Utilities Commissioner, City of Cleveland He ....


Organization : City of Cleveland Heights
Job Category : Water and Sewers
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : OH
City : Cleveland Heights
Salary and Benefits : $63,000.00 - $75,000.00

Utilities Commissioner

City of Cleveland Heights

Salary: $63,000 - $75,000

Published: December 24, 2018

Deadline to apply:  January 18, 2019, 11:59 pm

Application Type: Application

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SUMMARY:  In collaboration with city leaders, management, and other departments, the Commissioner is responsible for meeting best practices for the deployment of water resource management strategies and water/wastewater utility operational procedures. Responsibilities include: developing and implementing strong partnerships with community and economic development; making recommendations to City Council and Management; developing and implementing policy initiatives; setting the tone, climate and vision for the department; ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives; and, providing for a multi-jurisdictional, regional, collaborative approach.


The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.

  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures, and maintains a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations
  • Directs and monitors activities to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, rules, permit requirements, codes, standards, policies and procedures
  • Directs work activities of wastewater collection and storm water management systems to provide reliable and sustainable system operation
  • Oversees the review and coordination of water resource management projects with other departments, governmental entities, utility companies and businesses 
  • Develops department policies and procedures 
  • Analyzes, monitors, maintains, records, reports, and updates all program compliance and non-compliance processes and procedures essential for maintaining environmental compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations associated with Water Resource Management functions, including monitoring program budgets; conducting hazardous materials audits; and establishing and maintaining environmental documentation as required by Federal, State, and County permits, regulations, and statutes
  • Promotes the City through numerous public contacts 
  • Approves purchase orders and requests for expenditures related to tools, parts, equipment, and supplies within established guidelines and maintains an inventory of spare parts, supplies, and lubricants
  • Directs preparation of, presents, monitors and administers department annual budget and grant funds 
  • Prepares scope of services and administers contracts for services; prepares specification, obtains quotes, monitors work performed by contracted service providers; inspects quality of work and approves payment requests
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level


Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.


Knowledge of:

  • Management principles 
  • The development of water/wastewater[CC1]  resource, utilities, and capital improvement projects 
  • The plan and project review and approval process for water resource management and capital improvement projects 
  • Practices and procedures related to the management and administration of a municipal enterprise fund department and its respective divisions 
  • Civil engineering methods, practices and procedures for a municipal utilities department operations and functions 
  • Budget development, justification, presentation and administration of municipal funds and grants 
  • Methods, practices and procedures of utilities construction and maintenance 
  • Water/Wastewater facilities management, 
  • Public administration and governmental operations 
  • Accounting and financial management principles 
  • Advanced theories and principles related to area of assignment 
  • Strategy development principles and procedures 
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations 
  • Program development and administration principles and practices 
  • Public relations principles 
  • Conflict mediation principles 
  • Developing and submitting proposals for capital improvement projects 
  • Federal and state funding 
  • Developing departmental long and short range goals, plans and objectives to meet the long-range goals of the City
  • Developing and administering approved budgets from multiple funding sources
  • Developing and administering Storm water Management Plans

Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications

Ability to:

  • Review and coordinate project documents related to water resources and departmental assigned projects 
  • Research and respond to sensitive inquires and complaints from the public 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Council, Mayor, City Manager, department directors, consultants, staff, and the public 
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules and regulations 
  • Manage multiple priorities simultaneously 
  • Analyze and develop policies and procedures 
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals 
  • Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the department to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, City Management, City Council and other City departments 
  • Direct, train and evaluate staff; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing 
  • Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with co-workers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction 


Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Water Resources or in a related field and five years full time management/supervisor level directly related to the area assigned; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. 


Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Ohio driver license.

Professional Engineer’s license preferred


The work environment and physical demands described here 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 essentialfunctions. 


Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


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