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Deputy Director, Water Production

Vibrant Pittsburgh

This is a Full-time position in Pittsburgh, PA posted October 24, 2021.

The Deputy Director, Water Production will oversee the performance, operation and maintenance of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s Water Treatment Plant, membrane filtration plant, and pumping stations, ensuring that produced water and water distribution system quality meets or exceeds applicable city, county, state, and federal regulations, as well as expectations of the consumers. 


• Oversee day-to-day operations, maintenance and repair of complex system of reservoirs and storage tanks, settling basins, treatment and filter plants, and pumping stations.

• Direct, schedule, and inspect general plant operations, maintenance, and plant shutdowns; direct plant operations in emergency situations, including coordination with the County’s Emergency Operations Center.

• Plan, direct, organize and control the materials, equipment and procedures toward the effective, efficient and economical attainment of relative program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees.

• Develop and recommend changes to water treatment plant processes and approach, and minor equipment changes as necessary, in collaboration with the Laboratory, Operator of Record, and Environmental Compliance functions.

• Develop, manage, and report on Key Performance Indicators to measure work performance, operations and maintenance requirements.

• Assume accountability for the protection of the environment and public through compliance with water quality requirements, permit parameters, other federal, state and local regulations, and for accurate field laboratory data, and an effectively managed asset management program.

• Identify, recommend and manage major improvements in plant, equipment and facilities, including design or construction projects that involve outside consultant and contractors.

• Prepare technical specifications, review, and approve chemical purchases, repair contracts, new equipment, and materials; monitor contract performance.

• Direct the evaluation of new chemicals and treatment processes and procedures to maintain consistent water quality in the distribution system.

• Direct the analysis of all plant operations phases and methods to develop more efficient, cost effective, and technologically advanced methods of water treatment.

• Partner with leadership on matters of policy and short and long-term planning.

• Develop departmental budget including personnel, equipment, and capital planning.

• Ensure the safety of all operations; Conduct safety meetings, inspections and provide documentation related to all safety issues.

• Supervise, evaluate, coach, mentor, train, discipline and motivate staff and contractors.

• Approve timecards, overtime and benefit usage requests, ensuring accuracy

• Performs other related tasks as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

• Extensive knowledge of water treatment and process design and operations, water treatment and process engineering, laboratory sampling and analysis, process and distribution system hydraulic principles, pneumatics, mechanics, electronics, construction and maintenance related to potable water facilities operations.

• Extensive knowledge of unit process design and operations, process chemistry, and chemical reactions related to potable water treatment.

• Extensive ability to develop and implement best practices to promote continuous improvement, operational efficiencies, innovation and excellent customer service.

• Strong management skills (planning, organizing, analysis, problem solving, team working, employee development).

• Excellent leadership skills, with the ability to lead, motivate and empower employees.

• Strong analytical, planning and organization skills.

• Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing potable water supply.

• Proven ability to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

• Ability to prepare and understand complex technical documents, specifications, drawings, and reports.

• Proven ability to make decisions based on sound business judgements, and to set targets for the field operations department.

• Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all departments, associates, outside agencies and the general public.

• Work independently, use time wisely, and complete assignments in a timely manner as well as take both verbal and written directions.

• Skilled in a variety of technology and media platforms with proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

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