Pierce County

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Water Quality Manager- Pierce County

Pierce County
Tacoma, WA Full time
Posted on November 8, 2017

Water Quality Manager

$91,355.07 - $118,141.48 Annually
Tacoma, WA
Job Type
Career Service - Full Time
Public Works
Job Number
11/26/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Are you a dedicated professional that puts customers first, thrives in a demanding environment, and displays solid teamwork? Are you interested in being part of an energetic organization that strives to deliver timely, reliable and consistent service using the latest technology?
Come work for a department that develops, trains, and promotes their employees.  Join the team at Planning and Public Works, and help us build a livable Pierce County for people to Live, Work, and Play.
Our staff is committed to building better, safer communities and enhancing the quality of life in Pierce County. Use your knowledge and experience with a NPDES permit management and compliance to make a difference for residents.
This is highly professional program management, policy, and supervisory work for the Planning and Public Works Department, Surface Water Management Division. An employee in this classification is the central point of contact for County compliance and administration of water quality projects and programs required and consistent with the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Washington Department of Ecology. The incumbent performs highly-skilled professional planning and program management work in such areas as State and Federal regulatory compliance, environmental analysis, regional planning and other subject areas as appropriate and is required to monitor, report, analyze, and provide guidance and recommendations to the various executive departments and legislative bodies on means of managing risks to the County of noncompliance.
This job class is the highest level of supervisory and management work in the Water Quality series. The Water Quality Manager is distinguished from other job classifications by having specialized knowledge of water quality program issues, environmental-related regulations, professional staff supervised, and overall program management responsibilities.
Learn more about our dynamic department at www.piercecountywa.org/ppw.

Position Summary

Our next successful team member can look forward to...

  • Serving as the central point of contact for County compliance with NPDES permit.
  • Supervising professional staff in NPDES program development, evaluation and assessment of program effectiveness and  compliance, and required record keeping and reporting activities.
  • Administering appropriate provisions of the Clean Water Act as implemented by the Washington State Department of  Ecology.
  • Ensuring program operations and policies comply with federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, and with county ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Evaluating and making recommendations to departmental, Executive and Council bodies on level, extent, and degree of projects and programs necessary to obtain compliance with NPDES permit.
  • Overseeing technical staff responsible for inspection of private storm systems, source control practices and Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) permit.
  • Participating in preparation of annual budget requests, grant proposals, and administration of the annual operating budget.
The successful candidate in this position will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of and, ability to perform within the following competency areas:
Customer Focus: Build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction, making excellent customer service a high priority. Consistently go beyond basic service expectations to help customers implement complete solutions; focuses on customers' business results and provides appropriate products for their needs.
Leadership: Promotes organizational mission and goals, and shows the way to achieve them. Create and nurture a performance-based culture that supports efforts to accomplish the organizational mission and goals. Facilitate a work environment for safe communication and interaction that encourages others to express their ideas. Models success behaviors, a high performance work ethic, and constant self-improvement.

Strategic Vision: Sees the big, long range picture; translates the vision for the program and organization into clear strategies; analyses options and decisions based on long term goals and objectives of the organization. 
This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member, but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed.  To view the complete classification, click here.




Our next successful team member will have...

  •  A bachelor's degree in environmental studies, engineering, planning, geography, public administration or a related field that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • And a minimum of five or more years of supervisory experience in water quality or natural resource management of professional engineering, water quality, planning and/or environmental biologist staff is required. Previous NPDES permit management experience with local, county, or state environmental work is also desired.  
  • Additional education or experience may substitute for the recruiting requirements.


Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity please:
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.

  •  If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
  • Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need. 
This is a competitive selection process.  Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.  Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 
As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce.  Pierce County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.


Pierce County
Pierce County Human Resources
950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 200 
Tacoma, Washington, 98402.
(253) 798-7480 
For Sheriff's Department positions: 253-798-6250