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Downingtown Municipal Water Authority looking to fill Executive Director and Water Treat Plant Operator positions


 Posted 2/11/2015 – Downingtown, PA, Full Time, Management

The Downingtown Municipal Water Authority (DMWA) is a publicly operated, not-for-profit potable water utility, established by the Borough of Downingtown under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act.  The DMWA seeks an extremely well qualified candidate to fill an immediate opening for Executive Director of the Authority.  The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Authority, and he or she is administratively responsible to, and reports directly to, that Board.  The Executive Director is charged with assisting the Board in developing appropriate policies and programs, then implementing same for the benefit of Authority customers.  The principal qualifications for this position will be based upon the candidate’s experience.  There are no minimum educational requirements for this position beyond a High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, although the Authority would show favor to applicants possessing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  There is no licensure requirement to be an applicant for this position, although the Authority will show favor to applicants possessing either a Class A Operator’s License for potable water production, or a Class E Operator’s License for potable water distribution, or both.

Essential Functions

The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for carrying out the work of the Authority.  In that role, the Executive Director is responsible for:


  • Ensuring that the Board of Directors and its officers are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the Authority and on all important factors influencing them. He or she attends all meetings of the Board;


  • Working with the Board in formulating basic policies and programs that will further the objectives of the Authority;


  • Executing all such contracts, grants, and commitments as may be authorized by the Board of Directors, or by policies established by the Board of Directors;


  • Planning and administration of official meetings of the Authority;


  • Supervising the secretarial function for the Authority, by preparing and maintaining the official minutes of Board Meetings, and other official meetings of the Authority, and by providing security for all files, legal and historic documents, and customer files;


  • Planning and executing all communications with the Authority’s customers, including newsletters, general mailings, news releases, public reports, and other communications;


  • Establishing and maintaining a sound organizational structure for the Authority’s central office and administrative operations;


  • Developing and recommending an annual budget for the Authority, and, upon approval of that budget by the Board of Directors, operating within that annual budget.


  • Ensuring that all Authority funds, physical assets, and other property are appropriately safeguarded and administered;


  • Administering all Staff of the Water Authority, whether Union or non-Union. In the case of Union Staff, administering of collective bargaining agreements, including contract negotiations and grievance handling;


  • Planning, coordinating, and conducting a public relations program to enhance public acceptance of the Authority;


  • Maintaining effective relationships with other organizations, both public and private, and ensuring that the position of the Authority is enhanced in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Authority.


Specific Responsibilities


The Executive Director is specifically responsible for a number of on-going DMWA projects and programs, assisted by Staff and mid-level Supervisors, including but not necessarily limited to:


  • Maintaining the DMWA in a consistent state of Permit and Regulatory Compliance;


  • Operating the Plant efficiently and effectively, while ensuring the safety of all staff and any members of the Public who may visit;


  • Maintaining an aggressive meter replacement program throughout the service area;


  • Managing an aggressive fire hydrant replacement program throughout the service area;


  • Managing and maintaining an aggressive water main replacement program throughout the service area;


  • Leading and expanding an aggressive Capital Improvements Program, designed to upgrade physical capabilities of the system, as well as to enhance the quality of the Authority’s product;


  • Providing training opportunities for all staff such that professional growth is encouraged and the performance capabilities of all Staff are enhanced.




Attributes of the Successful Candidate


The successful candidate for this position must possess a variety of personal and behavioral attributes, including:


  • Interpersonal skills that support working with people at all levels of DMWA’s service area;


  • Facility both in spoken and in written English, along with a reassuring personal presence, and skills in public speaking and making public presentations;


  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, regional, and local regulatory and non-regulatory agencies, community leaders, and the general public;


  • Demonstrated experience with computers and other technological enhancements, including laboratory equipment, and other devices which assist Staff in operating the treatment plant;


  • Demonstrated experience in managing potable water plant operations, whether those plants be privately held or publicly operated;


  • Experience with developers seeking to bring new business to the service area, and the ability to guide them through the acquisition of water services.




Expressions of Interest:  Please send resume, salary requirements, and brief cover letter with expression of interest to:  Frederick Bopp III, Ph.D., P.G.Interim Executive Director, DMWA

100 Water Plant Way

Downingtown, PA 19335



Position Title:  Water Treatment Plant Operator

Posted 02/11/2015 – Downingtown, PA – Full Time – Union

Primary Role:  Operate a 2.5 mgd surface water treatment plant with groundwater back-up, within the guidelines and regulations of the PADEP, our operating permits, and other regulatory bodies. Includes the collection of water samples per state regulations, recording data and preparing regulatory reports, adjusting chemical feed rates, and other similar duties.  Position will also be required to assist with distribution system duties including, but not limited to, meter reading, hydrant flushing, water main breaks, and distribution system maintenance.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Operates WTP in accordance with the operating contract to provide compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. Collects and analyzes samples required for compliance and process control.
  • Follows Company’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Policies, and report unsafe conditions.
  • Maintains daily logs, records plant operating data as required in logs and operations software
  • Effective, timely, and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and customers.
  • Performs other related functions assigned or as they become apparent.


  • Able to read gauges and meters. Prepare and maintain accurate paperwork such as records, logs, orders, surveys and routine reports as directed.
  • Able to perform accurate mathematical calculations related to this position.
  • Good communication skills with all levels.
  • Perform standardized water process control, monitoring, and compliance sampling and testing.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies
  • Capable of lifting and/or carrying 50lbs. or more on a frequent basis. Walking up and down stairs and long distances. Carrying, climbing, and working from ladders. Working in confined areas. Ability to wear a respirator as required.
  • Some computer skills; MS Word, MS Excel and SCADA systems.
  • Specifically but not limited to knowledge of methods and precautions in storing and handling chlorine and other industrial chemicals.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations.



  • The position requires that the operator obtain PADEP Water Operator Class B, subclasses 1, 7, 8 and 11, within 3 years of hire. Operators already licensed will be given preference.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid, active state driver’s license.

Work Environment:

  • Employee may be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.
  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator as required, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.
  • Mandatory weekends & holidays. Overtime work as needed, including on-call assignments. This is a day shift position that requires working every other weekend.



Please submit resumes and letters of interest to: Subject Line: Production Manager at


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