Field Operations Manager
Lowcountry Regional Water System is seeking to fill the position of: Field Operations Manager
Under limited supervision, is responsible for the maintenance and daily operation of the Lowcountry Regional Water System's water distribution system and wastewater collection systems. This includes water distribution and wastewater collection facilities in Hampton, Brunson, Gifford, Varnville and Yemassee. This includes underground water distribution and wastewater collection systems in Hampton, Brunson, Varnville, Gifford and Yemassee as well as water booster pump stations, water reservoirs, and sewage lift stations in these municipalities. This position is responsible for providing direction and supervision to LRWS water distribution and wastewater collection staff and must be capable of leading the combination of operations for all of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems and facilities. Is responsible for implementing existing plans and proposed improvements to make LRWS distribution and collection facilities sustainable for financial and regulatory compliance. The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Supervisor is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all jurisdictional agencies with authority over water distribution and wastewater collection systems in South Carolina. The forecasted staffing level is 4 or more regular full time employees or contractors. The supervisor will be responsible for administering the financial resources within the budget for the water distribution and wastewater collections systems and facilities. Is responsible for providing input regarding the water distribution and wastewater collections systems budget annually. The supervisor is responsible for the efficient operation of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems and facilities. The Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Supervisor is the Operator of Record for the water distribution and wastewater collection system and facilities and ensures SCDHEC compliance in all aspects of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection. The supervisor will be directly responsible for assisting the General Manager in achieving compliance regarding Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection systems and facilities. Reports to the General Manager of the LRWS.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Provides timely and accurate communications to the leadership of LWRS with respect to operational and regulatory issues.
Is responsible for compliance and communications with applicable regulatory agencies regarding the water distribution and wastewater collection system and facilities.
Oversees the coordination and operation of all systems and facilities to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance.
Proposes and develops policies and procedures for the systems and facilities.
Develops capital improvement plans.
Reduces unaccounted-for water.
Interacts with engineering firm.
Coaches and motivates staff members and hourly employees as needed.
Obtains maximum utilization of staff by clearly defining duties, establishing performance reviews, and recommending competitive salary structure.
Monitors and keeps informed of current trends in the field of water distribution and wastewater collection including legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques; evaluates their impacts and recommends changes in policies and procedures accordingly.
Exercises initiative and judgment to ensure water distribution and wastewater collection facilities are operated safely in accordance with the State and Federal regulations.
Exercises tact and courtesy in contact with public officials, developers, contractors, and the general public.
Schedules, instructs, assigns, reviews, and plans the work of others.
Maintains standards, coordinates activities, selects new employees, acts on employee problems, recommends and approves employee discipline, and recommends employee discharge.
Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations; offers advice and assistance as needed.
Coordinates and participates in department training.
Analyzes department schedules and workload; prepares schedules to ensure optimum productivity and efficiency.
Develops and administers the department budget, ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel materials, facilities and time.
Evaluates water distribution and wastewater collection operations and service needs and formulates plans to meet those needs in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; works with engineers and contractors in the design and implementation of system improvements.
Procures department supplies, tools, equipment and vehicles; develops specifications for new equipment and vehicles as needed.
Coordinates the use of available equipment, materials and personnel to obtain maximum cost effectiveness and efficiency.
Coordinates repairs to equipment and systems; ensures proper maintenance of facilities.
Verifies that required records are properly maintained as required by DHEC regulations.
Inspects department operations for compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, regulations, contracts, permits, and standards of quality and safety. Gives technical advice and assistance to coworkers and subordinates.
Prepares reports as required by regulatory agencies and for managerial decision making and reporting purposes.
Coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as appropriate.
Receives and responds to inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance from customers and the general public regarding LRWS.
Performs general administrative/clerical duties as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, conducting and attending meetings, reviewing mail and literature, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, etc.
Attends meetings, training, conferences, seminars, etc., as appropriate to maintain knowledge of current legislation, trends and technology in public utility operations and administration.
Develops and implements the proposed business processes required for the LRWS.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires an Associate’s degree, or specialized vocational training, or a combination of education and experience equivalent with a minimum of 6 years of experience in water/wastewater collection or local government or business. Four years’ of experience in a leadership role, supervisory or managerial position is desired. Must possess a valid South Carolina Driver's License. Must maintain a safe driving record.
Must possess a SC Water Distribution System Operator Class C license and a WEASC Wastewater Collection System Operator Class C license and the ability to obtain within 2 years of hire date: SC Water Distribution Operator Class B, WEASC Sewer Collection System Operator Class B, SCDHEC Backflow Inspector Tester License, OSHA Competent Person, SCDHEC OM Class 3 Asbestos Pipe Worker, and FEMA NIMS Certifications 100,200,300,400,700 and 800
This is classified as a Safety Sensitive Position and may require a Pre-Employment Drug Test and random Drug Testing throughout employment with LRWS.
Low Country Regional Water System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or veteran status, the presence of a non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any other legally protected status.