Assistant Division Director – Wastewater Treatment Division job – King County – Seattle, WA

Assistant Division Director – Wastewater Treatment Division

King County

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Seattle, WA

$106,870 – $135,470 a year

The Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is recruiting for a highly professional individual to fill the assistant director position. The assistant director plays a key role in managing the Division and will work closely with the director and the management team. The assistant director will report to the director and serve as the division director in the director’s absence.

WTD is a clean water utility that reliably conveys and treats wastewater and is the largest wastewater utility in the Pacific Northwest. We operate three regional treatment plants and two local plants, four wet weather treatment facilities, 49 pump stations, and over 400 miles of conveyance lines, conveying and treating over 200 million gallons per day during dry periods and flows of over 650 million gallons per day during storm events. We steward over $6 billion in infrastructure assets and have a biannual 2017/18 operating budget of $301.7 million and a six-year capital improvement program for fiscal years 2017 through 2022 of $1.38 billion.

We convey and treat wastewater and are essential managers of sustainable resources; WTD is leading the way as an emerging environmental leader seeking the least-cost/highest return environmental and social solutions. The Division operates critical public infrastructure providing 24/7 services in a highly technical arena with the need to balance delivery of services with key regional policies that are directly related to growth and land use planning. The Division also deals with an array of complex federal and state regulatory compliance requirements. This award winning organization has been recognized with ten national, regional, and statewide awards for operational excellence.

More information about the Wastewater Treatment Division is available here:

TO APPLY : Please apply on-line at . Interested candidates should submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume detailing your experience and qualification for this position.


  • Serve as a liaison for the division director and provide information, communicate decisions and represent the mission, goals, and values of the Wastewater Treatment Division with diverse internal and external groups, as well as communicate to the division manager the interests, concerns, and issues presented by other parties.
  • Oversee and manage development and implementation of internal initiatives, programs, policies that affect overall division administration and effectiveness.
  • Supervise WTD Human Resources and Labor Relations and coordinate work with the division’s management team, labor management committees, employees, and union representatives on a variety of labor management issues.
  • Oversee WTD Safety and Hazardous Material Program and coordinate safety initiatives throughout the Division emphasizing safety as a core value.
  • Oversee and ensure implementation of the Division’s efforts with equity and social justice, workforce development, succession planning, leadership development, and employee growth.
  • Make complex programmatic decisions involving, policy, legal, financial, labor, and public involvement considerations, coordination of diverse agencies and interest groups, resource allocation, staffing strategies, and project development and direction.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of internal policy, treatment and conveyance operations and maintenance, capital improvement projects, labor negotiations, budget development, comprehensive planning, and regulatory compliance.
  • Manage division work products and areas of responsibility as delegated by the division director.

The ideal Candidate will:

Have a passion for creativity and driving innovation, continuous improvement, and efficiencies;

Be politically savvy, well equipped with managerial courage, and the ability to incorporate conflict management and collaboration skills based on situational needs;

Be organizationally agile to manage multiple complex programs and projects, get things done and understand the culture of the organization;

Able to skillfully maneuver in a political and highly unionized environment; and,

Have a sense of humor.

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Supervision/management experience, with a well-developed, broad range of administrative, negotiation, facilitation, and management skills.
  • Experience with managing programs, ensuring deliverables, managing tasks, and communicating results.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision, budget development, financial management employed in capital improvement and operating programs, policy and governance.
  • Knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles, and the ability to utilize collaborative labor negotiation strategies and establish effective labor-management partnerships.
  • Skill in dispute resolution, effective decision-making, and team consensus building.
  • Skill in working effectively with diverse populations (internally and externally).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate diplomatically on sensitive issues.
  • Ability to manage a variety of programs and projects simultaneously.

SELECTION PROCESS: Your applications materials will be reviewed and the most competitive candidates will be selected for interviews.

King County and the Wastewater Treatment Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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