Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. With more people living in Seattle than ever before, we face a range of new challenges, requirements and responsibilities. This is an exciting time for us, as we embrace the challenge of balancing environmental enhancement, service excellence and compliance with affordability. We are exploring and sharing approaches to meeting new and future demands. SPU strives to be a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. We also provide drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. With those goals in mind, we focus on the following in all we do:
Seattle Public Utilities has an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Director of Drainage and Wastewater who has demonstrated vision and a track record for delivering exceptional outcomes within a large utility with multiple lines of business. The Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) Deputy Director ensures the work of the DWW line of business is aligned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Strategic Business Plan, is appropriately resourced, achieves the best value for customers and Seattle and identifies opportunities to develop the capacity and capabilities of DWW line of business. The DWW Deputy Director reports to the SPU General Manager and collaborates as part of the utility's executive team and leads a branch with over 200 employees. The position is directly accountable for setting DWW line of business strategy, policy and planning; establishing and meeting service levels; shaping the capital program, developing effective and efficient initiatives, programs and projects, managing and developing staff, meeting regulatory requirements; and conducting outstanding work in the field.PRIORITIES The top priorities for the DWW Deputy Director are:
Education: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies or a related field. Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in an executive leadership position managing stormwater and/or wastewater services within a public or private utility of comparable size and complexity. A comprehensive knowledge of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and separate sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) systems, operations, and control technologies; national CSO policy and familiarity with both federal and state regulatory programs related to CSO and SSO control.A demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship, public health, regulatory compliance and service equity in the planning and delivery of utility servicesKnowledge of integrated planning principles, green infrastructure and urban resiliency highly desirable.Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements. Education/Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.Job offers are contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
Additional Information:Seattle Public Utilities has three lines of business, which include: drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and solid waste. "Our Promise" is to provide efficient and forward-looking utility services that keep Seattle the best place to live.Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter indicating your interest and current salary information through the City of Seattle's Career Center. This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Application materials should reflect size and scope of management experience including staffs managed, operating and capital budgets administered, programs directed, and significant leadership accomplishments.Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at www.seattle.gov/util/.