Gravity Sewers Branch Chief (Public Works Environmental Services Manager)

$77,362.48 - $128,937.12 yr
Jul 31, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

Provides leadership, supervises, and manages a large, culturally diverse workforce consisting of senior supervisors and skilled sanitary sewer maintenance staff. Works in a collaborative environment, and inspires, mentors, coaches, and motivates staff to achieve agency goals at a high performance level. Keeps abreast of technological developments in the wastewater field and serves as a catalyst for modernizing operations. Manages all operation and maintenance activities of the 3,300 mile gravity sanitary sewer system, and a staff of 60+ employees. Prepares annual operating and capital equipment budget. Assists in developing a multi-million dollar capital improvement program to replace, rehabilitate and upgrade the gravity sanitary sewer system where needed. Responds on a 24-hour basis to agency emergencies involving the sanitary sewers system and assists other County agencies as needed. Seeks opportunities to promote, through action, the department's mission, vision, leadership philosophy and values.

Provides outstanding customer service to end users and project stakeholders. Demonstrates innovative leadership for process improvement, organizational development and training, safety training and awareness and quality assurance.

Illustrative Duties
  • Manages and directs (including budget and staff) all maintenance activities related to the county's wastewater treatment plant for process and non-process facilities including electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, building, and grounds
  • Manages and directs (including budget and staff) the operation and maintenance of the county's sanitary and/or storm sewer systems and associated infrastructure systems;
  • Oversees supervisory staff to assure appropriate staff training and compliance with established policies and procedures;
  • Ensures that programs comply with federal and state environmental laws and regulations;
  • Anticipates impact of changes in environmental laws and regulations that affect county operations and develops plans to ensure compliance when they go into effect;
  • Recommends changes to the county code and ensures the application of the code requirements;
  • Ensures that operations and work practices comply with all applicable federal and state safety regulations;
  • Establishes long term plans, policies, and procedures related to functional area;
  • Provides direction, oversight, and long range planning for environmental programs and major environmental contracts;
  • Reviews, develops, and approves response plans to natural disasters, hazardous waste, or environmental incidents;
  • Coordinates and integrates emergency response programs with other county, state, and federal agencies;
  • Participates on the senior management team in establishing, administering, directing, and monitoring operations, management, and maintenance strategies;
  • Supervises employees including performance appraisals, recommending salary actions,
  • promotions and disciplinary actions, interviewing prospective employees, training and development of employees;
  • Maintains cooperative and proactive alliances with vendors, citizens, environmental groups, county, state, and federal agencies;
  • 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 matters in a timely manner;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant environmental management technologies and processes, such as wastewater 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;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques relating to construction project management and contract administration;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods and equipment used in stormwater management, wastewater pumping stations and rehabilitation, and/or treatment plant operation and maintenance, construction, monitoring and inspection; solid waste and recyclables processing, management and disposal;
  • Thorough knowledge of methods and equipment used in sanitary sewer system operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation;
  • Expert knowledge of federal and state codes and ordinances which apply to building construction and environmental management in Fairfax County;
  • Expert knowledge of federal and state safety and environmental regulations pertaining to the agency and operation;
  • Ability to coordinate long-term, complex project plans;
  • Ability to determine appropriate technologies to facilitate conducting analytical and evaluative work;
  • Ability to implement greater effectiveness and efficiency through the introduction of existing or emerging technologies;
  • Ability to supervise paraprofessional and tradesmen employees including delegating and reviewing work assignments, providing coaching and guidance, monitoring and evaluating performance, and supporting training and development planning;
  • 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.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, 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 six years of experience in an environmental, engineering or construction management program, which includes one year of supervisory experience.


  • Effectively manage multiple programs and projects, provide strong leadership, creative problem-solving and work collaboratively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of engineering and working knowledge of hydraulic principles, gravity and pressure sewer line construction methods and practices.
  • Experience managing a team of 50 or more tradesmen/professionals providing a 24/7 operations and maintenance and emergency utility response service.
  • Experience in planning, budgeting, construction, project management, and construction contract administration of wastewater collection or related utility projects.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills and experience with both public and internal presentations to various audiences (including trades personnel).
  • Experience evaluating and interpreting federal, state, and local environmental regulations
  • Information technology skills including use of Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InfoEAM (work-order system) and GIS.
A valid driver's license is required.

Is subject to 24-hour on-call and may be required to report to work during extreme inclement weather or other emergencies, including after-hours and weekend work during emergency incidents to fulfill emergency service duties.

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

All duties are completed with or without reasonable accommodations. Duties are performed in a general office environment. Ability to navigate rough terrain when necessary.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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