The City of Grand Rapids is conducting a national search for an Environmental Services Manager who will lead the Environmental Services and Wastewater operations. The position includes advanced professional, managerial and leadership in the planning, organizing, implementing and directing of programs and activities regarding energy, lighting, duct and smart systems, and public utilities, including wastewater treatment and industrial pretreatment program administration, collection system maintenance, stormwater management, environmental management, safe and equitable street lighting, and related utility functions. The ideal person will be highly strategic and be able to continue the wastewater designation as a Water Resource Recovery Facility that achieved Utility of the Future Today recognition. Work is performed under the executive direction of a senior executive staff member. Supervision is exercised directly or indirectly over all employees in Environmental Services composed of 112 personnel.
The purpose of this job is to provide significant leadership and exemplary services dedicated to protecting the environment, public health and welfare. Responsible for the City's Wastewater and Storm Water Infrastructure operation and maintenance. Ensures the City's compliance with regulatory requirements and implements policy as stated by the City Commission. Develops and manages a budget which supports the department's outcomes and City Polices. Develops and implements regulator and Citywide policies. Responsible for asset management related to the City's Wastewater and Storm water infrastructure operation and maintenance.
Minimum Training and Experience
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, environmental science, public administration, or a related field
At least five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively more responsible experience in public administration, utilities or environmental management, including supervisory or managerial experience
Licensure as a Professional Engineer is encouraged, but not required.
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan. It is
on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and three hours from Chicago. The
City's population is 198,829 and covers an area of 45 square miles. The combined statistical
area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland is 1.3 million.
The City recently received numerous recognitions ranging from the Best U.S. City to Invest in
Housing and the Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. (Forbes); the #1 City to Raise a
Family; the #1 Hottest Real Estate Market to Watch (Trulia.com), and #28 Most Hipster
City in the world. The Art Prize Festival was ranked one of the Top Five Festivals
Worldwide (Time). Fifteen craft breweries are located within Grand Rapids making it locally
known as Michigan's "Beer City." Please click here to learn more about Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to a multicultural group of residents, students
and visitors. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area hosts fifteen institutions of higher learning.
Grand Rapids has 67 parks with sports and recreation activities year-round. Salmon weighing
up to 35 pounds are caught during the annual... upstream migration of the Grand River.
In 2019 the City completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan with a new Mission Statement: To
elevate quality of life through excellent City services. Please click here to view the
City's strategic plan.