Due to an internal promotion, the City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking resumes from educated, knowledgeable and creative leaders, who are skilled and experienced in the science of wastewater treatment to fill the position of Wastewater Treatment Superintendent. The successful candidate will be friendly and enjoy working with a technically strong team, and is one who will support and empower staff, is a lifelong learner, can easily build relationships, is self-driven, organized, a visionary for the department and very familiar with MDEQ regulations for Wastewater Treatment. The candidate will work in a participative environment which values innovative approaches and is dedicated to excellent customer service.
The City of Mount Pleasant Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is responsible for treating all residential and commercial sanitary sewage generated in the City Limits. Sewage is transported through the collection system, which includes 15 lift stations. Pumps raise the liquid to a level from which it can flow by gravity to the plant. The WWTP is an advanced secondary plant designed for 4.14 MGD, which utilizes primary sedimentation, Bio-Towers, Rotating Biological Contactors, Final Clarification, chlorination and de-chlorination for treatment of wastewater. The annual operating budget is approximately 2.6 million dollars.
The wastewater team consists of a Wastewater Treatment Supervisor and six Wastewater Treatment Operators. The Wastewater Department staff is responsible for repairs and maintenance to the equipment at the Plant, as well as the Lift Stations. Plant staff also monitors and perform laboratory analysis on the sewage as it undergoes treatment at the Wastewater Plant. The treated sewage must meet stringent State and Federal Standards before it can be discharged to the Chippewa River. The wastewater treatment plant is a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved septic receiving station, and accepts septage from septic tank waste haulers.
This salaried, at-will position reports to the Director of Public Works and requires a bachelor degree in science, engineering, public administration or related field. Possession of a EGLE class “A” license or ability to obtain such within a reasonable period of time required. A minimum of five years’ progressive experience in the operation and maintenance a municipal wastewater treatment plant, three years of which must have been in a supervisor capacity; or an equivalent combination of formal training and experience necessary.
This Department Head level position is a member of the Department of Public Works Administrative Team, and as such works collaboratively with the Director and Deputy Director of Public Works, the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, City Engineer and the Street Superintendent to ensure accomplishment of agency goals through the development of effective work teams.
The position is responsible for providing leadership, supervision, direction and vision to the wastewater team to ensure success in the areas of employee and team development, training, goal attainment, operations, and facilities and technology management. Develops departmental operating policies and procedures and analyzes and recommends improvements in areas of expertise; prepares and monitors the annual operating and capital improvement budgets; participates in the employee recruitment and selection process; and assigns and directs departmental activities. Effective candidates for this position must possess proven, progressive and creative leadership abilities and problem solving skills, which can be applied to a team to promote and guide a continual work process improvement philosophy.
Residency Requirement: Within 12 months of hire, the successful candidate must establish residency in Isabella County or within 20 miles from the nearest city limit; whichever is greater.
Additional Salary Information: Low to mid 70's, DOQ
About City of Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant is a growing and financially stable community located in the geographic center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We are a warm and friendly community dedicated to retaining our small town traditions while building a vital economy. The area population officially stands at 26,016, but can swell to two or three times that number due to special events and the approximate 30,000 daily visitors to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino located at the east City limits.
We are also home to Central Michigan University’s 21,000 plus students and many of its employees. CMU offers more than 170 programs at the Bachelor, Master, and Specialist Degree levels, as well as their newly opened Medical School. Mid-Michigan College has a Mt. Pleasant Campus for those who wish to transfer to a university or prepare for a career in health, business or industrial technologies. In addition, five other colleges and/or universities are within 45 miles of Mt. Pleasant. This community is dedicated to education and offers seven neighborhood schools, one middle school and two high schools. In addition, there is one parochial and two charter schools.
The Mt. Pleasant community provides an abundance ...of recreational and cultural opportunities ranging from hockey to chamber music concerts. Golfers are especially pleased with the 13 courses available within a 30-minute drive. The City Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of recreational programs for all ages, including youth soccer, softball, golf, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. In addition, the City operates and maintains 11 parks comprising 300 acres, offering venues for picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The Isabella County park system adds another 900 acres with similar opportunities as well as camping and cross-country skiing.