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City of Reno, NV Assistant Public Works Director - Sanitary Engineer in Reno, Nevada

Assistant Public Works Director - Sanitary Engineer

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Assistant Public Works Director - Sanitary Engineer

Class Code



$125,758.16 - $164,742.04 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the Environmental Engineering Division within the Public Works Department including the construction, operation, and maintenance of wastewater and storm drainage facilities, and the administration of various environmental control, water quality, flood/drainage, sewage treatment, effluent and water reclamation programs; oversees and evaluates the effectiveness of environmental engineering operations; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Public Works.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Environmental Engineering Division including the construction, operation, and maintenance of wastewater and storm drainage facilities, and the administration of various environmental control water quality, flood/drainage, sewage treatment and water reclamation programs.

Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for engineering and environmental compliance staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Select, train, motivate and evaluate engineering personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.

Ensure timely resolution of operational issues; anticipate potential crises and act to prevent their occurrence or reduce impact.

Represent the City's interests and positions before legislative and rule-making authorities at all levels of government.

Organize and direct various environmental engineering projects; ensure compliance with established budgetary guidelines.

Conduct a variety of studies to obtain planning data for sanitary sewer and storm drainage construction projects; prepare construction specifications and contract documents.

Receive and review construction plans, design work, specifications, and estimates; recommend change orders and modifications to ensure conformance with applicable standards.

Participate in the selection of consultants and outside contractors for the performance of assigned sanitary sewer and storm drainage engineering projects; review engineering reports prepared by outside consultants.

Organize and administer appropriate environmental control and code compliance programs.

Serve as the liaison for the Environmental Engineering Division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Provide responsible staff assistance to the Director of Public Works; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to environmental engineering programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of environmental engineering; incorporate new developments as appropriate.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a sanitary engineering and environmental compliance program.

Principles and practices of environmental and civil engineering.

Modern and complex principles and practices of water and wastewater collection and treatment.

Principles and theories of biology, hydrology and chemistry as applicable to water and wastewater treatment.

Methods and techniques of wastewater quality testing, monitoring and control.

Methods and techniques of engineering design and construction.

Principles and practices of engineering and construction project management.

Principles and practices of developing and monitoring strategic plans.

Rules and regulations governing public meetings.

Recent developments regarding civil and environmental engineering.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive environmental engineering and compliance program.

Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures.

Prepare and administer large program budgets.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Read and interpret a variety of engineering and construction plans and designs.

Organize and direct various environmental engineering projects.

Select and oversee the work of outside consultants and contractors.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Understand the organization and operation of the department and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibility.

Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or a related field.


Seven years of increasingly responsible environmental engineering experience including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada or the ability to obtain one within six months of hire.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to different sites and locations but when on-site at the wastewater treatment plant and/or in the field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, and inclement weather conditions; work around water or wastewater; work on slippery surfaces; regularly work near moving mechanical parts; and work around moderately loud noise levels; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; visual acuity for reading engineering plans and specifications; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 08/2018

JD 1/2019

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change. No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents. City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match. Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.


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