The Director of Water oversees two (2) water treatment plant facilities; plus water distribution in Grand Isle; various water towers; approximately 1,600 miles of water mains and thousands of valves, hydrants and water meters; and approximately 270 civil service employees.The annual operating budget is $40 million with a capital budget of approximately $11 million. The Director’s duties include, providing policy development and management guidance in the area of water; evaluating department operations and report to director of public works on a regular basis; is responsible for capital facilities planning; directs the water department in formulating and evaluating operating policies, programs and procedures; prepares reports on departmental operations evaluates performance against established objectives, and prepares special reports on operating problems or plans as required; manages daily operations including treatment, distribution, billing, lab operations and other activities; prepares annual operating and capital budget, approves expenditures and monitors revenues and collections; receives and responds to complaints regarding department operation and water quality; directs administrative and field staff; handles personnel matters; and carries out all duties as assigned by the Parish President.
Knowledge of effective management and supervisory techniques and procedures; commitment to providing excellence in public service; proficient verbal/writing communication skills; ability to work within a culturally diverse community; provide leadership in developing and implementing policy initiatives for Jefferson Parish; familiarity with Local/State/Federal laws applicable to water utility operations and in providing potable water supplies to Parish residents; working knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel computer programs; knowledge of personnel policies, supervision principles, budget development, administration principles, contract development and administration, and billing and collection policies and procedures.
Director of Water shall be appointed by the Parish President with the approval of the Council.The individual selected for this position will be required to report to duty during emergency situations.The position is considered unclassified, limited-tenure, at-will employment.The individual selected for this position will be subject to a background check and will be required to submit a financial disclosure statement annually. The successful candidate shall possess and maintain a valid Louisiana Driver’s License or have the ability to secure one within 10 working days of hire.
For complete information visit www.jeffparish.net and select "Executive Employment Opportunities."
Minimum requirements: shall have a four-year degree in civil, sanitary, chemical engineering, or related acceptable degree, with 5 years administrative experience and shall devote his entire efforts to this purpose for which this department has been created; or 10 years of significant management experience with a public utility.
Preferred Requirements:7 years water utility management/supervisory experience.Louisiana Registered Professional Engineer preferred.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, is located in the culturally rich New Orleans Metropolitan area with a population of approximately 450,000 residents. The Jefferson Parish Water Department has provided high quality drinking water to its residents for over 60 years without any major interruptions in service. Jefferson Parish produces and delivers a high quality, reliable water supply to all residences, businesses and industries located within the Parish on the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River. Currently, the water department provides water utility services to approximately 140,000 accounts. The East Bank's water plants purification complex were constructed in 1951, 1955, 1965, and 1969, respectively. The West Bank's two water plants purification complex were constructed in 1958 and 1971, respectively. Present rated production capacity for the East Bank is 87 million gallons per day and the rated production capacity for the West Bank complex is 44 million gallons per day. The Jefferson Parish distribution system contains approximately 1,600 miles of water mains 20,000 valves, and 15,000 hydrants.
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