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Assistant Director of Utilities (Water/Wastewater) job in Hays

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Organization:  City of Hays, KS
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Kansas (KS)
City:  Hays
Salary and Benefits:  Salary range: $51,720 - $84,300, placement based on experience. Excellent benefits including KPERS, Paid-Time Off and free family health insurance.

The City of Hays, KS (population approximately 20,000) is located on Interstate 70 midway between Kansas City and Denver, and is a rapidly developing community with tremendous growth potential. Hays, KS is home to Fort Hays State University and prides itself on being the regional trade, health and educational center for North Central Kansas. Visit www.haysusa.net for more information about Hays, KS. We are looking for an energetic, professional Assistant Director of Utilities who would be responsible for assisting in the coordinating of operations for the City’s water treatment and distribution and wastewater treatment and collection systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in water and sewer utility operations, 5 years experience in a similar or related position in a supervisory role, and excellent organizational, administrative and communication skills. Applicants are required to have a college degree in engineering, business, public administration, utility management or equivalent experience in a related field. Salary range: $51,720 - $84,300, placement based on experience. Excellent benefits including KPERS, Paid-Time Off and free family health insurance. Residency within the three-mile planning boundary of the City required within 180 days of employment. Job offers contingent on passing a physical and drug test. Resumes must include a minimum of 3 references, 5 year salary history, and cover letter. Incomplete resumes will not be reviewed. Resumes can be emailed to djuenemann@haysusa.com or mailed to Human Resources, P.O. Box 490, Hays, KS 67601. Position is opened until filled. Phone: 785-628-7320 Fax: 785-628-7323 EOE


POSITION SUMMARY                                                                                                                         

Under the supervision of the Director of Utilities, the Assistant Director of Utilities is an exempt position under FLSA.  This position performs administrative and supervisory duties and is responsible assisting in the planning, directing, and coordinating of operations for the City’s water treatment and distribution and wastewater treatment and collection systems.  This employee should possess excellent supervisory, communication, organizational, and mechanical skills.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS                                                                                                                        

  • Assists the Director in the overall administration of planning, engineering and construction for the City’s water and wastewater system;
  • Coordinates all department contracts, including consultant and construction;
  • Projects future water demand and recommend water resource planning;
  • Develops construction standards for the department;
  • Provides direction for reporting divisions in accordance with department policy;
  • Meets with other agencies and department heads on matters affecting water distribution, wastewater maintenance, infrastructure planning and replacement, delivery, contracts and reclamation;
  • Develops procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of service;
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints;
  • Enforces safety, training, and other rules and regulations;
  • Prepares estimates, calculations and forecasts;
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable federal laws and ability to quickly become knowledgeable of pertinent State and local laws;
  • Knowledge of modern computer technology and its application in a municipal utility setting;
  • Ability to interpret and prepare complex technical operating and analytical data, and prepare clear, concise reports for oral or written presentation;
  • Directs studies of water and wastewater systems performance, capacities, and needs;
  • Confers with and advises engineers, contractors, attorneys, water and wastewater and/or other City staff on water and wastewater projects/problems;
  • Directs system requirement forecasts, water supply studies, distribution network flow analysis, special studies and contract administration;
  • Researches and analyzes technical, logistical and financial feasibility of various water supplies, wastewater treatment, water treatment alternatives;
  • Assists in the development and administration of short and long-range capital improvement program;
  • Directs activities to locate water and wastewater system facilities to prevent damage during excavation performed by other utilities and/or construction contractors;
  • Develops and/or reviews and approves cost estimates;
  • Prepares and evaluates detailed engineering reports/analyses of water and wastewater system operations/facilities;
  • Thorough knowledge of the materials, methods, processes and equipment used in the planning, design and construction of water production and distribution systems and of wastewater treatment and collections systems;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of water/ wastewater engineering as applied to collection/distribution systems and treatment plants;
  • Considerable contract development and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, associates, employees of other Departments, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.


  • Assists other departments as the need arises;
  • Attends Well Head Protection meetings;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.                        




Experience: Five years of progressive administrative and supervisory experience in water and wastewater utility operations is required.  Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment.


Education: A college degree in business or public administration, utility management or equivalent training and experience is required.  This position requires a valid Kansas Driver’s License and certification as a Class IV Water and Wastewater Operator.


Technical Skills: A thorough knowledge of wastewater and water system regulations and operations, chemical analysis, and mechanical repairs as well as a working knowledge of mathematics is required.  Highly technical computer skills and a thorough knowledge of excel and other various programs are also required. The ability to read and interpret schematics, maps, written instructions, reports, records and manuals, and implementation of effective goals are required.  This employee must possess strong verbal and written communications, supervisory and mechanical skills.


Problem Solving: Problem solving is a factor in this position.  This employee encounters problems with personnel issues, citizen complaints and inquiries, and maintaining a proper chemical balance for safe drinking water and wastewater discharge.


Decision Making:  Decision making is a factor in this position.  This employee makes decisions about prioritizing projects, resolving personnel conflicts, and performing daily duties within the parameters of municipal policy and professional guidelines.


Supervision: This position works with limited supervision from the Utilities Director and exercises frequent supervision over subordinate personnel.


Financial Accountability: This employee assists the Utilities Director with department equipment and resources, has the authority to purchase necessary equipment and supplies, and does participate in the annual budget process.


Personal Relations: Frequent contact with the general public, subordinate personnel and other City departments is expected.


Working Conditions: Some adverse working conditions exist within this position.  Exposure to human blood and body fluids, hazardous chemicals, machinery, excessive noise and all types of weather conditions is expected occasionally.  This employee performs daily walking, climbing, reaching, kneeling and stooping tasks and operates departmental equipment occasionally.


Physical Requirements: This employee must be able to walk, bend, reach, kneel, and stoop. Limited physical activity is required to perform the daily duties of this position. Determined Work Level: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and not more than 10 pounds frequently.  Requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or requires sitting most of the time, but entails pushing and or pulling of arm or leg controls = Level 2 Light Work.

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