The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is currently searching for a Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, to provide strategic and tactical oversight for the development of system-wide policies and strategies which maintain operational integrity, align with current and future business objectives, and support the mission of the San Antonio Water System. This position directs and leads a team charged with executing business strategies in the following functions: Production & Treatment Operations, Engineering & Construction, Distribution & Collections, Facilities Maintenance, the Emergency Operations Center, and Operations including Environmental Laboratory Services. The Chief Operating Officer serves as a member of the Executive Management Team, and regularly liaisons with internal and external stakeholders on the President/CEO’s behalf.
SAWS is a public utility owned by the City of San Antonio. It was created in May 1992 through the consolidation of its three predecessor agencies: the City Water Board, the previous city-owned water supply utility; the City Wastewater Department, the city department responsible for sewage collection and treatment; and the Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District, an independent city agency created to develop a system for reuse of treated wastewater.
Since the formation of SAWS, San Antonio has been recognized nationally for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning, making San Antonio “Water's Most Resourceful City”. SAWS serves more than 1.6 million people in Bexar County, as well as parts of Medina and Atascosa counties. This population includes more than 460,000 water customers and 411,000 wastewater customers.
The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the President/CEO, and works under limited supervision and guidance. The selected candidate will have contact with internal and external customers, SAWS’ Board of Trustees, elected officials, policy makers, community leaders, contractors, consultants, industry peers and vendors. The Chief Operating Officer must communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and exhibit high standards of business and personal ethical conduct, leadership, teamwork, initiative and problem solving. The selected individual will direct, supervise and/or oversee the work of employees, and may be required to travel and work hours outside of their regular work schedule. Working conditions are primarily in an office environment with occasional field visits – the selected candidate will be required to drive a company and/or personal vehicle when performing duties at external locations, and may be required to work hours other than regular schedule such as nights and weekends.
The Chief Operating Officer performs the following essential functions:
Directs, monitors, and evaluates the System’s operational performance and recommends and implements corrective measures in order to sustain the operational integrity of SAWS.
Advises the President/Chief Executive Officer on all matters related to the operational management of the System ensuring the preparation and maintenance of regulatory records and reports in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, resolutions, policies and regulations.
Participates in the development of executive level conceptual planning and ensures overall integration of the plan by applying executive level business management principles and practices.
Leads the development of short-range and long-range strategies and plans for assigned departments.
Oversees development of strategic plans which ensure effective operation and maintenance of SAWS water and wastewater systems, consistent production and delivery of quality potable water and performance of wastewater collection and treatment systems.
Oversees the application of the principals and practices relating to water, wastewater, and reuse water infrastructure planning, development, environmental and regulatory requirements, operations, and maintenance.
Oversees the application of Engineering principles and practices relating to water, wastewater, and reuse water infrastructure and construction.
Oversees development of capital improvement program needs of the organization which are aligned with current business objectives.
Directs activities of the water quality protection and monitoring program, including laboratory operations and field analyses for regulatory compliance, operational data collection and special investigations.
Monitors potential legislative and regulatory changes and oversees the implementation of business plans aimed at maintaining regulatory compliance for system operations.
Oversees the development and management of multiple, large and complex budgets to ensure effective operations, protection of public assets, and interest of SAWS ratepayers.
Develops and delivers business proposals and recommendations to constituents, the Board of Trustees, and City Council.
Represents SAWS in meetings with representatives of governmental and regulatory agencies, private firms and industry groups.
Forecasts, allocates, and monitors the human, physical and financial resources for the engineering and operations groups.
Leads, selects, and develops, a team of professionals charged with executing business strategy and maintaining operational integrity.
Trains and mentors employees and facilitates interdepartmental teamwork.
Promotes and encourages teamwork and cooperative efforts internal and external to SAWS including outside agencies and the community.
Promotes and rewards high performance and respects and promotes diversity.
Leads the development, analysis, and implementation of policy and strategy including identifying key strategic initiatives, business planning efforts, and policies and procedures.
Influences events in order to optimize organizational resources and achieve System goals.
Applies executive level business management principles and practices.
Develops and implements measures to analyze and improve organizational efficiencies.
Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, Science, or related field from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience related to maintenance and repair programs of large water, wastewater, and/or reuse water utilities, and/or management of capital and/or engineering programs, to include five years of management or supervisory experience.
Valid Texas Class C Driver License consistent with SAWS Driving Policy.
Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Engineering or Science from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Position is open until filled, with resume review beginning October 8, 2018. Salary starts at $220,000 and increases DOQ, with generous benefits package including pension and health benefits. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email only to email@example.com, attention Sharon De La Garza, Vice President – Human Resources.
About San Antonio Water System
SAWS is a public utility owned by the city of San Antonio. It was created in May 1992 through the consolidation of three predecessor agencies: City Water Board (the previous city-owned water supply utility) City Wastewater Department (the city government department responsible for sewage collection and treatment) Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District (an independent city agency created to develop a system for reuse of treated wastewater)
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