Assistant Water Quality Superintendent with the Utilities Department

City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK

Assistant Water Quality Superintendent with the Utilities Department

SALARY:  $73,643.76-$112,605.84Annually

CLOSING DATE: 12/10/21 11:59 PM 

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NOTE:  The normal starting salary for this position is $73,643.76/annually. A higher salary may be considered, dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected applicant and/or the City’s step placement policy.


This position oversees and coordinates the operations or maintenance of highly complex and computerized 35BG per year drinking water treatment operations and distribution pumping stations; the northern section of a 100-mile water supply transportation pipeline; and laboratory operations.


This job classification has been designated as a safety sensitive job classification in accordance with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, 63 O.S., § 427.1 et seq., (OSCN 2019), effective August 29, 2019.   This means employees in this job classification can be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination if they test positive for marijuana components or metabolites, even if they possess a medical marijuana license.

This position is located in the Water Quality Division of the Utilities Department with the City of Oklahoma City and is under the direction of the Water Quality Superintendent. The primary purpose of the position is to assist in the overall operations of the division by overseeing water plant treatment, management, operations and maintenance activities. The duties performed require prior knowledge of standard water plant operations, maintenance practices and procedures, and a functional knowledge of water treatment, quality control and distribution systems. Knowledge of standard water plant administrative principles, practices and procedures, and governing rules, guidelines and regulations are also required. Additionally, the employee must possess a working knowledge of standard plant machinery, materials and equipment operation. Essential job functions include: maintaining adequate water flow to customers; ensuring compliance with departmental program objectives and policies and applicable state and federal regulations; reviewing flow management, operations and maintenance activities at divisional facilities; supervising operations and maintenance activities by assigning, prioritizing, and monitoring work activities; evaluating, devising and implementing improvements to plant operations, equipment and productivity; and developing and implementing maintenance plans. Other duties include: assisting in the preparation and assessment of department/division budgets and goals and objectives; reviewing contracts, bids and specifications for equipment, materials, supplies and services; monitoring budgetary and operational expenditures and limitations; and preparing complex technical reports for submission to the division superintendent, department director, City officials and/or federal and state agencies. The employee has frequent contact with other City employees, citizens, outside agencies, contractors etc. to exchange information or provide technical assistance. The instructions received define program objectives. Work is reviewed by the division superintendent for program accomplishments; effectiveness of management; and adherence to policies, procedures, and directives.


Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Active Duty Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload or submit a copy of their DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application.


•Knowledge of water treatment plant management, operations, maintenance, and regulatory requirements.

•Knowledge of water transportation and distribution systems.

•Knowledge of standard plant machinery, materials and equipment operations.

•Knowledge of and skill applying local state and federal guidelines and regulations governing water treatment plant operation and maintenance.

•Skill in applying managerial and administrative principles and practices.

•Skill in verbal and written communication using tact and diplomacy.

•Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

•Skill in coordinating and supervising activities of professional, administrative, technical and clerical staff.

•Skill in evaluating current systems and operations and planning, designing, and implementing improvements.

•Ability to make work-related decisions.

•Ability to compile and analyze data.

•Ability to obtain a valid Oklahoma State Class A Water Works Operator License within 18 months of employment.

•Possession of a valid driver license (Operator).

NOTE:  The employee will be required to possess or obtain an Oklahoma State Class A Water Works Operator License within eighteen (18) months from the date of hire/ promotion/transfer/demotion. Continued employment is contingent upon obtaining a valid Oklahoma State Class A Water Works Operator License within eighteen (18) months from the date of hire/promotion/transfer/demotion.



•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or related technical field and five (5) years’ experience in water treatment operations, maintenance, or laboratory or equivalent combination.

•Experience in water treatment plant management and workforce management with at least four years (4) in supervisory role.

•Experience supervising a large diverse unionized workforce.

•Proficient skills in Microsoft Office Suite and computerized work management systems.




•Subject to working on or around slippery surfaces.

•Occasionally work near moving objects such as motor vehicles and plant machinery or equipment.

•Occasionally exposed to constant noise at low levels and loud noise for extended periods.

•Subject to working near or around heated metals and equipment.

•Occasionally exposed to chemical vapors or fumes and dust and natural respiratory hazards. 

•Occasionally exposed to poisonous insects, plants and other natural agents which cause allergic reactions.

•Occasionally exposed to wildlife.

•Occasionally exposed to toxins and irritants, such as, corrosive chemicals, acids, cleaners, fuel and other otherwise harmful substances.

•Occasionally exposed to electrical shock, fire, or burn when working around electrical machinery. 

•Local travel on a daily basis and occasionally travel to out of town day trip locations.

•Occasionally exposed to large concentrations of noxious odors.

•Must exercise safety precautions related to work performed.

•Subject to 24-hour emergency call.

NOTE:  Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department.  


•Vision enough to operate a vehicle, read standard office correspondence, fine print found in specification books and on reduced copies of maps, plans, etc.

•Hearing enough to identify the location of vehicles and equipment or when equipment is malfunctioning.

•Manual and finger dexterity enough to operate standard office equipment and to produce hand-written and electronically generated correspondence.

•Speech and hearing enough to communicate in-person and by telephone, two-way radio, etc.