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Manager, Business Unit First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) Job

3 months ago Other categories Seattle   86 views
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What you would do in this job

  • Provides leadership and direction for the effective operation and maintenance of an Operations Business Unit. Assignment could be to a business unit that consists of four wastewater treatment plants ranging in size from 2 to 24 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity.
  • Depending upon business unit assigned to will manage a staff of 25-35 people including operators, assistant managers and administrative positions. Oversees scheduling to meet staffing requirements. Provides daily work direction and sets daily work priorities. Checks work for conformance to standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Sets performance goals and expectations for the department as well as direct reports; monitors departmental and staff performance, provides coaching, counseling, training, and development.
  • Conducts grievance investigations, as well as corrective action, performance improvement plans, or disciplinary action as required.
  • Oversees the hiring process. Leads and conducts interviews and makes hiring decisions.
  • Coordinates operator certification process to meet certification requirements.
  • Prepares and monitors annual operating budget, communicates to staff, generates and approves purchase requisitions for materials, equipment and supplies per authorization limits. Presents and negotiates budget with senior management. Solicits input from staff on budget development processes.
  • Develops and implements short- and long-term plans related to processes and staffing. Prioritizes work orders, schedules plant or business unit shutdowns with maintenance and construction. Conducts strategic planning for business unit with ES management. Identifies ways to improve process efficiency through monitoring trends and analyzing past performance.
  • Reviews trends and monthly process reports; interacts with engineers, lead operators and staff to increase efficiency. Troubleshoots process problems; develops and implements solutions. Ensures air and water quality permit parameters are in compliance including permit-related chemical inventory.
  • Reviews capital projects and provides input for design/construction. Participates in numerous task force groups and studies.
  • Develops, manages, implements, and enforces MCES policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates safety training for staff.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Bachelor's degree in engineering, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, or related field; AND eight (8) years or more of experience in wastewater treatment or related field of which five (5) years are in a lead/supervisory/project management/management role AND

  • Class A wastewater certification for the State of Minnesota, or ability to obtain certification in twelve (12) months.
  • Driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

Associate's degree in engineering, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, or related field; AND

  • Ten (10) years of experience in wastewater treatment or related field of which five (5) years are in a lead/supervisory/project management/management role A ND


  • Class A wastewater certification for the State of Minnesota, or ability to obtain certification in twelve (12) months.
  • Driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

High School Diploma or GED AND

  • Twelve (12) years or more of experience in wastewater treatment or related field of which five (5) years are in a lead/supervisory/project management/management role. AND


  • Class A wastewater certification for the State of Minnesota, or ability to obtain certification in twelve (12) months.
  • Driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

  • MN Type 4 Waste Disposal Management License (Land application license) and experience administering land spreading programs.

  • Experience with creating and managing plant or facility operating budgets.

  • Experience with Facility Maintenance.

  • Experience with Facility Design and Construction.

  • Project management skills.

  • Superb written and oral communication skills.

  • Knowledge of working in a public sector and union environment.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

  • Comprehensive understanding of wastewater treatment plant processes and industry-related process and process-control techniques.
  • Knowledge of environmental and safety regulations for municipal wastewater treatment plants including air, water, and land.
  • Knowledge of biological, chemical, and hydraulic principles common in wastewater/industrial treatment applications.
  • Mechanical aptitude to operate and understand process and plant equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting and finance principles, practices and procedures, including budget development and administration.
  • Knowledge of management practices, principles of supervision, performance management and ability to perform employee hiring, coaching, counseling, mentoring, staff development, training, performance improvement, and discipline.
  • Ability to develop high-level strategic planning for the department.
  • Knowledge of personnel supervision in a highly unionized environment, including understanding of labor relations issues, contract interpretation, and grievance procedures.
  • Communicates in English clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, including the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Skilled in writing and editing detailed reports and manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to ad hoc questions from individuals and groups of customers, clients and/or employees. Skilled in dealing with conflict and respond to stressful situations in a calm, effective manner. Able to communicate with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and manage multiple responsibilities/priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to operate basic hand and power tools, and meters.
  • Strong knowledge of and skill in personal computers and software including MS Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Ability to identify problems, analyze issues and implement resolutions.
  • Effective analytical and detail investigative skills in researching accidents or other process breakdown incidents and recommending improvements.

What you can expect from us:

  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.

  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a great work/life balance.

More about why you should join us!

Additional information

Union/Grade: Metropolitan Council Management Association (MANA) / Grade L
FLSA Status: Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes

We invite you to learn more about this exciting vacancy!
Please join us for an Information Session on Wed. 04/21/21 at 4pm CST via WEB EX.

Please click on the below link. The link will take you through the registration process.
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Information Session Call in details to WEB EX:
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What your work environment would be:
It is anticipated that a minimum of 50% of time will be spent in the field at various work locations throughout the seven (7) county metropolitan area. Work is divided between the field, with exposure to malodorous conditions, outdoor weather and a normal office environment. Position may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles and occasionally to wet, humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals. There is occasional exposure to extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. Position works near moving parts and equipment. Position is frequently required to travel by car locally. Position may be required to work at night and on weekends.

Physical Requirements:
A pre-employment physical must be completed as part of the hiring process. Ability to safely lift and carry portable pumps, hoses and other equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances; routinely climb ladders and descend/ascend stairs; routinely enter and exit confined spaces; sit and stand for extended periods of time.

What steps the recruitment process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We rate your education and experience.
  • We conduct a structured panel interview.
  • We have a third-party vendor complete a leadership assessment.
  • We conduct a selection/final interview.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council , you must pass a drug test and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council , you may need to pass a drug test and you must pass a criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.
IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires an accommodation during the selection process, please email (see application details) .

We believe our employees are a key to our agency's success! In order to attract and retain high quality employees, the Council provides a highly competitive benefits package both in choice and coverage levels. Some highlights about our benefits are listed below:

  • Guaranteed monthly retirement income through Minnesota State Retirement System pension fund
  • Opportunity to save additional funds for retirement on a tax-deferred basis through a voluntary deferred compensation (457) plan
  • Two or more medical plans from which to choose, with employer contribution towards premiums over 80%
  • Dental insurance, life insurance and vision insurance

The following benefits are provided to all employees as part of working for the Council. You will have access to free:

  • Well@Work clinic
  • bus/rail pass valued at over $1200 per year
  • parking at many job locations
  • fitness centers at many job locations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • extensive health and wellness programs and resources


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Company Description
The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Council’s mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region.
At the Council, your work matters. Our employees drive the buses, plan the parks, support development, treat wastewater, and plan for future growth — all services that help the Twin Cities and its residents thrive.