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Superintendent of Water Treatment

Ends: October 18, 2020
Full Time


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Superintendent of Water Treatment



$60,707.00 Annually




10/18/20 11:59 PM


REPORTS TO: Environmental Engineer
FLSA STATUS: Exempt - Executive
CLASSIFICATION:  Regular Non-Merit; Serves at the discretion of the Department Director
PAY GRADE:   123
SAFETY SENSITIVE:  Yes, Subject to random drug testing per the Athens-Clarke County Drug and Alcohol Ordinance. 

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to perform the managerial functions associated with water treatment plant operations and the Water Treatment section of the Public Utilities Department.  Plans and coordinates the activities of the water treatment plant operations, develops long- and short-term plans, plans the budget and monitors expenses, instructs and disciplines assigned staff, and performs additional tasks as assigned.  

Job Related Requirements 

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, Subject to call back after hours and on weekends.

May be required to work on religious holidays. 

Regular and predictable attendance is required. 

Must work cooperatively with others. 

When requirements include vehicle operation, responsible for the safety, readiness and operation of the vehicle and must abide by ACC's safe driving policy. 

Emergency Position 
This position is designated as an emergency position that requires your attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. Some examples of emergencies include inclement weather, utility failure, fire or other forced evacuations or as determined by the Manager.


Bachelor's Degree in environmental science or a related field, with five years of experience involving water treatment systems or water operations at a supervisory or administrative level required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. 

Two years of supervisory experience is required.  

Must possess a Class I state certified license for water treatment.  

Must possess a valid driver's license. 


The following duties are normal for this job.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Supervises and evaluates assigned staff, handles all employee concerns, directs work assignments, counsels and disciplines employees when necessary, and completes employee performance appraisals.

Plans, directs, and supervises the operation of the water treatment process.

Plans water treatment plant operations, including setting priorities and preparing long- and short-range strategies to assure effective water treatment.

Assists in annual budget preparation; prepares budget requests; monitors expenditures.

Prepares specifications for special projects.

Coordinates projects with other departments as necessary.

Receives and/or prepares letters, reports, correspondence, forms, and other documentation; reviews, processes, and/or forwards as appropriate; maintains files and logs; performs other clerical duties.

Consults with supervisor to resolve operational problems.

Advises section employees of Athens-Clarke County and departmental standards, Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, and EPA and EPD rules and regulations.

Prepares and submits monthly operations reports to the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Answers the telephone; provides information, advice, and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to the appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.

Responds to routine requests for information from officials, employees, members of the staff, the public, or other individuals; handles complaints from other departments and the general public. 

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the operations and functions of the Public Utilities Department.  

Knowledge of management, personnel, and financial practices, policies, and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.  

Knowledge of all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job.    

Knowledge of and proficient with computers.  

Knowledge of state laws governing the operation of water treatment systems and of Athens-Clarke County policies and procedures pertaining to water treatment plants.  

Knowledge of water treatment techniques, including sampling and testing, handling and application of chemicals, and use of such equipment as meters, water pumps, and testing equipment.  

Knowledge of laboratory procedures and of basic mathematics, chemistry, and biology. 

Knowledge of planning, management, and public relations.   

Ability to develop and administer policies, procedures, plans, and activities and to monitor the performance of subordinates against measured, established goals.  

Ability to develop and implement long-term goals for the department in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency. 

Ability to keep informed of any changes in policy, methods, operations, budgetary and equipment needs, etc., as they pertain to departmental and personnel operations and activities.  

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, management, employees, members of the general public, and all other groups involved in the activities of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County as they relate to the Public Utilities Department.  

Ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.  

Ability to deal effectively with organizational, management, human relations, and technical subjects.  

Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in managing subordinates including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.  

Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information.  

Ability to handle the required mathematical and statistical calculations.  

Ability to read, understand, and interpret personnel and financial reports and related materials.  

Ability to communicate effectively by oral and written means.  

Ability to read blueprints.  

Ability to operate various machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, computer, printer, calculator, telephone, pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, laboratory equipment, and water treatment operating equipment.  




PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, computer, printer, calculator, telephone, pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, laboratory equipment, and water treatment operating equipment. This position requires:  walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, seeing, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.  Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of medium work. 

DATA CONCEPTION:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to hear, speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes giving/receiving assignments and/or directions to/from co-workers, assistants, or supervisors.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:  Requires the ability to read a variety of blueprints, informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to prepare letters, reports, forms, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.  Requires the ability to speak to individuals and/or groups of people with poise, voice control, and confidence. 

INTELLIGENCE:  Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques, to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation, and to make independent judgment in the absence of management.

VERBAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of administrative, technical or professional languages including water treatment, budgeting, and human resources terminology.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide; to determine percentages; to interpret graphs; to compute discount, interest, profit/loss, ratio/proportion, etc.; and to perform calculations involving variables, formulas, square roots, and polynomials.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with a variety of machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, computer, printer, calculator, telephone, pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, laboratory equipment, and water treatment operating equipment.

MOTOR COORDINATION:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands, fingers, and eyes accurately in using equipment. Requires the ability to use the keyboard, lift, bend, push, and pull objects or materials using body parts as the position necessitates. 

MANUAL DEXTERITY:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as automated equipment, office supplies, and computer supplies.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT:  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear:  (Talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words).  (Hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear).  Must be able to communicate via telephone.




375 Satula Avenue
Human Resources Department
Athens, GA 30601


Position #2020-01727


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