Director of Water Quality

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Kingston, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description


The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.  DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees.  DEP's water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire an Administrative Director of Laboratory (Water Quality), M-5 for a position within the Executive Division, located in Kingston, New York. Under direction, of the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Water Supply, the Administrative Director of Laboratory (Water Quality), M-5 will serve as the Director of Water Quality.

The Water Quality Directorate’s mission is to ensure the quality of New York City's drinking water supply and compliance with all federal and State drinking water regulations.  This mission is accomplished through the implementation of water quality monitoring programs focused on protecting public health, compliance, filtration avoidance and supporting water supply operations.

The Director of Water Quality will be responsible for managing water quality functions for the Bureau of Water Supply. This includes maintaining an extensive water quality monitoring program throughout the City and the upstate 2,000 square mile watershed, managing four water quality laboratories performing field sampling and analyses for microbiological, chemical and physical measures of water quality, supporting water supply treatment operations and for ensuring compliance with all federal, state and City regulations regarding drinking water.  Specific duties include:

• Being responsible for the overall management, administration, and evaluation of the Bureau of Water Supply’s Water Quality Directorate and water quality monitoring programs including those used for compliance, operations, and Filtration Avoidance.  Making appropriate decisions in keeping with Bureau and Agency Policies; exercising sound judgment in policy decision making and coordinating with other Directorates and Divisions; insuring proper allocation of resources in order to meet program demands; communicating effectively with supervisory staff to ensure an efficient and integrated work is achieved.

• Coordinating, directing and evaluating all functions of the Water Quality Directorate Divisions.  Ensuring that each Division works together in concert to achieve long term Bureau and Directorate goals, providing direction and guidance to Directorate Management in establishing priorities and uses strategic planning to provide a clear management focus in long term planning.

• Providing input, oversight, and direction to the operation of the water supply, particularly related to water quality issues.  Directly, or through coordination with Directorate management, assisting the Bureau of Water Supply and the Operations Directorate in ensuring that the quality of water delivered to the consumer is maximized.  Developing operational strategies to provide water quality guidance for water supply operations.

• Being responsible for the formulation of all Bureau water quality policy and making recommendations on said issues to the Deputy Commissioner as required.  Being responsible for the continual development, maintenance, and monitoring under the Filtration Avoidance Program and for ensuring the Department and City comply with all Federal, State, and City regulations regarding drinking water quality.

• Performing, reviewing and giving final approval of long range staffing, planning, budgetary, and contract administration requirements; facilities capital projects and quality assurance programs; and the use of new technology in the Bureau’s Water Quality Directorate efforts.

• Representing the Bureau and the Deputy Commissioner as required and serving as primary department representative to the USEPA, NYSDOH, NYSEC, and NYCDOH on issues regarding water quality.  Providing direction and guidance to Directorate management on interaction with said agencies

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)



Minimum Qual Requirements


1. A Master's degree in an appropriate scientific field from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, progressively responsible experience in a laboratory concerned with sanitary control and/or protection of a municipal water supply system; of which two years must be in a responsible supervisory or administrative capacity.

2. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" above. However, all candidates must have two years responsible supervisory or administrative laboratory experience concerned with sanitary control or protection of a municipal water supply system.



Preferred Skills


• Excellent communication skills including the ability to be a representative or spokesperson for Bureau or agency

• Ability to represent, present, explain and marketing the directorate’s activities to higher-level supervision in the agency or persons and groups outside the agency or both

• Ability to effectively collaborate with other organizations within DEP and the Bureau

• Familiarity of laboratory operations and requirements, as well as understanding of Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures that apply to Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certified laboratories

• Knowledge of database systems such as the Agency’s Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); a laboratory instrumentation and data record storage interface

• Strong leadership skills that demonstrate integrity, effective communication, decision-making, diversity, respect, management, business focus, customer focus, and results orientation

• Ability to provide day-to-day guidance and oversight of subordinates and able to effectively promote and recognize performance

• Excellent personnel management skills

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

• Strong problem solving abilities

• Demonstrated initiative and drive to succeed with new and challenging tasks

• Ability to prioritize multiple projects and tasks under strict deadlines

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint



Additional Information


DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success or our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

Kingston is a City in Ulster County, New York approximately 90 miles north of New York City.