DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for planning, implementing, supervising, coordinating and conducting a comprehensive employee training program for the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection. Under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Water Environment Protection, an employee in this class exercises considerable latitude in determining the training needs of the department, preparing and administering in-house training programs, arranging for on-premises training by vendors/consultants, coordinating continuing education opportunities, arranging for off-premises training and conducting field training. Supervision is exercised over a Safety Director. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Identifies staff training needs and designs/develops a specialized program to meet those needs within the wastewater treatment industry, for personnel within the sewer maintenance, pump station operation and maintenance, treatment plant operation and maintenance, construction, instrumentation and electrical, industrial waste control, engineering, flood control and laboratory sections;
Develops and conducts employee and supervisory orientation programs for all new employees and supervisors;
Develops and supervises employee apprenticeship training program;
Arranges for all needed and mandated safety training programs in conjunction with the Safety Director;
Makes arrangements for physical facilities, speakers, equipment and materials for training sessions;
Develops in-house operator certification program;
Reviews with section heads and makes recommendations regarding the selection of employees to attend institutes, schools, seminars, conferences, in-house training, etc.
Prepares training travel requests as necessary;
Develops and maintains a department newsletter;
Prepares, organizes and maintains the department's audio-visual and reference library for training purposes;
Researches purposes and implements training methods most effective for the department;
Evaluates all training programs for their effectiveness and needs for change through the use of narrative reports and program participant data;
Prepares an annual budget and annual report;
Conducts training on personnel policies and procedural compliance;
Oversees the department’s fleet maintenance division.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of developing,
supervising, and evaluating training programs;
Good knowledge of equipment common to the wastewater treatment industry and its various support areas;
Good knowledge of present and State and Federal legislation policies and regulations as they relate to the wastewater treatment industry and its various support areas;
Good knowledge of traffic laws and automotive safety procedure;
Good knowledge of transportation safety methods;
Good knowledge of PESH safety training standards;
Working knowledge of computerized fleet management systems;
Ability to conduct and execute training initiatives in response to changes within the workplace environment.
Ability to prepare training manuals and programs on a variety of wastewater
Ability to communicate to vendors/consultants our need for training;
Ability to communicate to employees during in-house training sessions;
Ability to organize and conduct safety and training programs;
Ability to relate knowledge of safe driving skills;
Ability to compile complex data and prepare detailed reports.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Baccalaureate Degree in Environmental Safety and Health, Industrial Labor Relations, Human Resources, Secondary/Adult Education, or Environmental Science, and two (2) years, or its part-time equivalent, of professional level training work experience, and must have 3 years of fleet management work experience; or,
B. Eight (8) years or its part-time equivalent, in a paraprofessional or professional level work experience in Environmental Safety and Health, Industrial Labor Relations, Human Resources, Secondary/Adult Education, or Environmental Science, at least two (2) years of which must have been professional level training work experience, and must have 3 years of fleet management work experience; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT
When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated. Where possession of a license is required, eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.
Must possess the appropriate license(s) and endorsement(s) for equipment used for training sessions.