Salary Range: $149,154.56 - $226,257.20
Application Deadline: Open until filled, first review set for December 5, 2022.
Deputy Director - Wastewater Management - Environmental Services Department
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San José. ESD's mission is to deliver world-class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy.
To learn more about ESD, follow @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and San José Environmental Services on LinkedIn.
The Wastewater Management Division is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF), the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in California. It treats wastewater from over 1.7 million residents that live and work in a 300-square mile area including the cities of San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and parts of unincorporated Burbank Sanitary District and Santa Clara County (Sanitation Districts 2-3). Not only does the RWF protect public health in Silicon Valley; it also protects the fish and wildlife in the San Francisco Bay.
Originally constructed in 1956 as a 36 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) primary-only treatment plant, the RWF has grown over the past 66 years in both capacity and technology to keep pace with an expanding service area, population increases, and changing regulations. The RWF has a rated capacity of 167 MGD and currently treats an average of 110 MGD.
The RWF provides primary, secondary (modified Biological Nutrient Removal), and tertiary (filtration) treatment. Over the last ten years, the RWF has easily maintained NPDES permit compliance, earning four Platinum Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
The Deputy Director of Wastewater Operations reports directly to the Director of Environmental Services and supervises approximately 200 employees. Under administrative direction, the position performs work of considerable difficulty planning, organizing, and directing major functional areas of this department. Typical duties of the position include:
Participates in and advises the Director in the planning and formulation of departmental policy
Provides direct supervision over the operations of the Wastewater Treatment Plant
Directs and performs special projects and strategic planning programs that impact departmental operations
Represents the Department Director in a variety of interdepartmental, intergovernmental, and community matters and may assume responsibility for the department's operations in the absence of the Director
Plans, directs, counsels, provides guidelines, and reviews accomplishments of staff as steps towards achievement of departmental goals and objectives
Directs and participates in the preparation, implementation, and control of a department's operating budget
Provides staff support to the Mayor and City Council members on an assigned or as needed basis
Coordinates with other divisions and departments within the City to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations
Directs and controls personnel-related matters within assigned area
Collaborates with the Deputy Director of the RWF's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and provides input and support toward the planning, design, and implementation of the CIP
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
An entrepreneurial spirit and positive demeanor
Willingness to collaborate inside and outside the organization
Appreciation for employees and ability to support their professional development
Empowering management approach
Open and accessible style that encourages staff participation and involvement in decision-making
Experience as a team builder, staff motivator, and morale builder
Ability to assess good talent and delegate effectively
Proven negotiating skills and ability to foster effective working relationships with regulatory agencies
Ability to work effectively in a political environment (politically astute, yet apolitical)
Flexibility and adaptability, with a demonstrated ability to learn and run new systems
Awareness of current trends and best practices in the profession
Ability to design and implement long range/strategic plans
Proactive approach to addressing challenges and priorities
Sound budget management skills
Excellent written communication skills
Dedication to maintaining open lines of communication with staff and senior management
Highest level of ethical standards
Education & Experience
Requirements for the position include:
Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, chemistry, biology, engineering, business or public administration, or related field
Six (6) years of increasingly responsible senior level experience in a public or private agency dealing with wastewater
Certification as a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in the State of California (highly desirable)
Compensation & Benefits
The total salary range for the Deputy Director classification is $149,154.56 - $226,257.20. This amount includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate's qualifications and experience.
For more information on employee benefits, visit the City's Human Resources Benefits website: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments/human-resources/benefits
Federal Law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in the country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa that requires an employee application.
Per the City's COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be "up-to-date" with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that employees are required to be vaccinated with the entire recommended initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
To view the full job announcement, please go to Executive Opportunities at: www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers
This recruitment is open until filled. The first application review date is tentatively scheduled for December 5, 2022. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of December 12, 2022. To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please immediately submit your cover letter and resume (including dates of employment, plus staff and budgets managed), to:
City of San José
Environmental Services Department
The City of San José is an equal opportunity employer.