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Charlotte Water manages one of the largest biosolids land application programs in the Southeastern United States. The program is ISO 14001:2015 certified and includes management of biosolids from five wastewater treatment plants and residuals from three water treatment plants. We are currently in the design phase and will soon implement new solids treatment technology that will transition a large portion of its program’s production to Class A certified material.
We are seeking a Biosolids and Residuals Program Manager to administer a long-term contract with a private company that provides land application and disposal services for approximately 90,000 tons of biosolids and residuals produced annually. This role will assist the utility as it transitions to utilizing new solids treatment technology and will manage a program that has Class A and Class B products. This position will act as the program’s contract manager and serve as the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC). The Biosolids and Residuals Program Manager will serve as critical member of a highly-skilled team, supervise staff, and assume the role of biosolids/residuals champion for Charlotte Water regionally and nationally.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Leads the team that administers and monitors the long-term biosolids management contract.
• Serves as Charlotte Water’s technical resource for biosolids and residuals management by maintaining familiarity with policies and ordinances (local, state, federal) and industry trends.
• Contribute to strategic and tactical planning of activities related to biosolids handling, management, and research.
• Serves as Charlotte Water’s representative on strategic biosolids-related regional and national committees and research teams.
• Assists and participates in the development and future coordination of a biosolids marketing program of class A material.
• Serves as the Operator-in-Responsible Charge in North Carolina and South Carolina for Charlotte’s biosolids program.
• Assists management and procurement staff during residuals management program solicitations and contract negotiations.
• Provides necessary information to help with annual residuals operations budget preparation.
• Ensures program compliance with local, state (NC and SC), and federal biosolids and residuals regulations.
• Manages the team of Charlotte Water professionals who monitors and tracks the staging, sampling, transportation, and land application activities at Charlotte Water facilities and land application sites.
• Travels to and monitors activities as necessary at land application sites in various counties in North Carolina and South Carolina typically within a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, NC.
• Provides information that would assist division team members and Charlotte Water management with communication to regulatory agencies.
• Oversees the preparation and review of regulatory-required annual reports.
• Oversees response to non-urgent and urgent residuals program-related issues at the water and wastewater treatment facilities, at land applications sites, and along routes to landfills or land applications sites.
• Coordinates closely with external team members including customers, engineering consultants, vendors, and contractors.
• Coordinates closely with internal team members including engineering staff, treatment plant operations and maintenance professionals, water quality scientists, continuous improvement professionals, and administrative staff.
• Serves as the main point of contact for special projects related to the biosolids management program.
• Collaborates with the Environmental Management Representative (EMR) of EMD’s corporate ISO program to ensure obligations and goals related to the ISO program are continuously met.
• Performs other related job duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Staff management and/or project team management skills
• Contract management skills
• Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
• Skill in using Microsoft Office Suite.
• Ability to obtain a City of Charlotte employee driving permit.
• Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with contractors, engineers, business representatives, regulatory officials, and the general public.
• Ability to read and interpret topographic, soils and other GIS mapping applications.
• Demonstrate a flexible and adaptable mindset as well as self-motivation.
• BS in Civil, Chemical, Biological Systems/Agricultural, or Environmental Engineering.
• 10+ years of technical experience with all aspects of wastewater biosolids and water residuals processing including regulatory and compliance aspects, thickening/dewatering, digestion, advanced stabilization, thermal hydrolysis, heat drying, beneficial end use including agronomy, land application practices, and resource (biogas) recovery.
• Registered Professional Engineer
• Bachelor’s degree in science related to biology, agronomy, environment and natural resources, or chemistry.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in wastewater or water treatment and/or biosolids program management.
• Hold a North Carolina Land Application/Residuals Operator Certification or obtain the certification within one year of completing the first available North Carolina Land Application of Residuals Operator Certification training course.
A majority of the work is sedentary and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. A portion of the work will involve driving and being able to inspect biosolids and residuals application to agricultural fields. The following physical abilities are required: perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, distinguishing among sounds, mental acuity, reaching, speaking, standing, talking, visual acuity, and walking for long distances through vegetation and on uneven ground surfaces.
Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs. The work will be performed in an office environment, at agricultural sites, and in industrial facilities.
Commensurate with experience
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.
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