City of Houston-Houston Public Works
Houston, TX

Houston Water consists of approximately 1,500 drinking water and wastewater professionals including engineers, scientists' facility operations, and maintenance personnel. The City of Houston Water and Wastewater Utility is a regulated public health agency governed by federal and state laws. Our staff maintains professional licenses issued by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other public health agencies.  The Wastewater Operations Branch has a total of 465 facilities to operate and maintain, including 39 Wastewater Treatment Plants, 380 Lift Stations and nearly 6,200 miles of collections systems serving the greater Houston Metropolitan Area.
An innovative leader that leads by example and solves complex problems by building strong teams, implementing industry best business practices, integrating technology and cultivating professional relationships through excellent interpersonal skills.
Reporting to the Senior Assistant Director of Wastewater Operations, the Assistant Director will lead and manage the employees and activities within the Wastewater Operations Branch of Houston Water.   More specifically, the Assistant Director will oversee and manage the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Section to ensure compliance with all federal and state regulatory requirements, including the EPA/DOJ Consent Decree (CD). This position will be responsible for the overall operations of the Wastewater Sanitary Sewer System and rehabilitation, maintenance management; develops, analyzes and monitors key performance indicators to meet service and financial objectives, balance resources, improve overall effectiveness and improve organizational efficiencies; develops budgets and ensures effective operations and regulatory compliance.

The Assistant Director will administer the Wastewater Operations Branch's operational policies and procedures. This includes revising as needed and conducting training to ensure adoption and interpretation; establishing operational objectives aligned with City of Houston, TCEQ and EPA required reporting; evaluates, promotes, and aligns the branch's operational practices with strategic vision, mission and goals. The Assistant Director will manage all technical and operational functions to ensure compliance with all federal and state regulatory requirements and permits.
Additionally, the Assistant Director will respond to the requests from the public, administration, City Council and executive management; directs the development, implementation and evaluation of program initiatives across multi-functional lines and implements various programs to improve operational and financial efficiency.  
This is a TIER 1 responsibility position with respect to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  Most specifically, this means you are responsible for working and being available to work during a natural disaster or catastrophic event.
In addition to these responsibilities, the position is responsible for a portion of the Consent Decree and mandated requirements & compliance for the wastewater Collection Systems with a brief summary of responsibilities listed below:
EPA/DOJ CD Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to: 

  • Early targeted cleaning & TV inspection, condition assessment of approximately 750 miles of sanitary sewer collections systems on an annual basis. 
  • Manhole inspections at the rate up to approximately 16,000 inspections annually. 
  • Rehabilitation of Sanitary Sewer system on a systematic schedule that is determined from cleaning & inspection results.  
  • Reduction of the Sanitary Sewer Overflows, reduced response times and implementation of an industry leading comprehensive real time monitoring program that incorporates Smart Manhole technology and hydraulic modeling. 
In alignment with the Houston Public Works Five to Thrive Values we adhere to following core values:
Respect – we listen and care
  • Lead a team of diverse skill sets with a focus on team building, communication, and alignment of goals to achieve organizational efficiencies.
  • Develop health and safety practices and oversee compliance of those practices
  • Meet with team members and stakeholders to understand issues and explain operational policies, programs, objectives and/or initiatives
Ownership – we find solutions, instead of excuses
  • Leads the team by providing general oversight and strategic planning initiatives to improve efficiencies, reporting, quality, and regulatory compliance.
  • Assess, manage, and mitigate the principal risks 
  • Assesses current practices and management processes to implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, and procedures.
  • Oversees emergency management for the team including ensuring staff are properly trained, standard operating procedures are updated, distributed, and followed
Communication – we are reliable and clear
  • Monitors operational effectiveness through reports on status, adequate resources, feedback, and analytics
  • Establishes and coordinates a variety of special projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations, processes, and procedures.
  • Works to ensure the department director’s expectations are met and exceeded.
Integrity – we are truthful and keep our word
  • Foster a team culture that promotes ethical practices, customer focus, and service and encourages individual integrity.
Teamwork – we work together
  • Develop, in collaboration with the Senior Assistant Director, an annual operating plan that supports the long-term strategy.
  • Oversees long-range planning for capital improvement projects, maintenance projects, and technology and service initiatives.
  • Motivates and leads a high-performance management team
The position is physically comfortable; the individual has some discretion about walking, standing, etc.

This is a Department of Houston Public Works Emergency Management position at the Tier I Level.

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field.

Seven years of administrative experience are required, with at least three of those years in a managerial capacity.

A Master's degree may be substituted for two years of experience. 


Preference will be given to candidates who possess a valid Texas Driver's License and be in compliance with the City of Houston's policy on driving (AP 2-2). 

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**


The selection process will involve application review and/or interview.  Department may administer skills assessment test.
Yes - This position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION                     
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
Pay Grade 32 


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: 

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call (832) 393-6027. 

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832) 393-6027. (TTY 7-1-1) 

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627. 

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process. 

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.
EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.