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last updated: July 6, 2015
Confidential Position Profile
Title: Chief Executive Officer
On June 12, 2015, leases of the regional water and sewerage facilities between the City of Detroit and the GLWA were approved and executed. GLWA will assume management and operational responsibility for the current Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) regional system upon the completion of a number of condition precedents to the GLWA's Effective Date. Detroit will lease to GLWA approximately 400 miles of regional water mains and 360 miles of regional sewer pipes, five water filtration plants, the Jefferson Avenue Sewage Treatment Plant, and a number of retention basins and pump stations. In exchange, GLWA will allocate $50 million per year of GLWA system revenue requirements to a fund to be used by the City of Detroit to pay for Detroit local system improvements, for debt service on bonds issued to fund Detroit local system improvements, or for the City's share of debt service incurred to fund regional system improvements
As part of this agreement, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) will retain responsibility for retail water and sewer service delivery in Detroit and serve as the GLWA's Agent for Detroit retail rate setting, customer billing and collections. Similarly, GLWA's wholesale customers will retain responsibility for managing and operating their own local water/sewer systems and the billing and collections systems for their residents.
DWSD employs approximately 1,400 people today and it is anticipated that some of these people will stay with DWSD and others will be offered employment with GLWA. In this context, it is noteworthy that recent DWSD leadership has reduced staffing levels from 2,102 in 2011 to 1,358 in 2015 as part of a continuing optimization program. Staffing reductions, effected largely through attrition, have been accomplished with implementation of revised job classifications and requirements, staff training, and revised work rules. DWSD has executed Collective bargaining Agreements with nine (9) bargaining units; the minority of remaining represented employees work under City Employment Terms (CETs).
GLWA will be assigned approximately $5.8 billion of outstanding indebtedness of which approximately $ 0.5 billion are State Revolving Fund loans. The remaining senior and subordinate revenue bond debt is currently rated: BBB+ by S&P, Ba2 by Moody's, and BBB-/BB+ by Fitch. One of the condition precedents to the Effective Date of the Authority is a ratings confirmation at levels at least as high as those of the current DWSD bonds.
DWSD had an extensive history of regulatory non-compliance, litigation, and financial challenges. Issues related to regulatory noncompliance involved 37 years of federal district court oversight due to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Litigation included challenges to DWSD's water and sewer rates charged to wholesale customers. Financial challenges have included, among other things, significant write-offs due to troubled capital projects and financial transactions. In 2011, these challenges precipitated federal district court orders to establish DWSD's Purchasing, Human Resource, Law and Finance divisions, independent from the City of Detroit.
Since 2011, the Department's performance with respect to these most acute challenges has improved markedly. Regulatory compliance is now a fundamental part of DWSD operations. Further improvements are anticipated with the completion in 2016 of a biosolids management facility under a design-build-operate contract. The Department has a successful wholesale customer outreach program through which capital planning; budgeting and rate setting are accomplished through a collaborative process, setting aside years of acrimonious litigation. Independent projections of financial performance, conducted in conjunction with the GLWA lease negotiation process, indicate the GLWA will have adequate resources to meet its all its obligations, including those required under the GLWA –City of Detroit lease and arising out of the City's bankruptcy Plan of Adjustment.
THE GLWA CEO position represents a unique opportunity to advance the economic recovery of the southeastern Michigan region by helping provide effective, efficient water and sewerage services, now under a new regional governance structure.
The ongoing responsibilities include the following:
Union Sanitary District seeks top-notch candidates for a challenging opportunity to provide important environmental compliance services to industries, commercial facilities and the general public in Fremont, Newark and Union City.
Incumbents inspect industrial and commercial facilities for compliance with federal, state and local regulations and permit conditions related to pretreatment, pollution prevention, and urban runoff requirements. Inspectors provide education and outreach to the permitted and general business community. Inspectors take follow-up action, including appropriate enforcement actions which comply with the District's Enforcement Response Plan.
The Ideal Candidate
The EC Inspector II requires two years' college with major course work in chemistry, biology, environmental science or a closely related field AND one year of relevant experience such as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Laboratory Analyst in a wastewater treatment plant, or technician in sampling, inspecting, enforcing, or chemical testing relating to environmental control. An additional year of relevant experience may be substituted for one year of college. Experience directly related to a pretreatment program is highly desirable. Must obtain California Water Environment Association Grade I Industrial Waste Inspector Certificate within 24 months of appointment to position.
The EC Inspector III requires two years' college with major course work in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a closely related field AND two years experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector II at the District or its equivalent. Experience directly related to a pretreatment program is highly desirable. Must obtain California Water Environment Association Grade II Industrial Waste Inspector Certificate within 24 months of appointment to position.
Candidates who are best qualified will be invited to the Written Exam on Monday, July 20, 2015; candidates whose score qualifies them for further consideration will be invited to a Qualifications Appraisal Interview (oral panel) on Tuesday, July 28, 2015; finalist interviews will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Candidates who qualify for the Qualifications Appraisal Interview (QAI) will be required to provide a criminal background history prior to receiving an invitation to the QAI. Candidates must respond within 2 days of receiving the request for background information in order to be invited to the next step. Convictions do not automatically disqualify one for continuation in the selection process.
Finalists must provide references and a DMV report to show proof of insurability. Before appointment to the position, the candidate must pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
Union Sanitary District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Voted one of the top 20 small companies to work for in Illinois, American Bottoms Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, a municipal treatment facility in metro-east St Louis, Illinois, is seeking an environmental, chemical, industrial or civil engineer to direct the Pretreatment Program. Responsibilities include pretreatment permitting, inspections and compliance assurance activities.
Requirements - Engineering degree is required with 3-5 years of experience in water or wastewater technology preferred. Experience with environmental regulations is desirable. A valid driver's license is required. All offers are contingent on results of drug testing prior to employment. No sponsorship provided.
Go to AmericanBottoms.com to apply and for additional information
The hard-working individual we need for our team will be the lead engineer on the hydraulics aspects of projects and on operational issues with pumping and metering systems.
$26.91 - $34.42 Hourly
The Municipality of Anchorage has an excellent opportunity with career growth potential in Industrial Pretreatment to protect the pristine environment of the "Last Frontier".
AWWU is expanding the Environmental Compliance Section with career growth potential in Industrial Pretreatment, Wastewater Permitting, Drinking Water Regulations, Water Quality Standards and Air Permitting.
Alaska's "Last Frontier" offers a once in a lifetime experience for Outdoor Adventure, Recreation, Boating, Fishing and Hunting opportunities.
AWWU is the largest water and wastewater utility in Alaska serving over 236,000 residents in communities of Anchorage, Eagle River and Girdwood. AWWU employs 286.5 people and spends approximately $86 million annually to operate the water and wastewater systems.
Minimum Qualifications / Substitutions / Preferences
NOTE: Document on the application experience related to (i.e. "Inspection", "Code Enforcement", "Permitting") in the Industrial Pretreatment field. When completing the "Job Specific Supplemental Questions", determine the years of technical engineering experience as Industrial Pretreatment related duties (Inspections, Permitting and Code Enforcement). Determine the years of experience as an Engineering Technician II level with the Municipality or elsewhere based on Industrial Pretreatment related duties (Inspections, Permitting and Code Enforcement)
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent and three (3) years technical level engineering experience in one or more of the following fields: Drafting, Surveying, Inspection, Materials Testing, Plan Review, Permitting, Computerized Mapping, Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Traffic Signal Control, Code Enforcement, or a related field which included one (1) year of experience at the Engineering Technician II level with the Municipality or equivalent elsewhere.
Must possess a valid State of Alaska Driver's License.
Must become certified as a Municipal Code Enforcement Officer within six (6) months of hire.
Apply at: http://www.muni.org/jol EOE
Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District, Sausalito, CA
The City of Wichita, KS, Public Works & Utilities Department seeks qualified candidates for the position of Plant Operator for the Sewage Treatment Division. Starting pay $17.1215 to $20.3521 per hour, DOQ. 2nd shift, 4 pm to 12 am.
Examples of work performed include but are not limited to:
Requirements of work are:
Three years of experience or training in the performance of mechanical maintenance tasks, preferably related to sewage treatment. An equivalent combination of experience and training may be considered. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, including drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.
To apply visit, www.wichita.gov, Employment, by June 19, 2015, for first consideration. EOE. Veteran's preference.
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- Utility Leadership Conference & 45th Anniversary Annual Meeting
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