CIVIL ENGINEER IV / STORMWATER UTILITY MANAGER
"Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!"
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Civil Engineer IV / Stormwater Utility Manager position.
What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:
- Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
- Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
- Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
- Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) is seeking a Civil Engineer IV to serve as the Stormwater Utility Manager (SWU Manager) and lead the implementation of a Stormwater Utility (SWU) framework and the Stormwater Management Fee. The proposed Fee is being developed as the tool by which Alexandria's proposed SWU will generate a dedicated source of financial resources necessary to meet state and federal water quality mandates, and the growing flood mitigation and infrastructure maintenance costs associated with the City's Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The draft framework for the SWU has been developed, to include the cost of service and proposed SWU rate. The SWU Manager will further refine implementation processes and oversee continued implementation of the SWU program.
The SWU Manager is a supervisory position responsible for managing the SWU. Responsibilities include guiding day-to-day SWU operations and Fee collection procedures, implementing the Fee Reduction / Credit Policy, and overseeing the Stormwater Management Enterprise Fund. It is vital for this program manager to have the capacity to leverage this knowledge in support of the City's environmental programs goals of reducing the impact of development and redevelopment on Alexandria streams, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.
What You Should Bring
Applicants should demonstrate expertise in the coordination and management of stormwater utilities; environmental stormwater planning; and, local, state and federal stormwater and environmental regulations. They must be able to clearly and effectively communicate stormwater funding and utility technical specifications to a variety of audiences, including City Council, government committees, the development community, your peers, junior staff, and the public, as well as serve as the department's key advisor on stormwater enterprise funding issues.
The Opportunity – Examples of Work
- Implement and manage SWU daily operations, including staff, in keeping with local, state, and federal requirements, as well as standard stormwater utility best practices;
- Develop standard operating procedures, including program audit procedures and customer service duties, to guide utility processes;
- Prepare and maintain the Stormwater Utility Strategic Business Plan - the roadmap for full cost recovery of the City's SWMP;
- Refine and implement the City's Fee Reduction / Credit Policy and associated Appeal process;
- Collaborate with the Finance Department (Finance), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Information Technology Services (IT) and others to create, maintain and update the City's Master Account File and other appropriate systems to allow for the billing, collection and spending of funds in a systematic, equitable and auditable manner;
- Collaborate with staff from Finance, OMB, T&ES and others to develop and implement a utility rate; evaluate rate adequacy and perform periodic rate analyses to ensure proper funding of budget priorities and program needs; propose rate changes to the City Council;
- Periodically re-evaluate program needs and spending strategies against associated revenue and regulatory mandate changes; analyze service expectations and customer satisfaction; respond to community inquiries and requests;
- Represent the T&ES's positions at public hearings before the City Council, Planning Commission, and/or Environmental Policy Commission; serve as an internal stormwater utility expert on panels, commissions, and technical advisory committees;
- Oversee communication and media needs for internal and external utility stakeholders; expand public outreach programs for the SWU; and
- Assist the Stormwater Management Division as needed.
About the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services
The T&ES strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of a superior infrastructure. In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the City of Alexandria, the T&ES employee team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, transit, construction and inspection, surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and resource and recovery collection.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
Three (3) years of experience in the practice of professional civil engineering, some of which has been performed at the Civil Engineer III level (with three (3) years of experience in the management of a stormwater utility program) and graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a degree in civil engineering; and; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess, or obtain within six months of employment, a license to practice as a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia; at least 15 years of professional engineering experience, including a thorough knowledge of the development review process; experience in stormwater management, storm sewers, hydrology and hydraulics, managerial and structural best management practices, erosion and sediment control, and water resources; demonstrated use of progressive project management practices; familiarity with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements; comfort with public speaking, organizing community meetings, conflict resolution, dealing with elected representatives and appointed officials, writing technical reports, and representing his/her organization to outside agencies.
This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.