Field Operations Manager
Job Announcement: Field Operations Manager
Alderwood Water & Wastewater District seeks an approachable, ethical, and driven
leader for a Field Operations Manager
position in the Maintenance and
Operations Department. The successful candidate will lead a team that is
responsible for maintaining and operating water/sewer infrastructure for a
population of approximately 250,000 in southern Snohomish County, WA.
Interested candidates should have utility field experience and be interested in
developing and empowering employees.
Under the direction of the Maintenance and Operations Superintendent, this position
will plan, direct, evaluate, oversee, organize, manage, supervise and coordinate
activities in an assigned area that may include the maintenance and operation of
wastewater collection, water distribution, water quality systems, or facilities/fleet
The successful candidate for this position will supervise employees in a number
of classifications including utility workers, water quality technicians, mechanics,
and/or buildings/grounds workers. Field Operations Managers oversee the work
of assigned groups of employees and support lead workers to ensure that
work orders and jobs are completed on schedule, the right materials and
resources are available, and employees are working in a safe and productive manner.
This position is charged with coordinating activities with other divisions, outside
agencies, contractors, and the general public. The incumbent will work
cooperatively with other managers and District staff to manage all projects
related to assigned work areas. This position is subject to 24-hour response.
The Alderwood Water & Wastewater District is a regional public health organization that
provides clean water to a community that includes over 50 square miles, seven municipalities
and unincorporated areas throughout south Snohomish County. The District was incorporated
in 1931 and is the largest water/wastewater district in Washington. Currently, the District is
undertaking many initiatives with the goal of creating lasting change that will enable employees
to provide clean water service well into the future. Other than the changes in Maintenance and
Operations the organization is changing its budget process, creating a leadership development
program, implementing a document management system to increase access to public records,
preparing for emergencies, reshaping its planning process, and modernizing its geographic information
The Field Operations Manager position reports to the Maintenance and Operations Superintendent.
With the new staff hired this year Maintenance and Operations will have a total of 90+ employees. The department provides service in the areas of wastewater collection, water distribution, water quality, and wastewater treatment. Department employees work out of the Maintenance and Operations Facility in Lynnwood, WA and the Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Edmonds, WA. Approximately three quarters of the department’s workforce primarily performs their job functions in the field.
The ideal Field Operations Manager is a problem solver with the capability to look at how things operate and identify changes that can increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of their work group. The successful candidate will be a good communicator who can build trust with customers and the public and is willing to listen to new ideas. The person selected will be a role model that employees can look up to. Candidates should have a supportive and participatory leadership style but be capable of adapting depending on the situation or individual employee they are working with. Having experience in a public sector, union environment will be a strong plus.
$102,752 to $137,737 annually
Starting range: $102,752-$118,996
(2023 AWWD Salary Table)
Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be five years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of a public utility or water and sewer district and a high school diploma.
Possess and maintain a Valid Driver’s License, Industrial First Aid Card, and have the ability to obtain a Water Distribution Manager III certification and a Wastewater Collections Certification II within one year of appointment.
Visit www.awwd.com/careers to see a complete job description and to apply.
- Vacation and Sick Leave
- Medical Plan Options
- Dental and Vision
- Educational Assistance
- Wellness Incentive
- Commute Trip Reduction Incentive
- Public Employee Retirement System
- Deferred Compensation with Employer Match
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Life Insurance
- Short / Long Term Disability
- Training / Development
Please submit all application materials including a cover letter and resume by Sunday, November 19th
at 11:59 PM to be considered during the first review of applicants. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place on Thursday, Nov 30th, 2023.