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Water Operations Manager (Electrical or Civil Engineer or Class A Water Operator)

Okaloosa County BCC - Water and Sewer
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
$78,318 - $118,747 annually
Closing date
Mar 14, 2023

Provides leadership and oversight to the Water Operations, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (“SCADA”), and Electronics divisions of Okaloosa County Water & Sewer (“OCWS”).

**This position's official job title is: Water Supply & Systems Control Manager.**


Education, Training and Experience.  Bachelor’s degree in electrical or civil engineering or closely related field or a Class "A" Water Treatment Plant Operator license, supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in water operations, SCADA, and/or electronics, three (3) of which shall be acquired in a supervisory/management capacity, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Availability for response to emergencies outside of normal duty hours is required.

Licenses and/or Certifications.  Requires a valid driver license.


Responsible for personnel management functions (i.e. interviewing, hiring, training, employee recognition, performance evaluations, accountability, disciplinary actions, etc.). 

Motivates, inspires, coaches, supports, and provides leadership and guidance to staff; effectively and professionally diffuses tense situations and manages conflict; provides technical direction to assigned staff.

Responsibility for budgeting for the Water Operations, SCADA and Electronics Divisions.

Functions as senior manager/leader over the operations for the public drinking water supply (wells, tanks, and booster stations).  Functions as senior manager/leader over the systems control operations (SCADA and electronics) that support lift stations and water supply sites.

Ensures collaboration among and between Water Operations, SCADA, Electronics, and other divisions of the department for normal operations, projects, and emergencies.

Stays abreast of regularly changing water quality requirements; implements changes as needed to ensure continual compliance with requirements.

Manages projects related to infrastructure rehabilitation, replacement, and upgrades; develops and implements plans for proactive maintenance.

Demonstrates leadership; actively works with supervisors, foremen and leads to develop management and leadership skills.

Collaborates and coordinates with agencies (FDEP, NWFWMD, etc.), customers, other utilities, the Board of County Commissioners, and other divisions as required for strategic initiatives.

Oversees water system emergencies.


Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including computer, office equipment, telephone, facsimile and copier.  Must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and a negligible amount frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Physical demands are essentially those of sedentary work.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to communicate effectively in English, including the ability to convey, record and exchange information; requires the ability to explain procedures, to give, receive and follow oral and written instructions.  Requires ability to read and interpret technical data, policy and procedure manuals, codes, etc. in moderately to highly complex terminology.  Requires the ability to read, interpret and develop policy and procedure.  Requires the ability to prepare forms and reports using prescribed formats.  Requires the ability to communicate with a broad array of individuals from various professional backgrounds.

Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a variety of instructions in written and oral form; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, multiply and divide, use decimals, and determine percentages.

Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to tactfully and effectively interact with the public and with co-workers. Must be able to perform under stress when confronted with frequent deadlines or peak workloads.

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