System Operations, Planning and Analysis Manager (Mgr.3)

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington State
$48.93 - $73.38 Hourly
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Position Description


Want to join an innovative team of professionals integral at providing essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region? This is an exciting time-- there are more people living in the region than ever before and the challenge before us is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We offer a dynamic work experience and are looking for people excited to embrace this opportunity.

The Drainage and Wastewater Line of Business System Management Division has an exciting opportunity for a System Operations, Planning and Analysis (SOPA) Manager (Manager 3) to contribute to the work of our Drainage & Wastewater (DWW) Section. The Manager will lead the SOPA section and is responsible for overseeing DWW facility performance including combined sewage overflow facilities, DWW structures, drainage facilities, and Wastewater pump stations.


About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. 

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit: 

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including: 

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment 
  • Generous benefits package  
  • Free public transportation options 
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions 
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities 


Job Responsibilities


  • Understand and analyze the performance of Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) operable facilities to identify operational changes, maintenance needs, inform capital planning and report out on system performance.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with internal stakeholders for routine maintenance and operational optimization of DWW facilities.
  • Routinely review operational data to ensure DWW facilities are functioning as designed.
  • Manage the development, updating and implementation of asset management plans and programmatic stage gates for DWW facilities.
  • Responsible for management of the Wastewater Pump Station and Force Main Improvement program, the Drainage Structures program, and the CSO Outfall Cleaning program.
  • Advise capital delivery project teams to ensure continuous and near real-time operational and monitoring needs are met as new DWW facility assets are constructed.
  • Collaborate with King County Wastewater Treatment Division (KCWTD) on the joint operation of our interdependent systems including a data share program, CSO Coordinated Optimization efforts and future operations and maintenance of the Ship Canal Water Quality Program.
  • Manage data programs and serve as the data steward to ensure that operational data management meets the needs of internal stakeholders, and that operational data is accurately stored to meet compliance regulations
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory reporting requirements for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
  • Manage and mentor technical staff within the section including workload planning, budgeting, performance expectations and evaluations.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering. 


  • Seven (7) years of professional engineering experience which must include one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience. 


  • Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.


Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment. 
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites. 
  • May be required to lift over 50 pounds. 
  • May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time. 
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. 
  • Overnight travel may be required. 


License, Certification and Other Requirements



Additional Information


Application Requirement(s):

  • A full City of Seattle online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.


City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.


Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation):

Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.


This position allows for the flexibility of a flexible work schedule. Beginning November 1, 2022, employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.


Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences.

Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

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