Water Quality Program Coordinator

City of Hillsboro
150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon
Job Type
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The City of Hillsboro’s Water Department provides water to over 90,000 customers and is a partner and the managing agency for the Joint Water Commission, which serves over 400,000 customers in Washington County, Oregon. The Water Resources Division is a dedicated and efficient team of professionals that are passionate about effectively managing the City's water supply and finding collaborative solutions. We value teamwork, humor, and respect.

About this Role
The Water Quality Program Coordinator works collaboratively with all Divisions of the Water Department, the Joint Water Commission, and the Barney Reservoir Joint Ownership Commission to ensure regulatory compliance for all four community water systems managed by the City of Hillsboro. In addition, this position supervises the department's 4-person Water Quality Section within the Water Resources Division who work together to monitor water quality in reservoirs, streams, drinking water treatment plants, and drinking water distribution systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversees the monitoring and reporting programs for Safe Drinking Water Act compliance of four public water systems.
  • Supervises a team of four water quality field and project staff.
  • Supervises programs to monitor water quality in reservoirs, streams, drinking water treatment plants, and drinking water distribution systems for a wide variety of water quality parameters, including Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, cyanotoxins and algal blooms, and unregulated contaminants,
  • Provides high level program management and oversight; ensures that the section's projects meet objectives, timelines, and budgets.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance for Hillsboro Water's public water systems through federal and state regulations; oversees multiple investigative sampling programs for unregulated contaminants.
  • Supports the Resource's Division Senior Program Manager and Water Resource's Program and Support Manager in the development and integration of a second water supply for Hillsboro Water, the Willamette Water Supply System.
  • Responds to public information requests, inquiries, and complaints; mediates and resolves concerns.
  • Expands data reporting and information sharing for the group.
  • Supports the development of regulatory compliance plans for new and updated regulations, such as the LCRR/LCRI and PFAS.
  • Facilitates group meetings for water quality activities with partner agencies.

Acceptable Experience and Training
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Natural Resources, Biology, Environmental Science and Management, Chemistry, Engineering, Hydrology, Geography, or a closely related field and five years of related experience with three years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Must obtain an Oregon Boater Education card within three months of employment.

The ideal candidate will have experience with management and assessment of water quality monitoring programs, including experience in water quality, drinking water regulations, hydrology, source water protection, etc. The successful candidate must be able to perform and adapt to shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment using creative problem solving and strong team building skills.

Traits for Success

  • The ability to effectively lead teams, prioritize work, and develop the skills of staff members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary for this position, including the ability to communicate and work successfully with many types of groups including professionals and the public.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service.
  • Experience supervising regulatory monitoring and reporting compliance programs to ensure a high standard of public health and service.
  • Strong data management and reporting skills.
  • Experience researching and analyzing regulations and rising issues, preparing reports, and giving presentations.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Experience working with regulatory agencies for reporting and compliance needs.

To read more about the responsibilities and scope of the duties of this position read the classification description: Water Program Coordinator

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