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Job Title Location Posted
Chief Executive Officer Detroit, MI 07/06
Environmental Compliance Inspector II and III Union City, CA 06/24
Environmental Coordinator/Engineer Sauget, IL 06/19
Principal Engineer - Hydraulics St. Paul MN 06/18
Industrial Pretreatment Inspector Anchorage, AK 06/12
General Manager Sausalito, CA 06/11
Plant Operator Wichita, KS 06/08

 last updated: July 6, 2015


Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Posted: 07/06/2015
Closing Date:

Job Description:

Confidential Position Profile

Title:  Chief Executive Officer

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is a newly formed wholesale regional water and sewer authority responsible for serving wholesale water and sewer customers that deliver retail services to approximately four million residents throughout Southeast Michigan.  The GLWA was established through an historic regional governance agreement between the City of Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, and the State of Michigan.  A Memorandum of Understanding outlining the terms of this agreement was signed on September 9, 2014 and Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Michigan on November 25, 2014.  These agreements provide for a six-member GLWA Board comprised of two members appointed by the City of Detroit, one member appointed by each of the three County Executives, and one member appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan.  A super-majority vote is required for several key actions including the approvals of budgets, rates and capital improvement programs as well as the hiring of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

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.

Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will report to the six-member GLWA Board of Directors.

GLWA is seeking a top-tier executive to lead the newly formed organization.  The CEO will be responsible for executing policy goals and objectives established by the GLWA Board of Directors, and communicating with elected officials, outside consumer groups, other government entities, regulatory agencies, utility leadership and labor unions, and the media.

The ongoing responsibilities include the following:

  • Leading the efficient, effective, and regulatory compliant operations and maintenance of GLWA's leased regional facilities consistent with the terms and conditions of the applicable lease and shared services agreements between GLWA and the City of Detroit.
  • Selecting, managing, and leading the GLWA executive staff.  Developing, supervising, and administering GLWA staff and programs and leading negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with applicable local bargaining units.  Providing oversight to process of screening employee compensation packages and presenting options / recommendations for GLWA Board consideration.
  • Ensuring development, implementation, and financing of the GLWA capital improvement programs and representing GLWA before municipal credit rating agencies and the investor community.
  • Leading the preparation of GLWA's strategic and business plans and water resource system master plans based on policy direction from the Board of Directors.
  • Ensuring GLWA's operations comply with local, state, and federal water quality and related environmental and safety standards. 
  • Ensuring legal compliance with all indentures, rate covenants, lease requirements and municipal authority laws.
  • Directing water and sewer service contracting efforts, including contract negotiations.
  • Representing the GLWA in local, regional and state initiatives to advance regional collaboration, economic development and utility system optimization.
  • Representing the GLWA in activities of relevant professional societies and organizations.

The successful candidate will have the necessary work experience to have gained extensive knowledge and practical experience with the principles, practices, and techniques of organizational leadership, administration, management, and public relations and issues management required to effectively lead an organization of GLWA's size and complexity. 
The final candidate will have many of the following experiences, skills, and personal attributes.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and sewer systems engineering, construction, repair, and operations including the applicable laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances related to water and sewer systems.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with an active governing board in establishing and implementing policy goals and objectives and to maintain effective working relationships with the GLWA Board, regulatory agencies, customer communications, and other municipal officials.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with staff, suppliers, outside consultants, contractors, the media, and the general public.
  • Considerable knowledge of relevant labor agreements and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Proven ability to supervise and motivate a large and varied staff operating on a 24-hour basis in a unionized work environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government budgeting, accounting, finance, and procurement practices.
  • Confirmed ability to identify potential opportunities to realize cost savings in utility operations and capital project delivery.
  • Proven experience in organizational restructuring, achieving cost savings and efficiencies, and effecting organizational culture change is strongly preferred.
  • A valid Michigan Motor Vehicle Operator's License, or the ability to acquire such license within one month of commencing employment, is required.


  • A Bachelor's degree with a minimum of five years of experience in management and leadership roles of public entities, water/wastewater utilities, and/or business or public entities subject to environmental regulation, or acceptable combination of education and experience is required.  A Master's degree in a related field is preferred.

An attractive compensation package will be offered consisting of a base salary, performance bonus, and benefits package to include health, dental, short-term disability, long-term disability, savings plan, and paid vacation time will also be provided.

For additional information, to make a recommendation, or to be considered confidentially, contact:

Gary Roberts
Managing Partner
1600 Tysons Blvd, 8th Floor
McLean, VA  22102
Phone: 703-319-7889
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Tom Berray
Managing Partner
1600 Tysons Blvd, 8th Floor
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-637-0466
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Job Title: Environmental Compliance Inspector II and III
Posted: 06/24/2015
Closing Date: July 13, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.

Job Description:

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.

The opening will be filled at either:

Environmental Compliance Inspector II
$79,795.25 - $96,991.65
Environmental Compliance Inspector III
$88,572.64 - $107,660.59

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.

Inspectors also review and evaluate permit applications and issue permits, calculate fees, perform sampling activities, prepare a variety of manual and computerized reports, and interact with industries, other agencies, commercial establishments, residential customers, and other regulators.
The Inspector II is a sub-journey level position, and the Inspector III is a journey-level position. Inspector IIs are eligible to promote to Inspector III as they gain experience, achieve proficiency, and obtain appropriate certification(s).

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will demonstrate: strong technical background to carry out the duties of the position(s); commitment to customer service; ability to schedule and complete work independently in a timely manner; excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with customers, industries, the public, internal staff and other agencies; effective written communication skills to prepare reports and letters and maintain accurate and complete records; ability to work safely; use sound judgment.


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.

Both the EC Inspector II and III positions must possess a valid Class C California driver's license, have and maintain a satisfactory driving record, and be insurable by the District to operate District vehicles. 


  • CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 per pension reform law.
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for the employee and family with minimal employee contribution.
  • Alternate work schedule options, including a 9-80 schedule.
  • Retiree medical benefits up to $575 per month depending on years of service.


Application Process

Apply online at by Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

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.



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Job Title: Environmental Coordinator/Engineer
Posted: 06/19/2015
Closing Date:

Job Description:

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 to apply and for additional information


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Job Title: Principal Engineer – Hydraulics
Posted: 06/18/2015
Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Description:

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. 

Bachelor's degree or higher in civil engineering. 

Five (5) years of professional-level engineering experience including analysis and design of hydraulics systems associated with interceptor facilities.

License Requirement:
A Minnesota Professional Engineer (PE) license must be obtained within the six-month probationary period.  Failure to obtain will be grounds for dismissal without cause.

Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D driver's license, or equivalent out-of-state license. Driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving-related offenses within the two-year period prior to hire. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

Applicants MUST submit the Metropolitan Council's online employment application - more information and application instructions at


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Job Title: Industrial Pretreatment Inspector
Posted: 06/12/2015
Closing Date: 06/29/15 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".

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.

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: 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.

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: EOE


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Job Title: General Manager
Posted: 06/11/2015
Closing Date:

Job Description:

General Manager

Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District, Sausalito, CA

Formed in 1950, the Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District (SMCSD) provides sewage collection, treatment, and disposal to Sausalito and the unincorporated area of Marin City as well as to Fort Baker and the Tamalpais Community Services District. SMCSD is currently recruiting for the position of General Manager. The ideal candidate for the position of General Manager will be a highly organized, "hands on," decisive, and innovative leader with superb interpersonal skills, judgment, and integrity. Top candidates will be intuitive, inclusive, perceptive, and know when to lead and when to be supportive. The General Manager will have a minimum of 8 years of increasingly responsible related experience involving wastewater resource management programs, including capital projects, public utility, or public works; 3 years of which include administrative and management responsibility. Bachelor's degree with major course work in civil engineering, public or business administration, environmental resources, or a closely related field required. Master's degree in civil engineering or public or business administration is highly desirable. This position is open until filled; however, candidates are asked to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred. Email compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, and 6 professional references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Confidential inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Robert Burg, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at


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Job Title: Plant Operator
Posted: 06/08/2015
Closing Date: June 19, 2015

Job Description:

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:

  • Operates large sewage pumps, automatic rakes, centrifugal sludge pumps, air compressors and sludge drags.
  • Operates and maintains low-pressure steam boilers.
  • Regulates flow and monitors treatment processes.
  • Performs routine chemical analyses and records results.
  • Inspects equipment and machinery.
  • Skims grease off settling tanks and operates shredders and grinding machines.
  • Reads meters, gauges and thermometers, and assists in the maintenance of plant equipment.
  • Oils, greases, waters, and wipes machinery and participates in keeping the plant clean.

Requirements of work are:

  • Knowledge of the functions and mechanics of pumps and other equipment used in a treatment plant.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of oiling removable mechanical parts.
  • Ability to work independently without continuous supervision.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to carry bulky loads weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical repair manuals.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders and to bend, twist and reach as necessary to repair equipment.
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to chemicals and fluids commonly used in airborne environmental nuisances associated with machine exhaust, open grounds, and machinery noise (with the use of ear plugs).
  • Ability to work outdoors when inclement weather conditions are present.
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to chemicals and fluids commonly used in treatment of sewage.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights up to 35 feet above ground level and in confined spaces up to 25 feet below ground level.
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain and pavement, up to five miles daily.
  • Ability to enter and exit manholes through 3' x 3' openings.
  • Ability to correctly wear a face mask for self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, and representatives of outside agencies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

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,, Employment, by June 19, 2015, for first consideration. EOE. Veteran's preference.


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