Tri-Cities Wastewater Authority accepting applications for General Manager

Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority (TCA) seeks an independent, forward-thinking manager to join its trio of communities to build upon a quarter century of success. This joint venture between the north Dayton blue chip cities of Huber Heights, Vandalia, and Tipp City provides cost effective,
environmentally responsible, reliable wastewater treatment services– an effort accomplished through a competent O & M contractor that professionally manages, operates, and maintains the facilities.

How does TCA work? TCA’s facilities include 10 miles of interceptor sewer, an innovative and advanced wastewater treatment plant with on-site lab, and a nearby farm dedicated to reuse of bio-solids. The plant uses physical, biological, and chemical treatment processes. Primary, physical steps use screens, settling tanks and skimming devices to remove sand, grit, and other solids. Next, micro-organisms feed on the remaining waste, removing 85 percent of pollutants. A final process removes ammonia, and the wastewater is chemically disinfected before release into the Great Miami River. Remaining organic solids are further treated to meet stringent standards for fertilizer use and a dedicated pipeline conveys the sludge 7 miles to Tri-Cities’ farm for storage. Once needed, a dragline system pumps sludge from storage tanks into an injection tool pulled by
a tractor, incorporating the fertilizer into the soil. This provides 100 percent of the nitrogen needed for the farm’s grain crops.

What is the General Manager’s role? TCA is governed by a Board of Participants- its three cities’ City Managers- who exercise full authority over the operation. From the collection of raw wastewater to the reuse of stabilized sludge, TCA’s plant is expertly operated and maintained by a private contractor, as is its farm, from planting to harvest. Efficiency, compliance, and safety are key; training and certification is ongoing. With programmable controllers and computerized monitoring, the facility is staffed one shift per day, five days per week. Fiscal services– purchase orders; accounts receivable and payable– are provided by a TCA-member city’s Finance Department.

TCA’s General Manager links the venture’s member cities with its contracted operations, performing highly responsible management, administrative and professional leadership. They must be highly independent, driven, and professional, with solid management background and familiarity/willingness to perform all aspects of information technology, communications, correspondence, data entry and office management. They provide efficient and effective third-party contract negotiation and administration, environmental compliance oversight, financial planning/capital budgeting, project and property management, U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System compliance.

What might I look forward to? Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority is one of many “spirit of cooperation” success stories among north Dayton region communities. Like its member cities, TCA is well-respected and advanced in its operations. Interstates 70 and 75 form an international crossroads here and the presence of Dayton International Airport make our area a premier place to do business. As a transportation hub, we expect our region to continue to thrive and grow, thus keeping TCA on its toes! Aging infrastructure, rising costs and a changing employment environment will provide the new General Manager with opportunity for innovation, leadership, and learning. Collaboration with TCA’s O&M contractor and regular contact with talented professionals at Huber Heights, Vandalia, and Tipp City, will forge valuable experience and connections. Position offers Ohio Public Employees Retirement System membership and other generous benefits. We’ll propose a salary of $80,000 to $110,000, DOQ.

What qualifications are necessary? As the joint venture’s sole full-time employee, the Board of Participants seeks the
following qualities:

• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Public Works Administration, Environmental Science, Civil or Sanitary Engineering or similar discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• About ten years’ experience in progressively responsible roles providing financial acumen, familiarity with public utilities infrastructure and maintenance, contract negotiation and administration, local governmental practice and procedure, and demonstrated knowledge of wastewater treatment plant operations and U.S. and Ohio EPA

• Ohio Certification in Wastewater Treatment and/or Collection Systems preferred but not required.

• A valid Ohio driver’s license and ongoing insurability.

• Enjoy collaborating with others, working with advisory groups and committees; willing to communicate diligently.

• Prepared to dedicate themselves to TCA’s mission.

We think you’d love working for TCA. If these qualifications match your skillset, we are anxious to hear from you.
Please email your resume and cover letter describing your applicable background and career goals to our representative, Julie Trick, She will get back with you promptly.

Due to the current Manager’s upcoming retirement, strict submission deadline is March 22, 5 p.m.

Interviews: late March/early April—Employment start date: May 2.  

In accordance with Ohio law, resumes and application material become public record and subject to public release.
Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority is an EOE; Women and Minorities Encouraged to Apply

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