The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing all of the activities and personnel involved in the operation of the treatment plant, collection system, Process Control, Liquid Waste Acceptance Program and the Laboratory. This will include maintaining the quality of effluent required by PVSC's New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit, coordinating and ensuring the organization’s compliance with its Title V Air Operating permit, Storm Water permit, Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) permit and Discharge Prevention, Containment and Countermeasure (DPCC) compliance plan, and directing and participating in design upgrades to improve the treatment plant and/or collection system. In addition, the COO will direct and participate in studies required to maintain compliance with PVSC’s permit requirements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge in the following areas is required: 1. The principles and processes involved in the treatment and disposal of wastewater; 2. Modern theories, principles and practices of environmental sanitation as they apply to wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal; 3. Regulations dealing with all aspects of wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal; including, but not limited to, surface water discharges, residuals disposal and air emissions. The Chief Operating Officer must be able to plan, organize, develop and direct various activities dealing with wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and be able to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations. In addition, the COO must have the ability to comprehend and analyze laws, rules and regulations relating to the conveyance, treatment and disposal of wastewater, have knowledge in the financing of capital projects, and be able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with representatives of regulatory authorities and industrial, civic and other organizations interested in or involved with wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal.
Education: Bachelor's degree in civil, environmental, sanitary or chemical engineering required. Master's degree in civil, environmental, sanitary or chemical engineering desired.
Experience: Minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in the operation of a large, municipal activated sludge treatment plant, five (5) years of which shall have been in a responsible supervisory capacity.
License and Certifications: S4 Public Wastewater Treatment System and C4 Collection System Licenses issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are preferred. Professional Engineering License in the State of New Jersey is also preferred.
About Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), established in 1902 by an Act of New Jersey State Legislature, began operation of the Newark Bay Treatment Plant in 1924 as a means to alleviate pollution in the Passaic River and its tributaries. Major expansions, upgrades and renovations throughout the twentieth century have made the PVSC one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the United States.
Since 1902, the PVSC has expanded its mission to enhance the viability, and environmental health and security of the 1.5 million residents in the 48 municipalities of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union and Passaic Counties of the Passaic Valley Service District. In accordance with federal and state water quality legislation, the Commissioners and staff of PVSC continuously work together to:
Operate and maintain the PVSC infrastructure including the Newark Bay Treatment Plant and its 22-mile interceptor sewer line to enable the processing of over 300 Million gallons of wastewater every day.
Administer and operate monitoring and compliance programs to identify organic and inorganic pollutants and prevent them from entering the waterways of the Passaic River and its tributarie...s.
Improve the recreational and economic uses of Newark Bay, the Passaic River and its tributaries by removing debris and other pollutants from shorelines and waterways through in-house and community based River Restoration Programs.
Provide environmental instruction and awareness programs to school systems district-wide.
Leverage excess treatment capacity to provide low-cost liquid waste and sludge disposal options to municipalities, industries and businesses outside of the service area.
PVSC moves forward into a second century of service to its ratepayers with an aggressive plan to control costs and identify alternative funding sources for necessary infrastructure maintenance, automation, and upgrades, while providing innovative, environmentally sound and cost effective wastewater treatment.