Drainage & Wastewater (DWW) Line of Business Deputy Director

City of Seattle
Seattle, WA
Salary: $57.92 - $95.59 Hourly
Location:Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Job Type:Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time
Department:Seattle Public Utilities
Bargaining Unit:Not represented
Closing Date Continuous

Position Description:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. With more people living in Seattle than ever before, we face a range of new challenges, requirements and responsibilities. This is an exciting time for us, as we embrace the challenge of balancing environmental enhancement, service excellence and compliance with affordability. We are exploring and sharing approaches to meeting new and future demands.
SPU strives to be a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business:  providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses.  We also provide drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. With those goals in mind, we focus on the following in all we do:

  • Achieve Excellence in Core Service Delivery
  • Increase Affordability and Accountability
  • Improve Investment Value
  • Enhance Public Health and Environment
  • Ensure Equity and Inclusion
  • Expand our Impact through Strong Partnerships
Seattle Public Utilities has an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Director of Drainage and Wastewater who has demonstrated vision and a track record for delivering exceptional outcomes within a large utility with multiple lines of business. The Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) Deputy Director ensures the work of the DWW line of business is aligned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Strategic Business Plan, is appropriately resourced, achieves the best value for customers and Seattle and identifies opportunities to develop the capacity and capabilities of DWW line of business. The DWW Deputy Director reports to the SPU General Manager and collaborates as part of the utility's executive team and leads a branch with over 200 employees. The position is directly accountable for setting DWW line of business strategy, policy and planning; establishing and meeting service levels; shaping the capital program, developing effective and efficient initiatives, programs and projects, managing and developing staff, meeting regulatory requirements; and conducting outstanding work in the field.


The top priorities for the DWW Deputy Director are:
  1. Collaborating as an ethical creative and knowledgeable colleague within SPU's Executive Team, interdepartmental teams and internal teams; to achieve affordable equitable and effective solutions and a positive community-centered culture.
  2. Managing staff, developing their capabilities and supporting their needs while strategically aligning them to achieve operational and planning excellence.  
  3. Creating approaches for the DWW line of business which dovetail with the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the utility, establishing key departmental priorities and communicating them effectively to the DWW staff.
  4. Meeting DWW budgets and SPU goals, including ensuring the success of the DWW Capital Improvement Program through effective planning and fund management.
  5. Ensuring that Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) planning programs and projects fulfill consent decree requirements in a sustainable progressive path as possible
  6. Developing an integrated wastewater and drainage plan that integrates sustainable system performance, regulatory requirements, and expressed community outcomes.
  7. Participating in the development, implementation and reporting on SPU's Strategic Business Plan.
  8. Ensuring affordability and fiscal oversight in the work and management of the DWW line of business. Participating in rate making, budgeting and reporting processes of the line of business and the utility.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leading the efficient and forward-looking operation and maintenance of SPU's drainage and wastewater systems. 
  • Ensuring reliable delivery of drainage and wastewater services and safe sewage transport to King County Treatment plants that meets, or exceeds, SPU service levels and regulatory requirements.
  • Directing the support of the Joint Operations and System Optimization Plan ensuring SPU and King County Drainage and Wastewater systems are operating compatibly and at optimal levels.
  • Prioritizing the achievement of SPU's Capacity, Management, Operations and Maintenance (CMOM) Roadmap in order to provide wastewater collection service levels as required by the Consent Decree with the US Department of Justice and Washington State Department of Ecology, and the City's NPDES permits. 
  • Initiating and facilitating comprehensive planning that identifies current and anticipated future DWW-LOB resource needs to ensure system resiliency to meet operational service levels, regulatory compliance, population growth, development needs and environmental impacts of climate change and seismic resiliency.
  • Developing an equitable culture that reflects outstanding team work where leaders and staff are connected and collaborative and effectively seek out and apply diversity of knowledge, skills, and perspectives.
  • Financial knowledge and performance for the DWW-LOB. Management to the DWW-LOB Capital Improvement Program (CIP), operation budget and rates targets. Allocates DWW-LOB resources and assures utilization to achieve the best value for SPU customers.
  • Developing and implementing strategic asset management plans for all DWW-LOB major asset classifications, including risk assessment, asset management hierarchies, asset condition reporting, and asset renewal plans per corporate methods and standards.
  • Planning and defining DWW-LOB CIP priorities, scope and budget allocation within the DWW Fund. Establishing general scope of DWW-LOB CIP projects identifying the problem, performance requirements, opportunity, funding availability and time frames for solutions to be in place. Approving significant changes in scope or budget of DWW-LOB projects.
  • Ensuring service equity and advance environmental justice in the utility's investments.
  • Championing and facilitating a safe, un-biased and inclusive workplace that supports employee engagement, innovation, productivity and diversity. 
  • Maintaining and enhancing positive relationships with customers and stakeholders; ensuring responsiveness to complaints and inquiries; and proactively planning DWW initiatives, operations, needs, and projects with SPU partners, stakeholders, employees and customers. 
  • Directing the Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning to insure adequate DWW services under a broad range of circumstances including all-hazard emergencies; natural, man-made, and technological threats; and national security emergencies.
  • Ensuring the Department's responsiveness to identified customer values, service equity and regulatory compliance in the planning and management of t of DWW services. Actively ensuring that all communities and customer groups have equitable access, service delivery and ability to use DWW services.
  • Participating as an effective and collaborative member of SPU's Executive Team, prioritizing the interests of customers and community.


Education:  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies or a related field.
Experience:  A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in an executive leadership position managing stormwater and/or wastewater services within a public or private utility of comparable size and complexity.  
A comprehensive knowledge of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and separate sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) systems, operations, and control technologies; national CSO policy and familiarity with both federal and state regulatory programs related to CSO and SSO control.
A demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship, public health, regulatory compliance and service equity in the planning and delivery of utility services
Knowledge of integrated planning principles, green infrastructure and urban resiliency highly desirable.
Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements. 
Education/Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

Job offers are contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.

Additional Information:

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Inspirational leadership style with the proven ability to manage organizational culture transformation
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of current and future regulatory, and environmental issues
  • Commitment to race and social justice, environmental justice and service equity
  • Capital planning and project management expertise
  • Excellent people skills and presence to work effectively with and maintain productive relationships with employee at all levels, executive management and various external stakeholders including local, state, and federal regulators and elected officials
  • Credibility with the capability to lead, motivate and empower employees; able to establish and maintain effective cooperative working relationships with individuals and teams
  • A track record of thoughtful and strategic workforce and resource management that aligns with departmental needs and priorities

Additional Information:

Seattle Public Utilities has three lines of business, which include: drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and solid waste. "Our Promise" is to provide efficient and forward-looking utility services that keep Seattle the best place to live.

Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter indicating your interest and current salary information through the City of Seattle's Career Center. This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Application materials should reflect size and scope of management experience including staffs managed, operating and capital budgets administered, programs directed, and significant leadership accomplishments.

Learn more about  Seattle Public Utilities at www.seattle.gov/util/.


Job #2018-01495

If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.

Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500
Seattle, WA 98104