Senior Wastewater Utility Planner - CSO Program

King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Seattle, WA

About The Role:
This position will serve as a senior planner for the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) control planning program. This program develops long range plans for controlling combined sewer overflow discharges while working with staff at Seattle Public Utilities, other governments, environmental groups, regulators, and the public. This program also implements some CSO control activities and develops conceptual projects that progress into project delivery and drives large capital investments in WTD’s infrastructure. This position will work independently at the senior level under a program manager to develop and lead decision making processes, develop technical information, and develop necessary documentation for decision making and to comply with regulatory requirements. This position will also provide project guidance and work item support to mid-level staff within related programs.


Job Duties

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Lead or assist in the development of various components of WTD’s Combined Sewer Overflow Planning.
  • Review initiatives, plans, regulations, policies, technical studies, and documents for impacts on the regional conveyance and treatment system and various planning programs.
  • Lead, coordinate, develop, and/or execute with various types of planning processes, decision making roadmaps, technical, costing, and policy analyses, such as treatment options, conveyance options, benefit/costs analysis, literature reviews, sustainability analyses, and data statistical analyses to evaluate technical concepts, recommend policies and decisions for various planning programs to inform decision making processes.
  • Coordinate with other units within WTD to consider the nexus and context of other system needs, opportunities, and priorities as they relate to various planning programs.
  • Lead and prepare written reports, memos, and other documents necessary to support various planning programs and inform decision making processes.
  • Negotiate and craft agreements with stakeholders, component agencies and regulators to support planning and project delivery.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Must Bring:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, engineering, environmental science, or closely related field OR the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience leading planning, environmental review, and/or policy analysis.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for conveying technical information to a wide variety of expert and non-expert audiences, such as the general public, stakeholder groups, other sewer utilities, agency leadership, and elected representatives.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of project management, contract management, team management, and planning techniques, principles, and practices to develop plans and solutions for complex projects.
  • Experience working independently with minimal guidance where there may be ambiguity and established procedures and policies may not exist and must be developed to craft solutions and pathways leading to recommendations.
  • Demonstrated skill in adapting to changing priorities, needs, and direction.

It Would Be Great If You Also Bring:

  • Knowledge of wastewater conveyance and treatment methods and techniques.
    • Knowledge of King County’s regional wastewater conveyance and treatment system.
    • Knowledge of environmental regulations, such as federal Clean Water Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and/or Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit (PSNGP).
    • Knowledge of local government processes, public utility issues, and communications.
    • Experience using decision making criteria, principles and practices, including identifying issues needing management attention/input.
    • Experience effectively presenting to local agencies, elected officials, community groups, and/or the general public.
    • Experience leading decision-making processes