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Superintendent Of Water Treatment Facilities (5149) (134632)

Recruitment: RTF0134406-01028942

Published: May 29, 2024

Accepting applications until: June 14, 2024


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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 5149-Superintendent Of Water Treatment Facilities
Salary range: $197,964.00 - $197,964.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Eligible List Duration: Six (6) months.
  • Compensation: $197,964
  • Recruitment ID: 134632; RTF0134406-01028942

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.

We are the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

More About SFPUC: 
We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process. 

The Water Enterprise manages our complex regional water supply system featuring reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment plants. We serve 2.7 million Bay Area residential, commercial, and industrial customers with high-quality, great tasting water every day. Our protected watersheds in Tuolumne, Alameda, and San Mateo counties ensure that we deliver safe, reliable water throughout our service area. We are proud to operate one of the most environmentally sustainable systems in the country.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Water Supply and Treatment Division (WSTD) is part of the SFPUC Water Enterprise and is responsible for operating and maintaining water treatment plants, reservoirs, pipelines and pump stations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Joaquin Counties. To support this work, the Division is headquartered in Millbrae, has a maintenance yard in Sunol, and has various facilities throughout the Bay Area. The Division has a staff of 240 employees, an annual operating budget of $70 million, and is managed by a team stationed in Millbrae consisting of a Division Manager and 5 managers of its Business Services Administration, Engineering, Distribution, Maintenance, and System Operations sections.

Role description

The Superintendent of Water Treatment Facilities is responsible for the operation and maintenance of water treatment, pumping, monitoring and control facilities of the Water Treatment and Supply Division; directs, supervises and develops System Operations Section personnel; performs administrative and management functions in connection therewith; and performs related duties as required.

The position has direct responsibility for the operation and maintenance of large water treatment plants, multiple water treatment facilities and pump stations. Work location may be assigned in San Bruno or Sunol, California.

Essential functions:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate the operation and maintenance of water treatment and conveyance facilities throughout the Regional Water System, including the Harry Tracy and Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plants and other treatment facilities and pump stations.
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, and auxiliary components used in the chlorination, filtration, and purification of water.
  • Ascertain performance criteria for treatment facilities and determine the need to make appropriate changes in methods and procedures.
  • Provide career development and training of subordinate treatment plant personnel.
  • Assist management in the initiation and coordination of plant conversions, alterations, and additions.
  • Understand applicable local, state, and federal regulations, and being able to work within the established guidelines and procedures.
  • Supervise the preparation of regular, periodic, and special records and/or reports for the water treatment plants.
  • Attend meetings and conferences as a representative of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) with high-level political officials, administrative officials, various department heads, as well as educational institutions regarding matters concerning water treatment and purification.
  • Class 5149 Superintendent of Water Treatment Facilities performs other related duties as required.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record and ability to exercise the following competencies:

  • Accountability - Acts with integrity, honesty, and fairness; inspires trust. Clearly defines roles and responsibilities for self and others. Holds self and others to their roles and responsibilities. Complies with legal and ethical guidelines. Acts as a responsible steward of the resources entrusted to the SFPUC.
  • Adaptability - Adjusts, perseveres, and succeeds in meeting objectives despite rapidly shifting environment, demands, and resources. Reacts appropriately to changing conditions or priorities. Alters approaches to most effectively address different situations and people. Responds positively to tasks and situations outside of comfort zone.
  • Decision-Making and Problem Solving - Takes ownership of problems and makes timely, responsible, transparent, and clear decisions. Involves others in addressing problems and seeking solutions. Gathers relevant information and conducts appropriate analyses. Understands the impact of decisions.
  • Motivation - Creates an environment where people are inspired to pursue their highest levels of performance. Identifies and promotes methods for motivating self and others.
  • Relationship Management - Builds open, honest, and respectful relationships through effective communication and collaboration techniques. Develops networks and lasting partnerships across boundaries to maintain strategic relationships and achieve common goals. Utilizes a variety of communication approaches to successfully gain support, influence others, and strengthen relationships.
  • Set Vision and Direction - Envisions what the future looks like at a defined point, communicates this vision with authentic conviction, and inspires and engages others in creating that future.

How to qualify

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the Job Ad final closing date unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in this job, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications:


  • Possession of a Grade V Water Treatment Certificate as required by the California State Department of Health Services to work in water treatment facilities; AND
  • Possession of valid driver license.

Experience and Training:

Any combination of training and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain this would be:

Experience: Six (6) years of experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of a water treatment plant which must include three years in large (20MGD) water treatment plant; AND Four (4) years in a supervisory capacity directing the operation, maintenance and repair of a water treatment plant; OR

Training: Completion of high school, supplemented by at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of a hydro-electric power system and appurtenant electrical facilities, including generating stations, switchyards, substations, transmission and distribution systems, communication systems and related equipment, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to write memos, procedures, and directives, and disseminate this information effectively is critical to this job class.
  • Ability to utilize technology, including software programs, to improve the function and reliability of treatment and conveyance systems.

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Local 39 are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Some physical effort and use of all senses is required in the operation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment including kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, climbing, working in various lift equipment and use of fixed and portable ladders up to 75 feet, walking long distances and lifting up to 50 pounds in the performance of important and essential duties. This also includes exposure to working conditions where the performance of duties requires working in confined spaces, damp environments, outdoors in inclement weather, and with chemicals.

Upon appointment to Class 5149, employees may be required to take a state mandated respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) medical examination, (renewed annually) and be clean shaven prior to starting each shift for respirator and SCBA use. Employees may be required to pass CPR training annually and first aid training tri-annually.


After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following: 

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ, which is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (Weight 100%)
The Supplemental Questionnaire is an exam and contents will be evaluated and scored.  The Supplemental Questionnaire Exam is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas which have been identified as critical for this position and include, but are not limited to: knowledge of water supply and distribution systems as related to the treatment and purification of potable waters; good knowledge of modem administrative methods and techniques; ability to analyze water treatment facilities operating problems and recommend remedial action; plan, assign and direct the operation and maintenance activities of subordinate personnel; deal tactfully and effectively with other city departments, the general public, and outside agencies; prepare and review plant operating records and prepare related reports.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. Candidates scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.


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Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and 

Applicants will receive a confirmation email from that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

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What else should I know?

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Education verification information on verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at .

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, David Jung at

Please note: all your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.