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Division Chief - Water & Wastewater

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

WATER & WASTEWATER DIVISION CHIEF
KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND

The Division Chief of the Public Works Department- Water Waste Water Division, administers all County water and wastewater systems. The position is responsible for all divisional functions, with the primary focus of ensuring safe access to public water supplies and the secure and efficient management of wastewater disposal. Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, sanitary, or environmental engineering or related field and a minimum of seven to ten year’s experience; including two year’s experience managing a public water and wastewater facility, construction project management, and contract administration. Must be licensed as a professional engineer in Maryland or ability to obtain within 2 years after hire. Must have Valid Maryland Class C Driver’s License or equivalent and an acceptable motor vehicle record. Knowledge of standard office software packages is also required. Salary is commensurate with experience in addition to a comprehensive benefits package.

Obtain application and job specification from the Kent County Human Resources Office, 400 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, (410)778-4595, or www.kentcounty.com. An application and COMPLETE Motor Vehicle Record must be submitted. This position is open until filled. Screening for illegal drug use will be required prior to appointment. EOE


KENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Job Description

Job Title: Division Chief, Water & Wastewater Grade: 10
Department: Public Works Dept / Water & Wastewater Division FLSA Status: Exempt
Revised Date: 07/01/2018 Approved Date:

Job Summary: Administers all County Water and Wastewater Systems. The position is responsible for all divisional functions, with the primary focus of ensuring safe access to public water supplies and the secure and efficient management of wastewater disposal.


Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Directs all daily activities, including treatment plants and pump stations, and tracks operational trends.

Develops Requests for Proposals for department vendors, selects successful bidders and obtains Commission approval for all selections.

Maintains effective and collaborative relationships with County Commissioners, County
Administrator, all departments within County government and with selected vendors.

Prepares annual budgets and approves procurements.

Provides effective direction to assigned staff including monitoring and evaluating job performance, hiring, training, coaching and modeling expected behaviors.

Maintains extensive correspondence in response to customer questions or complaints and explains applicable portions of County Code and allocations.

Responds to questions or information requests from County Commissioners and keeps County Administrator aware of any difficulties with facility operations.

Provides onsite management at any hour in response to severe weather events; directs department responses when other County offices are closed due to severe weather.

Writes and reviews reports, engineering documents and plans.

Performs other duties as required.


Supervision: The position reports to the Public Works Director. The position directly or indirectly supervises division staff.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Communications Skills: Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with public officials, customers, staff and vendors. Ability to write clearly and informatively; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, supervisors and stakeholders.

Customer Service: Represents the department professionally and effectively in both internal and external interactions. Manages difficult or challenging situations successfully. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of cultural background, status, or position. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views.

Leadership and Management Skills: Creates and communicates the department’s vision. Builds commitment and supports employee growth and success. Sets expectations and monitors activities. Recognizes the accomplishments of others; demonstrates ability to create and lead in a team-oriented environment. Builds morale and group commitment to goals and objectives.

Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Innovation and Change Management Skills: Displays original thinking and creativity. Develops innovative approaches and ideas. Presents ideas and information in a manner that is easily understood. Understands and contributes to evolving processes in response to changing communities and advances in technology.

Technical Skills: Uses e-mail to connect and communicate with staff and stakeholders.
Effectively uses the Internet to access local, state and federal data and information.


Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, sanitary, or environmental engineering or related field and seven to ten years experience.
2. Two years experience managing a public water and wastewater facility, construction project management, and contract administration.
3. Or equivalent technical training, education or experience.
4. Licensed as a professional engineer in Maryland or ability to obtain within 2 years after hire.
5. Valid Maryland Class C Driver’s License or equivalent and an acceptable motor vehicle record.
6. Knowledge of standard office software.



Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Work is typically conducted in a normal office setting which provides comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Occasional light lifting, such as three to four reams of paper, four or five books, or other materials (up to 50 pounds) may be required.

Work may require exposure to extreme weather conditions or exposure to hazardous chemicals at treatment facilities.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.


The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

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Please email the completed applications to hr@kentgov.org
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