Water Distribution Maintenance Manager  






            This is a Department Manager position with administrative, supervisory and technical responsibility for water system facilities and equipment. Responsibilities include planning, organizing and directing department personnel to operate, maintain, install and repair the water distribution and transmission system of the Onondaga County Water Authority. The incumbent has comprehensive oversight for ensuring that the Authority is in compliance with all regulatory requirements, and provides professional advice to management on the resources required to maintain the Agency’s distribution system in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner. The incumbent will establish and implement an effective maintenance and repair program to meet the daily needs of OCWA customers and meet the goals of the agency   An employee in this class manages the department and works under the general supervision of the Executive Director of Operations. Direct supervision is exercised over the Assistant Water Maintenance Supervisor(s), and general supervision is exercised over a number of Water Maintenance Crew Leaders. Does related work as required.

            Plans and implements schedules and the activities of water maintenance crews to insure the most efficient and safe use of equipment and employees, while responding to OCWA customers.
            Interprets maps, plans and specifications as they relate to the maintenance and repair of a water distribution system.

            Coordinates projects with OCWA engineers, consultants and contractors.
            Conducts periodic inspections of job sites, vehicles, and equipment. Supervises and inspects a job site when necessary.
            Coordinates the purchase of tools, vehicles and other equipment within the guideline
s of governmental purchasing rules and regulations and prepares and authorizes purchase requisitions.

            Ensures that all PESH regulations and OCWA safety standards are adhered to.

            Secures necessary service agreements and contracts to ensure continued operations.
            Evaluates the work performance of subordinates by observation and review of reports.
            Maintains a variety of records relating to main locations, materials, vehicle maintenance and personnel.
s and instructs subordinates in new water system maintenance and repair techniques.
            Prepares Distribution Maintenance Department annual Maintenance and Operation budget, annual Capital Budget and Department Goals & Objectives.
            Prepares bid specifications for construction equipment, materials and services.
            Participates in the interview/selection process for filling department job vacancies.
            Works with highway maintenance supervisors of water service areas to coordinate maintenance activities.

            Manages contractors working on water distribution projects, which may include OCWA Distribution staff, making significant repairs to facilities.

            Utilizes computer-based management systems to manage and track work activities, including timekeeping, project tracking, GIS and others.


            Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, materials and equipment used in the construction and maintenance of a water distribution system.

            Thorough knowledge of the preventive measures taken to eliminate work related accidents.

            Good knowledge of municipal public works such as planning, design, maintenance, and construction.

            Working knowledge of the methods and practices of management.

              Working knowledge of methods and practices of record keeping, including use of computer systems.

            Ability to train and evaluate staff
            Ability to read and interpret plans, blueprints and maps as they relate to a water distribution system.
            Ability to effectively plan and assign the work of subordinates.
            Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and good morale.
            Ability to use computer spreadsheets, word processing equipment, computer management systems and geographical information systems.

            Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Open Competitive

 Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university, or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s degree or higher in Design and Engineering, Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Business Management or a closely related field and eight (8) years of progressively responsible management experience, four (4) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity in a public works, engineering or construction department.  

SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at time of appointment.  Completion of a Grade D water license within 18 months of appointment



12/2021 Date of Original Com