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POSITION TITLE: Director Engineering: Asset Management & Capital Planning (Position Filled)
SPECIFICATION NUMBER: 74897CRI
LOCATION: Fairfield County, Connecticut
COMPENSATION: Base salary range: $135,000 - $200,000 + Yearly Bonus
HYBRID ROLE: This role will be on a hybrid schedule (3 days office/2 days remote or another schedule).
COMPANY: Our client is a leader in Water Utility.
This position is earmarked to replace the current Vice President Engineering and Environmental Services who is going into another role in 3-5 years.
Responsible for developing and sustaining an exceptional and centralized asset management program for
the Water Utility Company using recognized best management practices, capital planning & efficiency,
and continual improvement processes. Make authoritative decisions and recommendations having
significant impact on the capital and maintenance activities of the organization. Provide overall leadership
to the department to ensure goals are met, the department’s vision is defined, and staff are well cared for
in terms of training, mentoring, and professional growth. Work closely with other departments and
divisions, and district municipalities, to enhance project and program coordination and to assure that
excellent internal and exteneral customer service is delivered by the department.
1. Provides overall guidance, direction, and control in the functional areas of Engineering, Design & Construction, Maintenance Planning and Delivery, and Water Supply Planning.
2. Managers Engineering Staff of 16 – their functional responsibilities / titles are: Design, Construction, Planning and Managers.
3. Current Initiatives: Treatment Plants upgrades, Distribution Systems upgrades and Dam Improvements
4. Future Initiatives: Lead Service Lines (100+ miles) – replacements, Treatment Plant upgrades and Dam Reengineering.
5. Some Future / Current Concerns: Supply Chain Issues, Labor Shortage and evaluation of Design / Construction of all Capital Projects.
6. Current Engineering Budget is about 40 million and that figure will grow quite a bit in 2023.
7. Provides consistent and strong leadership to departmental employees by adhering to the organization’s values.
8. Develops a culture fostering teamwork, communication, and collaboration.
9. Oversees the safety program for the Capital Planning and Delivery Department in order to promote a safe working environment within all areas of responsibility. Works with staff to enforce contract provisions and Water Utility Company policy related to workplace safety, identify deficiencies in policies and contract language, and work with Water Utility Company Safety Analyst to correct deficiencies.
10. Ensures departmental staff provides and performs exceptional project management for all areas of the organization.
11. Develops and maintains a comprehensive project management manual for the Water Utility Company.
12. Schedules and assigns work and goals for department staff. Responsible for performance management, including recommendations for changes to salary, performance bonuses, promotions, and training.
13. Encourages staff to regularly take part in Water Research Foundation projects and/or become members of AWWA or CTAWWA committees.
14. Provides a leadership role in, and uses available best management practices of, asset management to develop policies, procedures, capital efficiency, and standards pursuant to the effective operation and maintenance of all Water Utility Company assets, including treatment and distribution facilities; underground assets, administrative facilities, fleet vehicles and equipment, water supply reservoirs and associated facilities.
15. Develops Key Performance Indicators, and other metrics to benchmark and monitor asset management performance.
16. Works with all asset management stakeholders in the development and implementation of a Water Utility Company asset Level of Service Agreement.
17. Leads the administration of a dam safety program; ensures compliance with state and federal regulations; and implements best dam management practices. Develop and maintain a dam management manual.
18. Oversees the Water Utility Company water supply planning, water diversion and wholesale water activities.
19. Leads the Water Utility Company efforts to reduce non-revenue water, including planning, recommending metrics, and implementing best management practices.
20. Selects, coordinate and manage the professional services provided by technical consultants. These technical consultants would be the top 25 Engineering firms that our client uses for their projects.
21. Develops information necessary to assist rate cases and bond financing.
22. Ensures that annual capital expenditure goals are realized by regular incremental expenditures.
23. Provides valuable input as a member of the Capital Management Committee and ensures a close relationship between the department and the Capital Program Control Team.
24. Provides significant input into the Water Utility Company Capital and Operating budgets.
25. Develops and manages the department’s operating and capital improvement budgets.
26. Develops and maintains department budgets for facilities, equipment, supplies and human resources.
27. Supports the Operations Division in all relevant O&M and capital delivery activities.
28. Works with all Water Utility Company departments in the continued development and implementation of the Water Utility Company Business Continuity and Incident Management Plans.
29. Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures pursuant to short and long-term facilities master planning, business continuity, and disaster recovery.
30. Provides technical advice and support for strategic efforts to the Water Utility Company Leadership Team.
31. Develops, leads, and participates in various Strategic Plan Goal Teams.
32. Provides rotating and on-call backup for problems or emergencies related to Water Utility Company operations or departmental responsibilities.
33. Represents the Water Utility Company on water utility coordination committees. This requirement may be fulfilled by department staff.
34. Prepares high-quality monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as necessary to communicate project/program and financial status.
35. Documents and keeps records as necessary; prepares various standard, ad hoc, and technical reports as necessary.
36. Takes an active leadership role in organizatons such as Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association and/or Connecticut Water Works Association.
37. Other duties as assigned to accomplish mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the Water Utility Company.
Minimum Educational and Professional Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Mechanical, or Process Engineering or related field.
Registration as a Professional Engineer required.
Fifteen or more years of water and/or waste water industry experience in project management, personnel management, department management, and asset management. During the ten years the applicant must show achievement of continual professional growth.
Leadership abilities, including creating vision and direction, motivating staff to the vision, and challenging aspiring leaders to grow.
Ability to work independently and achieve goals and meet metrics.
Strong communication skills, including setting expectations for staff, presenting to Water Utility Company boards and municipal agencies, and general reporting.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to analyze problems, assesses alternatives, and recommend the best solution.
Excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, group planning, and decision-making processes.
Demonstrated ability to continually enhance internal and external customer service.
Strong team-building skills and a proven ability to collaborate to reach consensus with senior management and peers.