Codes and Standards, Management, Operations, Policy and Planning
4 Year Degree
King County's Wastewater Treatment Division has been committed to protecting and improving water quality for more than 40 years. Our mission is to protect public health and enhance the environment by collecting and treating wastewater while recycling valuable resources for the Puget Sound region. To our agency, success means clean water. It means honoring our legacy while keeping a promise to another generation that our beautiful environment will be there for them to enjoy.
SUMMARY: This position reports to the division director, will provide high level guidance and manage the daily operations of the Environmental and Community Services Section within the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. The Section has approximately 60 employees and is currently organized into five units: Industrial Waste, Regulatory Compliance and Land Acquisition, Environmental Planning, Community Services, and Education and Engagement.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. 1st screen date is May 1. PLEASE NOTE: Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. of the closing date to be considered. FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Application available at http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs , and attached letter of interest.
Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. WTD values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Safety: We protect ourselves and others before all other priorities. Safety is a virtue to be instilled in each of us.
Innovation: We foster a creative environment where employees openly and enthusiastically search for new ways to improve our work.
Spirit of Service: We reliably and equitably deliver exceptional products and services to our customers and communities all day, every day.
Empowered Teams: We respect, trust, collaborate and communicate openly – embracing problems and conflict as opportunities to create solutions.
Communication: We listen to and share with each other timely, accurate and clear information to ensure effective performance of our work.
Cultivate Mastery: We provide opportunities to encourage each other to reach our highest level of performance within an inclusive, positive, fun work environment.
Financial Accountability: We are responsible stewards of public dollars.
Manage overall operations and support of the section work programs; providing technical and policy assistance to staff, internal and external clients. Section work units and programs include;
Industrial Waste Ensures the quality of influent in our system through our industrial waste permitting and inspection programs Regulatory Compliance and Land Acquisition Provides property negotiations and acquisition and other real estate services to WTD and completes all construction permitting and land use approvals for our capital projects. Environmental Planning Initiates SEPA/NEPA and EIS work, coordinates WTD's NPDES permits and other regulatory responsibilities across the division, provides environmental monitoring and maintenance activities for mitigation sites and other real property assets Community Services Provides critical public relations and community outreach services for capital projects and during emergency overflow response. Provides strategic guidance for community relations and represents King County at community events Education and Engagement Provides outreach on our wastewater services and benefits to the region of clean water, and conducts public education programs at our treatment plant facilities and throughout our service area. Oversees an environmental grant program that distributes over $2 million annually. Sediment management program Represents division in multi-party collaborative cleanup efforts, monitoring allocation and legal proceedings, and provides oversight for the capital cleanup budget.
Supervise and support the work of five unit supervisor(s) as well as technical, professional, and administrative staff. Develop work and performance expectation plans and manage work of section. Manage section staff including hiring, performance, training, coaching and discipline.
Plan, develop, implement and maintain standards, policies and procedures consistent with section and division objectives to ensure that the section is meeting the division's business needs. Develop, implement, and maintain the budget and monitor expenditures within established guidelines.
Serve on WTD's senior management team. In collaboration with other managers develop, implement, and maintain an efficient and productive work program and participate in the development of measures to improve Division performance. Participate in capital portfolio management activities.
Act as the section's representative with external consultants, elected officials, and the general public as determined by division management. Make presentations of section initiatives and programs to a variety of audiences including King County Council and committees, external elected bodies, and technical and non-technical community groups. Work collaboratively with other government agencies and with departments within the County. Provide high level of oversight and represent King County on environmental technical issues with other agencies, including regulatory agencies.
Lead and/or participate in strategic processes that have the potential for significant impacts to operations or capital investments such as the Department of Ecology's nutrient process.
Set expectations and ensure compliance with a high level of safety standards for all staff.
Establish and maintain an equitable and socially just workplace. Develop and/or maintain business processes that are equitable and just for communities that are served and impacted by the work of the division.
Lead and/or engage in continuous improvement processes focusing on reduction of waste and improvement of customer service.
The most competitive applicants will have the following:
Bachelor's degree in planning, public administration, environmental science or policy, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
Experience as supervisor with proven leadership abilities and strong knowledge of human resources management. Experience developing direct reports and other staff by providing stretch assignments, coaching, and feedback. Demonstrated dedication to engaged, productive, and happy employees.
Increasingly responsible management experience that is applicable to the essential duties of this position.
Demonstrated ability to lead continuous improvement processes to reduce waste, improve customer service, and increase outcomes and impact
Experience building teams, creating shared visions, working with others in achieving common goals and objectives, and motivating staff and units.
Experience applying principles of equity and social justice including a high level of comfort in advocating for and leading efforts to achieve racial justice and inclusion.
Demonstrated critical thinking and strategic planning skills, including long- and short-term goal setting. Able to anticipate future trends and consequences and provide broad knowledge and perspective.
Ability to apply planning techniques to establish the direction and make decisions regarding multiple competing internal and external programs or projects.
Experience with sound decision making and ability to evaluate information and make decisions in a timely manner; sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.
Skill in negotiating and identifying solutions that balance the division's and the County's interests and those of the negotiating partner(s) within financial capacity and other constraints; can gain trust and negotiate successfully without damaging relationships.
Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution techniques and principles; can reach agreements and settle disputes equitably; and can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
Experience managing in a fast pace, changing environment; shift gears comfortably and calmly and handle risk and uncertainty; and can lead staff through change in an organization.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and convince others to initiate action. Skills in working with elected officials and the general public.
Knowledge of wastewater and water resource issues, environmental permitting and community outreach techniques and principles.
Experience developing and managing budgets. Knowledge of operating and capital budgeting procedures and processes.
Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, development and analysis of public policy, organization, and contract management.
Experience working with attorneys to ensure that policy proposals and agreements comply with the law and King County policies.
Washington State Driver's License
Internal Number: 2019SN09721
About King County Wastewater Treatment Division
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local governments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water qua...lity activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.