Chief Operating Officer (COO)
General Manager's Office - Laurel, MD

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Organization Name
General Manager's Office

Reports to
CEO/General Manager

Full or Part Time
Full Time

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Position Summary Information

General Summary
This is an executive level, non-merit system, at-will position.

The Chief Operating Officer provides overall direction and operational management to a large group of functions and employees which support WSSC’s mission. Directs the work of subordinate Team Chiefs and Directors. Responsible for successful operation and maintenance of various WSSC operating facilities and infrastructure. Exercises wide latitude for independent judgment and discretion, subject to governing laws, regulations, and policies of the Commission. Ensures activities, functions, and operations of the Commission are aligned with WSSC’s Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan and direction of the GM/ CEO .

Essential Functions
·Provides strategic leadership, direction and structure to the organization’s assigned teams and staff offices;
·Champions the Commission’s strategic priorities;
·Develops and executes operational plans to ensure achievement of assigned strategic priorities and projects;
·Manages performance of direct reports through effective and timely coaching, setting of annual objectives, mid-term and annual performance discussions, with counseling as required;
·Plans for optimal use of staff and material resources of the organization;
·Facilitates the development of operational policies of assigned team and offices within framework of laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines established by the General Manager or the Commission.
Other Functions
Performs related work as required.
Work Environment And Physical Demands
Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of the contemporary concepts, principles and practices in utility management; Knowledge of public works administration; Demonstrated skill in workforce management and work leadership of an organization employing large numbers of professional and technical personnel.
Minimum Education, Experience Requirements
·Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, finance, information technology, an engineering discipline, or related field;
·15+ years of significant executive or management experience in a public utility or a large public sector entity, including 10 years experience in planning and directing operations at the department, division, or senior manager level;
·3+ years in utility administration and management at the executive or senior management level.
Additional Requirements
·Valid driver’s license.
·Successful completion of a background check to facilitate access to secure areas of all operations facilities. Clearance that allows access to secure areas of all operations facilities must be maintained for the duration of placement in this job.
Work as a senior executive or manager at a large water and wastewater utility. Prior work experience as a Chief Operating or Chief Administrative Officer.
184,000 - 208,800
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EEO Statement
It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

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Open Until Filled

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