Water Utility Superintendent - South Milwaukee

City of South Milwaukee

City of South Milwaukee POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Superintendent
Classification: Non-Represented
Department: Water Utility
Location: Water Utility
Date: February 17, 2021
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt


Under the administrative direction of the City Administrator, the Water Utility Superintendent is responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of the municipal water system and utility service department.  This position supervises full and part time water utility staff, including administrative, laboratory, plant operation, and service department personnel.  This position requires sound management and communication skills and the ability to work independently, exercising good judgment and initiative. This position qualifies as emergency personnel as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502. 


Supervises and oversees all aspects of the operation of the Water Utility, to provide an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water for all residential, commercial, industrial, and public authority customers in South Milwaukee, as well as an adequate water supply for fire protection and commercial/industrial use.
Direct operations of the Utility to assure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and policies.
Direct the operation and maintenance of all utility equipment, including pumping, water treatment, and distribution.
Provide support and guidance to on-call staff during unmanned hours of operation.
Responsible for general accounting, utility billing, payroll, purchasing, and preparation of financial reports for the utility, auditors, and Public Utility Commission.
Provides general supervision and direction of work performed in the distribution system regarding meter installations, repairs, and meter readings.
Ensures the proper recording of plant operations records and lab analysis records.
Communicates with Water/Wastewater Commission, including attendance at monthly Commission meetings involving significant Utility operation and personnel issues, regulatory requirements, budgetary and billing issues, and customer concerns.
Coordinates water utility and joint projects with other city departments.
Directs preparation of annual operating budget and capital equipment budget and monitors associated costs.
Directs preparation of annual Utility report to the Public Service Commission and all water rate increase applications.
Supervises preparation of specifications and contracts for water related projects.
Supervises training sessions for safety and utility operations.
Coordinates necessary information with Wastewater Treatment Facility for sewer billing.
Directs the purchase of necessary materials and equipment; assesses and approves necessary process improvement and equipment acquisitions.
Compiles and submits DNR Monthly Operating Report, and other reports required of federal and state agencies.
Maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance.
Performs other related duties consistent with the function of the classification.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
Minimum of six years of related experience in engineering design and supervisory or management experience related to water utility systems.
Significant supervisory level experience desirable.
A combination of education and experience that can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position may also be considered.
Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required and must be maintained during tenure.
Valid DNR Grade S-D-1 Water Utility Operator Certification.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Thorough knowledge of Water Utility operations, methods of treatment, lab work theory and practices, safety procedures, and general knowledge of equipment maintenance.

·         Ability to provide leadership and foresight in all functions of the Water Utility and distribution system.

·         Skill in providing excellent managerial skills and the ability to communicate with personnel, citizens, contractors, and vendors.

·         Thorough knowledge of the types of mechanical and electrical equipment found in Water Utility operations; ability to read, interpret, and implement engineering plans and specifications.

·         Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policies, laws, rules, and regulations as required by federal, state, and municipal ordinances.

·         Knowledge of occupational and safety hazards and precautions necessary in the work place.

·         Thoroughness, resourcefulness, and good judgment.

·         Ability to effectively and professionally interact and deal with the public and coworkers; ability to handle stressful situations; discretion is required.

·         Computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and related technology.

·         Ability to provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications. 



Personal computer and related software; multi-line telephone; copy machine; fax machine; motorized vehicles and equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; climb, balance, bend, twist and reach; feel, talk, small, and hear (normal range in normal office environment, corrected or uncorrected); the employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift or move up to 100 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is generally performed in an office setting, and may include working in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, vibration, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in office settings, and loud in field settings.


Must be able to respond to work in emergencies and in all types of weather conditions at any hour of the day or night.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.  All applicants may be required to submit to medical examination prior to appointment, consistent with the requirements of the position.  Background check of local, state or federal authorities will be conducted for all applicants. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The City of South Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


The City of South Milwaukee does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, political affiliation, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other non-merit factor.

Minority applicants and Military Veterans are encouraged to apply.


The residency requirement for all emergency city employees shall be as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.


As outlined in the annual Salary Ordinance.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  This is an “at will” position, and no language found in this posting should be interpreted in any way to create an employment contract of any type. 

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  • This position was posted on: 02-18-2021.
  • It will be removed on: 03-20-2021.