Water/Wastewater Program Manager - Treatment

Phoenix, Arizona
Aug 11, 2021
Nov 09, 2021
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About the Position
The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Water and Wastewater Management Division has an Engineering Program Manager position available for an experienced engineer looking for an exceptional opportunity to manage and grow an engineering program!
As an Engineering Program Manager, you will provide leadership for a program that conducts engineering plan review approvals and ensures operational compliance for drinking and wastewater treatment facilities. This position ensures stakeholders of Maricopa County are safe from hazards that could be caused by non-compliance with applicable design and construction rules governing and protecting the environment and public health.
Treatment Program
You will manage the Treatment Program, which reviews and approves, and permits the proposed construction of water and wastewater treatment plants and regulates the operation of public wastewater systems.
About the Department of Environmental Services
For more than 60 years, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has been working with our community to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Maintaining a healthy environment improves the quality of life and seeks to prevent exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and hazardous substances in food, water, and soil. We are using education and innovative methods to protect more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County and its visitors.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, or a related engineering field


  • Six (6) years of experience designing and/or overseeing the construction and operation of a wide variety of water and wastewater treatment systems

Other Requirements 

  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's license at the time of hire
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration; OR by the technical board of another state, with the ability to obtain Arizona Registration within six (6) months of employment

Our Preferred Candidate has

  • One (1) year of supervisory experience overseeing professional engineering staff

Essential Job Tasks

The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position. 

  • Plans, assigns, prioritizes, evaluates, and reviews the work of program/section staff, including registered professional engineers, registered sanitarians, other professionals, subordinate supervisors, and support staff for consistency, accuracy, timeliness, conformance to policy/rules, and for technical merit
  • Work includes permitting, licensing, inspection, and investigation of water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities and related operations in accordance with subdivision, water quality, aquifer protection, and design/construction/health-related codes and regulations
  • Oversees the preparation and submission of timely reports and maintenance of records
  • Creates and oversees the budget for the assigned unit
  • Manages complex and high profile projects, assignments, and research
  • Develops, implements, and interprets policies, procedures, and programs for engineering aspects of environmental issues related to permitting, control, analysis, design, review, and evaluation of water, wastewater, and solid waste infrastructure and operations
  • Enforces the submittal and approval of discharge authorizations, final verifications, and approvals for and of construction of all water, sewer, and reclaimed sewer projects to ensure that projects are in accordance with technical specifications and applicable codes
  • Provides technical expertise to section through plan review, on-site inspections throughout the County, an annual audit of the City of Phoenix sub-delegation, and other related work
  • Assures final verification approvals for and construction of all water, sewer, and reclaimed sewer projects as per relevance to the work unit
  • Resolves complaints submitted by staff or the public by conducting or delegating investigations; advises and educates the public on environmental issues, regulations, safety, policies, and compliance matters
  • Participates and may present technical, environmental information to public agencies and/or the public
  • Communicates, interprets, and keeps current on changes in environmental regulations and legislation
  • Serves as a representative to federal, state, regional, and local municipalities and groups to coordinate environmental activities, negotiate, inform and confer; participates at technical meetings, public hearings, and other forums
  • Collaborates with other divisions, other County departments, and state regulatory agencies
  • Informs division manager of critical and potentially controversial or political program issues
  • Participates in budget development, monitoring, and adherence
  • Identifies and implements process improvement initiatives to improve customer and employee satisfaction
  • May serve as division level manager when assigned and/or supervise subordinate supervisory staff

Working Conditions 
Requires some work at field locations with exposure to dust, construction and operational noise, strong odors, and uneven terrain. Fieldwork may occur in all weather conditions, including extreme heat. May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. You may be subject to repetitive motion such as typing or data entry. Frequent computer use involving the need to see details at close range. This position may be subject to working after hours, weekends, and holidays. Exposure to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toe shoes) is necessary for some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 pounds; must also be able to carry up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and or pull up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to the midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


Maricopa County


301 W Jefferson
Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona, 85003