Operations Branch Chief (public Works-environmental Services Manager)

Lorton, Virginia
$80,764.32 - $134,606.99 Annually
Mar 28, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Leads and manages the Operations Branch at the Noman C. Cole Pollution Control Plant, a 67 million gallons per day advanced wastewater treatment plant. As Chief, of the Operations division in the Wastewater Treatment Division, leads, supervises, and manages a large culturally diverse workforce. Maintains an employee development program to ensure Operations staff are adequately trained and licensed. Provides guidance and monitoring of plant operations to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations. Responds on a 24-hour basis to emergencies. Prepares and manages a $12 million annual operating budget of chemicals, energy, and personnel. Maintains effective relationships with all plant employees, other County agencies, and state regulatory agencies, the public and local civic groups.

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 job description.)
  • Manages and directs (including budget and staff) the operation and maintenance for infrastructure systems including stormwater facilities, sanitary sewer pumping stations, force mains, pressure sewer systems, flow metering stations, and odor control facilities, air pollution control systems, leachate collection, groundwater monitoring, landfill gas collection, solid waste processing, and landfill design and construction;
  • Manages and directs (including budget and staff) stormwater quality monitoring and inspections operations and assessment programs;
  • Manages and directs (including budget and staff) the operation and maintenance of the county's sanitary and/or storm sewer systems;
  • 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) operations and maintenance for solid waste and recyclables management programs or facilities;
  • 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;
  • 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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Expert 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;
  • Expert 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 , wastewater gravity sewer system operation, maintenance, 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 professional and paraprofessional 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 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 six years of experience in an environmental, engineering or construction management program, which includes one year of supervisory experience.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Virginia Class I Wastewater Treatment Works Operator's certification

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and a p re-employment physical to the satisfaction of the employer.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Environmental Sciences or related field. Experience and expertise in the wastewater treatment processes and operations found at the Noman M. Cole Pollution Control Plant including nutrient removal, wastewater reclamation and solids stabilization. Senior-Level supervisory and managerial experience in an operational agency.

Ability to read, write, and perform calculations. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interviews and may include exercises.

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 status as a veteran 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.

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