Performs supervisory plant operations work in support of the Authority's water reclamation program. The work includes responsibility for assessing plant operations of an advanced water reclamation facility and making appropriate recommendations to ensure effluent is properly treated, and for supervising the work of plant operator personnel. Advanced treatment consists of various biological, chemical and physical unit processes such as BNR activated sludge, denite filters, ultraviolet disinfection and biosolids incineration. Experienced workers initiate their own daily assignments, follow through on matters, and use independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations. This position is also responsible for the following:
Embracing performance excellence and the Malcolm Baldrige Framework.
Evaluating and ensuring work processes are documented, measurable and effective.
Understanding stakeholder requirements and seeking continuous improvement and innovation.
Exhibiting and emphasizing the Authority’s mission, vision, and values; and supports the Authority’s initiatives and business goals, and ensures this is communicated to all direct and indirect reports.
Leading by example and engages, inspires and encourages other employees.
Position Responsibilities/Essential Job Functions:
Supervises staff. Assigns and reviews work. Takes actions to adjust work, staffing and operations to meet requirements. Recommends selection of new employees, trains and evaluates staff, and takes appropriate actions to improve performance when necessary. Initiates actions regarding hiring, transfer, promotion, payroll, leave, performance and other personnel actions.
Generates budget information and justifications for designated areas. Signs off on all Operations Department requisitions. Monitors budget expenses throughout the year to ensure accurate expenses for Operations Department budget requests. Orders capital budget items. Codes requisitions to designated budget categories.
Visually observes plant processes and makes operational recommendations ensuring that the plant is continuously operated within parameters set for the facility.
Ensures DMR data is accurate and that appropriate responses are generated. Ensures that any DMR permit violations are appropriately handled.
Ensures that biosolids disposal is in compliance with all regulatory requirements including air quality permit limits.
Reviews and analyzes the laboratory data and recommends process adjustments. Justifies and documents excursions of operational data.
Emphasizes housekeeping by assigning and overseeing responsibilities to shifts on duty.
Ensures proper operation of plant storm water system to keep in compliance with storm water permit.
Ensures proper operation of odor control equipment.
Ensures operator safety.
Ensures proper communication between shifts. Routinely meets with shift operators to discuss plant operations. Confers with Maintenance, Administration, and Water Reclamation staff regularly. Schedules and facilitates meetings. Reviews documentation and recommendations of others for impact on Operations Department. Reviews and signs reports.
Coordinates approved training for designated areas. Reschedules personnel to accommodate training needs. Promotes WR Operator Career Path Program and Skill Level development at all levels. Writes standard operating procedures (SOPs) to standardize plant operation. Reviews and provides comments to Operations Department generated SOPs. Keeps Operations Protocols updated and distributed as process changes are made.
Involved in analysis and implementation of plant modifications. Coordinates needs and requirements of overall plant operation with plant expansion consultants and contractors as it relates to the plant modifications or upgrades.
Coordinates and conducts plant tours for groups. Conducts yearly Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) plant inspections. Remains current with technology, for example, by attending annually the state conference or equivalent. Prepares and delivers technical presentations.
Communicates with Regional Wastewater Authorities on matters pertaining to plant operations.
Monitors and ensures complete optimization of all wastewater chemicals and plant processes.
Functions as a Contract Administrator, for example, on sludge hauling.
Prepares effective memoranda, letters and reports providing staff with direction.
Coordinates with laboratory to obtain data critical to plant processes. Coordinates with the lab sampling required for process monitoring and permit compliance, for example, whole effluent toxicity testing.
Communicates closely with the Maintenance Department regarding priorities, special projects and routine maintenance. As an essential employee, has 24/7 responsibility for plant operations.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of treating wastewater; effective methods and techniques of adjusting wastewater treatment operations to meet requirements; effective techniques of supervision; principles of report writing and correspondence; computer equipment and software applications related to assignment; English usage, spelling and grammar.
Ability to analyze data and determine appropriate adjustments to plant operations to meet requirements; supervise the work of plant personnel working on shifts; implement personnel actions that are appropriate and within established guidelines; recommend changes in personnel policies and guides to address situations specific to plant operations; prepare and administer budgets; operate computer equipment and software applications related to assignment; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the workplace.
Demonstrates strong management skills to enhance staff development producing a highly trained and motivated staff to achieve Division goals and objectives.
Demonstrates excellent planning and organizational decision making skills.
High school diploma or GED.
At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the wastewater treatment field including at least two years of supervisory experience.
Or combination of education and experience as described above.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering or related field.
Nine or more years of progressively responsible experience in the wastewater treatment field in a supervisory position.
Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License, or the ability to obtain within 3 years.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license consistent with Service Authority policy requirements.
Internal Number: 00764
About Prince William County Service Authority
The Prince William County Service Authority is the premier institution in the Washington Metropolitan Area for purveying safe and reliable drinking water and environmentally sound water reclamation. We are an important reason that people choose to locate homes and businesses in Prince William County. The Service Authority has emerged as a leader in the industry by incorporating the use of best management practices. Our strategies have aligned the efforts of the entire organization to deliver the highest quality product at the best value to our customers.