OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR, WWTF
Town of Christiansburg
Public Works Department
JOB SUMMARY -
Under direction of the division Assistant Director, the Operations Supervisor, WWTF assists
with administrative and managerial work functions associated with planning, organizing and
directing of the Utilities division. The position oversees and coordinates the daily operation
and maintenance of the Town Wastewater Treatment Facility, pump stations, and associated
programs to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements. Responsible for
providing the necessary supervision, technical guidance and direction to facility staff and
provides complex assistance to the Assistant Director.
Coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities for the WWTF,
pump stations, certified laboratory, pretreatment and biosolids programs.
Oversees the operation of equipment/processes such as pumps, chlorinators,
metering devices, electrical control panels, bio-solids dewatering, chemical feed
systems and gas compressors
Monitors preventative and corrective maintenance on all plant equipment, using and
interpreting the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition systems.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops work schedules to ensure
adequate coverage; processes employee concerns and problems; counsels,
disciplines and completes employee performance appraisals; assists in hiring new
workers; provides training to staff members
Assists in directing, monitoring, and inspecting projects; reviews blueprints or work
instructions; assists with the procurement of needed materials; monitors project
timelines and goals; provides updates on project status and estimated completion
times as requested.
Performs various financial tasks involved in department operations; assists in
developing and administering department budget and capital improvement planning;
monitors expenditures for adherence to established budgetary parameters; submits
project cost accounting and project cost projections for labor, materials and
Maintains inventory of stock materials to complete tasks; obtains, secures, and
monitors pricing on materials and goods; prepares cost estimates on equipment;
prepares and processes purchase orders; maintains related documentation.
Receives and responds to complaints and inquiries from management, staff, citizens,
businesses, and agencies; keeps related records and makes required reports.
Responds to emergency situations involving wastewater operations, such as odor
complaints, sewer issues, equipment failures, SCADA alarms, inclement weather, and
natural disasters; assigns and directs emergency work crews as needed.
Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations;
maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; attends
and/or conducts workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
Oversees safety programs for assigned sections and work groups; assists with action
planning for safety programs; implements and monitors risk management plan
regarding hazardous material and responds to workers’ compensation issues.
Performs other duties as assigned
JOB CONTEXT - The Operations Supervisor - WWTF will perform tasks that require the ability to exert moderate
to heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, which may involve some lifting, carrying,
pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate to heavy weight (20-80 pounds).
Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Scheduled/unscheduled overtime may be mandated as circumstances and workload dictates.
Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental
The Operations Supervisor – WWTF is considered an essential employee. Essential employees
may be asked to assist or support with on-call duties and/or required to work during an
undeclared emergency and/or declared emergency. On an incident-by-incident basis, the
department director or division assistant director will make the determination as to who will be
required to work during a given instance.
WORK PERFORMANCE -
The Operations Supervisor, Utilities is required to follow departmental expectations and
adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in the Town of Christiansburg
Employee Handbook. Work performance and conduct are assessed on a regular basis, but
the employee will receive a formal review following the first six-month introductory period.
During this introductory period and moving forward, the employee must demonstrate a
strong understanding of all that the job requires.
Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field (preferred) or equivalent education,
training, and experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in operations
and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities
Prior supervisory experience, with preference in wastewater treatment facility
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator License (preferred)
Certified Land Applicator License (preferred)
Valid Virginia driver’s license, with the ability to meet and maintain Town insurability
requirements and a minimum of two (2) years driving experience
May be required to obtain and maintain other certifications as deemed necessary
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Working knowledge of sewer collection, pumping systems, and associated equipment
General knowledge of wastewater design specifications, regulations, policies, and
Knowledge of wastewater treatment technology, processes, and associated
Knowledge of biosolids treatment and land application practices
Knowledge of wastewater chemistry and microbiology principles
Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety precautions
Skills and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational, scheduling and time management skills with demonstrated
ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of others
Ability to analyze, calculate, tabulate, or summarize data/information
Ability to work independently, receiving only occasional instruction or assistance as
new or unusual situations arise; must be fully aware of the standard operating
Ability to operate equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials requiring complex
and/or rapid adjustments, or to assemble, combine, or process complex and/or
Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Automobile/Passenger truck/various Public Works vehicles and equipment
Desktop computer/laptop; cell phone
Instrumentation and SCADA software; diagnostic software and instruments
Microsoft Office and various software applications
Various office equipment
Other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions
SAFETY - The employee shall adhere to Town of Christiansburg policies regarding safety precautions
and the use of safety equipment that is necessary for the health and safety of all employees
and citizens. If a safety concern arises, the employee must stop any life-threatening activity
immediately and in other cases immediately inform the employee’s supervisor.
The job description is:
Intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by
employees assigned to this job title. It is not intended to be construed as an
exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and behaviors required of
employees in this job title.
Not an employment agreement or contract. The Town of Christiansburg has the
exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
Intended to describe the essential functions of the position that a qualified individual
must be able to perform, either with or without reasonable accommodation.
The Town of Christiansburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant. In
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town of Christiansburg will provide
reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both
prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign
duties and responsibilities at any time without notice.