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City of Lafayette, CO
Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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The City of Lafayette is seeking an experienced professional to lead the Public Works Department’s Water Reclamation Division. The Water Reclamation Manager reports directly to the Public Works Director and leads a team responsible for protecting public health and the environment through the safe and effective operation and maintenance of the City’s water reclamation facility. The position is an integral part of the department leadership team and collaborates closely with the Engineering, Operations & Maintenance, Water Treatment, and Administration divisions to provide a full range of high-quality Public Works services to the community. 

The current facility is rated at 4.4 MGD and utilizes an activated sludge nitrification process with anaerobic digestion and ultraviolet disinfection. Effluent is discharged to Coal Creek. In late 2021, the City will initiate construction of an exciting $47M upgrade project to meet nutrient standards associated with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Regulations 85 and 31. The project includes the addition of denitrification for nutrient removal and tertiary clariflocculation and filtration for phosphorus removal. Along with the operations staff, the new manager will have the opportunity to be hands-on during the construction process, and will be integral during start-up of the new facilities to ensure they are both effective and efficient to operate and maintain. 

The Water Reclamation team currently consists of the manager, one lead operator, and four experienced “A” licensed wastewater treatment operators; the staff is anticipated to grow over the next several years with completion of the upgrade project. Lafayette’s small size provides the manager with the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the facility and processes including operations, maintenance, regulatory compliance, pretreatment, as well as support of Operations & Maintenance Division staff who are responsible for the wastewater collection system and stormwater collection system.

Please submit your application through our City of Lafayette job board:

The City will consider any equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training that provides evidence the applicant possesses the competencies required to successfully perform the job. 

About the City
Lafayette is a thriving and diverse community of approximately 29,000 residents. Encompassing 9.54 square miles at the foothills of the Rockies, Lafayette is located at the southeastern edge of Boulder County, allowing for easy access to Boulder, Denver, Denver International Airport, and the Rocky Mountains. Our community enjoys robust services and amenities, including the Great Outdoors Water Park, an award-winning skate park, the Hale Irwin designed Indian Peaks Golf Course, a senior center, The Collective Community Arts Center, Art on the Street public art program, exciting and diverse events like Art Night Out and the Lafayette Peach Festival, Waneka Lake park and boathouse, 20 community parks, 1,640 acres of open space, 20 miles of trails, Lafayette Public Library, NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, multiple community events, and a vibrant downtown. Lafayette has appeared on numerous national lists of top places to live and raise a family.
The City provides a comprehensive and generous benefits package, including 100% City-paid medical, life, and long-term disability insurance; vision and dental plans; paid vacation, sick leave, and parental leave; a substantially-matched defined contribution retirement plan through ICMA-RC (8% employee, 10.2% City);  recreation center pass and wellness benefits, and more. 

General Summary
Under general direction, to provide leadership and to manage the safe and effective operation and maintenance of the City’s water reclamation facility and related facilities and equipment to protect public health and the environment. This position functions as a member of the Public Works Department leadership team, and is responsible for developing the strategy for the Water Reclamation Division and leading a professional and accountable workgroup focused on continuous improvement and safe, effective, and efficient service to the public and internal customers.

Essential Functions

The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive: 
  1. Leads and manages the Water Reclamation Division:
  • Develops the overall strategy and direction for the division.
  • Creates and supports a culture of continuous improvement. Monitors the implementation and impact of continuous improvement efforts.
  • Creates and supports a culture of innovation and implements new ideas and strategies when appropriate, managing associated risks, evaluation, and feedback loops.
  • Develops and implements division policies and procedures. Makes recommendations on department and organizational policies and procedures and ensures implementation within division consistent with established objectives, strategy, and direction.
  • Collaborates with staff across the Public Works Department and City to develop and meet department and organizational objectives, including collaboration with engineering staff and consultants. 
  • Keeps director informed of progress, emerging issues, and resource needs.

 2. Serves as the Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator in Responsible Charge as defined by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

  • Ensures that operation and maintenance of the facility complies with all local, state, and federal permits, regulations, and requirements.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains an operating plan consistent with regulatory requirements. Delegates to appropriate licensed operators in accordance with the operating plan.
  • Maintains effective communications with regulatory agencies and responds appropriately to inquiries, inspections, directives, and concerns.
  • Ensures timely and accurate completion of all required reports and documents.
  • Maintains appropriate operator certifications including meeting or exceeding continuing education requirements.
  • Maintains knowledge of industry trends and best practices to appropriately shape and inform policies and procedures.
  • Represents the City at regulatory hearings, meetings, and conferences.

 3. Manages and supervises workgroup employees in accordance with City policies and procedures:

  • Executes the work of the division through employees.
  • Communicates work plans and goals clearly, monitors and reviews work to ensure quality, determines resource needs, provides feedback. 
  • Supports and mentors lead workers in guiding performance of staff.
  • Involves employees in decision making processes, seeks employee ideas.
  • Oversees recruiting, selection, on-boarding, and retention of division staff.
  • Ensures employee policy compliance and performance, including overseeing performance reviews, corrective actions, and discipline.

 4. Performs and manages administrative functions of the division:

  • Develops budget recommendations supported by data and analysis.
  • Monitors division expenditures and budget.
  • Verifies accuracy of financial documents including invoices, contracts, purchase orders, and payroll documents.
  • Ensures division compliance with City financial and contract policies and procedures.
  • Develops recommendations for equipment purchases.
  • Develops and manages requests for proposals, competitive bid processes, and contracts.

 5. Develops, monitors, and assesses division data, objectives, metrics, and measures:

  • Develops division objectives and success metrics.
  • Determines division priorities in coordination with Public Works leadership team.
  • Administers software systems including SCADA, spreadsheets, and databases to track and analyze data.
  • Prepares reports, plans, strategies, and business cases based on data.
  • Makes recommendations to engineering staff on capital projects and planning. 

6. Provides technical guidance, direction, and training for division:

  • Develops and reviews on an ongoing basis the skill and training requirements for division staff. Analyzes work practices and procedures. Implements training programs and quality control practices. 
  • Maintains knowledge of regulations, standards, and industry best practices. Ensures compliance with applicable regulations. 
  • Collaborates with other divisions, departments, and agencies to share and leverage technical expertise.

 7. Provides excellent customer service to internal and external customers:

  • Protects public health and the environment through provision of safe and reliable water reclamation services..
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with the public, including representing the City during difficult situations such as sanitary sewer overflows, regulatory violations, and other critical incidents. 
  • Keeps department and communications department staff apprised of potential customer service and communications concerns.
  • Serves as an escalation point for division staff on difficult customer service issues. 
  • Ensures a high level of service to internal customers, including other departments and all Public Works divisions. 

 8. Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe conditions, acts accordingly to prevent accidents:

  • Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, equipment, assigned facilities, and the public.
  • Uses all required safety equipment. 
  • Fosters a positive safety culture for the division and department.
  • Identifies training needs and implements division training program.
  • Investigates accidents and injuries. Collaborates with Risk Manager to analyze incidents and implement measures to avoid future accidents and injuries.  
9. May serve as Acting Public Works Director in the Director’s absence. 


Typical Qualifications

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public, and ability to make effective presentations. Demonstrated ability to collaborate. Proven ability to lead, manage and organize work teams. Proven ability to effectively contribute to leadership teams. Demonstrated ability to establish and achieve goals. Demonstrated ability and initiative to work independently with minimal supervision. Demonstrated knowledge and proficient use of computers and associated software applications including SCADA, asset management, and work order systems. Demonstrated ability to develop budget proposals and manage budgets. Knowledge of safety issues related to operations and maintenance activities. Ability to respond to emergency situations during and outside of normal work hours. Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities. Valid driver’s license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record and criminal history record. Contribute to and demonstrate City’s commitment to collaboration, innovation, and transparency.

Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, or a related field, three years of supervisory experience, and at least five years of relevant work experience involving operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Colorado Class A Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification or ability to obtain through reciprocity within 6-months. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (In Addition to Required Minimum)
Experience with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulations. Experience implementing major facility upgrade projects, including nutrient removal process improvements.  Experience with reuse systems. Experience with industrial pretreatment programs.  Colorado Wastewater Collections Certification.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid Driver's license with a safe driving record; Wastewater Class A Certification required.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58646775
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Water Reclamation Manager
  • Company Name: City of Lafayette, CO
  • Industry: Government/Regulatory Agency
  • Job Function: Civil - Water / Wastewater,
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $84,073.60 - $126,110.40 (Yearly Salary)

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