New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Assistant Commissioner, Capital Planning & Delivery
The New York City (NYC) Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Commissioner in the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT). The ideal candidate wants to seize the opportunity to lead a critical public health and environmentally urgent function in the most amazing city in the country. This is a game-changing career opportunity for the right candidate to make a positive impact on the lives of over 8.5 million New Yorkers and the millions of others who work, visit and recreate in the city and in the region on a daily basis.
Wastewater utilities are moving from handlers of wastewater to managers of sustainable resources and watershed-scale environmental leaders to seek the optimal-cost/highest return on environmental and social solutions. We are embracing best utility business practices to ensure a sustainable future that provides for resilient infrastructure while minimizing waste, maximizing resources, protecting our ratepayers, improving the community, and embracing innovation. We are therefore improving and maintaining our integrity for our core business to protect public health through treating wastewater while growing our role as the manager of valuable resources and an essential partner for economic development, watershed community health, and an environmental benefit.
DEP is the largest municipal water and wastewater utility in North America with nearly 6,000 employees system-wide. DEP’s vision is to be the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, resilient, and transparent water utility in the nation. DEP protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous material pollution. The values DEP embraces in doing day-to-day work are safety, service, support, transparency, innovation, and sustainability. Every day DEP delivers 1 billion gallons of water to nine million New Yorkers and implements one of the largest construction programs in the region – our capital program will spend $1.5 billion per year for the next ten years.
In DEP, BWT is the largest of DEP’s bureaus, which accounts for about half of the Department’s annual capital expenditures of $1.5 billion, manages an annual operating budget of $400 million, and includes 1,800 employees. BWT treats 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater daily and continues to improve its wastewater treatment processes and facilities through billions of dollars of investment, showing results as the New York Harbor is healthier than it’s been in more than a century. BWT is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all facilities related to the treatment of wastewater within the five boroughs. This includes operating and maintaining 14 wastewater treatment plants, eight sludge dewatering facilities, collections facilities (96 pumping stations, 140 miles of interceptors, combined sewer overflow facilities, regulators, tide gates), five wastewater and three microbiology laboratories, related facilities, and marine vessels for transporting sludge and monitoring water quality.
Reporting to the BWT Deputy Commissioner, the Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Capital Planning Delivery is responsible for leading and managing a comprehensive array of services and programs, including capital planning, engineering, in-house design, contracting, project management, construction management, procurement, maintenance support, and budgeting. The AC is a central member of the BWT executive leadership team and is expected to provide leadership and effective management across the Bureau. The AC will exercise an extremely wide latitude of independent judgment and initiative to improve existing programs and implement new programs, policies and activities for high-level bureau priorities.
The AC provides the leadership, vision and management for over 150 individuals directly and integrates work over the entire Bureau of 1800 employees to ensure the utility maintains sustainable infrastructure through capital investments, engineering, and operations and maintenance support. The AC leads and directs capital systems, contracting, budgets, reporting procedures, and people in all areas of capital projects from initiation, planning, and delivery, to support sustainable wastewater treatment and collection systems infrastructure. The position is responsible for the development of BWT’s budget based on project prioritization, planning investments in infrastructure “state of good repair”, energy production and conservation, environmental requirements, resource recovery and enterprise operations support. The position leads contracts and engineering sections responsible for requirements/maintenance services, job order, and engineering contracts throughout BWT in order to be responsive to operational needs and priorities near and long term. The position must coordinate with other Bureau’s to ensure that capital projects are delivered based on BWT’s requirements.
The AC will partner with the AC for Resource Recovery Operations to implement best practices, to develop a culture of continuous improvement and best-in-class business systems across BWT.
The AC needs to be a strong leader in this complex business environment and will need to use rigorous methods to solve difficult problems and find effective solutions. The Bureau is looking for enhancement and management of the division’s continuous improvement program for project planning and delivery, contracting, engineering and budgeting. The AC is expected to bring programmatic improvements to all levels of responsibility through analysis, develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and adoption of industry best practices, such as Project Management Institute (PMI), Lean, Six Sigma, and other applicable programs. This includes driving consistency in project delivery through development and implementation of design standards to drive consistency across BWT’s assets.
For a more complete job description and more information on this career opportunity with DEP please apply to Job ID 287393 on www.nyc.gov/jobs
DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce.