Superintendent of Utilities

  • City of Downey, CA
  • Downey, California
  • Jun 12, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Utilities
  • Salary: $103,343.41 - $126,078.72 Annually

Job Description


In addition to the above compensation, the City also currently provides up to $1,701.70 per month to be used for medical coverage for employee and qualified dependents.

Under general direction, incumbent plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the operation and maintenance activities of the Utilities Division of the Public Works Department which includes the Water Distribution, Sewer and Storm Water, Water Supply, and Customer Service Sections.


The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Organize, supervise, prioritize, plan, and direct work of the Water Distribution, Sewer and Storm Water, Water Supply, and Customer Service Sections operations.
Organize, supervise, prioritize, plan, and direct preventative maintenance and infrastructure management projects and programs for the various sections of the Utilities Division.
Estimate, plan, schedule, and monitor time, material, staff, and equipment necessary for project completion including requisition and procurement of materials, equipment, and supplies.
Review and prepare request for proposals and qualifications, and help review plans and specifications in support of Utilities Division projects and programs.
Coordinate with, provide technical guidance to, and monitor inspectors, consultants, contractors, vendors and other agencies in support of Utilities Division projects and programs.
Coordinate work crew activities with other department staff, City personnel, or the public.
Participate in employee selection; evaluate employee performance; execute disciplinary action.
Prepare annual budget and monitor expenses to ensure compliance with approved operating budget of Utilities Division.
Prepare written reports, memorandums, and correspondence.
Develop, implement, and maintain standardized operation and maintenance (O&M) procedures and programs.
Prepare and maintain spreadsheets and/or databases using desktop and mobile computers and equipment for compliance and infrastructure management programs.
Oversee and monitor documentation of material inventory, field safety, construction activity, operational and infrastructure management data, and preparation of compliance reports.
Plan and implement safety and other training programs.
Organize, plan, and direct Utilities operational assistance provided to other City supervisory staff in support of the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Utilities Division facilities and programs.
Organize, supervise, prioritize, plan, and direct the investigation and response to service request inquiries, and respond to issues of regulatory compliance, and complaints from the public.
Organize, supervise, prioritize, plan, and direct the response to work day and after-hour emergency calls from the public and other agencies, including explaining priorities, programs, and policies to the public, and providing appropriate follow-up.
Assist Finance Department with water billing procedures, problems and customer complaints.
Prepare and submit reports and supporting documentation, and provide oversight to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations as they pertain to Utilities Division operations.
Perform other related duties as assigned.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required skills, knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the skills, knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: High school graduate or equivalent. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Water, Sewer, Storm Water, Environmental Science, Engineering, or other related field is required.

Supervisory or administrative experience in the occupational field may be substituted on a year for year basis.

Experience: Six (6) full-time years of experience, including three (3) years in a supervisory capacity, in water, sewer, and/or storm water utilities operations with increasingly responsible work experience in the construction, operation, maintenance, and customer service of water distribution, sewer and storm water, and water supply systems as applicable.

Knowledge of: Various aspects of water, sewer, and storm water system operations, Environmental Protection Agency and State of California Department of Public Health regulations on water quality and environmental issues; principles of operation and maintenance of water production and storage, sewer, and storm water systems; applicable City, State and Federal regulations and guidelines; water distribution, sewer, storm water, and customer service field operations including construction, maintenance, and repair; water meter reading and repair; equipment capabilities, limitations and safe operating characteristics; OSHA safety standards related to all aspects of related Utilities Division projects; methods of collection and preserving potable water samples; water usage, and water and sewer billing information obtained from Eden billing system; customer service delivery; principles and practices of supervision; current computer technology, and modern office practices, methods, and equipment; recordkeeping techniques and procedures. Budget preparation; program planning; training techniques; and personnel management practices.

Ability to: Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate the work of others; present ideas and communicate effectively in oral and written form; establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with those contacted in the performance of duties including the public and co-workers; read and interpret plans, manuals, and specifications; meet schedules and time lines; perform effective decision making that includes accurate situational analysis and ability to adopt an effective course of action; perform work using a personal computer and mobile computerized equipment with proficiency in Microsoft Office program, utilizing Word and Excel; knowledge of general municipal computer software programs; follow City work rules and Department policies and procedures.

License/Certification Requirement: A State of California Grade 4 Water Distribution Operator Certificate and a Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator Certificate are required at the time of appointment.
Possession of a Grade 2 or higher California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Wastewater Collection System Maintenance Certification is desirable.
Due to the performance of field duties, which requires operation of a City vehicle, a valid California Class C Driver's License to carry out the essential functions of the position and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and throughout employment.
California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System: An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on the incumbent's driving record and Driver's License status on a periodic basis to the City of Downey. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of City vehicles.


PHYSICAL TASKS/ABILITIES: Possess physical mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties assigned.
Ability to drive a City vehicle or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation to travel to different work sites and locations to carry out job-related duties.
Require the ability to stand for long periods and/or walk long distances. Some walking may occur on sloping, slippery and/or uneven surfaces.
Require the mobility to sit, stand, kneel, crawl, climb, crouch, stoop, reach, and bend.
Require the ability to twist at the lower body, at the waist, and at the upper body.
Require the mobility of both arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small and large objects or tools, from overhead to the ground positions.
Perform work, which involves grasping, twisting, bending, crouching, reaching, grasping, lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and dragging of objects, which may weigh approximately 75 pounds and up to 100 pounds.
Based on job assignment, may be required to work at heights above ground level.
May be required to respond to emergency situations during on and off hours of work.
Work performed in an office environment requires the performance of duties which the ability to speak, hear, touch and see. Also the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; occasionally bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pushing and pulling (drawers opened and closed to retrieve and file information); occasionally lifting and carrying materials that weigh less than 25 pounds. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter, or calculator; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as typing on a keyboard, filing, data entry and/or use of a personal computer or other office equipment and supplies; may involve sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
Environmental Conditions/Exposures: Work is performed indoors and outdoors. When work is performed outdoors, there is full exposure to the elements and the incumbent may be exposed to heat and cold; loud noises and exhaust fumes from equipment and vehicle engines, vibrations, working in close proximity to moving mechanical parts (mechanical hazards), electrical current (electrical hazards), vehicular traffic and confined spaces; and, contact with potential natural irritants such as vegetation, dust, soil, tree pollens, sawdust, etc.. The incumbent stands and walks on level and uneven/slippery surfaces. Other work is performed in an office environment with moderate noise levels.
Based on job assignment, may be exposed to chemicals including but not limited to: gasoline, diesel, motor oil, grease, paint thinner, strippers, solvents, ammonia, bleach, cleansers, volatile organic compounds, fertilizers and non-restricted pesticides.

All application materials received on-line by the final filing date will be reviewed. For consideration, a completed on-line employment application and a current resume uploaded with the on-line employment application is required. Please include in the resume at least three (3) professional references and current salary history.A resume only will not be accepted in lieu of all the application materials requested.Incomplete information may be removed from consideration. All information submitted is subject to verification.

Those applicants who are assessed as meeting the desired qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in performance testing which may not only be limited to an appraisal examination (oral interview) before a panel of subject matter experts.

Candidate(s) who complete selection testing with acceptable results will qualify for hiring consideration. Prior to a conditional offer of employment, a background check is conducted including verification of education and employment history, reference checks, financial/credit check, and fingerprinting. Upon issuance of a conditional offer of employment, a job-related pre-placement medical exam is required to determine a candidate's physical ability to perform the essential functions of the position. This examination will include a drug screen.

Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (562) 904-7292 at least 72 hours in advance.Closing Date/Time: 7/12/2019 5:30 PM Pacific