Director of Engineering

Orange County Sanitation District

invites applications for the position of: 
Director of Engineering

An Equal Opportunity Employer
$16,651.42 - $20,327.92
$199,817.00 - $243,935.00

OPENING DATE: 12/17/18

CLOSING DATE: 01/17/19 05:00 PM


What do you value in your next job?

At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we'd love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.
  • Honesty, Trust, & Respect

We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, honesty, trust, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community.

  • Teamwork & Problem Solving 

We strive to reach OCSD goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts.

  • Leadership & Commitment

We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely and safely to achieve our objectives and goals. We are committed to act in the best interest of our employees, our organization, and our community.

  • Learning/Teaching - Talents, Skills and Abilities

We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities, knowing that only through personal growth and development will we continue to progress as an agency and as individuals.

  • Recognition/Rewards

We seek to recognize, acknowledge and reward contributions to OCSD by our many talented employees.

OCSD is searching for an experienced leader to serve as DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING.

Under executive direction of the Assistant General Manager, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Engineering Department, including performing the functions of the agency Engineer; long-term strategic planning; capital program development; project engineering design, construction management for major and minor projects; and, acts as OCSD's Engineer on all treatment plant, trunk sewer construction, and pump station projects. Provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager and Assistant General Manager. The Director's duties include:

  • Administration - Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for the service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures; establishes, within OCSD policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes; plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Engineering Department's work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems; selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures; negotiates labor contracts and dispute resolutions; prepares and presents reports on informational and action items to OCSD's Board of Directors; oversees and evaluates the performance of engineering programs; and sets goals and performance measures to conduct performance reviews of direct reports.
  • Executive Management - Continually participates in leadership and management programs to provide positive, constructive leadership and management direction to staff and all levels of the organization; actively engages in succession management; and encourages staff development through appropriate activities.
  • Financial Management - Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; oversees CIP cash flow; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies, and expenditures; and implements budgetary adjustments, as appropriate and necessary.
  • Compliance - Represents OCSD with government agencies; and organizes and directs the engineering functions responsible for compliance with federal and state requirements.
  • Leadership - Provides leadership and direction for the department's continuous improvement; represents the Engineering Department to other departments, OCSD's Board of Directors, citizen groups, service organizations, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with other departments, outside agencies, and organizations; explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; provides technical expertise; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater management, risk management, and engineering; fosters an atmosphere of productivity and harmony; and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • OCSD Committee and Board Meetings – Assists the General Manager and Assistant General Managers in preparing and presenting staff reports and other necessary correspondence relative to engineering matters.

In its key role of protecting public health and the environment, OCSD must meet the strict requirements of federal, state, regional, and local regulations for treated sewage discharge to the ocean, water recycling, biosolids management, air emissions, industrial waste, storm water management, sewer system operations, and land use controls.  The Engineering Department is responsible for the planning and execution of OCSD's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the Asset Management Program. The Engineering Department is comprised of four divisions:
  • Planning. Creates a comprehensive CIP, including the technical and financial resources necessary for OCSD considering projected capacity requirements, conditions of current assets, projected regulatory and level of service changes, and research or business opportunities. This division takes an active role in the Asset Management Program at OCSD. The division is also responsible for water resources management, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) preparation and review, annexations, connection permitting, easements, and interagency agreements.
  • Project Management Office (PMO). Manages the design and construction of new collection, treatment, and disposal facilities plus the rehabilitation of older facilities to ensure the safe, cost effective transport, and treatment of influent/effluent. This division is responsible for the delivery of capital and large maintenance projects from the preliminary design stages through closeout of construction. The division provides standards, processes, and methodologies to improve project quality, cost, and timeliness.  Ensures OCSD projects are designed to meet stakeholder needs, comply with applicable codes and standards, are safely constructed, and are fully inspected while minimizing impacts to operations, maintenance, local agencies, and the public. 
  • Civil & Mechanical Engineering. Provides civil and mechanical engineering designs which are reliable, maintainable, and operable at optimum lifecycle costs in accordance with Engineering Standards and codes. Ensures that projects are properly and safely constructed and executed in accordance with the contract documents with minimal impact to operations, maintenance, local agencies, and the public.
  • Electrical & Control Systems Engineering. Provides electrical and control system designs which are reliable, maintainable, and operable at optimum lifecycle costs in accordance with Engineering Standards and codes. Ensures that projects are properly and safely constructed and executed in accordance with the contract documents with minimal impact to operations, maintenance, local agencies, and the public. Provides process control SCADA system hardware and software and data network for collections and treatment plan processes that are highly reliable, safe, secure, online, and available to monitor, record, control and operate our facilities. 



Education, Certifications, and Experience

This position requires a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education with major coursework in civil, mechanical, sanitary or environmental engineering or a related field; at least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in engineering, including four (4) years of management and administrative responsibility; and a valid professional engineering registration from the State of California.
Certifications or relevant training/coursework recognized in the engineering industry are desired, as well as experience working with a Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, and the public.

The Ideal Candidate
OCSD is regarded world-wide for being cutting-edge and innovative in wastewater management and resource recovery. OCSD values transparency and excellence in providing services to its customers. The ideal candidate will be an experienced executive who will thrive in this environment. The individual will have a proven track record in operational optimization, sound financial management, and customer satisfaction, embracing the highly visible position with outstanding leadership, strategic business planning, and organizational skills.

This person will be able to multi-task, focus on the long-term goal, and lead the department towards fulfilling it. The individual will excel at articulating technical concepts in non-technical terms. The individual will stay abreast of best practices and apply those standards to the workplace under various conditions, including times of limited resources.

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is collaborative and able to mentor and develop staff. The individual will work well with and establish an excellent rapport with OCSD's Board of Directors, staff, the community, and other public agencies. The candidate will be a resilient and politically astute leader with a track record of making sound business decisions; an ethical person who does not compromise on business practices; and someone whom others trust. Lastly, this individual will enjoy being a partner to a high-performing executive management team, dedicated to the long-term vision and goals of OCSD.

Top priorities of the new Director will be:

  • Board Relations – Develop and establish credibility with OCSD's Board of Directors and provide solid and unbiased professional recommendations.
  • Workforce Planning and Development – Recruit, develop, and retain a professional staff to meet the agency's mission and levels of service.
  • Leadership – Oversee the Engineering Department and assume full management responsibility for all programs and activities.  Work with other local and regional agencies to identify or create improved business or environmental outcomes for the people we serve.
  • Compliance and Standards - Ensure regulatory requirements are met to produce a high quality of wastewater for reclamation. Ensure OCSD facilities fulfill future capacity requirements and maintain facilities for optimal lifecycle.  Ensure projects are properly and safely constructed and are California Environmental Quality Act-compliant.
  • Operational Efficiencies – Look for and champion continuous improvements in business practices for the agency. Actively engage with department employees and lead the team towards strategic initiatives to achieve OCSD's overall goals.



Vacancies: 1

APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE:  Thursday, January 17, 2019, by, 5:00 P.M.


Benefits & Compensation
The annual salary range for this position is $199,817 - $243,935. Placement within this range will be dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate and OCSD policies.
Benefits include: holiday pay, medical, dental, vision and life insurance; long-term and short-term disability insurance; and employee assistance program. Additionally, the benefit package shall include an auto allowance, deferred compensation options, and executive disability insurance benefits.
All employees contribute to the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS). Contributions are based on an OCERS actuarially-determined rate structure and age at time of employment; contributions are deducted on a pre-tax basis. The retirement benefit formula is 2.5% at age 67; however, employees with reciprocity may be eligible for the 2.43% at age 65 retirement formula (also known as "1.667% at 57.5").
For an overview of OCSD's benefits, please visit our benefits webpage.



Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in and walking between work areas may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.



For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Classification Specification for this position found on the Class & Compensation page of our website.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of OCSD's pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

OCSD only accepts applications submitted via our online application system. Resumes submitted via mail, fax or email will not be accepted.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Disaster Service Workers:

All Orange County Sanitation District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the Orange County Sanitation District requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.