Snohomish County is seeking a dynamic results-oriented leader as the Director of the Surface Water Management Division (SWM) of Public Works. SWM's division consists of a staff of 94 and a $37m annual budget. SWM uses innovative programs and cutting edge science, engineering, and habitat planning to address a wide variety of surface water related urban and rural issues from the Cascade Mountains to the Puget Sound. SWM programs strive to improve the quality of life for Snohomish County residents by managing storm water, rivers, lakes, as well as being stewards of a sustainable environment for aquatic species and systems.
The position has a great deal of interaction with elected officials and many stakeholders including flood control districts, tribes, conservation districts, state departments, agricultural groups, special purpose districts, salmon protection agencies and federal agencies. The ideal candidate will be expected to build relationships within and outside the County, and promote effective and positive working relationships.
Candidates must have the ability to be flexible in a changing environment and must be able to manage expectations and competing interests of a multitude of stakeholders and groups. The Director will be approachable and informal, but confident and will encourage open communication based on an environment of trust and integrity.
Knowledge and experience of the budgetary challenges that are faced at this level and the ability to seek creative and resourceful solutions to these challenges will be a plus. Candidates should have a proven track record of delivering results, building accountability and creating a positive working environment of teamwork and innovation.
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To plan, organize, coordinate and direct the activities of the Surface Water Division of the Department of Public Works.
STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the activities of a Surface Water Division of the Department of Public Works.
Supervises and directs the work of subordinate supervisors; reviews and evaluates the work of subordinates; selects, hires, terminates and disciplines subordinate employees as necessary.
Oversees a comprehensive storm and surface water program for the county including such activities as river improvement, drainage spot improvements, flood control maintenance program of water resources assessment and long-range comprehensive drainage plans.
Ensures that surface water projects are constructed to the required specifications within the approved budget and within the specified time frame.
Prepares or supervises the preparation of the Division annual budget request; administers the Division's approved budget including monitoring Division revenues and expenditures.
Evaluates division operations and initiates changes as necessary; develops and recommends operational policies and procedures as necessary.
Develops and/or approves consultant contracts and provides oversight and quality/fiscal control over studies and other work being performed by consultant forces.
Coordinates division operations and activities with other divisions of the department, with other county departments, and with outside agencies as required; may represent the department at public hearings or before the County Council, the Hearing Examiner or other individuals or groups as directed; makes presentations before the County Council and coordinates activities with the Council on behalf of the Director of Public Works.
STATEMENT OF OTHER JOB DUTIES
Performs related duties as required.
Graduation from a major college or university with major course work in industrial, civil or hydraulic engineering or public administration; AND, five (5) years of management experience in storm water or utility operation; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Possession of a valid Professional Engineer's License with specialization in civil engineering is preferred but not required. A valid Washington State Driver's License may be required for employment.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
the theory, principles and practices of modern civil engineering relating to storm water, surface water and/or flood control
relevant laws, rules, regulations and legislation governing various storm water, surface water and/or flood control projects and programs
the principles and practices of program planning, organization and budgeting; the principles and practices of effective supervision and management
plan, organize, coordinate and direct the operations and activities of the division
effectively supervise, manage and evaluate the work of subordinate employees
prepare and administer the division's budget
analyze division operations and take effective action to correct deficiencies and resolve problems
read, interpret and apply a variety of work related laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
establish and maintain effective work relationships with public officials, higher level management, associates, subordinates, employees of other agencies, and with the general public
communicate effectively both orally and in writing
prepare a variety of correspondence, reports and other written materials; provide outstanding performance at public speaking
work under pressure and delegate responsibility effectively
work effectively with elected officials
SUPERVISION The employee reports directly to the Director of Public Works and is responsible for all operations and activities of a Surface Water Division. Considerable independent judgment is exercised in planning projects and programs, and in resolving administrative and technical problems within the division. Total responsibility is required for the development of budgets for the division's operations and for the cash flow requirements for the various programs. Performance is evaluated through conferences and results obtained. Direct supervision is exercised over subordinate supervisors, and through them over the entire division staff.
WORKING CONDITIONS The majority of the work is performed in the usual office environment with occasional field trips to locations throughout the county. The employee may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays as circumstances dictate.
Internal Number: 2018-PWK7705R-March
About Snohomish County Public Works
The Snohomish County Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads; controls and manages surface water quantity, quality, and fish habitats; and oversees the recycling and disposal of solid waste. For more information about Snohomish County Public Works, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/PublicWorks.