Deputy Director of Water Production

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Position

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is in search of a dynamic Deputy Director of Water Production to spearhead the performance, operation, and maintenance of our Water Treatment Plant, membrane filtration plant, and pumping stations. This role is instrumental in ensuring that the quality of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s produced water and water distribution system consistently meets or exceeds the standards set by city, county, state, and federal regulations, as well as the expectations of the Authority’s valued consumers.

The Deputy Director of Water Production is responsible for ensuring the safety of all Water Production operations, conducting safety meetings and inspections, and providing documentation related to all safety issues. Additionally, the position oversees the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and repair of a complex system of reservoirs and storage tanks, settling basins, treatment and filter plants, and pumping stations. This role involves directing, scheduling, and inspecting general plant operations, maintenance, and plant shutdowns, as well as directing plant operations in emergency situations, including coordination with the County’s Emergency Operations Center. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans, directs, organizes, and controls the materials, equipment, and procedures toward the effective, efficient, and economical attainment of relative program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees.

The next Deputy Director of Water Production must be a hands-on, decisive leader with robust analytical, planning, and organizational abilities. They should possess extensive expertise in water treatment and process design and operations, water treatment engineering, laboratory sampling and analysis, as well as hydraulic principles, pneumatics, mechanics, electronics, and construction and maintenance related to potable water facilities operations. The ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency in preparing and comprehending complex technical documents, specifications, drawings, and reports. Additionally, they should maintain in-depth knowledge of unit process design and operations, process chemistry, and chemical reactions relevant to potable water treatment. Familiarity with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing potable water supply is crucial.


Minimum requirements for the Deputy Director of Water Production position include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, environmental science, business administration or related field from an accredited college or university along with ten (10) years of related experience in the operation and management of a large-capacity water treatment plant (50 mgd minimum) and five (5) years management experience is also required. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted. A master’s degree and registration as a Professional Engineer are preferred.

Special requirements:

  • Applicant must possess a Pennsylvania Class A Water Plant Operators Certificate or obtain within two (2) years after date of hire.
  • Applicant must present a current, valid Class C (Class 1) PA Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at the time of application or prior to appointment.
  • A valid driver’s license must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Applicant must have permanent residency within one of the following Pennsylvania counties at the time of appointment and remain a resident within one of the noted counties throughout employment with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Indiana, Washington, or Westmoreland.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $145,000 to $165,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with a first review of applications beginning June 21, 2024.