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Director of Water Resources

Oconee County Board of Commissioners

Posted: Jan. 26, 2018

End Date: May. 25, 2018

The purpose of this classification is to plan, direct and supervise the County’s water and wastewater treatment operations.  This position reports to the County Administrator.
The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
Plans, organizes and manages department operations; coordinates, prioritizes and assigns daily work through subordinate supervisors; reviews work in progress and upon completion to ensure compliance with applicable laws, ordinances and regulations.
Develops and oversees implementation of department policies and procedures; updates technical manuals; provides training as needed.
Manages the wastewater treatment facility to ensure proper operation of chemical feeders, gauges, pumps, filters and other plant equipment.
Conducts field inspections of water and sewer installments; provides technical assistance to field personnel in conducting repairs and maintenance work.
Performs financial administration duties which include, but are not limited to, preparing the annual budget, recommending adjustments to utility fees and charges, monitoring utility revenues and department expenses, and maintaining accounting records and reports.
Oversees the preparation and distribution of water bills; provides technical assistance in resolving billing problems and errors; responds to citizens regarding billing problems, inquiries and complaints.
Conducts long range planning of capital improvements to utility systems; oversees active construction projects; serves as liaison to engineers, contractors, state officials in managing projects.
Reviews engineering reports, development plans, and laboratory reports.
Advises and confers with the County Chairman, County Administrator, Board of Commissioners, county officials and staff; attends Board meetings; makes presentations or answers inquiries on department operations in meetings.
Oversees the department’s purchasing, accounting, and personnel activities to ensure compliance with the county’s policies and procedures.
Reviews and interprets local ordinances, EPD rules and regulations, erosion control regulations, water system specifications, zoning maps, and other documents in managing department operations.
Oversees the maintenance of fleet vehicles and equipment; conducts periodic inspections of vehicles.
Coordinates the department’s response to emergency calls in conducting utility repairs.
Creates and updates utility records, tables and charts using personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software; uses computer aided design system in preparing plans.
Adheres and ensures adherence to established safety procedures and county Safety Policies and Procedures; oversees utilization of safety equipment and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.
Performs duties of field personnel and support staff as needed.
Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration with a PE or closely related field; supplemented by a minimum of ten (10) years previous experience and/or training that includes water or wastewater operations supervision with local government experience preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unique or unusual conditions. Requires the ability to do so within the context of existing organizational theories and management principles. 
Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to function in a director capacity for a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.
Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.
Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Sensory Requirements:  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate depth, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors:  Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, odors, or toxic agents.