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Job Title Location Posted
Industrial Pretreatment Inspector Anchorage, AK 08/31
Water Quality Supervisor Pierce Cty, WA 08/31
Program Manager Albuquerque, NM 08/25
Asset Strategy Manager Laurel, MD 08/19
Superintendent – Drinking Water

Harrisburg, PA

08/17
Deputy Commissioner Flushing, NY 08/12
Manager of Process Engineering and Research Hampton Roads, VA 08/11
Counsel Washington, DC 08/11
Manager, Legislative Affairs Washington, DC 08/11
Chief Financial Officer Virginia Beach, VA 08/10
Manager of Communication & Education Services Lakewood, CA 08/06

 last updated: August 31, 2015

Job Title: Industrial Pretreatment Inspector
Posted: 08/31/2015
Closing Date:  09/28/2015 5pm Alaska Time

Job Description:

$26.91 - $34.42 Hourly
Regular / Full Time

The Municipality of Anchorage has an excellent opportunity with career growth potential in Industrial Pretreatment to protect the pristine environment of the "Last Frontier". Alaska's "Last Frontier" offers a once in a lifetime experience for Outdoor Adventure, Recreation, Boating, Fishing and Hunting opportunities.

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.
AWWU is the largest water and wastewater utility in Alaska serving over 236,000 residents in communities of Anchorage, Eagle River and Girdwood.

Duties Include:
Under the general supervision of the Environmental Compliance Advisor, perform routine technical duties and assist the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator to ensure compliance to the EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) and to meet local, state and federal requirements.

Provide support in technical duties for the Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Section. Inspection of industrial users and facilities, compliance monitoring, data compilation, maintain records, QA/QC activities, field testing and sampling, equipment maintenance, draft enforcement actions, adherence to Sewer Use Ordinance, collect information and evaluate enforcement actions, review technical documents, public education, and evaluate waste discharge compliance.

Responsible for inspection and provide support of future source control programs (such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows, FOG, Dental Amalgam, Food Establishments, etc) using various software applications. Represent the Municipality to regulatory agencies, industrial users, and stakeholders. Assist the Environmental Compliance Advisor and provide support to the Coordinator to maintain records and ensure compliance with existing and new regulatory programs.

Other related duties as assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications / Substitutions / Preferences

NOTE: To meet minimum qualifications, document in your application the following experience.
"Three (3) years technical level engineering experience" in fields related to Environmental Compliance with the NPDES program. In the Supplemental Questionnaire on question #4, mark the years that corresponds to this experience.

"A related field which included one (1) year experience at the Engineering Technician II level" examples include: Review of Environmental Regulatory Compliance documents, inspection of industrial users, compliance monitoring, data compilation, maintaining records, QA/QC activities, field sampling and testing, equipment testing, equipment maintenance, draft enforcement actions, public education or evaluating waste discharges. In the Supplemental Questionnaire on question #6, mark the years that corresponds to this experience.

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.

Substitution:
Post-secondary education in the fields listed above, or a related field may substitute on a year for year basis for up to two (2) years of the required experience.
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

 

 

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Job Title: Water Quality Supervisor
Posted: 08/31/2015
Closing Date: 

Job Description:

THIS POSITION IS BEING REOPENED!  ALL APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED MUST APPLY AGAIN TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THE POSITION.


ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Public Works and Utilities strives to support a livable Pierce County where people choose to live, work and play. Public works and utilities infrastructure, facilities and services protect the environment, improve public health and safety, contribute to economic vitality, and enhance the quality of life in our community.  Pierce County Public Works and Utilities is responsible for the maintenance, operation, preservation and improvement of 1550 miles of county roads with 145 bridges, a regional sewer system with 100 pump stations and over 700 miles of pipe, a regional stormwater system with 67 miles of levees and over 500 ponds, solid waste facilities, ferries, and airports.  Learn more about us at Public Works and Utilities 101.

 Position Summary:

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
This is highly responsible supervisory work and technical work for municipal stormwater-related projects and programs. Work includes the application of highly specialized knowledge related to municipal stormwater NPDES permit requirements for Pierce County.  These include enforcement, inspection, development standards, maintenance and operational requirements of private and County-owned facilities, source control, training, monitoring, tracking, reporting, program evaluation, data management, legal authority, and 303d listing and de-listing procedures. The current vacancy is in the Water Quality and Watersheds Section of Surface Water Management Division of the Department of Public Works; the incumbent will supervise other technical personnel of a lower grade in the application of ensuring Pierce County complies with NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Management Permit requirements; supervision and direction of the County's Illicit Discharge Discovery and Elimination program; discharge monitoring reports and sampling requirements of Industrial Stormwater General Permit and Sand and Gravel General Permit requirements for County facilities; and supervision and direction of the County's NPDES Stormwater training program.  This position is also responsible for developing standard operating procedures, providing technical assistance to County Departments for stormwater permit compliance, maintenance of County stormwater records, and tracking and reporting of Permit status to Department of Ecology and making recommendations of a policy and technical nature to management.

THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION ARE?
Assists with the administration of a major department program. Plans work to be accomplished, sets program goals, and provides input towards the development of preliminary budgets. Provides technical assistance to subordinates, County Departments, and the general public regarding policies, procedures, and status of stormwater permit implementation. Organizes, assigns, monitors, and evaluates the work of lower level technicians. Coordinates NPDES training, IDDE enforcement, and technical services for NPDES compliance.  Directs employees to ensure all conditions of contract plans and provisions are met.  Draft letters, memos, inspection reports, change orders and other written correspondence as needed to communicate and document work progress. Monitors progress for timeliness, quality and accuracy. Assists with the administration of maintenance connection database and stormwater monitoring and analysis. Prepares written reports and recommends alternative compliance methods and approaches when necessary. Participates in technical review meetings with engineering and planning staff; coordinates work or work in progress with other county employees, departments or outside agencies.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

RECRUITING REQUIREMENTS
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in science, biology, planning, public administration or related field and five or more years of related  work experience, especially in stormwater and NPDES permitting. Previous water, wastewater or stormwater experience is highly desired.  Additional education or experience may substitute for the recruiting requirements. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Union membership is required within 30 days of employment. A valid Washington State driver's license may be required when travel is required of the position. Successful completion of a Pierce County background investigation is required prior to employment.  Individuals who have been convicted of crimes (which includes a deferred sentence) involving dishonesty, fraud, theft, robbery, assault, homicide,  domestic violence, drugs, DUI and disorderly conduct within the last ten years may not meet the recruiting requirements for this position.

This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member, but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed.  To view the complete classification, click here.

Supplemental Information:

To be considered for this opportunity please:

Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.

  • If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
  • Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need. 


This is a competitive selection process.  Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.  Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce.  Pierce County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

 

 

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Job Title: Program Manager - NPDES
Posted: 08/25/2015
Closing Date: 09/21/2015

Job Description:

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is seeking a Program Manager to plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Water Authority's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) monitoring and compliance programs.

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Hydrology, Water Resources, Water Law, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or a related field, plus 7 years laboratory management/administration, environmental compliance, water utility operations, engineering or legal experience to include 4 years direct supervisory experience in a management and/or administrative capacity. Position closes on 9/21/15. Salary $67,392 - $80,537/annual. For complete requirements and to apply online, visit www.abcwua.org/employment.

EOE employer

 

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Job Title: Asset Strategy Manager (Water)
Posted: 08/19/2015
Closing Date:

Job Description:

Asset Strategy Manager (Water)

Vacancy # 16-0011 & 16-0013

Salary Range: $67,115 - $113,037

Location: Laurel, MD

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled (OUF)

WSSC, the 8th largest water and wastewater utility in the USA, seeks two
Asset Strategy Manager's for our Production and Utility Services Team. The Production Asset Strategy Manager will support the Production Teams WSSC Asset Management Program Manager in the implementation of the water or wastewater network asset management business processes and program.  The Utility Services Asset Strategy Manger will work on the development of WSSC's Water Asset Management Plans and the coordination of the Utility Services Asset Management Committee.

Specifically, the Asset Strategy Managers will perform these essential functions;

Utility Services Team Water Asset Manager

  • Undertakes management of water underground asset management implementation activities according to a work program determined by the Group Leader.
  • Ensures that the outcomes of WSSC Asset Management Program implementations meet the needs of strategic investment planning for the water underground infrastructure including the development of asset strategies and asset management plans.
  • Prepares technical and oral reports regarding the performance of the water underground infrastructure assets and tracks the effectiveness of asset management strategies in improving cost and service level performance.
  • Leads and coordinates staff responsible for the development of underground infrastructure asset strategies and the development of the Asset Management Plans, and/or Enterprise Asset Management.

 

Production Team Asset Manager

  • Manages water, wastewater, support services, and communications networks asset management implementation activities according to a work program determined by the Asset Management Program Manager.
  • Ensures that the results of WSSC Asset Management Program implementations meet the needs of strategic investment planning for the water, wastewater, support services and communications networks, including the development of asset strategies and asset management plans.
  • Provides expert advice with respect to any modifications to asset management processes and procedures within Finance, Engineering & Construction Asset Planning and Asset Solutions, Production, Utility Services, Logistics, and IT.
  • Coordinates with IT implementation staff to ensure that the WSSC Asset Management Program results for the management of water, wastewater, support services and communications networks are included in the configuration of various systems;

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business administration, public administration, or related discipline.
  • 6 years of progressively responsible technical experience in water and/or wastewater utility operations.
  • 3 years of experience managing projects..

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position requires the employee to possess and maintain a valid Class 5A Wastewater Plant Operator Certificate issued by the Maryland Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators of Maryland.
  • The position also requires that the incumbent obtain a Superintendents Certificate issued by the Board for the specific facility at which employment is held within 1 year of appointment. 
  • This is considered to be an emergency employee position and the incumbent must; therefore, report to work as scheduled under all weather conditions. 
  • The employee must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License with no more than four points.

PREFERENCES:

  • Facilities Asset Management Experience.
  • Licensed in the State of Maryland as a Professional Engineer (PE).

 

If you are interested in applying to either or both of these opportunities; please visit the WSSC website www.wsscwater.com and go to the Career Center or follow links https://wsscwater.peopleadmin.com/postings/3314 OR https://wsscwater.peopleadmin.com/postings/3302.

In addition, please disclose on our application where you saw this position.

 

 

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Job Title: Superintendent – Drinking Water
Posted: 08/17/2015
Closing Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015

Job Description:

Superintendent – Drinking Water

Capital Region Water is look for a self-driven, experienced, and organized individual with a proven track record in the management of water treatment and distribution. This professional leadership position has direct responsibility over the administration, operation, maintenance, and business functions of the Capital Region Water Drinking Water Division which includes a 20 MGD filtration/treatment plant, distribution system, pumping stations, water storage facilities and two surface water supplies including an 8,000-acre watershed, impoundment and reservoir.

Qualified Applicants will possess the following:

  • Ability to research and prepare and/or supervise the preparation of clear, concise reports and budget recommendations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all required levels, including communicating technical information to a non-technical audience both verbally and in writing.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, and environmental requirements
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Safety and Loss Control Programs, as well as Risk and Vulnerability Assessments.
  • Thorough knowledge of water treatment processes
  • Thorough knowledge of managerial, administrative, and organizational principles and practices. 
  • Familiarity with the use of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) for the daily tracking of O&M activities as well as prioritization of program improvements.  Experience with Cityworks a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, water management, public administration or related field.
  • Ten (10) years' increasingly responsible experience in the field of water treatment and distribution.
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver's license, class C, or equivalent.
  • Current Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Waterworks Operator Class A, E Subclass 1, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 certification, or ability to attain by testing or reciprocity within one year of employment.

 

Visit www.capitalregionwater.com for more information about CRW. 

If you believe you have the experience and drive to succeed in this position, please submit your cover letter with salary requirement and resume by Friday, September 11th, 2015 to:

Renee Snyder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(Electronic submission preferred)

Or

Capital Region Water
Attn: Renee Snyder
212 Locust Street, Suite 302
Harrisburg, PA 17101

 

 

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Job Title: Deputy Commissioner - Bureau of Wastewater Treatment
Posted: 08/12/2015
Closing Date: 09/10/2015

Job Description:

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT). Candidates are being sought who see this opportunity to lead a critical public health and environmentally urgent function in the most amazing city in the country as a game-changing career opportunity.

DEP is the largest municipal water and wastewater utility in North America with nearly 6,000 employees system-wide. DEP's vision is to be the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, resilient, and transparent water utility in the nation. DEP's mission is to protect public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous material pollution. The values DEP embraces in doing day-to-day work are safety, service, support, transparency, innovation, and sustainability. For more information on the DEP, please visit www.nyc.gov/dep.

Role Responsibilities include:

This position will have responsibility for making final recommendations to the Commissioner concerning:

  • Developing and managing extremely complex technical and controversial programs concerning water quality and such programs' compliance with Federal and State permits and mandates;
  • Directing and tracking the Bureau's budget and expenditures;
  • Developing alternatives and solutions to providing wastewater treatment service to customers; representing the Agency at public meetings where facilities and service issues are addressed; and establishing policies and procedures;
  • Evaluating management personnel; and,
  • Directing the preparation of statistical and narrative reports including the Annual New York Harbor Water Quality Survey and Discharge Monitoring Reports for submission to City, State, and Federal agencies in order to comply with regulatory requirements.

 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

A valid New York State License as a Professional Engineer is required. At least six years of full-time paid experience in civil, mechanical, electrical, or chemical, environmental or air pollution control engineering work, at least two years of which shall have been as an administrative engineer. Extensive experience in wastewater is preferred but not required. A New York State Grade 4A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate is desirable.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection retained Diversified Search to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent in confidence electronically to the Search Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce

 

Contact Us: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Job Title: Manager of Process Engineering and Research
Posted: 08/11/2015
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Manager of Process Engineering and Research
Hampton Roads, Virginia

HRSD is a progressive and innovative public utility serving the residents and businesses of Southeastern Virginia.  We employ talented people who take pride in doing their best for the environment and share our vision that future generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean.

Position Summary:
Serves as a technical resource for the Operations Department to ensure that HRSD treatment plants are operated to meet all permit requirements within an appropriate risk management framework

Participates in strategic planning efforts associated with meeting new regulatory requirements

Manages HRSD water technology innovation efforts, including but not limited to nutrient removal and recovery, water reuse, solids handling processes, resource recovery, advanced treatment processes, process control and automation, process modeling, and collection and conveyance systems

HRSD is a 24/7/365 operation and a traditional work schedule will not always be possible to maintain in this position.  Travel to remote work centers within the HRSD service area is required

Starting Salary Dependent Upon Qualifications

Required Qualifications, Experience and Licenses:

Doctorate in Engineering (Environmental, Chemical or Civil Engineering preferred)
Technical expertise in wastewater process technology
Minimum of 5 years experience in wastewater treatment process design, modeling, operations, and research
Minimum of 5 years project management experience
Wastewater process modeling expertise and practical experience
Experience with technical training and presentations
Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia (or ability to obtain within 2 years of employment)
Virginia Class I Wastewater Operators License (to be obtained within 2 years of employment)

Valid driver's license from state of residence

           
Desired Qualifications, Experience and Licenses:

Detailed technical expertise in solids handling processes including thickening, digestion, dewatering, and incineration

University teaching experience and experience guiding and advising graduate students

Experience dealing with regulatory agencies and requirements

Global understanding of wastewater treatment technology and practice

Board Certified Environmental Engineer

Ability to obtain appointment(s) as a university adjunct professor in the area of Environmental Engineering

 

To review the job description and apply, please visit www.hrsd.com/jobs

 

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Job Title: Counsel
Posted: 08/11/2015
Closing Date: 5pm eastern time, August 31, 2015

Job Description:

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) seeks to fill the position of Counsel. NACWA is a major non-profit environmental advocacy organization representing the views and perspectives of America's publicly owned clean water utilities. The Association's members are dedicated public servants and true environmental stewards.

The Counsel position will support and assist NACWA's General Counsel and perform legal functions for the Association. Duties include, but are not limited to: assistance in managing NACWA's litigation portfolio and implementing the Association's advocacy efforts; providing input into legislative, regulatory and communications initiatives; conducting legal research; preparing written memos, documents, policy positions, legal analyses and presentations; providing quality updates to membership on current legal developments; and assisting with membership recruitment and retention efforts.

The position requires a Juris Doctor from an accredited U.S. law school, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability and desire to work cooperatively with Association members and staff. An active license in good standing to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia is preferred; however, candidates who have taken the bar and are awaiting results will be considered. Previous legal experience is preferred but not required. NACWA offers an excellent benefits package; salary is commensurate with experience.

NACWA's offices are located in the Dupont Circle area. For more about NACWA visit the Association's website – www.nacwa.org.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before 5 p.m. eastern time on August 31, 2015.

 

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Job Title: Manager, Legislative Affairs
Posted: 08/11/2015
Closing Date: 5pm eastern time, August 31, 2015

Job Description:

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is seeking a Manager of Legislative Affairs. NACWA is a trade association representing municipal clean water and storm water agencies, the primary regulated municipal community under the Federal Clean Water Act. 

Successful candidates for the position of Legislative Manager will be responsible for coordinating and managing NACWA's day-to-day legislative agenda, including monitoring and tracking relevant legislative initiatives, attending hearings, representing NACWA's legislative agenda at stakeholder meetings and on Capitol Hill, drafting letters and testimony, and communicating NACWA's legislative activities to the Association's members.

Requirements:  College degree (minimum), 2 to 3 years work experience preferably on Capitol Hill for a Member of Congress; excellent writing, research and analysis skills (must be able to write on deadline and analyze legislative and statutory language); and an interest in environmental policy-making. 

Competitive salary based upon experience, excellent benefits and convenient location near the Dupont Circle Metro.  Interested candidates should submit a resume and writing sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than 5p.m. August 31, 2015. 

 

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Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Posted: 08/10/2015
Closing Date: August 28, 2015

Job Description:

Position:  Chief Financial Officer

The Organization:  HRSD is a progressive and innovative public utility serving the residents and businesses of Southeastern Virginia.  We employ talented people who take pride in doing their best for the environment and share our vision that future generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean. 

Expectations:  The Chief Financial Officer leads a team of financial, procurement and customer service professionals that ensure HRSD has the resources required to move and treat wastewater effectively to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads.   The Chief Financial Officer creates and sustains an organization where:

  • Everyone is treated with dignity and respect
  • Each person finds meaning in their work
  • Personal accountability is the norm
  • Each person's talent is fully applied and further developed
  • Decisions are based on appropriate risk management strategies, available data and appropriate cost-benefit analyses
  • Stewardship of resources (people, money and time) is highly valued
  • Innovation is eagerly pursued at all levels within an appropriate risk management framework
  • Communication is robust and timely in all directions
  • Partnerships are nurtured and maintained to enhance  effectiveness both internally and externally
  • Integrity in procurement and financial management is uncompromised
  • Customer interaction is efficient, effective, fair, equitable and timely
  • A strong and talented bench exists to step into every position
  • Meaningful metrics are gathered, analyzed and used beneficially

The fine print:  The Chief Financial Officer leads a staff of approximately 100 talented people responsible for all financial management, billing and collection, procurement, customer service and related  activities at HRSD that ensure HRSD has the appropriate resources at the right time to achieve its mission.  The Chief Financial Officer reports directly to the General Manager in a salaried, exempt position.  While work-life balance is important, HRSD is a 24/7/365 operation and a traditional work schedule will not always be possible to maintain in this position.  Travel to remote work centers within the HRSD service area is required.

What to bring:  A bachelor's degree is necessary as is significant (10 years) experience in progressively more responsible leadership roles in a utility, financial,  service or manufacturing environment as well as experience managing a diverse workforce.  Must be able to work in an office environment using traditional tools (computers, phones, etc.) as well as the ability to build relationships and work effectively throughout the entire organization.  A valid Virginia Drivers License is also needed. 

Nice to have:  A master's degree in business administration or a related field, CPA, experience with municipal debt.  Extensive experience working with state, local or regional government officials (appointed, elected).

 

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Job Title: Manager of Communication & Education Services
Posted: 08/06/2015
Closing Date: Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.

Job Description:

Water Replenishment District of Southern California

Manager of Communication & Education Services

THE ORGANIZATION
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) was formed in 1959 to manage the Central and West Coast groundwater basins.

WRD's mission is to provide, protect and preserve high quality groundwater through innovative, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive basin management practices for the benefit of residents and businesses of the Central and West Coast Basins.

WRD provides groundwater for four million residents (10% of the State's population) in 43 cities in a 420-square mile area of southern Los Angeles County.  WRD protects the Central and West Coast Groundwater Basins through groundwater replenishment, deterrence of seawater intrusion and groundwater contamination prevention and clean-up programs.

WRD is governed by a five-member elected Board.  It has 33 employees and an annual operating budget of $65 million.

THE POSITION
At the direction of the General Manager, the Manager of Communication & Education Services is responsible for planning and implementing communication and education programs inside and outside WRD and by managing the quality and consistency of communication, aims to increase the public's understanding and awareness of WRD while simultaneously building positive attitudes. The person in this position is responsible for ensuring the consistency and quality of organizational communications and education programs that increase understanding and awareness of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) and its mission to many different audiences, including stakeholders, customers, employees, elected officials, and the media.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Summary of Responsibilities: This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Other primary job responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop, integrate, and implement communication and education programs designed to enhance the WRD brand.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong media relationships.
  • Advance WRD's position with relevant constituents.
  • Develop and executive varied and integrated communications products including website, print publications, newsletters, online communications, media and public relations.
  • Create and launch new media and marketing.
  • Work with the General Manager to achieve organizational goals and objectives by administering the communication and education program initiatives as determined by the larger organizational strategic planning process.
  • Evaluate an integrated strategic communications & education master plan to advance WRD's brand identity and broaden awareness of its programs and priorities.
  • Refine WRD's core messages to ensure brand consistency.
  • Resolve public affairs issues.
  • Serve as executive editor for the development, production and maintenance of WRD's internal and external communication vehicles, including the main website, marketing materials, publications, newsletters, invitations, flyers, advertisements, and annual reports.
  • Enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences.

Essential Job Functions: Write and coordinate production of external communications including but not limited to website content, press releases, advertising and collateral materials.

The Manager of Communication & Education Services will advise and train other staff members of WRD on the proper way to spread messages to various stakeholders. For example, they might advise senior managers on techniques for communicating with customers, elected officials, regulators or the media. The Manager of Communication & Education Services will also provide practical support to the management team and Board of Directors by writing speeches and presentation scripts, or briefing them on how to respond to the type of questions they are likely to face.

The Manager of Communication & Education Services will be responsible for producing leaflets and communication & education aids, such as presentations or media kits, and is also responsible for organizing events such as stakeholder conferences, press conferences, special events/ceremonies, exhibitions, and/or seminars.

The Manager of Communication & Education Services will act as the point of contact for the media, and will be responsible for issuing press releases about important WRD developments, including, but not limited to: handling inquiries from journalists, organizing press conferences for important announcements, and arranging interviews for journalists with senior executives and/or Board members.

WRD outsources parts of its public relations or marketing communications to external agencies. The Manager of Communication & Education Services will act as the point of contact with public relations consultancies, advertising agencies and marketing services consultancies.

Other essential job functions include the following:

  • Manage, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • Monitor general and media email inboxes, redirecting mail or responding as indicated.
  • Develop and maintain an effective, frequently updated media data base. Distribute digital press releases, monitor media coverage and create monthly clippings reports.
  • Conduct media tours as needed, and escort and assist onsite reporters and camera crews as needed.
  • Assist with development, implementation and logistical coordination of on and off-site special events, promotions and sponsorship events, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed. 

Skills and Aptitudes:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential for this position. The Manager of Communication & Education Services must be able to communicate clear, consistent messages in a variety of media, including press releases, brochures, internet, and social media product guides. They require analytic skills to assess data from research reports and other sources, such as social media, forums and product review sites. They must also have good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts, including senior managers, marketing professionals and the media.
Familiarity with:

  • Standard public relations concepts, practices, and procedures;
  • Design and photograph software a plus.
  • Highly organized, articulate, tactful, positive outlook and drive.
  • Strong PC skills and knowledge of Microsoft office products, especially Word and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, media, and the general public;
  • Work independently, or in a team setting;
  • Gain an understanding of new concepts in a constantly changing environment.
  • Work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Work outdoors under various weather conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience and Education  A bachelor degree in public relations, communications or journalism is highly desirable, with special expertise in writing, and 2 or more years of experience working in a marketing/public relations setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Supervisory experience is preferred.

Compensation
The salary for the position is $106,603 to $142,623 per year and will be dependent upon the education, experience, and registrations of the selected candidate.  In addition, benefits are provided which include: vacation, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental and vision plans; life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; retirement through the California Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) with Social Security; deferred compensation plans; employee assistance program and educational rebate program.  Details can be provided upon request.

How to Apply
Interest candidates can apply by going to the District web site at www.wrd.org to print an application. Supplemental materials such as a resume are encouraged to be submitted however no candidate will be considered without a fully completed and signed employment application. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.

Completed applications along with supplemental materials may be submitted as follows:
Via mail to:

J H Shaunessy
Water Replenishment District
of Southern California
4040 Paramount Blvd.
Lakewood, CA 90712

Via fax:
562-275-4211

Via email:
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