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Assistant Deputy Director, Public Utilities Department

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$100,000 - $120,000 annually

San Diego, CA
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The City:

With more than 1.3 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.

The City’s Mission, as found in our Strategic Plan, is “To Effectively Serve and Support Our Communities.” Our core values are Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence. The City’s Vision is “A World-Class City for All.”

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget of approximately $3.8 billion and employs approximately 11,000 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City’s website:

****The Department:

The Public Utilities Department (PUD) is comprised of five branches that are funded by both the Water Enterprise Fund and the Sewer Enterprise Fund.  The Department is committed to the following in its management of Water and Wastewater services:

Quality:  We surpass quality and safety standards.                          

Value:  We operate and invest wisely.                                               

Reliability:  We consistently provide dependable services.   

Customer Service:  We are responsive, professional and courteous.                       

Though the different branches cover all the tasks required by the Public Utilities Department, separate accounting is kept for each fund.  Day-to-day operational responsibility for the Public Utilities Department rests with the Branch Assistant Directors, each of whom reports to the Director of Public Utilities.  The Public Utilities’ management team is further comprised of Deputy Directors who head each of the ten major divisions. PUD currently has a staff allocation of 1,653 positions and a Fiscal Year 2016 budget of approximately $874 million. 

The Position

Under the leadership of the Mayor and the general direction of the Public Utilities Department Director, Systems Management and Operations Assistant Director, and Wastewater Treatment & Disposal Division (Division) Deputy Director, the Assistant Deputy Director will manage staff within the wastewater treatment operations and maintenance section of the Division and associated support positions. This position will directly manage the field personnel who operate and maintain the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant, North City Water Reclamation Plant (including the Demo Pure Water Facility), Metropolitan Biosolids Center, and eight large pump stations and associated pipelines at the heart of the Metropolitan Wastewater System. This position will work through their direct reports, the Division’s four Wastewater Treatment Superintendents to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal rules and regulations, along with City of San Diego policies and processes. This position will play a critical role in the timely execution of the Division’s hiring processes to ensure that vacant positions are filled in a timely manner and quality training is provided.

This position will also support the development of the Pure Water Program operations and maintenance team and will play a critical role in the staffing of the expanded North City Water Reclamation Plant, Morena Pump Station and Pipeline, and the new North City Pure Water Facility.

This position is an important member of the management team and will have personnel, budgetary, policy, and operational responsibilities as appropriate for an unclassified Assistant Deputy Director.

Minimum Requirements:

Candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years in a supervisory and/or managerial role;  

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from an accredited university;

Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

Work with the Wastewater Treatment Superintendents to find solutions to improve the operations and maintenance and permit compliance of these critical facilities;

Focus on talent acquisition, training and development, records management, safety and health, succession planning, employee relations and retention, and labor relations;

Manage recruiting operations, orienting, training, coaching, and counseling staff;

Plan, monitor, appraise, and review staff job contributions;

Work with field staff and support staff to ensure that purchasing and contracting activities are executed according to city policy and in a timely manner;

Perform other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification issued by the State Water Resources Control Board;

Progressively responsible management experience in the wastewater and/or water field;

Leadership and management abilities, particularly in creating a cohesive team among disparate work units and managing frontline employees and supervisors;

Creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect, teamwork, communication, trust, professionalism, and accountability;

Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs;

Excellent writing and communication skills;

Strong interpersonal skills;

Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear and straightforward manner, including the use of graphs and tables as needed;

Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management and members of the public;

Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture”;

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with tight time constraints;

Interest in municipal activities and services and how they impact the community;

Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political; and

Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative.

Management Compensation and Benefits:

The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please ****.  Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit Risk Management, Employee Benefits at

****. Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements: 

Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.

Medical Evaluation: 

A City medical examination including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.  The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free work place.

Selection Process:

To be considered for this position, please submit your: 1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to


Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at Human ****

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

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