Reporting to the Director of Development, Engineering, & Operations, the Manager of Utilities is responsible for managerial oversight to the Utilities Department which includes freshwater treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, and solid waste collection services. The Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing work assignments, providing staff with the training and support needed to perform their work efficiently and safely, developing logistics strategies to ensure efficient use of monetary, equipment and materials resources, and providing input into capital and operating budgets.
This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Key Responsibilities Include:
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Leads and manages resources within the Utilities Department including staff, costs, equipment, contracts, and materials to deliver program services within the approved budget, operating policies, procedures and applicable legislation.
Oversees and provides management oversight to all functional areas required to operate the Utility Department including infrastructure failure response, training programs, information technology, communications, building and equipment life cycle maintenance and replacement, pre-planning/inspections and anything else as required.
Examines and recommends efficiencies or changes to service delivery method with the goal of improving our service and aligning with industry established best practices.
Coordinates and prepares reports and presentations to Council and other agencies as required.
Provides active leadership and manages performance in a unionized environment.
Assist in the development of the budget as it pertains to the Utilities Department.
Participates in the development of department strategic plans, goals and objectives.
Ensures positive interaction with taxpayers, the general public, staff at all levels within the Municipality, the media, other municipalities, senior government departments and any other group with potential interactions with the Municipality’s operational services.
Takes a leadership role with regard to Municipal Emergency Preparedness including providing incident command as required in situations of natural or man-made threats. Will be expected to take an Emergency Management role such as Deputy Operations Chief in the EOC/ECC should they become activated.
Liaises with representatives of neighboring municipalities to ensure adequate mutual aid agreements are made for mitigating major incidents.
The duties and responsibilities outlined above are representative but not all-inclusive.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment systems and practices.
Knowledge of water and wastewater distribution and collection systems.
Knowledge of Alberta Environment and Environment Canada testing and reporting procedures.
Knowledge of the safe work practices involved in handling and using of hazardous materials.
Knowledge of emergency preparedness and response.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, to interact with public, staff, and external agencies.
Excellent conception and analytical skills, with strong facilitation and influencing skills.
Skill in the application of lab analysis procedures and practices.
Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Proficiency with Microsoft (Outlook, Word, Excel), SCADA and GIS.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and within a team environment and to adapt to a demanding and dynamic work environment.
Ability to interpret, develop, implement, and adhere to organizational policies and procedures.
Ability to deal effectively with conflict resolution.
Time and project management experience.
Ability to be a positive leader and maintain strong morale with staff.
COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIOURS
Leadership Skills: Provides leadership while giving guidance and support. Mentors and is a positive role model who has the ability to communicate potential opportunities to departments while empowering staff and incorporating the views of others.
Management Skills: A proven record of being able to motivate, plan, direct and evaluate staff. The ability to manage effectively while maintaining a friendly approachable attitude.
Financial Management: Leads with a strong sense of service delivery while integrating financial planning, budgeting and management reporting.
Communication Skills: A clear, concise and positive communicator who is able to build trust through presenting ideas clearly while effectively listening to others.
Demonstrates a strong ability to work effectively within a public sector environment and is politically astute and media savvy.
Flexible and Adaptive: Able to change gears quickly in an ever changing environment. The ability to demonstrate flexibility and openness to changes in work, personnel or team responsibilities or portfolios.
Interpersonal Communication: An integral part of a professional team with high ethical standards and an honest, consistent style of working co-operatively with others. The ability to work and lead in a professional manner while also allowing for creativity within the workplace.
Conflict Resolution: A consensus builder with a proven ability of positively engaging people from diverse or polarized positions in problem-solving. Able to develop proactive solutions through the use of interest based negotiations demonstrating strong conflict resolution skills.
The position requires the following qualifications:
Level III Certification from Alberta Environment in Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment.
Level II certification from Alberta Environment in Water Distribution and Water Treatment.
Class 5 Drivers License
Advanced proficiency with computer systems and software
General knowledge of municipal operations and enabling legislation
The following would be considered an asset:
A Post-Secondary Degree in Engineering or a related field.
A minimum of five years of experience with three of those years in a management capacity.
Reporting to Manager, Governance Support Services and Deputy Clerk, the Legislative Officer is responsible for the facilitation of key functions related to Council meetings, Council Committee meetings, and Public Hearings, including electronic meeting management, agenda production, record (minutes) production, and procedural advice and support. Working with council and committee members, internal departments, and members of the public, this position supports the County's commitment to transparent governance and decision making.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Liaise and communicate regularly with department staff to provide mentorship, advice, assistance, and direction on material being presented to Council and Priorities Committee.
Attend all relevant meetings pertaining to Council and Priorities Committee.
Monitor compliance with administrative procedures relating to council reports and make recommendations for revisions as necessary and appropriate, such as pre-meeting legislative drafting assistance in the preparation of reports, policies, and notices of motion, bylaws and amendments.
Protect Council closed session records and maintain strict confidentiality with respect to such records
Coordinating the annual calendar for Council meetings, Priorities Committee meetings, and Public Hearings, and coordinating the calendar of internal deadlines for all agendas related to these bodies.
Electronically record proceedings of meetings in accordance with the legislation within the Municipal Government Act and the County's Meeting Procedures Bylaw.
Respond to questions from elected officials, media, administration and the general public regarding meeting procedures and provide all relevant information
Coordination, maintenance and training for staff on Council Report Writing.
Coordination, maintenance and training for staff on the electronic meeting management software (eSCRIBE).
Providing complex research services to the public, administration and elected officials regarding bylaws, policies, resolutions and other Council records (present and historical).
Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent research and analytical skills
Ability to assess multiple competing priorities and analyze benefits and consequences in developing solutions.
Strong understanding of the operations and administration of municipal governments.
Strong understanding of legislative requirements related to Meetings of Council and parliamentary procedure.
Strong understanding and comfort with applying technology as well as facilitate end-user training.
Ability to research technology solutions and communicate effectively with stakeholders on possible solutions and options.
Post-secondary training/certificate in office administration or a related field or equivalent certificate program from an approved business college.
Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible administrative experience, preferably in a local government setting.
Experience with change management or project management is an asset
Experience in a political environment an asset.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
To Apply: please visit https://www.strathcona.ca/council-county/careers/careers/170-2018-ext-lls/
The salary range for this temporary full-time position is $64,865 to $81,081, working 35 hours per week, for approximately 1 year.
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.
Competition #170-2018-EXT-LLS closes, June 17, 2018.