New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Assistant Commissioner, Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Operations
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.
The Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Operations will report directly to the BWT Deputy Commissioner and serve on the senior leadership team of the utility to provide executive leadership, strategic direction, and management to ensure that BWT’s mission and core values are implemented and followed. The AC leads the majority of Bureau staff in meeting operational objectives 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 necessary for the day-to-day and long-term operations of all wastewater treatment plants and collection system facilities in NYC. This leader ensures essential operations, maintenance and compliance of existing infrastructure, and in addition is integral to the success of several new initiatives and emerging mandates, such as green energy production and optimization, carbon-neutrality goals, biosolids beneficial use, resiliency, and new regulatory mandates for residual chlorine and other parameters.
This leader must demonstrate the ability to collaborate internally across DEP on a multitude of issues that affect operations including storm water management , responses to climate change, Combined Sewer Overflow planning, and other integrated planning and strategies City-wide.
Two BWT Directors- the Director of Collections and the Director of Plant Operations- report directly to the AC. These directorates include the Treatment Plant Facility Managers (7), individual Plant Managers (14), Collection Facilities and Residuals Operations Chiefs, and all subordinate staff responsible for the successful and sustainable 24/7 operations of NYC’s wastewater treatment infrastructure, for a total of over 1400 staff. The AC will partner with the AC for Capital Planning and Delivery to implement best practices, to develop a culture of continuous improvement and best-in-class operations 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 AC is expected to bring programmatic improvements to all levels of responsibility through data-driven analysis and adoption of industry best practices.
For a more complete job description and more information on this career opportunity with DEP please apply to Job ID 288532 on www.nyc.gov/jobs
DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce.