Director Of Wastewater Collection Division

Burke, Virginia
$98,611.97 - $164,352.45 Annually
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 25, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) operates a large wastewater management system, which is recognized at the national, regional, and state level for awards, accreditations, and ratings. Serving a dynamic community of almost 1.2 million residents, Fairfax County is seeking a Division Director to run the Wastewater Collection Division that manages 100 MGD of wastewater through over 3,300 miles of sewer and 63 pump stations.

Leads a collaborative and innovative team of more than 140 mechanics, electricians, maintenance workers, engineers, IT specialists, and administrative team members doing meaningful work. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of DPWES, the WCD Director provides leadership, supervises, and manages a culturally diverse workforce. Working in a collaborative environment with other wastewater divisions and a construction division, the Division Director inspires and motivates staff to achieve overall wastewater program goals and objectives, including:

  • Forwarding the goals of the existing master plan and the developing Wastewater Utility Management Plan; establishing WCD goals and objectives;
  • Ensuring that agency operations comply with federal and state laws and local regulations; preparing an annual budget;
  • Ensuring that personnel practices comply with County policies and procedures; using asset management planning to review the state of the sanitary sewer system and recommend short-range and long-range capital construction projects for inclusion in the capital budget;
  • Overseeing safety and training programs for employees to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations; implementing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies plan in accordance with EEO and AA laws and regulations;
  • Working with neighboring jurisdictions regarding wastewater flow measurement requirements and related activities; and
  • Responding to sanitary sewer emergencies and other public works emergencies as required to assist in keeping the environment free of harmful waste.

Illustrative Duties

  • Supervises the planning and administration of the division's maintenance and operating responsibilities;
  • Directs preparation of technical studies and reports;
  • Plans and establishes priorities for sewer system improvements, replacements and long-range maintenance;
  • Recommends capital improvement projects;
  • Supervises division purchases of equipment and operating supplies;
  • Oversees recruitment and training of personnel and directs a safety program;
  • Maintains liaison with neighboring jurisdictions regarding wastewater flow measurement requirements and related activities.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of civil and/or mechanical engineering;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater collection;
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of professional and sub-professional engineers;
  • Ability to review reports, specifications, and contract documents;
  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills.

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 four-year college or university with major work in civil, sanitary, chemical engineering or a related field; plus nine years of increasingly responsible experience the management and operation of wastewater collections systems, three years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Valid driver's license.

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

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 will still be subject to the 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.

  • Five years of experience managing staff with certifications and expertise in trades, such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and skilled labor.
  • Five years of working with elected officials and translating wastewater engineering technical information to plain English for the general public and political bodies.
  • Five years of experience working in local government public works.
  • Certification as a licensed engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, stooping, walking, and climbing in field conditions that may include entering and exiting manholes. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, and personal fall arrest harness. Ability to drive county vehicle to job sites and administrative meeting. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

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.

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