Public Works-environmental Business Operations Manager

Lorton, Virginia
$72,190.56 - $120,316.98 Annually
Aug 06, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the direction of the Operations Branch Chief, manages the daily operational activities in a 67 Million Gallons Per Day Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant and general administrative requirements of 48 plant operator on four rotating shifts in compliance with Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act regulations. Assesses, recommends, and implements business operations improvements in regulatory documentation, consumables costs, workforce deployment, and treatment process performance. Reviews and approves all facility outages for maintenance and construction outages. Serves as subject matter expert on plant operations and serves in an acting capacity as Operations Branch Chief, in the branch chief’s absence. Subject to working in adverse weather conditions and may be exposed to raw waste or environments generating methane gas.

Note: Positions within this classification are considered essential to the maintenance and continuity of core county operations during the activation of an emergency or critical incident.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Analyzes and evaluates public works/environmental services field operations and technical services;
  • Develops, recommends and implements long-term and short-term improvements in operations;
  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates the effective use of the field operations or technical services branch's resources and makes recommendations to Branch Manager to improve organizational productivity and/or levels of service;
  • Identifies and uses proper business metrics to form the basis of recommended organizational changes or adjustments that need to made to improve services/operations;
  • Collects, measures, monitors, and analyzes business operations/levels of service to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and value of services and makes recommendations for improvement;
  • Plans, conducts and/or oversees studies or research activities to ensure field operation/technical services program quality; determines unmet needs and makes recommendations to ensure effectiveness of existing programs;
  • Supervises/leads professional and paraprofessional employees;
  • Reinforces a safety culture and continually seeks to expand safety knowledge through training, mentoring, self-study or other methods of continuous learning;
  • Clearly communicates safety expectations;
  • Resolves safety-related issues in a timely matter;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)
  • Considerable knowledge and through understanding of relevant public works/environmental services field operation/technical services business operation/organization (e.g., wastwater treatment, air pollution control, erosion/sediment control, environmental remediation, stormwater or solid waste collection, recycling and/or disposal as well as the environmental, social, and economic issues associated with these disciplines);
  • Considerable knowledge of mission, goals, and objectives of public works and environmental services department;
  • Knowledge of Federal and State Environmental Regulations;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of financial management, budgeting and accounting, and the ability to apply them to make good business decisions;
  • Ability to understand business and business metrics;
  • Ability to identify possible solutions for solving business problems;
  • Ability to evaluate proposals and solutions in terms of benefits, costs, and overall impact on the project, program or organization;
  • Ability to understand interrelationships across all functional areas of business and to recognize how key drivers of business relate to each other;
  • Ability to analyze business operations and make recommendations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of services and organization;
  • Ability to establish or implement a system of accountability;
  • Ability to make good judgments and quick decisions in understanding and dealing with a business situation;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public;
  • Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
  • Ability to write and prepare accurate reports;
  • Ability to use word processing and presentation software to prepare documents, and to use spreadsheets and enterprise systems to store, manipulate, analyze and present data;
  • Ability to effectively supervise/lead professional and paraprofessional employees, including the ability to provide coaching and guidance, monitoring and evaluating performance, and supporting training and development training.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, engineering, construction management, or a related field; plus four years of experience in an environmental, engineering or construction management program.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • A Class I Wastewater Treatment Operator's certification issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Confined Space Training Certificate within 12 months of hire.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and a medical examination to the satisfaction of the employer prior to appointment.

The appointee to this position will be required to be available twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flooding, and other designated emergencies on an as needed basis.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Experience working in a supervisory position in a Class I wastewater treatment facility; experience using computers; good verbal and written communication skills; mathematical skills; experience using mechanical tools and making mechanical repairs.

Ability to climb steps and ladders, walk on variety of surfaces such as uneven terrain and grating. Ability to work in diverse and extreme environment including all weather conditions, extreme heat, extreme cold and small confined spaces. Must be able to bend, stoop, and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions with the ability to lift 50 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.