City of Tacoma WA Division Manager, Environmental Services Department in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Environmental Services Department, is recruiting for the Appointive position of Division Manager. We are seeking a proven professional with a detailed work history in Wastewater Treatment management, who will be able to support the City's strategic goals of a safe, clean and attractive City by:

  1. Planning, developing and maintaining environmental services' infrastructure and services;
  2. Providing leadership in environmental stewardship by meeting regulatory requirements and making use of best technologies for solid waste and wastewater treatment plant operations, and
  3. Strategically managing the allocation of resources to achieve customer and community expectations.

Our Ideal Candidate will be a person who exemplifies the following traits:

  • Strong personal motivation and drive – an energetic and committed self-starter.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • A dynamic leader who motivates others, with exceptional team-building and performance leadership skills.
  • A strategic thinker who knows how to paint a picture of the Department's vision and strategy, and create and sustain a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • High-performing customer service and conflict management skill sets.

The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, _Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity,speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

This position will play a key role and serve on the Management Team of the Environmental Services Department. The Operations and Maintenance Division of the Environmental Services Department provides for the proper operation and maintenance of the City's wastewater and storm water utilities' assets. Areas of responsibility include: collection systems, wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, regional drainage facilities and NPDES permit compliance. The Division Manager is responsible for setting division policies and procedures; program management; budgeting; developing and maintaining a highly effective and motivated workforce; and making presentations to the City Council and other groups. This position reports to the Environmental Services Director. This role will include close coordination with the group's Department Director related to meeting the strategic plan of the Department and City.

Essential Duties:

  • Plan, direct and control the operations of a division in accordance with the policies and goals of the City and the Environmental Services Department.
  • Formulate and recommend policies and strategies to facilitate and improve division operations; direct the preparation of long-range planning activities.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel: review and analyze personnel policies and problems, and take appropriate action.
  • Prepare and maintain various personnel and work-related records and reports; prepare the annual division budget and monitor expenditures; forecast personnel requirements; authorize purchases within established guidelines.
  • Coordinate communication and projects with other City departments, governmental and private agencies, consultants, developers, contractors, vendors and the general public; serve as City and division representative at various meetings and conferences; make presentations to the City Council and other groups,
  • Compile information and prepare reports related to division operations and activities; oversee the maintenance of departmental records and files.
  • Oversee and participate in construction inspections and review plans and projects to assure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Keep current with the latest technologies and management techniques, federal, state and local rules, regulations and laws; set goals and discuss division performance with the Assistant Environmental Services Director on a regular basis.
  • Confer with other Environmental Services Division Managers to coordinate work efforts whenever necessary or desirable.
  • Direct the preparation of and/or authorize various correspondence concerning division operations.
  • Attend management and technical training seminars.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Office and outdoor environment, occasional travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. Subject to emergency calls during off-duty hours.

*City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:*

One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, Civil Engineering, or related field* and* five years' experience managing a major section within a publicly owned utility, or equivalent organization. In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience in wastewater and storm water issues and excellent communication, problem solving, and leadership and management skills.

Knowledge & Skills

KNOWLEDGE OF: Operations, principles, practices, methods and techniques of the division. Principles and practices of supervision and training. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment. Record keeping techniques. Operation of a personal computer. Technical aspects of field of specialty. Basic research methods. Applicable laws, codes, regulations, and policies. Oral and written communication skills. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. City organization, operations, policies and objectives.

SKILLS: Train, supervise and evaluate personnel. Assign and review the work of others. Work independently with little direction. Compile and analyze statistical and technical information, maps and other data. Prepare and make oral presentations. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Plan and organize work. Operate motor vehicles; observe legal and defensive driving practices. Meet schedules and time lines. Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Maintain records and prepare reports. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Work effectively in cross-departmental teams to address broad City issues.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program with competitive salaries and outstanding benefits. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must *complete the online application and attach *a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional licenses and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be eligible for further consideration and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

NOTE: This is a continuous recruitment until the ideal candidate is discovered. The first review will consist of application materials received before 8:00 am, November 16, 2018, and may result in an invitation to interview. A second review of application materials received after this time will be conducted if the first review round does not reveal the ideal candidate. It is in the best*interest of all candidates to ensure your application materials are submitted via our on-line process before the date of the first review. *

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a background check and may include a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. The NEOGOV computer system automatically times-out at 5:00 pm and any application that has not been completed before then, will not be uploaded and accepted for this recruitment.

Salary: $126,609.60 - $162,302.39 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Environmental Services

Job Number: 2056-18

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400