The Metropolitan Water District currently has one (1) opening for a Microbiology Development Team Manager (Source Water Microbiology Team Manager VI) in the Water System Operations Group, Water Quality Section, Microbiology Unit, at our Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne, California.
This position is responsible for managing and supervising the Source Water Microbiology Team. The team is responsible for: (1) Detecting bacterial, viral, and protozoal contaminants in water; (2) Detecting cyanotoxins in source waters and throughout the treatment process; (3) Recommendation and evaluation of new methods and technologies for detecting all biological contaminants; (4) Routine monitoring of invasive mussel populations; (5) Development, evaluation, and recommendation of new strategies and technologies to improve water quality, protect source water against contamination, and to respond to emerging public health issues; (6) Monitoring source waters and finished water distribution systems with new or advanced technologies; (7)Analytical support for water quality and treatment technology studies; (8) Conducting applied research on relevant microbiological issues to improve water quality and ensure readiness to respond to emerging issues; (9) Preparing and implementing microbial containment aspects of emergency response plans; (10) Preparing all necessary monitoring, testing, and project reports.
1. Manages and plans studies using advanced monitoring techniques for viral, bacteriological, and protozoal contaminants; designs and implements programs and projects to evaluate and improve upon existing processes and design new methodologies; evaluates and obtains appropriate new instrumentation or analytical technologies; and conducts and is responsible for quality assurance and quality control reviews of all analytical data to ensure continued laboratory accreditation, approval, or to comply with a quality assurance project plan.
2. Supervises staff including selection, assignment and monitoring of work, coaching, counseling, and performance assessment; and reviews work for thoroughness, adherence to water quality standards, and accuracy of results.
3. Assesses employees competencies and develops training plans; discusses future professional development with staff; and provides laboratory safety training both routine and in preparation for emergency response to natural disasters and contaminant threats.
4. Provides general administration of the team including establishing and tracking team goals and objectives; analyzes team activities and prepares reports; develops and monitors team budget; evaluates resource needs and prepares staffing and consulting requests; and reviews and approves time, reimbursement requests, and purchases.
5. Acts as project manager on water quality concerns and issues; prepares proposals independently or with co-investigators to obtain outside funding for projects; and administers contracts in accordance with conditions set forth by the funding source.
6. Meets with other team managers and Water System Operations staff to evaluate and coordinate projects; and provides technical assistance to member agencies.
7. Manages and directs the preparation of project reports, manages data, and makes presentations for a project advisory committee or other interested or involved parties.
8. Assists in developing team and unit policies, methods, and procedures; and reviews and makes recommendations regarding the development of quality assurance and quality control procedures, project milestones, presentation, and records management.
9. Serves as backup for the Unit Manager.
10. Performs other related duties as required.Job RequirementsEMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Education and Experience: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and eight years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which two years must have been in a project management, supervisory, or lead capacity; or an advanced degree from an accredited college or university and six years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which two years must have been in a project management, supervisory, or lead capacity.
A Bachelors or Masters degree must be in the field of: Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Water Quality Science, or a related field.
Relevant experience may include: Development and evaluation of microbiological detection assays for water or other environmental matrices; Direct involvement in water industry professional forums, committees, and workgroups focused on water quality issues; Hands-on experience with relevant microbial concentration and detection platforms; Extensive experience with molecular-based detection and analysis technologies; Technical presentations at relevant scientific conferences and meetings; Experimental design and planning; Preparing research reports; Preparation and submission of research proposals to appropriate funding agencies; Technical publications in the fields of microbiological water quality and/or environmental microbiology.
Required Knowledge of: Management and supervisory methods and techniques; team building; water treatment regulations, processes, and procedures related to microbiology; project management; standard and experimental analytical methods, concepts, and procedures; microbial aspects of water shed management and study design; microbial and bacteriological aspects of water treatment and distribution systems for raw water quality; trends and emerging technologies of the water quality microbiology; quality assurance and quality control procedures; safety regulations; relevant federal, state, and local laws; reporting and public notification requirements; and contract and grant administration.
Required Skills and Abilities to: Interpret and analyze results; identify and solve complex scientific problems; conduct hypothesis testing through experimental design; manage a diverse work force; mentor, develop, and motivate staff; plan, organize, and review the work of subordinates and team members; review work products for detail and adherence to quality control parameters; exercise judgment and discretion; use scientific applications such as word processing, databases; operate a variety of laboratory equipment; encourage and facilitate cooperation; communicate orally and in writing on administrative and technical topics with both scientific and non-technical audiences; and establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels within the organization.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Valid California Class C Driver License or equivalent that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at time of application.
A Ph.D degree from an accredited college or university with a major in microbiology, biochemistry, environmental sciences, or a related field. Pertinent and related post-doctoral experience also highly desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: Light
Work Environment: Primarily an indoor work environment typical of an office setting. The work environment may include some exposure to outside elements. May travel to various sites requiring overnight stay.ClosingBenefits:
Excellent medical, dental, life, vision
Retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k
Training and advancement opportunities
Excellent working environment
Public transportation reimbursements and van pools
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