City of El Segundo, CA

Utilities Superintendent (At-Will) (Open & Promotional) - El Segundo

El Segundo, CA

Job Description

Utilities Superintendent (At-Will) (Open & Promotional)

Posted: Thursday, 10/5/2023

This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review of applications will be completed on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after October 27, 2023, may not be considered.

A resume and compelling cover letter addressing your education, your work experience in water treatment and distribution, and/or wastewater , must be submitted with your online application to be considered complete. Applicants appearing best qualified based upon a review of the application and responses to supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the testing process.

Under general direction of the Public Works Director, plans, organizes, and manages the activities and operations of the Utilities Division of the Public Works Department; directs, develops, and implements strategic goals, standards, objectives, and procedures; plans, directs, and reviews the work activities of the Water, Wastewater and Stormwater, and the Environmental Compliance Sections; including the billing of all residential and commercial accounts for Water and Wastewater for the City; oversees regulatory compliance issues and reporting to the county and state boards; administers contracts and major capital improvements projects; coordinates maintenance programs and services with other departments, agencies, contractors, and other parties; trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics: The Utilities Superintendent is distinguished from the Water and Wastewater Supervisors by its broader scope of responsibility for all divisional maintenance operations, knowledge of maintenance construction and repair standards and practices, and accountability for coordinating maintenance projects, assignments, budget preparation, staff report preparation, service agreements for contractors and vendors, employee development, and project prioritization and recommendations.

Receives general supervision from the Public Works Director. Provides direct supervision to Water and Wastewater Supervisors, and administrative, technical and support staff.

Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Positions in this classification typically perform a full range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:
  • Develops and implements divisional goals, objectives, policies, and procedures;

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the Utilities Division activities including water & wastewater billing, water & wastewater operations, environmental compliance and sustainability;

  • Plans and directs the operation, construction, maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system and wastewater collection and conveyance system, operation and maintenance of portions of the local storm drainage system, including catch basins, and coordinates with wastewater reclamation facilities and major wastewater pumping station(s);

  • Directs water conservation policies, alternative water and wastewater projects and other applicable capital projects consistent with City Council direction;

  • Directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental sustainability work plans; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures;

  • Prepares the Utilities Division budget; assists in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget, and prepare staff reports;

  • Recommends the appointment of personnel; provides and/or coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures as required; maintains high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department;

  • Develops and implements strategic plans incorporating data management systems, asset management systems, and other technologies to ensure that the City’s resources are being employed efficiently and effectively;

  • Directs rate analyses and studies to ensure appropriate revenue generation for the Water and Wastewater Funds;

  • Consults with City staff and consultants for preparation of revenue studies and establishment of rate structures;

  • Participates in the preparation of utility master plans and projects for the Capital Improvement Program;

  • Actively advocates environmental sustainability programs to other City departments and the public at large;

  • Formulates and implements a strategic plan[RR1] for appropriate City involvement in state wide and local water issues;

  • Participates in City Council, commission, committee, ad hoc, and community meetings with elected officials, residential groups, business groups, and staff;

  • Represents the department to outside groups and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary;

  • Serves as the staff liaison with the City’s imported water provider, Metropolitan Water District and other outside agencies such as the California State Water Resources Control Board, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Environmental Protection Agency;

  • Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence;

  • Assists new or existing staff in learning departmental practices and protocols, methods, and procedures;

  • Prepares and presents staff reports; attends City Council meetings as needed; Regularly and predictably attends work; and

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of water and wastewater utilities planning, management and operations, including the regulatory, technical, and legal framework affecting these industries;
  • Principles and practices of environmental programs including water supply and distribution, and storm water management;
  • Recycling technologies;
  • Municipal separate storm sewer system (MS 4) permit compliance;
  • NPDES storm water permit requirements, management, and legislation;
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution;
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws;
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management;
  • Principles and practices of budget and development preparation, implementation, monitoring, and administration;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, personnel management and performance evaluation;
  • English grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;
  • Safe work practices;
  • Business and report writing; and
  • Modern office practices, methods, procedures, and equipment.
Skill in:
  • Organizing and directing the various program operations of the Utilities Division;
  • Analyzing problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals;
  • Preparing and administering a budget;
  • Gaining cooperation through discussion and persuasion;
  • Interpreting and applying City and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations;
  • Supervising, training, and evaluating personnel;
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Making sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines;
  • Appearing for work on time.
  • Following directions from a supervisor;
  • Understanding and following posted work rules and procedures;
  • Accepting constructive criticism;
  • Working under pressure, handling significant problems and tasks that arise simultaneously and/or unexpectedly;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, other City employees, and the public.
  • This position may be required to work evenings and extended hours.

A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five (5) years in water treatment and distribution, and/or wastewater, including two (2) years of supervisory experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 120 units) in water resource management, natural or environmental science, business or public administration, civil or mechanical engineering, or a related field.


Seven (7) years in water treatment and distribution, and/or wastewater, including two (3) years of supervisory experience.

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training and/or certification in water resource management, natural or environmental science, business or public administration, civil or mechanical engineering, or a related field.

Due to the performance of some field duties which requires the operation of a personal or City vehicle, valid and appropriate California driver's license and acceptable driving record are required.
  • Possession of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Certificate D2 is required.
  • Possession of the California Water Environmental Association Collection System Maintenance 3 certification is highly desirable.
  • Possession of AWWA and/or USC Cross Connection Control Program Specialist certificate is highly desirable.
Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of El Segundo employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

The City of El Segundo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to build and sustain an environment that values diversity, welcomes opportunities to engage and understand others, and fosters a sense of belonging.

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