELIABLITY: We value the continuous, on-demand delivery of quality drinking water and electricity.
  • RESPONSIBLITY: We value the prudent and sustainable stewardship of our customers' financial and natural resources, including our impact on affordability and role in reducing the greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to climate change.
  • COMMUNITY: We value our local governance and obligation to transparently serve our community.

Why Eugene?

It’s a city big enough to boast excellent restaurants, arts, and events, but small enough to still feel like a community. It’s also easy to get out of town, making it an ideal place for lovers of outdoor activities, with world-class opportunities for fishing, rafting, bicycling, hiking, and camping. The city is just an hour to the Cascades Mountains or to the Oregon Coast, but you don’t have to leave Eugene to find nature. The Willamette River runs through the middle of the city and there are parks and trails throughout Eugene. Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is proud to have hosted the 2021 Olympic Track and Field Trials and the 2022 Track and Field World Championships. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it here!

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

Tobacco, Smoke, and Vapor - Free Campus Policy

EWEB fosters an environment promoting good health for both employees and the public. We want to enhance the quality of air, appearance, and employee health in and around EWEB facilities and equipment. Employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors may not use, distribute, or sell tobacco while participating in EWEB functions, on EWEB property, or while performing right-of-way tasks.

Other Requirements

Note: This Job Posting is intended to represent key areas of responsibility. It is not meant to be all inclusive and does not prescribe or restrict the work that may be assigned. Nothing in this description restricts EWEB's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Job descriptions may occasionally be updated, as necessary, to reflect evolving business needs.


Minimum Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible work experience in a directly related functional area, to include Source Water Protection; Treatment and Distribution Operations and Maintenance; Engineering; Construction; Metering; Compliance, or a related field, 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. Experience managing multi-disciplinary groups in a utility, construction operations, or public works is 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.

Desirable Certifications: Oregon State Water Distribution or Treatment Operator IV Certification or a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon helpful.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of experience and training that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying.

Valid driver license: Yes

Post-offer background check required: Yes

Post-offer drug test required: No

Post-offer physical / functional test required: No

Physical activities (with or without accommodation): Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking outside on uneven terrain for periods of time.

This position will also require occasional visits to the field and exposure to construction and plant locations with noise and heavy machinery.

To apply, please visit https://www.eweb.org