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Director of Collection System Operations

Effective: 04/01/10
Range: M-20
Respirator Class: 3


Manage the Collection System Operations Department of the District; assist the General Manager in the overall formulation and administration of District programs and activities in close cooperation with the Board of Directors; perform special managerial duties as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receive general direction from the General Manager.

Exercise direct and general supervision over professional and technical personnel in the Collection System Operations Department.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage the Collection System Operations Department of the District, making independent decisions as necessary. Set objectives such as develop and maintain a regulatory compliance strategy, organize the department to implement the strategy, motivate and communicate, measure results, develop staff skills, and keep the department focused on the District’s goals.
  • Manage departmental Human Resources matters including training programs, evaluations, promotions, selections, dismissals, transfers, and disciplinary actions.
  • Take an active part in the establishment of District policies, standards, and procedures, and assist in long range planning.
  • Prepare/review/appraise reports and position papers and submit appropriate materials to administration or the Board of Directors for necessary action or regulatory agencies.
  • Administer the fiscal affairs of the department including preparation of the annual budget and control of expenditures.
  • Responsible for maintaining an effective safety program.
  • Assist the District’s Safety and Risk Management Division with negotiations to resolve claims arising from collection system operations, stoppages, overflows, and vehicle incidents.
  • Coordinate work of the department with other departments; promote teamwork and consensus building.
  • Review department-related correspondence and prepare responses.
  • Coordinate and direct, through subordinate supervisors, all investigations, studies, research, analyses, programs, projects, and operations and maintenance assigned to or being a responsibility of the department.
  • Confer with the public and representatives of other agencies; maintain positive community relations.
  • Represent the District at public and professional meetings in regard to present and future projects and various District matters.
  • Hold departmental staff meetings delegating responsibilities and authority to various personnel and divisions of the department.
  • Arrange for the services of consultants and oversee their work.
  • Arrange for public services as required of the department.
  • Act on behalf of the General Manager as required.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce.
  • Research and implement technological developments.
  • Review and critique designs, plans, and specifications as they affect department.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of organization, management, labor relations, personnel administration, budgeting, cost control, and staff development including and understanding the importance of authority, responsibility, accountability, and delegation.
  • Engineering principles and practices as related and applied to the design, construction, and operation of wastewater collection and pumping facilities.
  • Materials, procedures, and equipment used in construction, operations, and maintenance of wastewater collection and pumping facilities.
  • Principles of financial management, budget, and cost of operations and maintenance of wastewater collection system.
  • Local, regional, state, and federal collection system related programs.
  • Principles and practices of industrial safety regulations and guidelines.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze legal requirements, operating data, identify key issues, interpret detailed reports and contracts, know practical aspects of work, observe work practices and methods/operating facilities, problem solve interpersonal and technical problems, remember facts on operations and budget, understand complex problems/issues, and explain to others.
  • Sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk, and perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less.
  • Plan, organize, and direct the work of a comprehensive and complex department.
  • Apply engineering principles and techniques to the solution of design, operation, and maintenance problems of substantial technical difficulty.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships in the department and with other departments and divisions of the District and with persons and organizations dealing with the District.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and specifications.
  • Perceive and analyze problems correctly and take effective action.
  • Prepare budgets and control expenditures.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • At least ten years of progressively responsible operations or professional engineering experience including at least six years of which were in a management position with a publicly owned water or wastewater utility, construction firm, environmental related industry, or similar organization.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a closely related field is required. A master's degree in engineering, business administration, or public administration is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of a professional engineer license is desirable.

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