Plant Operations Manager

Arlington, Virginia
$90,708.80 - $149,572.80 Annually
Sep 19, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County is seeking to fill a senior management position for the operation of an advanced 40 MGD water resources recovery facility, located in the Water Pollution Control Bureau (WPCB) , Department of Environmental Services. The employee in this position is responsible for managing programs, activities, and approximately 35 staff (professionals, technical and skilled trades), within the Operations Section of the WPCB.

The position directly supervises four operations Shift Supervisors, an Engineering Technician, and Operations Specialist. This position may also substitute in the absence of the Bureau Chief as assigned.

Specific duties include:
  • Managing plant operations to ensure efficient and cost-effective services that are compliant with regulatory and permit requirements;
  • Supervises staff and shift assignments, hiring, performance management and all personnel actions;
  • Establishing program goals, developing work plans and evaluating performance measures;
  • Managing the Operations Section budget by planning and monitoring expenses and associated contracts;
  • Ensuring the development and delivery of comprehensive training and safety programs for the operations staff;
  • Collaborating with the Maintenance Section Manager, Engineering Programs Manager, and Bureau management to develop short and long-term activities and program plans;
  • Interfacing with contractors to ensure proper start-ups and shut-downs of systems and equipment;
  • Ensuring the timely collection and analysis of program data to generate accurate required reports.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Extensive experience supervising employees in a water/wastewater operations type of environment;
  • Training or experience with wastewater treatment processing, specifically in activated sludge treatment, nutrient removal, and solids processing;
  • Experience managing a variety of management and administrative functions, including long/short term wastewater/water treatment planning, budgeting, and personnel management in water, wastewater or industrial environment.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License, and/or certification at highest water/wastewater operator level.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Physical Science, Biological, Chemical Science Engineering or closely related area, plus progressively responsible experience in industrial plant operations management and/or wastewater/water treatment operations. Must have direct supervisory experience.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience such as combination of education and progressively responsible experience in industrial plant operations management, and/or water or wastewater treatment operations, may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Special Requirements

A letter of application is required. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire section of your application or attach a cover letter that addresses how your training, education and experience have prepared you for this Plant Operations Manager position. Include the following:
  • Program management experience, supervision, administration, planning and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Industrial plant operations management experience including supervision of employees in a water/wastewater operations type of environment.
  • Specific training and/or experience in wastewater processing, specifically in activated sludge treatment, nutrient removal and solids processing.

Applicant must possess or have the ability to obtain a Class I Wastewater Operator's License issued by the Virginia State Board of Certification of Operators of Water and Wastewater Works within one year of appointment. License requirements can be found on the state of Virginia website: click here

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday- Friday, 8am - 5pm. However, this position requires on call availability 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for work issues and/or emergencies.

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, and results achieved.

For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here .

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


A letter of application is required. Please use the space provided below or attach a cover letter that addresses how your training, education and experience have prepared you for this Plant Operations Manager position to include: • Program Management including supervision, administration, planning and budgetary responsibilities. • Industrial Plant Operations management area of experience including supervision of trades employees in a water/wastewater operations type of environment. • Specific training and/or experience in wastewater processing, specifically in activated sludge treatment and advanced chemical treatment of sludge.


How many years of industrial plant operations management and/or water or wastewater treatment operations management do you possess?
  • Less than 3 years
  • 3 years but less than 5 years
  • 5 years but less than 7 years
  • 7 or more years


Please list any Professional Licenses and/or Certifications you have obtained in Engineering and/or Water/Wastewater Operations. If not applicable type N/A.


This position requires the incumbents availability to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for work issues and/or emergencies. Do you understand and agree to this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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