DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE, MUNICIPAL UTILITY AUTHORITY
Under direction, plans, coordinates and directs operations and
maintenance and/or construction activities of a system of sanitary
or combined sewage collection and treatment facilities and/or a
water treatment and distribution system; may oversee the activities
of a compost project and other experimental projects involved in the
processing of sludge and other residue from these treatment facilities;
does related work as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Plans, coordinates and directs the operation, repair and maintenance
activities of one or more water treatment and/or sewage collection and
treatment facilities; may also direct and coordinate installation and
Coordinates the activities of various departments.
May issue day-to-day instructions and work assignments to departmental
supervisors and supervise their work.
May supervise the operations and activities of a compost project, and
other experimental activities involving the processing of sludge and
residues from the treatment facilities.
Coordinates maintenance and repair activities among multiple work
units and/or facilities to make effective use of resources and personnel,
in order to meet the standards prescribed by state and federal
Environmental Protection Agencies.
May supervise the development and execution of plans and procedures
related to the construction, inspection, maintenance, and repair of water
and/or sewer systems and equipment.
Inspects field activities of contractors to ensure that construction projects
conform to plans and specifications.
May plan and manage the methods and sequence of operations to
facilitate additions, deletions, and modifications to water and/or
Meets with other agency administrative personnel and experts in
the field, to revise, prepare, and clarify policy issues concerning the
operation of water treatment and/or sewage collection and treatment
Prepares operational plans, budgets and cost estimates for one or
more treatment facilities; directs the implementation of approved
operational plans and oversees expenditures in the approved budget.
Prepares and administers contracts for the securing of materials, tools,
supplies and equipment, and supervises their storage, and distribution.
Evaluates new developments in materials, tools, and equipment and
Evaluates the feasibility of implementing recommendations from
consulting and governmental agencies, concerning the operations
and activities of the treatment facilities, explores probable variations,
problems, and expenditures, and reports on same.
Attends seminars and meets with representatives from governmental
agencies, consulting firms, and others, to evaluate present operational
procedures, identify problems and explore available alternatives and
advances in Sanitary Engineering; participates in the evaluation of the
proper implementation of new procedures in accordance with existing
Prepares correspondence and technical reports containing findings,
conclusions, and recommendations.
Prepares, reviews, analyzes, and interprets engineering drawings,
specifications, and technical manuals; and/or critiques work products
from engineers engaged in preparing designs and plans to construct,
enlarge, install, and modify treatment plants, pumping stations, mains,
and other appurtenances, and suggests modifications.
Directs and coordinates engineers in conducting studies to determine
the most feasible approaches to meeting organizational and technical
Evaluates the programs, policies, operations, work activities and
methods of the treatment facilities and/or field locations, identifies
problems and needs, and implements solutions for improved
efficiency/effectiveness and for utilizing available resources.
Interprets and implements regulations concerning the maintenance
and operations of water treatment and/or sewage collection and
treatment facilities; may interpret and implement regulations
concerning experimental treatment and disposal projects.
Directs the establishment and maintenance of necessary records
Supervises the handling of customer complaints and requests for
service installations and repairs.
May be responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance
activities of multiple sewage and/or water treatment plants in separate
locations. Responsibilities may include supervision of multiple units
engaged in treatment procedures, repair and maintenance activities,
and experimental or operational sewage disposal projects.
May coordinate work among several separate locations.
May be responsible for the development and operation of a district
sewage transfer system with multi-jurisdictional participation, and for
general management of a regional sewage and/or water treatment
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and computerized information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Public Administration,
Project/Construction Management, or Environmental, Civil, Sanitary,
Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.
Six (6) years of experience in the oversight of sewer system programs
and operations or related municipal utilities or public works construction
and/or maintenance programs, four (4) years of which shall have included
responsibility for the preparation of budgets, management of supervisory
staff, and oversight of organizational programs and activities.
NOTE: A Master's degree in Civil, Sanitary, Environmental,
Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or
university may be substituted for one year of the non-supervisory
Appointees may be required to possess a license of the appropriate
grade/level to operate a public sewage treatment plant and/or a water
treatment plant, issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the procedures involved in the operation and
maintenance of water and/or sewer systems.
Knowledge of the problems involved in the design, maintenance,
and construction of water and/or sewer systems.
Knowledge of the procedures and problems involved in the activities
of a sludge composting unit, where required.
Knowledge of supervisory theory and techniques.
Knowledge of asset management principles for water and sewer
systems and in-depth knowledge of water and wastewater operations.
Ability to interpret and apply federal and state regulations concerning
the operations of water and/or sewer facilities.
Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the operation and maintenance
activities of water and/or sewer facilities.
Ability to handle the technical aspects concerning construction,
maintenance, and repair of water and/or sewer facilities, and to
Ability to manage staff and work activities.
Ability to prepare plans, technical specifications, project estimates,
budgets, and operations schedules for the facilities.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering construction
plans and specifications.
Ability to organize assigned technical engineering work, conduct
necessary research, and prepare clear, accurate, reports containing
findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to work effectively with co-workers, other agencies and the public.
Ability to supervise the receipt and resolution of customer complaints.
Ability to evaluate the unit's operations and activities, identify problems
and needs, and provide for solutions.
Ability to direct the establishment and maintenance of necessary
records and files.
Ability to execute plans for the effective utilization of funds, personnel,
equipment, materials, and supplies.
Ability to perform analysis and solve technical problems.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of the position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable
accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.