Avon Lake Regional Water, located on the shores of Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland, is looking for its next Chief of Utility Operations (CUO). The CUO works in partnership with the Chief Utilities Executive (CUE) to lead this mid-sized (40-person) water and wastewater utility that not only serves the citizens of Avon Lake, but also provides bulk services outside of the city. The organization is in the process of finishing its combined sewer separations in adherence with its Long-Term Control Plan and rehabilitating its treatment facilities. It looks forward to initiating a biosolids/reclamation master plan, finalizing its launch of its GIS system, and embracing asset management and continuous improvement. More information about Avon Lake Regional Water can be found at: https://avonlakewater.org/
The CUO reports to the CUE and the Board of Municipal Utilities, a 5-member, elected board that governs the utility. The CUO is responsible for the successful operation of the water filtration and reclamation plants, the distribution and collection systems, and engineering, and should either have or be capable of obtaining an Ohio Class III water or wastewater license. The Board and CUE are looking for someone who will be able to help improve collaborative performance, stretch the organization and turn vision into reality; all while assuring public health, safety and environmental requirements are met.
The Chief of Utility Operations (CUO) is a full-time exempt, onsite (not remote) position. Avon Lake Regional Water is located at 201 Miller Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012. Preferred local area residence.
Assure operations and maintenance of all treatment, pumping, and piping systems are performed safely, in a manner that provides the appropriate level of service to customers, at the least cost, and in adherence with all regulations.
Bachelor's Degree, preferably in engineering, sciences, business, administration, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in water and wastewater operations.
At least a Class III Ohio water and/or wastewater license, or equivalent; and preferably both.
Must possess a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
Serves as the CUE’s operations expert, assuring operations are performed strategically and according to quality standards. To do this, the CUO performs a variety of technical and routine tasks, including but not limited to:
Assure all facilities are operated safely and securely in a manner to best comply with regulations, meet the needs of customers, and comply with budgetary constraints.
Provide oversight of capital improvement plan and asset management program.
Ensure departments are working together to minimize burdens and maximize potential.
Champion strategic initiatives and look for new strategic opportunities.
Embrace quality management protocols to continuously strive for organizational improvement.
Develop, mentor, and enable staff to achieve goals.
Manage projects assigned by the CUE.
Represent the CUE at meetings as needed and as directed.
Maintain effective interactions and good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Represent the organization at appropriate forums and meetings.
Keep abreast of current “state of the art” utility operations and pending regulations.
Assume the responsibilities of the CUE in the CUE’s absence or at the CUE’s direction.
Perform other duties, as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs and requirements of the job change.
The successful applicant should possess (minimum requirements):
A Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of ten years’ experience in water and wastewater operations, regulations/compliance, and budgeting.
Familiarity with appropriate safety and security procedures.
Understanding of asset management practices and quality management protocols.
Expertise with general office and specific technical operations software.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to successfully complete background check, drug screening, and physical.
Ability to positively promote the organization and comfort speaking before groups.
Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.
Ability to effectively communicate in written and verbal forms, especially regarding highly technical subjects.
The physical/mental demands described here are representative of the position to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Meet the physical and mental demands.
Regularly check on and walk through plants, pumping stations, and other facilities.
Always be mentally alert.
Professional and courteous.
Work accurately and calmly under pressure and/or with repeated interruptions.
Must be available for evening meetings, etc. as needed.
Most front-line staff are represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) union. The management and a few other positions are non-union positions. The CUE and CUO positions serve at the pleasure of the Board.
Compensation and General Information
Compensation will include base salary ($92,000-$135,000, depending on qualifications) and a Comprehensive Benefits Package. Health and welfare benefits are provided through local government agencies, including a defined benefit retirement plan (OPERS) and optional 457 plans.
Avon Lake Regional Water recruits and hires in a non-discriminatory manner and in accordance with federal and state laws.
Instructions for applying for the Chief of Utility Operations Position
Miles LeHane is handling all aspects of the Chief of Utility Operations search. Please visit www.mileslehane.com/search115 for more information. Contact Miles LeHane directly, not Avon Lake Regional Water, if you would like to submit your resume or have questions. We will acknowledge your application upon receipt. We will contact selected candidates directly. Applications/resumes will be accepted from November 20, 2017, through close of business 5PM EDT January 8, 2018.
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Avon Lake Regional Water, located on the shores of Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland, is a mid-sized (40-person) water and wastewater utility that not only serves the citizens of Avon Lake, but also provides bulk services outside of the city.