Under the direction of the Director of Public Works, this individual is responsible for providing leadership and for overseeing the management, operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant, wastewater laboratory and the sanitary/storm pump stations including force mains. This individual supervises staff and line personnel directly and indirectly through area supervisors. Also manages U.S. Department of Justice Consent Decree activities as assigned and the Project Management/Construction Management team as assigned.
Leads and supervises the assigned work force; reviews and evaluates work performance; administers disciplinary action when warranted. Oversees the training of personnel, and resolves plant and personnel problems, grievances and issues. Enforces working rules in accordance with established practices. Responsible for personnel selection.
Prepares the annual budget and capital improvement plan as assigned. Administers plant fiscal matters and prepares reports and budget, reviews records and data, and develops recommendations.
Addresses the Department of Justice Consent Decree as assigned. Oversees regulatory compliance and ensures that regulatory reports like the NPDES discharge monitoring reports (DMR) and sludge DMR reports are submitted as required.
Provides regular written and oral reports to the Director of Public Works. Prepares reports on activities, including monthly and annual performance reports.
Affects leadership and manages project, program and construction management duties as assigned. Works with consultants. Meets with equipment sales vendors and contractors bidding on work; prepares recommendations on the purchase of new equipment.
Works with consultants to develop service and bid specifications and/or develops technical specifications with the Utilities Engineer.
Directs the administrative assistant, Administrative Supervisor, Wastewater Utilities Engineer and other staff personnel as assigned.
Ensures the Operations Supervisor and Shift Supervisors review and inspect records and technical data; prepare and/or review operations reports and graphic charts; make personal observations to analyze pumping stations and plant performance; recommend corrective measures when and where needed; investigate, diagnose and recommend corrections of abnormalities occurring in any of the pumping, treatment or disposal processes to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
Ensures plant, pumping stations and force mains equipment is properly maintained through the direction of the Electrical Field Engineer, Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor and the Service Utility Supervisor.
Oversees the direction of the laboratory through the Laboratory Supervisor. Oversees the review of laboratory administration and procedures including sampling locations for process control.
Ensures there are supervisory inspections throughout the plant, laboratory, pumping stations and force mains that include checks that standard operating procedures are being followed.
Ensures the responsible implementation of safety practices. Ensures there are supervisory inspections to check compliance with the safety program and to detect existing or potential unsafe or unhealthy operating procedures, equipment, or conditions. Periodically participates in safety committee meetings as needed.
Ensure efficient and economical functioning of all the plant, laboratory, pumping stations and force mains facilities. Oversees the planning, scheduling and use of processes and equipment in various operating modes to determine the most efficient mode of operation. The Operations Supervisor and the Shift Supervisors also enforce the odor control program.
Participates in plant-wide projects aimed at the improvement of plant management, operations, maintenance and quality control. Participates in research projects to evaluate new treatment processes, or to determine feasibility of implementing new methods.
Responds to plant, pumping station and force main emergencies.
Bachelor's or Associate's degree in environmental science, chemistry, biology, engineering or related field; and/or five years progressively responsible management experience required. Experience managing in a union environment is strongly desired.
Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is required.
Must possess an adequate Wastewater Treatment Operators Certification for the City of Reading facilities as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection or have the ability to obtain certification within one year of hire. A Pennsylvania Professional Engineer’s license is desirable.
The City of Reading is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Reading does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or gender.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on Qualifications
The city of Reading, located in southeastern Pennsylvania, is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area and the county seat for Berks County. With a population of 88,082 as of the 2010 census, it is the fifth most populated city in the state.