City of Providence

Job Type: Non-Union

Job Posting: COP-00017-22

Salary: $79,020.32 – $96,049.69

Department: Water Supply Board

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.

Job Summary

The Division Manager – Water Supply reports to the Senior Manager – Water Supply and is responsible for managing and coordinating the planning, organization, implementation, and monitoring all programs and functions within the Water Supply Operations and Laboratory divisions. Program planning and implementation shall be consistent with approved policies, guidelines, and organizational goals and objectives. Work will be performed in coordination with the Senior Manager – Water Supply; performs other related duties as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the services and activities of the Providence Water (PW) Water Treatment Plant; including supervision, operation, maintenance, and laboratory analysis functions and program areas.
  1. Responsible for implementing identified opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures.
  1. Directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned operation, maintenance, and laboratory analysis functions, services, and activities at the Water Treatment Plant and remote facilities; assigns work activities and projects; stays informed and involved with daily operational issues and problem resolution.
  1. Monitors workflow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  1. Directs the daily testing of water in various stages of treatment.
  1. Develops and implements the PW Asset Management program and the coordination of overall plant operations.
  1. In coordination with the Senior Manager – Water Supply, participates in the development and administration of assigned program budget; forecasts funding needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; recommends adjustments as necessary.
  1. Works with operations and laboratory management personnel in the development, implementation, review, and update of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and division policies.
  1. Monitors implementation and performance for compliance with goals, objectives, procedures, standards, and targets of expectations of each of the functions; guides, monitors, and counsels managers and other assigned staff to ensure compliance.
  1. Knowledgeable of Federal, State, and municipal laws and regulations related to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA), various hazardous materials rules and regulations, and related utility laws and regulations; ensures that the utility and staff participate in Federal, and State initiated programs.
  1. In coordination with the Senior Manager – Water Supply, works to provide efficiency analysis of PW equipment, prepares requests for Proposals and Qualifications. Works with purchasing division to expedite and coordinate purchasing, advertising and bidding procedures.
  1. Reviews employee action plans, performance appraisals, counseling, disciplinary actions, and provides personnel recommendations; ensures compliance with City and PW policies and the collective bargaining agreement between the City and Union.
  1. Works with Personnel and Management team to address employee issues and insure consistency throughout the department.
  1. Promotes and institutes cross-department work teams.
  1. Oversees and participates in safety programs for assigned sections and workgroups, including those associated with hazardous materials; assists with action planning for safety programs; implements and monitors risk management plans, including those associated with hazardous material; participates in emergency response programs, responds to workers’ compensation issues.
  1. In coordination with the Senior Manager – Water Supply, reviews and provides input to the Engineering Department’s designs for new and replacement projects as they pertain to the water supply department and provides input into IFR and Capital Improvement Programs.
  1. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidate must possess:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, water technology, engineering, business administration, or a related field.
  1. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the management, operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  1. Must possess and maintain a Rhode Island Drinking Water Operator Certification, Class 3-T, or ability to obtain the certification within one (1) year of appointment.
  1. Experience shall include thorough knowledge of water treatment processes in a system with a surface water supply.
  1. Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and is responsible to maintain all vehicle maintenance logs.
  1. Knowledge of the water quality issues of a water utility with respect to protection of source water supplies, water treatment, storage and transmission and distribution.
  1. Strong interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.
  1. Demonstrate the ability to deal effectively with individuals and teams in harmonious as well as in adversary conditions.
  1. Demonstrated ability to plan and complete complex assignments in a timely manner.
  1. Be able to represent PW effectively to the public and to other organizations and institutions.
  1. Must be able to perform all essential functions of the job.


Posting expires when filled


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