The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is seeking a candidate for the position of the Deputy Director, Water Production

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is seeking a candidate for the position of the Deputy Director, Water Production

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The Deputy Director, Water Production will oversee the performance, operation and maintenance of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s Water Treatment Plant, membrane filtration plant, and pumping stations, ensuring that produced water and water distribution system quality meets or exceeds applicable city, county, state, and federal regulations, as well as expectations of the consumers. 

• Oversee day-to-day operations, maintenance and repair of complex system of reservoirs and storage tanks, settling basins, treatment and filter plants, and pumping stations. 
• Direct, schedule, and inspect general plant operations, maintenance, and plant shutdowns; direct plant operations in emergency situations, including coordination with the County’s Emergency Operations Center.
• Plan, direct, organize and control the materials, equipment and procedures toward the effective, efficient and economical attainment of relative program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees. 
• Develop and recommend changes to water treatment plant processes and approach, and minor equipment changes as necessary, in collaboration with the Laboratory, Operator of Record, and Environmental Compliance functions.
• Develop, manage, and report on Key Performance Indicators to measure work performance, operations and maintenance requirements. 
• Assume accountability for the protection of the environment and public through compliance with water quality requirements, permit parameters, other federal, state and local regulations, and for accurate field laboratory data, and an effectively managed asset management program.
• Identify, recommend and manage major improvements in plant, equipment and facilities, including design or construction projects that involve outside consultant and contractors.
• Prepare technical specifications, review, and approve chemical purchases, repair contracts, new equipment, and materials; monitor contract performance.
• Direct the evaluation of new chemicals and treatment processes and procedures to maintain consistent water quality in the distribution system.
• Direct the analysis of all plant operations phases and methods to develop more efficient, cost effective, and technologically advanced methods of water treatment.
• Partner with leadership on matters of policy and short and long-term planning.
• Develop departmental budget including personnel, equipment, and capital planning.
• Ensure the safety of all operations; Conduct safety meetings, inspections and provide documentation related to all safety issues.
• Supervise, evaluate, coach, mentor, train, discipline and motivate staff and contractors.
• Approve timecards, overtime and benefit usage requests, ensuring accuracy

• Performs other related tasks as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

• Extensive knowledge of water treatment and process design and operations, water treatment and process engineering, laboratory sampling and analysis, process and distribution system hydraulic principles, pneumatics, mechanics, electronics, construction and maintenance related to potable water facilities operations. 
• Extensive knowledge of unit process design and operations, process chemistry, and chemical reactions related to potable water treatment.
• Extensive ability to develop and implement best practices to promote continuous improvement, operational efficiencies, innovation and excellent customer service.
• Strong management skills (planning, organizing, analysis, problem solving, team working, employee development).
• Excellent leadership skills, with the ability to lead, motivate and empower employees.  
• Strong analytical, planning and organization skills.
• Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing potable water supply.
• Proven ability to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. 
• Ability to prepare and understand complex technical documents, specifications, drawings, and reports. 
• Proven ability to make decisions based on sound business judgements, and to set targets for the field operations department.
• Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all departments, associates, outside agencies and the general public.
• Work independently, use time wisely, and complete assignments in a timely manner as well as take both verbal and written directions.
• Skilled in a variety of technology and media platforms with proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Education/Experience Requirements:
The following requirements list the minimum education/training/experience required to qualify for this job. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted:

• Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, chemistry, environmental science, or related field from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred.
• 10 years of related experience in the operation and management of a large capacity water treatment plant (50 mgd minimum). 5 years management experience.
• Must possess a Pennsylvania Class A Water Plant Operators Certificate or obtain within six months after date of hire.
• Preferred registered professional engineer.

General Requirements: Applicant must present a current, valid Class C (Class 1) PA Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at the time of application or prior to appointment.  A valid driver’s license must be maintained throughout employment. Applicant must present an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination at the time of application or prior to commencement of work (subject to applicable law including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reasonable accommodation requirements).

Examination: A drug screen, background check, and/or physical may be required for appointment.

Residency Requirements:  Applicant must have permanent residency within one of the following Pennsylvania counties at the time of appointment and remain a resident within one of the noted counties throughout employment with the PWSA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Indiana, Washington, or Westmoreland.  

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and see, talk and hear.
• The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.
• The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. 
• The employee is occasionally required to climb and balance. 
• The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and depth perception. 
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applications: You may be considered for other available positions based on qualifications provided on your employment application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact the Human Resources Department at:
PWSA Human Resources Department
1200 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

An Equal Opportunity Employer: 
 The PWSA does not discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, family status, age, or non-disqualifying disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. 

Position: Deputy Director, Water Production
Division: Water Production
Starting Salary: $120,000 – $140,000
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Operations
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Additional Details: 
Deputy Director, Water Production Brochure