Utilities Operations Manager

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

REPORTS TO: Public Works Director


SALARY: $22.36 – $33.53



Supervisory and technical work with administrative responsibility for management of the City’s utility system maintenance activities and programs.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of City personnel and outside contractors engaged in maintenance of the City’s water, wastewater and reclaim water systems.
  • Working under the direction of the Public Works Director, responsible for organization of the Department’s maintenance management programs and activities as necessary to schedule, track and monitor all department work activities and work orders related to system maintenance. This includes organization, supervision and directing the activities of department personnel engaged in tasks related to maintenance management work control.
  • Assigns, supervises, coordinates, directs and reviews the work of employees and outside contractors engaged in performance of maintenance and repair of water, wastewater and reclaim water facilities.
  • Assess system maintenance and repair needs through coordination with other Utility Staff Members and City Departments; prepares work orders, budgets, cost estimates, contracts for services; supplies, materials, equipment and any other special needs as may be necessary to complete and manage the maintenance activity.
  • Develops, reviews and maintains administrative and technical reports related to utility system maintenance and performance.
  • Prepares contracts and specifications for procurement of outside maintenance services for repair of equipment and facilities.
  • Prepares and monitors Annual Budget for system maintenance activities.
  • Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledgeable in utility management, utility systems operation, and water, wastewater and reclaim water facilities.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Excel, Access, Power Point and Word).
  • Knowledge of ESRI GIS software.
  • Ability to read and interpret ordinances, regulations, contracts, grants, and legislation as it pertains to water, wastewater and reclaimed water systems.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and monitor operating programs that measure maintenance practices and performance.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, other City departments, and the public.
  • Ability to work with staff, architects, engineers, contractors during project design to project completion.
  • Skilled in plan review and mark up of all private projects and public capital projects.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with clarity.
  • Ability to analyze detailed data, prepare and present reports, perform value analysis, and make recommendations concerning improvements to the City’s Utilities System Maintenance Management practices and programs.
  • Attend relevant seminars to stay current with Federal, State and Local regulations.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications and construction contract documents.


Graduation from an accredited university or college with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering sciences, public administration, or closely related field with three years experience in the water, waste-water or reclaimed management field.
A comparable amount of directly related experience may be substituted at the City’s discretion for the minimum educational requirements if candidates are not available that fully meet the minimum requirements of the position as posted.


Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must possess or obtain an FDEP Qualified Storm Water Management Inspector Certification within one year of employment. Must possess all Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ICS Certifications required for an Incident Commander or obtain the certifications within one year of employment.  This position is to be considered an “essential personnel” and is required to report to duty for emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, sinkholes, water/sewer breaks and other crises to provide for public safety. Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

This job often transitions from indoor to outdoors. Ability to lift up to 80 pounds. Ability to frequently bend, climb, stoop, squat and walk.  Ability to stand for long periods of time. Physical strength and ability to work long hours-out-of doors, occasionally under adverse weather conditions.  Must be able to work around loud noises.  Must be familiar with OSHA safety regulations and use of safety equipment pertinent to the work place.  Willing to be on call.

Sensory Requirements:

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents or rapidly spoken in order to be able to do job.  Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small.  Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others.  Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Ability to deal with stress related to routine deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention.  Necessity to multi-task successfully. Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views. Ability to deal with both legislative and administrative personnel of the City in a tactful manner.

Applications can be emailed to HR@cityofnewportrichey.org, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652.   DFWP/EOE

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.