Placer County

Utility Program Manager (#13519)

$53.57-$66.90 Hourly / $9,285.47-$11,596.00 Monthly / $111,425.60-$139,152.00 Yearly


To plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Utility section within the Facility Services Department; to coordinate section activities with other divisions or departments; and to provide highly responsible technical support to the Deputy Director of Facility Services.


This level recognizes positions that provide full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and/or assumes substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a defined area or specialty. 


Receives general direction from the Deputy Director or Assistant Director of Facility Services.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical, and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recommend and implement section goals and objectives; develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop and oversee the work of staff and consultants involved in Utility operations and maintenance as applied to wastewater treatment plants  wastewater collection systems, septage disposal, water treatment and distribution, and short and long range facility planning.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned unit; implement improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Develop, negotiate and manage contracts for wastewater collection and treatment and environmental services.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for projects, equipment and staff; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Develop and implement short and long range plans for special districts operations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in wastewater and water system operations, or a related field, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in business management, economics, construction management, facility management, civil or sanitary engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • General principles of water and wastewater operations and facility planning as applied to Utility projects.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct Utility operations and planning activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of assigned job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and department policies and procedures.
  • Observe and problem solve operational problems.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

CLASS: 13519; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 8/1/2006;