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Superintendent Wastewater Treatment

The City of Frederick
Frederick, MD
  • Expired: May 20, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Summary

At The City of Frederick, we value diversity and the respect, engagement and productivity in an inclusive environment produces. We seek to consistently improve internal and external customer satisfaction, innovate and expand capability of services, and be a government that practices equality, equity, and fairness. We invite you to bring your skills, abilities, and knowledge to The City of Frederick and be a valued addition to a workforce that we know is our greatest asset. 
Frederick is a progressive, richly diverse, and authentically charming city. Recognized as one of the best places to live in Maryland, Frederick is surrounded by mountain views and centrally located about 45 miles north of Washington D.C. and 45 miles west of Baltimore, MD.
This is a technical and highly skilled position performing supervisory, administrative and related work in managing 14 employees, operations, equipment, materials, budgets and facilities. The Superintendent of Wastewater Treatment provides oversight and expertise on difficult, complex and/or sensitive issues pertaining to wastewater operations. The employee in this position is considered essential personnel and will be required to carry a City supplied cell phone and is also subject to 24-hour calls and must be able to respond to emergencies as needed throughout the Department of Public Works.  Incumbent shall perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

  • Serves as the "person in responsible charge" of the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant by obtaining and maintaining a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Class 5A Superintendent's Certificate. This designation is specified by MDE to identify persons at the Wastewater Treatment Plant who make fundamental daily operational decisions.
  • Interprets laboratory data, biological, chemical and physical treatment operations data and trends and makes necessary adjustments to ensure effluent water quality meets and/or exceeds permit requirements.
  • Manages the City's Biosolids Program.
  • Manages the Industrial Pretreatment Ordinance.
  • Manages the daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to meet the reporting and/or regulatory requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MDE controlling authorities and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and keeps abreast of current and future Federal, State and Local regulations.
  • Manages the planning, organization and implementation of operational and maintenance projects.
  • Manages the expenditures of a $3-4 million annual budget; ensuring efficient operations and cost-effective practices.
  • Attends and speaks at public hearings and meetings as required by the Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and/or the Director of Public Works.
  • Manages emergencies such as power failures or needs relating to plant flooding during high flow events.
  • Determines action to be taken in event of emergencies such as machine, equipment or power failure, or needs relating to high flows through the plant during high water or snow events.
  • Ensures personnel are instructed and trained to maintain compliance with City, Department of Public Works and Wastewater Treatment Plant policies, practices, safety and security regulations.
  • Develops, plans, participates, coordinates, implements and/or manages special projects that maintain and improve the reliability and/or efficiency of the plant processes or equipment needs that involve other City departments, governmental agencies, private contractors and/or other groups.
  • Operates a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices on a regular basis.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with City officials, co-workers, vendors and the general public, as well as employees of utilities and other agencies whose business is related to Wastewater Treatment.  Must communicate in a courteous and effective manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supervises employees in the Wastewater Treatment department.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Two (2) years of college in science, engineering or management leading toward a degree.
  • Two (2) years of experience with a Class 5A Operators Certificate or a combination of experience and education that meets the minimum requirements for a Wastewater Treatment Superintendent License as set forth by MDE.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a supervisory role responsible for the management of staff, resources and the day-to-day operations of a Class 5A or similar wastewater treatment plant. Experience as a Senior Operator, Lead Operator, Chief Operator, Assistant Superintendent or equivalent Wastewater experience to include multiple progressive positions in a supervisory capacity.
  • Maryland Class 5A Wastewater Operator's License.
  • MDE Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent License or the ability to obtain within one year of employment.
  • A valid driver's license from state of residence equivalent to Maryland Class C in good standing.  Must provide a copy of complete driving history.
SKILLS (Communication/Language; Mathematical; Computer; etc.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State regulations and materials, methods, processes and techniques commonly used in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Wastewater Treatment.
  • Knowledge of safety standards and practices for hazardous environments, including OSHA safety rules, standards and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and apply common sense understanding to carry out instruction furnished in oral, written or diagram form; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and also to individuals; ability to provide classroom and other instructions on the operation, maintenance and safety of a Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Knowledge of computers and their applications, especially Microsoft Office Suite at an intermediate level and SCADA applications such as Citect and PLC's.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables, calculate figures, decimals, fractions, percents, averages, conversions and solve for unknown values; must possess the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry such as linear, area and volume measurements; must be able to solve mathematical word problems and set up and solve difficult wastewater formulas.
  • Ability to occasionally work beyond normal hours, at night or weekends, and to travel to various seminars or training classes as required to keep current in the wastewater profession and to maintain the required licenses.
  • Ability to successfully complete safety training that will include but not be limited to confined space training, CPR & First Aid, electrical safety, etc.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Employee is required to wear safety toe boots.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/CONDITION: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, work in confined spaces, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock and vibration. The employee is routine...

The City of Frederick


Frederick, MD
21701 USA


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