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City of Coos Bay
Coos Bay, OR, United States (on-site)
21 days ago
City of Coos Bay
Coos Bay, Oregon, United States (on-site)
21 days ago


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Manage major wastewater and storm water capital improvement projects including treatment plants and pump stations.  This includes but is not limited to managing consultant and construction contracts. Review plans and monitor construction schedules and submittals, conduct onsite observations, review contractor’s work.  Manages day-to-day wastewater and storm water collections and operations.  Provides compliance with and oversight of NPDES Permits.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the general direction of the City Engineer who outlines broad policies and objectives, and reviews work on the basis of results obtained.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  Directs the activities of the Water Quality Operations Administrator, Environmental Specialist, Engineering Services Coordinator which may include giving specific instructions or outlining general objectives or procedures. Reviews work for completeness and accuracy.  Impose disciplinary action from a verbal warning up to and including time off without pay.  Assist with the management oversight of the Collections Supervisor.  May perform division head duties in the absence of the City Engineer.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.

Develops, implements, and maintains management programs and strategies for such activities as wastewater treatment facility operations, collection system, water quality management program operations, bio-solids reuse, industrial wastes, hazard communications, emergency response, employee safety, etc., as necessary and/or required by federal, state or local law. Participates in the development and implementation of organization policies, goals, objectives and standards; directs and coordinates long and short-range planning for wastewater treatment facilities, and surface water management facilities operation; supervises the preparation of annual work programs. 

  1. Makes recommendations for new hires and terminations for Engineering and Water Quality Division staff; provides for training; formally evaluates work performance of all direct reports at least annually; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff; assists in resolving disputes and grievances of subordinates; and motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.
  2.  Provides leadership to develop and retain highly competent, service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices that support the city’s mission, objectives and service expectations; provides leadership and participates in programs and activities that promote workplace diversity and positive employee relations environment.
  3.  Reviews operational, maintenance, and laboratory reports; analyzes operational efficiencies and program implementation; institutes improvement measures as appropriate; prepares and submits detailed operational reports. Reviews and approves requisitions for materials and equipment; assesses purchasing program effectiveness; conducts value analysis.
  4.  Plans, directs, and coordinates services provided by wastewater and storm water collection, transmission and treatment facilities through the Water Quality Operations Administrator and Collections Supervisor; participates in negotiating NPDES, DEQ, and other permit requirements and discharge standards with applicable agencies, ensures provision of services in compliance with federal and state statutes, rules, regulations and permits, including those relating to safety and environmental quality. Confers with representatives of local, city, county, state, and federal agencies as required.
  5.  Promotes wastewater treatment facility activities and programs with business associations, citizen groups and the public; evaluates and responds to inquiries and complaints from customers, employees and other government agencies; represents the city at conferences and meetings.
  6.  Oversee the wastewater and biosolids reporting to regulatory agencies. Conduct or attend meetings for regulatory reporting.
  7.  Manage preparation of requests for qualifications, bidding, advertising, and contracting with consultants. Manage consultant contracts, budgets, work consistency with standards, quality, and schedules.
  8.  Manage preparations of bid documents (plans and specifications), bid advertising, bid opening and contracts for r construction projects.
  9.  Provide technical oversight of all major capital projects including plan preparation, plan review and construction contractor’s compliance with plans and specifications.
  10.  Acts as the in-house expert on the city’s NPDES permits. Acts as primary day-to-day, along with the Water Quality Operations Administrator, as point-of-contact between the city and the regulatory agencies.
  11.  Manages contracts/agreements with granting agencies for grant-funded projects. Responsible for grant budget tracking and reporting requirements.
  12.  Provides technical assistance and support to the wastewater treatment and collection system (both wastewater and storm water) operations and maintenance. Provides day-to-day oversight and acts as city point of contact for any contracted operation and maintenance services.
  13.  With the assistance of the environmental specialist, implement and manage the city’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) program.
  14.  Maintains records for use in preparing project documentation for contracted work as well as treatment and collection system maintenance and operation. Review records for regulatory reporting.
  15.  Writes technical reports regarding wastewater and storm water matters for city engineer, public works director, city manager, and city council. Review regulatory reporting, provide city engineer with progress reports for the public works director, city manager, and city council if applicable.
  16.  May on occasion attend and make presentations to the city council and other organizations.
  17.  Experience in budgeting and following standard budgeting practices. Provide budgeting forecasting support for CIP projects and sewer collection operations.
  18.  Performs related work as required.
  19.  Acts ethically and honestly; applies ethical standards of behavior to daily work activities and interactions. Builds confidence in the city through own actions.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:  It is anticipated that the Water Quality Engineer/Administrator will have the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the following: have a thorough familiarization of day-to-day operations of a major municipal waste activated sludge treatment plant and management of large wastewater and storm water design and construction projects.  Knowledge of wastewater and storm water collection system and treatment plant maintenance.  Ability to interpret project plans, specifications, and contract documents.  Ability to effectively communicate with regulatory agencies.  Skilled at problem solving.

Be proficient in water and/or wastewater treatment construction and process.  Be safety minded and report unsafe conditions.  Be alert and observant, and report situations which may delay projects.  Work well with others and in a team like manner.  Be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite.  Have excellent organization skills.  Have strong oral and written skills.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  For Water Quality Engineer/Administrator II, ten years, or for Water Quality Engineer/Administrator I, five years of progressively responsible water and wastewater treatment plant construction experience.  Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major course work in civil, environmental, or mechanical engineering, construction management or related field.  Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training that ensures the ability to perform the work may be substituted for the above.  Experience with alternative and design-bid-build delivery methods is preferable. Experience with understanding and implementing NPDES Permits.  Extensive experience with regulatory agency coordination.  Experience in the day-to-day operations of a major municipal waste activated sludge wastewater treatment plant. Experience with SCADA is preferable. Professional engineering license, and/or a level 3 or 4 wastewater operator certificate within the State of Oregon is preferable.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  An employee in this position must have the ability to read and interpret complex regulations; to multi-task and complete work in a timely and accurate manner; to work independently; to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  Must have a thorough knowledge of modern principles, practices and techniques in construction, engineering, and administration especially in the area of wastewater treatment and collections (both wastewater and storm water).  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and others in contact with. 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Personal computer including Microsoft Office Suite, tablet, SCADA, GIS, motor vehicle; phone; radio; fax and copy machine.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Work is performed both in office settings and field related (construction inspection, site visits to treatment plants, pump stations, etc.).  Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear, and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in outside weather conditions. The employee will work near traffic, moving mechanical parts and equipment consistent with a construction site and will be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is consistent with that of a construction site.

GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

HIRING PROCESS:  Applicants must complete and submit the required application forms, resume and cover letter with original signatures.  The position will close on October 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application via e-mail.

 Application Acceptance Period: ............................................August 9th   – October 13th

 Review of Applications: ............................................................October 17th     

 First Round of Interviews with Selected Candidates:…Week of October 24th    

 Second Round of Interview....................................................Week October 31st      

 Probable Date for Offer of Employment: ........................Week of November 7th       

 Projected Start Date……………………………….……..................November 21st   

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family. 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:  Information about the City of Coos Bay and the Bay Area is available at

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65634218
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
  • Company Name For Job: City of Coos Bay
  • Position Title: Water Quality Engineer / Administrator I or II
  • Industry: Government/Regulatory Agency
  • Job Function: Civil - Project Management,
    Civil - Water / Wastewater,
    Civil Engineering,
    Engineering Management,
    Environmental - Wastewater,
    Environmental Engineering,
    Hydrology - Water Quality,
    Policy and Planning,
    Project Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $84,708.00 - $108,108.00 (Yearly Salary)
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