Director of Water Quality

  • by Sweetwater Authority
  • Feb 7, 2019

Job Location: Spring Valley, CA
Application Deadline: 03/04/2019
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Under general administrative direction of the General Manager, the Director of Water Quality oversees, directs, and participates in a broad scope of functions including short- and long-term planning of water treatment facilities, equipment, and infrastructure, water quality laboratory, and habitat management, and providing professional-level support to the General Manager in a variety of areas. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and supervising the operation and maintenance of water treatment, production, and pumping and storage facilities; a comprehensive water quality program, including the supervision of a state certified laboratory; source water (surface and groundwater) protection activities; lake recreation programs; and a habitat management program involving endangered species issues, riparian habitat operations, California Environmental quality Act(CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA).

Essential duties of the Director of Water Quality include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as Department Head, referring policy-level decision making to the General Manager.
  • Develop and implement section goals, objectives, operating policies and procedures to achieve Authority and departmental priorities.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, schedule and supervise employees in the operation and maintenance of water treatment, production, and pumping and water storage facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal water quality and monitoring regulations.
  • Maintain a positive, healthy, and safe working environment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, customers, vendors, Board members, and the public.
  • Maintain surveillance of the operating efficiency of filtration processes, flow rates, and chemical treatment methods and water distribution pump stations/storage tanks.
  • Maintain the Authority’s State Environmental Laboratory Accreditation.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports regarding the operation of water treatment facilities and water quality of source water, treated water, and distribution system.
  • Perform administrative activities including preparing and approving reports, special reports, monthly activities, statistics, chemicals received and used, and daily and monthly plant flows; provide written and oral reports as required and conduct periodic reviews and revisions of operations manuals.
  • Suggest and implement methods of improving plant efficiency.
  • Supervise plant laboratory; use analyses data in maintaining quality control of treated water, groundwater supplies, distribution pipelines, and storage facilities.
  • Follow California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for relevant projects as assigned.
  • Develop strategies to continue meeting and exceeding current and proposed federal and state laws related to the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts.
  • Plan, organize and supervise a comprehensive watershed and water storage protection and maintenance program including plans and procedures for controlling balances and run-offs into reservoirs, and spills or releases from reservoirs.
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of consultants and contractors.
  • Respond to and manage regulatory permit issues and permit negotiations.
  • Oversee the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the Authority.
  • Review proposed developments within the watershed and develop conditions of approval through coordination with the County of San Diego.
  • Coordinate activities with other departments and divisions of the Authority.
  • Represent the Authority concerning issues involving the California Division of Drinking Water, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and other regulatory agencies as appropriate.
  • Respond to requests for information and complaints involving water quality matters.
  • Oversee the procurement of supplies and materials; prepare cost estimates, assist in development of equipment specifications.
  • Prepare and administer the annual capital and operational plans and budgets.
  • Respond to emergencies on an on-call basis and serve as an Incident Commander (IC).
  • Management of chemical analyses of water; use analyses data in maintaining quality control of treated water, groundwater supplies, distribution pipelines, and storage facilities.
  • Direct the calculation and adjustment of chemical flow rates and other operational parameters.


The Authority is seeking a Director of Water Quality with a proven track record of leadership and expertise in the field of water treatment and water quality. The position requires an experienced professional with proven integrity, and dedication. The ideal candidate will have excellent judgment and possess effective communication skills. The selected candidate will be a skilled leader capable of motivating employees to accomplish the goals of the Authority. They will mentor and coach staff, improve their skills through constant learning, and ensure that the workforce is well trained. The Authority is seeking a knowledgeable and strategic, big-picture thinker who is flexible and open-minded when faced with multiple types of water treatment.

It is expected that the incoming Director of Water Quality will have knowledge of operation and maintenance of conventional and advanced water treatment facilities, water treatment processes, chemical and bacteriological water characteristics, and standard methods of sampling and analyzing of water; drinking water and environmental regulations; methods and techniques for the development of presentations, contract negotiations and management, business correspondence, and information distribution; water treatment plant operating policies and procedures; and emergency response policies and procedures. The ability to conduct complex water treatment research projects and make sound recommendations; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; present information effectively; and train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures is imperative.

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. The typical candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in chemistry, biology, microbiology, engineering, or a closely related field; and five (5) years of increasingly responsible supervisory/managerial experience in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant. Candidates must possess a Water Treatment Plant Operator T5 certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Department of Drinking Water (DDW) and a Water Distribution System Operator D2 certification issued by the SWRCB. The selected candidate will have maintained an acceptable, safe, and active driving record, together with proof of insurability.