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Manager - Industrial Waste & Pollution Prevention

Company: MSP Metropolitan Council
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

WHO WE AREWe are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.Join an award-winning wastewater industry leader in protecting our environment!Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is an operating division of the Metropolitan Council. MCES operates and maintains the wastewater collection and treatment system for the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area, which includes approximately 600 miles of regional sanitary sewers and nine regional wastewater treatment plants. MCES treats an average of 250 million gallons of wastewater daily, providing cost-effective service to more than 2.6 million people in 110 customer communities. MCES treatment plants consistently earn state and national awards for complete compliance with their environmental permits. MCES received the Governor's Better Government Award in 2018 in the Great Places to Work category and is nationally renowned for its superior work monitoring air and water quality and planning for a long-range water supply to meet future demand.To find out how the Metropolitan Council and the Environmental Services division serve the Twin Cities region, please click on the links for more information: and your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:The Manager, Industrial Waste, within the Metropolitan Council's Environmental Services Division (MCES), manages all activities of the MCES Industrial Waste and Pollution Prevention (IWPP) Section. A wide range of administrative, regulatory and technical duties are involved to ensure that industrial user discharges are properly regulated and monitored, the MCES Waste Discharge Rules are enforced, and U.S. EPA and State of Minnesota pretreatment program and NPDES Permit requirements are met. This position includes managing a staff of 30; approval of permitting and enforcement actions related to industrial users; ensuring that appropriate response actions are taken for spills, collection system problems and treatment plant upsets related to industrial discharges; administration of revenue systems related to IWPP functions; and addressing a wide variety of new regulatory and technical issues, including emerging contaminants of concern. All of this is accomplished within a framework of promoting both customer service and staff effectiveness. The goal is to protect MCES and community facilities, the public and the environment while supporting MCES and Metropolitan Council objectives.What you would do in this jobManagement, Administration and Leadership - Responsible for a wide variety of functions to ensure that the IWPP Section can function properly and achieve its goals. Involved in planning and coordinating staff resources and activities. Conducts written, verbal and electronic communication to staff. Direct responsibility for staff hiring, setting performance goals, conducting evaluations, and follow up. Provides leadership to the IWPP Section staff in terms of MCES strategies such as customer service and environmental protection, and supports and promotes future changes in policies, procedures, and strategies.Technical and Regulatory - Responsible for and personally involved in major functions involving technical review and judgments such as the application and interpretation of federal (EPA), and state rules, as well as enforcement of the Metropolitan Council Waste Discharge Rules. Reviews and approves all permit and enforcement actions and provides oversight for field functions required by the National Pretreatment Program. Direct involvement in major enforcement actions and industrial user Strength Charge or Sewer Availability Charge (SAC) disputes. Responsible for MCES compliance with all NPDES Permit Conditions related to pretreatment program requirements, implementation of EPA Categorical Standards, and enforcement of the MCES Waste Discharge Rules.Program Development and Special Projects - Leads, monitors and often participates directly in the initiation, planning, procedure development, and project tasks for both recurring and one-time program development functions and special projects. Provides guidance, oversight, and some direct participation for a variety of IWPP Section efforts related to emerging pollutants of concern. Responsible, in conjunction with a staff team, for developing required or beneficial Waste Discharge Rule revisions and obtaining necessary state, federal, and Metropolitan Council approvals to adopt and implement the changes. Prepares or coordinates preparation and submittal to EPA, MPCA, and NACWA of MCES comments related to proposed EPA or MPCA regulations that could have a significant impact on the MCES pretreatment program. Provides input and review related to MCES charges and rates that affect industrial customers.Response Actions & Customer Service- The Manager, Industrial Waste provides leadership and oversight around response actions and customer service. In conjunction with assigned IWPP staff, ensures proper responses occur for spills, industrial accidents, MCES treatment plant upsets caused by industrial discharges, and collection system problems (both for MCES and community systems) related to improper discharges. This position is often involved direction in these actions, including after-hours events, with oversight and guidance being provided when direct involvement does not occur. Involved in communication efforts directed to industrial customers such as publication of the "Open Channel News" newsletter, mass mailings to industrial users, and personally handles a variety of stakeholder calls or letters that are received. Provides direction and input to IWWP Section staff regarding technological improvements designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of interactions between the MCES and industrial users.Metropolitan Council Organizational Issues and Representation - Involved in MCES efforts related to organizational change and effectiveness, regulatory strategies, strategic planning, and goal setting. Interaction with city and other public officials, MPCA and EPA, as well as industrial trade groups and professional associations. Represents MCES Senior management and provides leadership and support to IWPP section staff for both MCES strategies and policies. Serve on and lead cross-departmental teams to develop Council programs and policies relating to emerging issues, such as PFAs and chloride, and special finance, or customer service programs.What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)Education/ExperienceBachelor's degree in Civil/Chemical/Environment Engineering or closely related engineering degree and at least seven (7) years of experience in a Publicly Owned Treatment Works(POTW) pretreatment program of which must include three (3) years of direct supervisory and/or management experience.Licensure: Professional Engineer License in Minnesota or the ability to obtain same within one year. Valid driver's with and acceptable driving history is required.Supervisory EquivalencyEleven (11) years experiencein a Publicly Owned Treatment Works POTW pretreatment program, of which three (3) years include direct involvement in POTW compliance with National Pretreatment Program requirements, along with strong project/program management skills, can substitute for direct supervisory and/or management experience.What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications): Professional Engineer License in Minnesota, or ability to obtain same within one year. Experience with a strong regulatory background (preferably in POTW pretreatment programs). Experience in dealing with external stakeholder groups. Working knowledge of various EPA regulations regarding waste disposal (such as regulations pertaining to hazardous waste or chemical storage) and wastewater treatment permitting. Strong working knowledge of wastewater collection systems and sewer hydraulics including representative sampling, and personnel safety. Experience with electronic reporting in Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR)compliant system, data management and data analysis. Experience in developing budgets and setting user rates.What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have: Background in Civil/Chemical/Environmental Engineering (or closely related field) to include wastewater treatment, and/or industrial waste treatment. Familiarity with State and Federal regulatory programs to include Clean Water Act requirements and the National Pretreatment Program.' Ability to effectively manage a large staff which includes hiring, performance evaluation, and coaching/discipline. General knowledge of public sector organizational practices, specifically those related to a public sector utility function. General skills related to use of a personal computer to include word processing, spreadsheets, email, etc. Writing skills to include composing letters and memos describing MCES regulatory requirements (e.g., compliance schedules), writing procedures and rules, and reviewing / editing the written work of staff as needed. Skills in reading and analyzing proposed or final rules/regulations from state/federal authorities and determination of implications for MCES and the IWPP Section. Administrative and leadership ability, to include both ongoing functions and anticipation of future issues and potential regulatory changes. Ability to develop priorities, budgets, staff resources, and to organize related activities. Communication abilities, to include being able to write/speak to the specific audience involved, and to present information/concepts to gain acceptance of a stated position or conclusion. Overall ability and communication style to deal effectively with IWPP Section staff, other MCES work groups and industrial permittees, including situations that could be adversarial including enforcement meetings with the other companies' attorneys, consultants, and other regulatory agencies. Presentation skills to large and small groups including, the general public, other government and regulatory representatives, and business groups, to promote and advance MCES priorities.What you can expect from us: We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area. We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement. We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.More about why you should join us!Additional informationUnion(s): MANA Grade KFLSA Status: ExemptSafety Sensitive: NoAnticipated Hiring Range: $92,331 to $104,790Full Salary Range:$92,331 to $139,381What your work environment would be:Work is regularly performed in a normal office environment but may have occasional exposure to collection system facilities where confined space entry and work in and around raw sewage is required. Occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions, outdoor weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, caustic or toxic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. Work may occasionally be performed near moving parts or equipment or in high precarious places. Position is exposed to moderate noise. Position may be required to work evening and weekend hours to accommodate the 24/7 operation of the Interceptor System.Physical Requirements:In situations where work is performed in a collection systems facility, position may be required to climb in and out of underground structures and manholes using ladders or stairs. Occasional physical requirements include climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, and smelling.What steps the recruitment process involves:1. We review your minimum qualifications.2. We rate your education and experience.3. We conduct a structured panel interview.4. We conduct a selection interview.5. We conduct a leadership assessment through OmniView.Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only), and a background check which verifies education, employment, and criminal history. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the job. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services, Audit, or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the position.IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, .

Keywords: MSP Metropolitan Council, St. Paul , Manager - Industrial Waste & Pollution Prevention, Other , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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