Distribution and Cross Connection Control Advisor (Office of Drinking Water)

Tumwater, WA, US

About the Position and ODW
 
Reporting to the Operator Certification and Training Section Manager, the Distribution and Cross Connection Control Advisor is the designated statewide technical expert and program lead on public water system distribution operations, primarily implementing cross-connection control (CCC) and backflow assembly testing (BAT) rules.  

As the technical expert, this position independently provides subject matter expertise, direction, technical assistance and training to water system senior level managers and key certified operators/staff; other public health professionals; local health jurisdiction staff and third-party training organizations. 

The Distribution and Cross Connection Control Advisor provides technical assistance and consultation to the Office of Drinking Water (ODW) engineers, water quality specialists, planners and other staff on assessing issues associated with distribution system operations.  This position performs technical reviews of water distribution facility plans for operational functionality; participates in the creation and technical evaluation of various materials, products, processes; participates in development of statewide drinking water distribution operations standards, regulations, policies and guidelines; and designs and prepares reports and other technical assistance materials intended to improve the administration of drinking water system operations.
 
This is a full-time permanent Public Health Advisor 4 (PHA 4) position within the Office of Drinking Water.  This recruitment may be used to fill other PHA 4 positions within the section.  

About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
 
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit DOH and DOH Infographic (Download PDF reader).  
 
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several “Employer of Choice” initiatives, including:

• We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.  (Click to view the DOH “Diversity is Rising” video.)

• We have an engaging [email protected] program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.

• We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.  (Depending upon job duties.)

• We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.  (Click to take the DOH Workplace Modernization Virtual Tour.)

• We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending on job duties and work location.)  (Click to view KING 5’s Drew Mikkelsen report on the Infant at Work program.)

What will you be doing? – Duties include:
 
  • Independently provides expert consultation, evaluation and direction on technical issues, concerns, compliance and field surveys regarding cross-connection control, backflow assembly testing, and water system distribution operations.
 
  • Trains the trainers of public health professionals and drinking water operators in the areas of water system distribution operations, cross-connection control and backflow assembly testing.
 
  • Serves as the department representative leading technical investigations of complaints filed against certified operators involving distribution system operations, cross-connection control and backflow assembly testing.
 
  • Assist staff as needed and assigned, and provides support for the Office of Drinking Water and department as needed in the event of an emergency.
 
What we’re looking for – Required Qualifications
          (Experience may have been gained concurrently.)
 
  • Eight (8) or more years (full-time equivalency) of water-related experience as a certified Water Distribution Manager: AND water-related experience as a certified Cross-Connection Control Specialist with demonstrated experience and knowledge of developing and implementing, or overseeing the development and implementation of the cross-connection control program for a drinking water utility.
 
OR
 
  • An Associate’s degree; AND six (6) or more years (full-time equivalency) of water-related experience as a certified Water Distribution Manager; AND water-related experience as a certified Cross-Connection Control Specialist with demonstrated experience and knowledge of developing and implementing, or overseeing the development and implementation of the cross-connection control program for a drinking water utility.
 
OR
 
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher; AND four (4) or more years (full-time equivalency) of water-related experience as a certified Water Distribution Manager; AND water-related experience as a certified Cross-Connection Control Specialist with demonstrated experience and knowledge of developing and implementing, or overseeing the development and implementation of the cross-connection control program for a drinking water utility.
 
AND
  • Certification as a Water Distribution Manager 2 or higher.
  • Certification as a Cross-Connection Control Specialist.
  • Certification or the ability to become certified, as a Backflow Assembly Tester within one (1) year of employment.
 
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
 
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
 
  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day, in an open office environment with conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment.
  • Work 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
  • Travel throughout the state and nationwide which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
  • Move or transport material and boxes weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
  • Interact and work with customers (some of whom may be frustrated or distressed) in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
  • Participate as part of the DOH emergency response team during health emergencies and training events.
 
Note:  This position is covered by an “Agency Shop” provision.  Therefore, as a condition of employment, the incumbent of this position must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are placed into pay status.
 
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.  Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (360) 236-4545, [email protected] or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
 
Application Process
 
Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the “Apply” button and submit the following: 
 
  1. A current detailed applicant profile; AND attach your detailed Letter of Interest that addresses the “Required and Desired Qualifications” (as listed above) and Resume to your profile.
  2. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile.  Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised other staff) a subordinate.
  3. Responses to the Supplemental Questions.
 
IMPORTANT:  DO NOT attach transcripts OR other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected.  These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor.  VETERANS, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214.
 
Supplemental Information

* Important information regarding the Application Process and the Supplemental Questions

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process and Supplemental Questions in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration. 

NOTE:  Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.


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