WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. (1st screen date is 8/31/17)
JOB SUMMARY: The Department of Natural Resources and Parks is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate to manage the Loop® Biosolids Program within the Wastewater Treatment Division's Stewardship and Sustainable Resources (SSR) Section. This position is represented by the Technical Employees Association and reports to the Stewardship and Sustainable Resources Section Manager.
Wastewater Treatment Division's (WTD) Biosolids Program consists of a team of six (6) technical and professional staff who develop customers and uses for Loop biosolids, a soil amendment that adds carbon and nutrients to soils and boosts crop growth. Recycling Loop results in significant carbon storage in the soil, advancing WTD toward its goal of carbon-neutrality. The biosolids team oversees transportation from the treatment plant to Loop customers, ensures that Loop is used correctly, develops outreach materials, and works with university researchers to evaluate practices and develop new uses.
King County WTD protects water quality and public health in the central Puget Sound region by providing high quality treatment to wastewater collected from local sewer agencies. The Wastewater Treatment Division includes 600 employees across multiple facilities and serves 1.5 million people.
Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce, and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County.
Safety: We protect ourselves and others before all other priorities. Safety is a virtue to be instilled in each of us.
Innovation: We foster a creative environment where employees openly and enthusiastically search for new ways to improve our work.
Spirit of Service: We reliably and equitably deliver exceptional products and services to our customers and communities all day, every day.
Empowered Teams: We respect, trust, collaborate and communicate openly – embracing problems and conflict as opportunities to create solutions.
Communication: We listen to and share with each other timely, accurate and clear information to ensure effective performance of our work.
Cultivate Mastery: We provide opportunities to encourage each other to reach our highest level of performance within an inclusive, positive, fun work environment
Financial Accountability: We are responsible stewards of public dollars.
WORK LOCATION: King Street Center, 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA
WORK SCHEDULE: Currently this position works 5 days, 8 hours shifts. Applicants must be available to work any assigned schedule. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:
King County online application available at http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs
Resume attached to online application
Any additional supplemental questions found on application form
Manage an integrated biosolids recycling program that includes planning, permitting, transportation, land application, environmental monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting, plus a multi-university research and demonstration program.
Oversee an operating field program, ensuring that procedures and systems meet regulatory requirements, contractual commitments, and the needs of WTD and its customers.
Supervise staff of project managers and planners: hire, assign, and schedule work, set expectations and objectives, coach and evaluate performance.
Advise project managers on contract negotiations, interpretations, and compliance monitoring for unit's service contracts (hauling, land application, field design, and composting).
Prepare unit business plans and individual work plans that contribute to goals and objectives. Ensure that the Biosolids Program is in line with department/division priorities and is implementing countywide and division initiatives.
Take an active role in strategic planning and policy development.
Develop, implement and monitor unit budgets; review capital budgets managed by biosolids project managers.
Work collaboratively with other sections (Operations), divisions, utilities, regulatory agencies, and university researchers to address environmental policies and issues.
Maintain detailed knowledge of regulations that guide the team's daily work (primarily the state and federal biosolids rules & state industrial stormwater rules).
Provide final QA/QC and approval on the team's work products (public information pieces, permit applications, annual project summaries, contracts and amendments, operations plans, and technical reports).
Evaluate program and conduct staff performance reviews.
Assist the section manager in finalizing the program's strategic planning process.
Education or experience in a field of environmental science, natural resources, soil science or agriculture science or other relevant discipline, and five years minimum experience in program management and/or work in the biosolids field OR the equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties.
Experience in a supervisory role or leading teams for complex projects or programs
The most successful candidate will possess:
Knowledge of regulatory requirements such as environmental compliance and permitting with Washington State Department of Ecology (or equivalent)
Knowledge of wastewater treatment processes and the products produced through that process
Experience working collaboratively with other government and regulatory agencies to address environmental policies and issues
Experience in contract management
Proven track record of establishing and maintaining good community relations with a diverse public
Experience in customer service and continuous quality improvement
Strong communications skills (oral and written); skill in communicating technical information to a diverse audience
Skill in establishing and maintaining a collaborative working environment with a diverse group of people
LICENSING/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Washington State Driver's License
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local... governments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water quality activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.