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Water Operations Manager

Tualatin Valley Water District
Beaverton, Oregon
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Utility Engineering, Water Resources Engineering
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We are looking for our next Water Operations Manager to join the team at the Tualatin Valley Water District!


The Job:

As the Tualatin Valley Water District's (TVWD) Water Operations Manager, you will be responsible for managing and coordinating the operations and maintenance of TVWD’s water distribution system by managing the Water Operations Division. The Division is responsible for performing all aspects of system operations, water supply management, asset inspection, condition assessment, maintenance, repair, construction, and emergency responses. You will also work closely with the Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) to plan for and manage the operations and maintenance of the Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS) as we plan to meet future water needs in our community.


As the Water Operations Manager, you will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and supervise 3 direct reports. The full scope of supervision extends to 30 employees in the Water Operations Division. You’ll work and collaborate closely with the other divisions within the Engineering and Operations Department, including Engineering, Asset Management, and Water Resources.  Here is a list of typical duties you can expect to perform as Water Operations Manager:


  • Manage our Water Operations Division to ensure 24/7 operations of the water distribution system to deliver high-quality water, including water supply and storage management, pump station operations, pressure management, SCADA, and utility locating.
  • Manage all water system maintenance activities in accordance with the District’s Asset Management Plan, including asset inspections, condition assessment, exercising, preventative maintenance, and repairs.
  • Manage the District’s in-house construction activities, including new installations of pumps, pipelines, valves, hydrants, and other water system infrastructure.


TVWD has a variety of exciting and challenging projects and initiatives on the horizon that you will be expected to navigate and support including:

  • Willamette Water Supply System operations, including startup, commissioning, and supply integration into TVWD’s distribution system.
  • Implementation of TVWD’s SCADA Master Plan recommended improvements.
  • Process improvements involving maintenance management, asset management, and capital planning to address aging infrastructure in the District’s water system.
  • Updating the District’s mission/vision/values and strategic plan.
  • Planning for the future of the department, including staff development and succession planning.


Ideal Candidate & Typical Qualifications:

We're looking for a Water Operations Manager with the ability to effectively lead our Water Operations Division. Your ability to manage the Division and supervise employees is critical to your success in this role.


We're specifically looking for our next Water Operations Manager to embody the following traits and attributes:

  • Strong leadership skills (resiliency, integrity, authenticity, and approachability)
  • Communication skills (verbally and in writing with various audiences) and outstanding listening skills
  • Effective relationship management skills
  • A commitment to excellence, process improvement, and professional development


Any combination of experience, education, and training are qualifying for this role, including less traditional backgrounds. If you feel your transferable skills make you an excellent candidate for this role, we encourage you to apply. Typically, the Water Operations Manager has at least six years of experience in engineering, project management, construction management, utility operations, or a related field, and a bachelor's degree in engineering, construction, business or public administration, biology, chemistry, or a related field. Supervisory experience and experience in a water utility operations, construction, or maintenance position is highly desirable. We expect our Water Operations Manager to either have or obtain one of the following certifications/licenses within two years:

  • Water Distribution System Operator IV Certification
  • Water Treatment II Certification
  • Professional Engineer Registration

Click here to view the full job description for the Water Operations Manager.

Compensation & Benefits:
The current salary range for this position is: $110,448 - $165,651 per year. TVWD is proud to offer a valuable benefits package including participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), low-cost medical/vision/dental insurance, and paid time off including vacation, sick, and holiday leave. Additionally, TVWD offers a 401(k) retirement plan with a TVWD match of up to 3% of gross wages, as well as, access to 457(b) retirement plans with pre/post-tax contribution options. Click the "Benefits" tab in this job announcement to view a summary of our complete benefits package.

Application Process and Recruitment Timeline:
Please complete the online job application, attach your resume and cover letter, and respond to the supplemental questions. 

Applications are due 8/3/2022 at 11 am. Please save the following dates for interviews (depending on the number of qualified applicants TVWD may omit some of these interview dates):
8/9 – Initial interview over the phone or using Microsoft Teams
8/16 – In-person panel interview with various TVWD employees and individuals from our partner agencies
8/17 or 8/18 – Final interview with TVWD Leadership Team employees

We hope to select our Water Operations Manager by 8/19 and that they will begin their duties by 9/6, if possible.

Additional Information:
TVWD is committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As part of this commitment, TVWD has implemented a vaccine mandate for employees. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for TVWD job applicants and this proof will be requested during the hiring process.

If you require an accommodation under this policy for a medical condition or disability, or sincerely held religious belief, please email:


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Applicants with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., assistive listening devices)

to participate in the recruitment and/or selection process should contact the Human Resources Department


We are proud to hire veterans.

If you qualify for veterans' preference please attach a copy of your DD-214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty.)

If you need to request a copy of your DD-214, click here.


TVWD prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at TVWD are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, age, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, ability, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state and federal law. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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