The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Job Details

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

Job Summary

(Team Manager VI)
Mills Water Treatment Plant

Water Systems Operations Group, Water Treatment Section has one (1) opening for a Team Manager VI in the Mills Unit supervising the Treatment Operations & Maintenance Team.

Under administrative direction of the Unit or Section Manager, this position provides supervisory, management and support services to the Treatment Operations & Maintenance Team and will have specialized skills relative to the assigned area of responsibility.

The Treatment Operations & Maintenance Team is comprised of certified water treatment plant operators. The Team Manager will be responsible for operations activities of the Mills Water Treatment Plant, ensuring the plant is operating in compliance with all Metropolitan water quality and supply standards in an environmentally and economically responsible and safe manner. In addition, the Team Manager will make decisions that affect the treatment processes and supervise others who operate the treatment plant. The Team is comprised of operators of varying levels of training and experience who provide shift operations of the plant and associated systems. The Team Manager is responsible for coordinating the operations with maintenance activities in conjunction with other Team Managers.

Duties specific to this position include:
• In partnership with other Teams, Sections, and Groups, ensure that the water treatment plant is operating in compliance with state and federal water quality regulations and all applicable environmental regulations. In addition, be familiar with operational methods and
techniques to meet treatment objectives and implement changes as necessary.

• Coordinate and initiate plant operational activities with the other Operations and Maintenance Team Managers and the Planner/Scheduler to ensure reliable, cost-effective operations of the plant.

• Work closely with the other Operations and Maintenance Team Managers to ensure 100-percent compliance with water quality regulations and to help ensure customer demands are met 100-percent of the time.

• Supervise others in the operation and maintenance of the treatment plant.

• Establish procedures and standards to ensure efficient, safe and reliable operations.

• Serve as a Shutdown Project Manager to ensure process shutdowns are thoroughly coordinated and planned. Review and approve the required Valving Instructions for issuance of Safety Clearance.

• Perform personnel related activities including: selecting employees, evaluating performance, encouraging career development, improving diversity and facilitating employee involvement in planning and decision making.

• Coordinate plant maintenance activities with other managers to avoid unplanned outages and maintain employee safety. Ensure that proper outage requests are completed and communicated to other areas.

• Meet with Metropolitan engineering staff to provide input from an operational perspective on expansions, modifications, enhancements and/or problems related to operational equipment.

• Requisition materials, chemicals, equipment and supplies necessary to treat and meet water quality standards.

• Supervise the operation of wastewater and sludge handling systems to ensure proper treatment and disposal in a cost-effective manner.

• Accept after-hour responsibilities for operational and emergency response.

• Ensure the safety of others by implementing safety training, participating on the Safety Committee, and promptly implementing safety recommendations.

• Participate in activities that support operation of the Unit such as development of the annual operating budget, preparing and reviewing operating cost reports, preparing summary reports on plant operations and assisting in the development of other reports as needed.

• Serve as the Incident Commander or other designated role in the Metropolitan Emergency Response Program, to ensure emergencies are handled in accordance with state and federal regulations and to guarantee proper notification and documentation.

• Provide accurate, timely and thorough communication to other members of the management team on issues relating to operations and maintenance.

• Ensure staff receives mandatory and recommended training.

• Develop training plans for skill development and enhancement of the team’s members, provide cross-training opportunities, and develop team succession plan. Implement and monitor safety training. Review and revise policies and procedures, as required, to maintain workforce health and safety and compliance with environmental guidelines.

• Work effectively with others and foster a positive work environment.

• Coordinate and assist in tours with representatives of member agencies, governmental agencies and the public in order to enhance mutually positive working relationships with external entities.

• Ensure team provides outstanding service to internal and external customers.

The functions of this classification include, but are not limited to:
• Supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate staff in accordance with Metropolitan’s policies and procedure.

• Effectively recommends personnel actions related to recruitment and selection, grievances and disciplinary policies and procedures, performance, leaves of absence, work schedules and assignments.

• Performs analytical work for a team in a specialized field and coordinates teamwork activity to achieve effective results.

• Makes budget, personnel and related resource requirement recommendations for the area supervised based upon anticipated workload and production capability of the team.

• Gathers, analyzes and compiles data to prepare narrative and statistical reports on team activities.

• Provides input into the development and modification of policies, methods and procedures.

• Provides explanation of policies and procedures and working structure of the team to external and internal customers; drafts detailed responses about regulations, procedures, activities and status of projects.

• Represents the team and Metropolitan at various meetings.

• Exercises responsibility and accountability for the technical soundness of the work that is supervised.

Job Requirements



• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• On-site fitness center
• Excellent working environment
• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis

• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools


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This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s). 

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