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Reviewed Date: April 21, 2017

Original Author: 
Metro Water Services
Date of Material: 
Oct 26, 2004

Stormwater management

Water Services Assistant Director

Job description for a Water Services Assistant Director.


FLSA CATEGORY: Exempt (Top Level Management)
EEO CATEGORY: Officials/Administrators
Salary Range: $78,450 to $88,910


Performs the administrative and supervisory duties involved in overseeing a major division of the Department of Water Services and assists in the overall management of the department. Performs related duties as required.



Performs departmental managerial duties.
Assists in developing departmental policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and work methods.
Assists with preparing the annual operating budget.
Coordinates and preplans emergencies with departmental personnel and various governmental departments/agencies.
Attends meetings with public officials and citizens groups to enlist their cooperation and to explain various functions.
Directs, plans, and coordinates activities within an assigned division.
Evaluates operating procedures and makes recommendations for improvement.
Formulates long and short range goals and objectives for better operating efficiency.
Oversees the administration of the divisional budget.
Formulates or directs the preparation of reports.
Prepares and transmits communications, instructions, and policies to subordinates.
Evaluates staff procedures on a continuous basis and recommends and implements improvements where necessary.
Interprets rules, policies, and procedures for staff members.
Performs supervisory duties.
Administers personnel policies and makes recommendations for disciplinary action.
Assigns and reviews work.
Evaluates employees performance.
Counsels with and corrects employees as needed.
Approves leave requests.


Supervises all employees within his/her division.

This classification receives direction and works under broad administrative guidance with latitude in making decisions on all daily operations under the direction of the Water Services Director.


The work environment involves the everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

This classification works primarily in an office setting under generally favorable working conditions. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.



Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Business or related field and extensive management experience in a related work environment.


Thorough knowledge of managerial and administrative principles and practices.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of budgeting and personnel administration.
Thorough knowledge of Civil Service policies and procedures and departmental rules, procedures and guidelines.
Knowledge of accounting and purchasing procedures.
Knowledge of OSHA and safety practices and procedures.
Working knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws pertaining to municipal water works programs.
Knowledge of EPA rules and regulations.
Knowledge of design criteria as established by regulatory agencies.
Knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in the construction repair and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection.
Skill in setting goals.
Skill in problem solving.
Skill in performing research.
Ability to plan, organize, and supervise comprehensive business and administrative services.
Ability to analyze and evaluate programs and to measure their effectiveness.
Ability to implement program changes in an efficient manner.
Ability to allocate resources.
Ability to monitor and analyze activities.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to perform cost/benefit, usage, and other kinds of analyses.
Ability to coordinate and review the work of employees.
Ability to train others.
Ability to keep accurate records and write detailed reports.
Ability to evaluate employees.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The following examples illustrate some of the many combinations of situations,
factors, and responsibilities in a SR-15 Water Services Assistant Director position:
Work typically is conducted within a framework of largely undefined issues and elements requiring extensive probing and analysis to determine the nature and scope of the problems.
Guidelines are broadly stated and nonspecific, as in broad policy statements and basic legislation which require extensive interpretation.
The work involves planning, developing, and carrying out vital programs. The programs are essential to the missions of the department or the government or affect large numbers of people on a long term or continuing basis.
Work at this level usually involves active participation in conferences, meetings, hearings, or presentations involving problems or issues of considerable consequence or importance.



Professional Engineers License may be required for some positions in this classification.

Date Approved: 05/25/93
Date Effective: 07/01/93
Date Revised: 03/12/02

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