Superintendent, Sewer & Drainage Operations

Metro Vancouver

Superintendent, Sewer & Drainage Operations

Full-Time Regular
Location: Still Creek Works Yard, Burnaby

Join us as we help shape the place people want to be – Metro Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable regions. The services and solutions we provide are the foundation of our region’s economic, ecological and social health.  This includes the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing and community engagement to over 2.5 million residents.  We don’t stop, we don’t close and we do what is right, for now and for future generations. 

We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; exceptional benefit packages with valuable pension plan; employee wellness and recognition programs; and many diverse opportunities for professional growth and development.

We deliver the exceptional services and solutions that have helped make this one of the most special, livable communities in the world, and we want you to join us.  Help us shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region, and shape the place people want to be.   

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Superintendent, Sewer & Drainage Operations who will manage the operations of Metro Vancouver’s wastewater collection and urban drainage infrastructure including sewers, open drainage channels, pump stations, wastewater detention tanks, corrosion control facilities, odour control facilities, a fleet of vacuum/flush trucks, and a drainage dam.

You are: A proactive thinker that enjoys a challenge and are equally comfortable in strategic planning as you are in responding to emergency situations.  You take input from your staff and colleagues in developing productive teams for which you want to measure and recognize performance.  You can work well in large organizations and are an excellent communicator. 

In this role, you will:
  • Manage the operations and operational maintenance of Metro Vancouver’s wastewater collection and urban drainage infrastructure including collection and drainage system piping infrastructure, open drainage channels, pump stations, wastewater detention tanks, corrosion facilities, odour control facilities, a fleet of vacuum/flush trucks and a drainage dam.Participate in divisional asset management work and implements strategies in work practices. Responsible for activities and strategies, including business cases, to optimize system operations and works collaboratively with the Division Manager and staff in other divisions and departments to ensure the safe, efficient and effective conveyance of surface water and wastewater.
  • Accountable for budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations; monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.Work closely with the Division Manager to determine overall priorities and establish work plans and goals; contributes to the preparation of long range strategic and financial plans of the division and department.
  • Drive work to develop systems and processes to enable the ongoing assessment of wastewater collection and urban drainage infrastructure to determine the overall condition of divisional assets and related remedial work plans, where necessary.Make strategic decisions regarding the frequency and type of inspections and prioritizes and directs preventative maintenance activities to minimize emergency repairs.Oversee a range of major and minor work related to the operations and maintenance of the regional drainage system such as channel restorations, stabilization initiatives, flow control measures and habitat restoration projects.
  • Develop and approve strategies for major shutdowns or operational change of the wastewater collection or urban drainage systems with other relevant parties ensuring no risk to the environment, interruption to services, or risk to public and worker safety.Work closely with peer work groups to coordinate and provide a high level of service to municipal customers.
  • Responsible for scheduling, training and supervising standby personnel for alarm and emergency response to disruptions in the operating system such as pipe leaks or breaks, facility alarms and incident complaints.Ensure adequate staff are available and trained for standby duties and implement strategies to ensure standby coverage on an ongoing basis.Participate in standby coverage as required.Contribute to investigating and evaluating incidents and ensure incident recommendations are implemented in a timely manner.
  • Review and evaluate changes in regulations and corporate policy and ensure the wastewater collections and urban drainage systems guidelines and procedures are consistent with relevant requirements.Work collaboratively with corporate safety professionals to review work processes and procedures ensuring guidelines for the work group meet or exceed minimum standards.Set and monitor work safety targets for the workgroup.
  • Hire, supervise, direct and develop staff and monitor performance in accordance with goals and objectives.Ensure adherence to corporate policies and collective agreements.Lead, coach, and mentor staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training.Develop and sustain a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience.Ensure highly qualified staff are operating the wastewater system infrastructure and encourages staff to pursue the highest level of EOCP certification, and other certifications, as appropriate.Supervise and direct the work of Consultants.
  • Work collaboratively to resolve complex technical or interpersonal issues staff encounter while doing their work.Facilitate information sharing to transfer knowledge and experience and works to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.Establish effective working relationships with various external contacts as well as other internal departments.Ensure relevant internal and external parties such as municipal clients, health authorities, Provincial Environmental authorities and Environment Canada are notified of major disruptions to the operating systems.Works collaboratively to deliver on strategic initiatives.
  • Uphold Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.Understand the organizational culture and the processes/mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:
  • 7 years of recent related experience supplemented by a university degree or diploma in a relevant field and EOCP level 3 or 4 certification; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Professional designation in an appropriate area of expertise is an asset.
  • Considerable technical expertise related to the operations and operational maintenance of wastewater collection and urban drainage system infrastructure.
  • Sound understanding of the regulatory criteria, business drivers and safe work practices and procedures relevant to wastewater collection and urban drainage infrastructure operations and operational maintenance.
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills.Sound business casing and efficiency review skills.Ability to monitor budgets, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including well developed report writing and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex technical requirements and implications to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships.Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations and responds effectively to emotional triggers in self and others.
  • Proven ability to use judgment to resolve complex problems and provide direction for matters such as critical and complex emergency repairs.Ability to develop new procedures and plans to address problems and improve efficiencies considering the long-term implications of decisions and actions.Seeks to include staff in decisions that will impact them; works cooperatively to resolve differences of opinion.
  • Ability to manage a diverse and complex portfolio of work while accomplishing ambitious and challenging goals. Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Sound knowledge of occupational hazards, safety precautions and regulations relevant to the operation of wastewater collection and urban drainage infrastructure.Ability to identify, evaluate and address safety considerations and train staff in safe work procedures.
  • Sound ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness.Sound understanding of labour relations principles and practices.Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports and responds to changing priorities.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis – the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment. 

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 24, 2018.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Engineering, Sewer & Wastewater, Water Services
Posted: October 3, 2018, 11:14 am
Expires: October 24, 2018, 4:30 pm

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