Director, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
Salary Range: $203,929 - $350,205
Miami-Dade County is seeking an experienced and knowledgeable Director for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) to coordinate countywide water distribution and wastewater transmission systems to meet the growing needs of Miami-Dade County residents. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department maintains more than 8,500 miles of underground water lines, as well as approximately 4,100 miles of sewer lines, serving 2.3 million residents, businesses and thousands of visitors. The Water and Sewer Department ensures high quality drinking water and wastewater services in compliance with all regulatory requirements. The County’s drinking water is regularly tested to ensure its quality and surpasses federal, state and local standards.
The County’s water system consists of three regional water treatment plants and five local water treatment plants with a total permitted capacity of 464 million gallons per day (MGD); three regional wastewater treatment plants with a total permitted capacity of 376 MGD; more than 1,000 sewer pump stations and 6,400 miles of wastewater mains and lateral collection pipes. The service population as of September 2019 serves 450,000 water and 366,000 wastewater retail customers.
The Director is responsible for the utility’s wastewater collection, transmission and treatment functions; potable water production, transmission and distribution operations; system maintenance requirements; engineering and construction activities; and a multitude of financial, administrative and operational support activities. WASD consists of approximately 2,800 employees who support the departments’ function of safeguarding public health and the environment, while planning for future growth, implementing water conservation measures and providing for process improvements and cost efficiencies. The Director will have oversight of an approximately $800 million operating budget and a $600 million annual capital plan; and reports to the Chief Operations Officer. The Director is responsible for successfully managing large departmental capital and operational programs while meeting local, state, and federal regulatory requirements. Among the Department’s most critical ongoing initiatives are:
Other initiatives include maximizing available water supplies, reducing inflow and infiltration, addressing ageing infrastructure, and improving operational efficiencies. Policy direction is received from the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.
The ideal candidate should have:
For Fiscal Year 2020-21, the County’s adopted budget is $8.9 billion dollars. Miami-Dade County is internationally recognized for its achievement in implementing a results-oriented government culture. The County’s Strategic Business Plans are developed with significant input from the community in setting priorities
Miami-Dade County offers outstanding comprehensive benefits that include: full medical, dental, optional vision and disability insurance; optional 457 pre-tax savings plans, optional flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, one birthday holiday, and three floating holidays; vacation and sick leave; and employee contributory membership in the Florida Retirement System.
Applicants qualifying for employment will be subject to an extensive background check including, but not limited to, fingerprint checks, employment verification and other procedures. All resume submittals are subject to State of Florida Public Records Law.
Miami-Dade County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Local and Federal law.
Bachelor's degree. A minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional and/or administrative experience in a major governmental operation, to include overseeing and directing the management of capital improvement programs, utility operations, design and construction engineering, or environmental sustainability issues are required. A Master's degree and/or PhD degree is preferred. Bachelor's degree in Engineering is highly desired. Water and/or water utility experience, and a State of Florida Professional Engineer license is highly desired.
Qualified applicants may apply online for the Director, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Job Opening # 61764 at www.miamidade.gov/jobs or send resumes via email to Recruitment@miamidade.gov or mail to Kathy L. Horton, Human Resources Manager, Recruitment and Internal Placement, Human Resources Department, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2110, Miami, FL 33128 For additional information contact Ms. Kathy L. Horton at (305) 375-2668 or Kathy.Horton@miamidade.gov . All documents submitted in response to the advertisement are public records pursuant to Chapter 119 Florida Statutes.