Director, Platte South

Metropolitan Utilities District   Omaha, NE   Full-time     Other
Posted on June 14, 2024
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Director, Platte South

Position Summary
The Director, Platte South Plant is responsible for providing oversight and direction for activities of the Platte South Water Treatment Facility, including maintenance and operations. The Director ensures compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Surface Water Treatment Rule, Discharge Permits, and other regulatory requirements. This position is part of the Water Operations Leadership team to provide recommendations on the development and implementation of Water Projects District Wide.

Minimum Requirements

  • Required - Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience to include, directing the work of subordinates, evaluating employee performance, identifying staff development and training needs, setting priorities and improving employee performance through coaching and accountability.
  • Required - Minimum of 5 years of increasing responsibility in Water Operations, Engineering, or similar related experience.
  • Required - Significant experience in day-to-day utility operations to include regulatory compliance, safety programs/policies and interactions with customers.
  • Required - Demonstrated experience writing, reviewing and providing project management and administration of contract documents.
  • Required - Experience directing both union and non-union employees and interpreting labor agreement language to effectively balance operational needs.
  • Required - Experience working independently and as a member of a team to meet deadlines, goals and objectives. Demonstrated success meeting long and short-term goals, identifying non-compliances and implementing corrective actions.
  • Required - Experience maintaining strong, professional, and effective relationships with the Engineering and Operations departments.


  • Required - Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field

Licenses, Certifications and/or Testing

  • Preferred - Professional Engineer (PE) License in the State of Nebraska Upon Hire and
  • Required - State of Nebraska Grade IV (4) Water Operator License Upon Hire and
  • Preferred - State of Nebraska Grade III (3) Water Operators License Upon Hire and
  • Required - State of Nebraska Grade I (1) Water Operator License within 1 Year and
  • Required - Hazardous Material Technician Certification (CBRNE) Level A or HAZMAT supervisor certification within 1 Year
  • Required - Must have or be able to obtain National Incident Management System – ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 certifications within 1 Year
  • Required - Have and maintain a valid driver’s license Upon Hire
  • Required - Pre-employment Background Check & Drug Screen Upon Hire

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understand water treatment processes, water treatment chemistry, plant hydraulics, and well performance criteria. Ability to calculate chemical dosages, plant flow rates, filter flow rates, filter backwash rates, and chlorine contact times. (Advanced proficiency)
  • Knowledgeable in the safe handling of water treatment chemicals including, but not limited to, chlorine, fluoride, HEX, lime, ferric, ammonia, activated carbon, potassium permanganate, and alum. (Advanced proficiency)
  • Understand the operation of plant instrumentation and control systems. (Advanced proficiency)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, in English, to order to professionally assist internal and external customers, co-workers and management professionally, regardless of provocation. (Advanced proficiency)
  • Understand mechanical equipment operation and maintenance schedules. (Intermediate proficiency)
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude. (Intermediate proficiency)
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, highly organized, ability to effectively manage competing priorities, and focus on delivering results and meeting established deadlines. (Intermediate proficiency)
  • Proficiency with personal computers, tablets, and/or other electronic devices to include familiarity with, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word) and enterprise wide software (e.g., SAP). (Intermediate proficiency)
  • Ability to learn new or upgraded computer software as required. (Intermediate proficiency)

Essential Functions

  • Schedule, supervise, coordinate, and plan the work of plant operation and maintenance personnel.
  • Maintain and execute a planned program of regular scheduled preventative maintenance and recommending updating equipment.
  • Provide continued development, administration, and maintenance of the Platte South Plant long term capital improvement plans (CIP).
  • Verifying the proper application of chemical treatment recommended by the Water Quality Staff.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of work shifts and time-off for Platte South employees, as well as approve assigned employees' payroll.
  • Review daily log sheets, charts, and records.
  • Prepare the annual budgets for capital projects and operating/maintenance activities of the plant.
  • Supervise and coordinate with Central Maintenance and Water Distribution in the overhaul of valves, motors, switchgear control systems, well field, and chemical feeding equipment as necessary.
  • Ensure Platte South personnel receive proper instruction on the operation and maintenance of plant equipment.
  • Approve requisitions for equipment, parts, supplies, and materials in the District's enterprise computer system.
  • Oversee projects involving the Platte South Plant. Ensure the project work is in compliance with plans and specifications. Prepare and present reports on the status of those projects.
  • Inspect Platte South for unsafe conditions.
  • Review monthly reports including, but not limited to, chemical dosage, and pumpage.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (Surface Water Treatment Rule), Discharge permits and other regulatory permits.
  • Supervise the ordering and delivery of all treatment chemicals to maintain an adequate supply on hand at all times.
  • Supervise the allocation of costs to proper cost centers and recommend changes in Division cost centers where necessary to simplify work and/or provide better cost control.
  • Assist, coordinate, and/or take the lead in permitting activities with other agencies such as the Corps of Engineers, NDEE (Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy), NDEQ (Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality), U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and City/County governments.
  • Develop, track progress and execute the division's goals.
  • Prioritize the health and wellbeing of District workforce by leading with a safety-first mindset.
  • Collaborate with other facilities and the Senior Design Engineer - Major Projects in evaluating, preparing recommendations and contract specifications for the selection of equipment, building modifications, and plant improvements.
  • Coordinate the activities of contractors and consultants with District needs and operations.
  • Lead the coordination, administration and review of work by outside architectural and/or engineering firms engaged by the District, including the development of Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications documents for Plant Projects.
  • Review consultant, contractor, equipment supplier, or service provider quotes, bids, or proposals, and make recommendations for acceptance to senior management or the Board of Directors.
  • Mentor and train Assistant Directors as assigned.
  • Fill in for Vice President, Water Operations as needed.
  • Develop talent: coach and mentor employees; support employee growth and development through leadership opportunities and professional development.
  • Provide employees feedback through completion of performance appraisals and employee one-on-one meetings.
  • Manage employee unacceptable behavior, poor work performance or policy violations, including the use of discipline when appropriate.
  • Maintain financial oversight of budget or works with financial responsibility in mind.
  • Plan for attrition through awareness of separation risks, cross-training, employee development and succession planning.
  • Drive District Vehicles
  • Fulfilling responsibilities common to all Supervisory, Professional, and Administrative positions as stated.
  • On call 24 hours 7 days a week.

Required for All Jobs

  • Perform a variety of other duties as assigned
  • Understand and comply with all District policies and procedures

In contributing to the objectives of the District, this role is responsible for the initiation, cultivation, and maintenance of strong relationships of a business and professional nature. This position requires good communication skills and tact in order to maintain professional relationships with the following, but not limited to:
-Board of Directors
-All levels of District
-Internal and external customers
-Federal, State, and local agencies
-Community organizations and partners
-Consultants, contractors and other third-party organizations that fall within the scope of this role
-Professional, industry, trade, and civic associations

Physical Demands

  • Stationary Position - Occasionally
  • Move/Traverse - Occasionally
  • Stationary Position/Seated - Constantly
  • Transport/Lifting - Rarely
  • Transport/Carrying - Rarely
  • Exerting Force/Pushing - Rarely
  • Exerting Force/Pulling - Rarely
  • Ascend/Descend - Rarely
  • Balancing - Rarely
  • Position Self/Stooping - Rarely
  • Position Self/Kneeling - Rarely
  • Position Self/Crouching - Rarely
  • Position Self/Crawling - Rarely
  • Reaching - Rarely
  • Handling - Occasionally
  • Grasping - Occasionally
  • Feeling - Rarely
  • Communicate/Talking - Constantly
  • Communicate/Hearing - Constantly
  • Repetitive Motions - Frequently
  • Coordination - Frequently

Physical and Environmental Requirements

  • Combination: Work is primarily performed in an office setting amid normal conditions of dust, odors, fumes, office lighting and noises, but field/plant visits may be required when needed.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V/Gender Identify / Sexual Orientation