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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: December 12, 2018

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Water Department
Job Title: Director for Water Operations
Job Code: M232-001
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week. Must be available to work nights and/or weekends


Under the general guidance and direction of the Managing Director, manages the water treatment plant, finished water storage, the laboratory and the watershed division to optimize plant performance, ensure delivery of water, ensure proper watershed protection and generate the highest water quality possible.  Develops, justifies and implements capital improvements to the treatment plant and remote facilities to ensure continued water operation.  Monitors developments in water quality, watershed protection and other related federal and state regulations; takes action to ensure the Department's continued compliance with same.  Assists the Managing Director in identifying, developing and implementing capital budgets, improvements in operating policies and procedures, public information programs and internal safety and training programs.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

Raw Water, Water Treatment Plant and Finished Water Storage:  Develops improvements to optimize reservoir levels and plant performance; develops and implements policies, procedures, work programs, etc. to support reservoir and plant operation; ensure continuous delivery of water to the Distribution system by managing plant flows and finished water storage levels.  Monitors raw water storage and quality.  Develops goals with and makes work assignments to Production, Laboratory and Watershed Managers and other personnel.  Ensure that records of plant, laboratory and watershed performance are maintained.

Water Quality Laboratory:  Ensures that sampling and testing programs to monitor compliance meet or exceed federal and state drinking water regulations.  Oversees water quality results in raw, process and treated water to determine opportunities for improvement.  Develops goals with and makes work assignments to Laboratory Manager and other laboratory personnel.  Ensure that records of water quality are maintained.

Watershed Division:  Oversees Watershed Division to ensure operational and regulatory compliance of our three reservoirs and watershed.

Federal and State Laws and Regulations:  Maintain current knowledge of developments in federal and state regulations regarding water quality, plant operation and watershed protection.  Identify actions required to ensure Department compliance.

Management Reporting:  Oversees: the treatment operations, certified laboratory and watershed, as a minimum, to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; supervises employees; ensures that the plant and remote site equipment and facilities are properly maintained.

Training and Development:  Plans and provides training opportunities for divisional personnel that will improve skills, productivity and performance.  Implement and maintain performance reviews for staff.

Capital Improvement Program:  Identify, document and implement projects to maintain equipment and facilities in acceptable working order.

Special Projects: Perform special projects as may be assigned by the Managing Director.


Bachelor's Degree in related field required or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Advanced Degree preferred.  At least ten years of full-time responsible experience in supervising individuals effectively and overseeing a water treatment plant, a drinking water quality laboratory, watershed or a water department.  Experience working with municipal government preferred.  Experience with leading and working with diverse working groups/teams required.  Strong communication skills, written and verbal. Strong project management skills. Excellent organizational, planning, customer service and interpersonal skills. Must be able to learn complicated information quickly and demonstrate initiative and follow through.  Computer proficiency required including use of Microsoft Office applications.  Must possess a current Massachusetts Grade IV Full Treatment Plant Operator's License that was earned through formal test or the ability to obtain a full operator's license within 1 year and a current Massachusetts driver's license.  Familiarity with Cambridge highly desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is conducted primarily in an office environment with fluorescent lighting, but also involves meetings in other offices, facilities and within water treatment and related facilities. Ability to use office equipment efficiently; ability to travel to meetings and site visits in various locations in or around Cambridge as well as in the communities where our system exists.  Must be available to work nights and/or weekends during as needed to attend public meetings, special events, or respond to emergency situations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RATE: $94,476 - $111,865 annually + excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Position will remain open until filled.


The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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