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Wastewater Operations Manager


Our mission is to protect public health and enhance the environment by collecting and treating wastewater while recycling valuable resources for the Puget Sound region. The Wastewater Treatment Division employs over 700 people who plan, design, build, and operate treatment facilities. Our employees also enforce regulations to reduce harmful waste discharged to the system, and we educate the public and businesses on ways to protect water quality. To our agency, success means clean water. It means honoring our legacy while keeping a promise to future generations that our beautiful environment will be there for them to enjoy. We are committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County.


  • Provide leadership in overall operation and administration of King County’s regional wastewater transmission, treatment, and reuse facilities; provide guidance for assigned staff on workplace policies, public services, and professional development; and manage the work of assigned staff.
  • Ensure compliance with permits and regulatory reporting requirements for the operations of wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities; provide leadership, collaborating with the sections in complying with regulations; and establish and implement section policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the evaluation, development, and implementation of treatment systems, operation and maintenance improvements utilizing new technology; monitor and stay up-to-date with current trends in the wastewater industry including legislation, science, safety, and professional practices and techniques; and recommend policy, procedural and equipment purchases and modifications. Direct the recycling of materials derived from wastewater processing.
  • Participate with division leadership in managing relationships among various sections within the division; establish procedures and work with section teams to develop criteria, identify needs and priorities to plan, and implement systems’ improvement; and oversee daily work and budget processes.
  • Develop the section’s operations and maintenance annual budget; monitor and control funds to ensure budget meets projected expenditures; monitor capital portfolio, programs and projects; coordinate start-up of new and rebuilt facilities; and participate in planning plant and system expansions to meet future growth and new requirements.
  • Advocate for key organizational initiatives, values and priorities of King County and the Wastewater Treatment Division.
Work Location: On-site at the West Point Treatment Plant, 1400 Discovery Park Blvd. Seattle, South Treatment Plant 1200 Monster Road S.W., Renton, and the Brightwater Treatment Plant 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville. On occasion you will need to work at other County facilities.
Application Instructions:
Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/3903419/wastewater-operations-manager  
Position: Wastewater Operations Manager
Organization: King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $158,766.40 - $202,363.20 Annually
Posting Start Date: 3/1/2023
Date Posted: 3/2/2023


  • Politically savvy, well equipped with managerial courage, and the ability to incorporate conflict management and collaboration skills based on situational needs.
  • Organizationally agile to manage multiple complex programs and projects, get things done and understand the culture of the organization.
  • Skillfully maneuver in a political and highly unionized environment
  • Demonstrated supervision/management experience, with a well-developed, broad range of administrative, negotiation, facilitation, and management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively leading a diverse workforce that includes employees from multiple racial, ethnic, gender and ableness communities.
  • Experienced in 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 implementation 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 a diverse workforce and community population (internally and externally).
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate diplomatically on sensitive issues.
  • Ability to manage a variety of programs and projects simultaneously. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator, Group IV certification (within 2 years of hire date).
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater systems management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and systems operation. 
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to manage down to section staff, collaboratively across division leadership and up to department leadership and the Executive.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/16/2023
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King County Wastewater Treatment Division

Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Wastewater Human Resourves