Assistant Division Manager, Environmental Services

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 20, 2024
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management Environmental Services
  • Salary: $133,328.00 - $187,720.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description


First consideration will be given to applicants that apply by May 3, 2024

The City of Tacoma (City), Environmental Services (ES) Department, is recruiting for the Appointive position of Assistant Division Manager in the Laboratory Group within the Science and Engineering Division. The Science and Engineering Division provides engineering, planning, program management and laboratory services for the City's Wastewater, Surface Water and Solid Waste utilities. The major areas of focus include collection system pipes, wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, regional drainage facilities, landfill facilities, stormwater systems, sampling and analyses, environmental cleanup projects, and regulatory compliance both as a regulator and a regulated entity.

The Science and Engineering Division is comprised of the following five core sections, in addition to administrative and technical services support groups: Environmental Services Laboratory, Environmental Programs, Asset Management, Capital Delivery, and Special Programs Group.

The ES Lab’s mission is to provide high-quality analytical lab services for the City’s and regional partners responding to environmental regulations, supporting research and developing solutions to environmental problems facing the greater Tacoma area and Puget Sound. This position provides management and technical oversight for the Environmental Services Laboratory at CUW. This position has final responsibility for lab quality assurance, work product timeliness, lab safety, laboratory equipment and supplies, staff development and training, operational budget, and spending approvals within the laboratory.

This position is directly responsible or influential in meeting a number of key environmental regulations by performing analyses of environmental samples for the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, Model Toxics Control Act, and hazardous waste designation rules. Laboratory results are used to inform environmental decisions within the regulations that may lead to cleanup of environmental sites, capital improvements, mitigation activities, and waste disposal decisions.

Responsible for managing the CUW laboratory operational and capital budget (4.8 million biennial budget) within allotments. Proper resourcing ensures the lab is able to perform required work necessary to demonstrate compliance, enlighten pollutant source tracing, inform operational effectiveness and compliance for two WWTPs, and inform long term trend monitoring of clean-up sites and strategies to reduce and address pollutant loading in stormwater and wastewater.

The below video links provide an overview of the award winning, exciting, and diverse engineering projects we often work on:
Point Defiance Stormwater Treatment Facility Project
Stormwater Sampling Overview

The applicant selected for this position will co-locate with a group of dynamic and creative engineers, scientists, and technicians all housed at Tacoma's Center for Urban Waters facility situated adjacent to Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma. For more information on the unique Center for Urban Waters professional environment visit the following web site:

As the Assistant Division Manager for the Laboratory Group, you will:
  • Provide leadership, plan, and manage the work of the Laboratory Group with approximately 17 direct reports.
  • Oversee all laboratory operations; ensuring timely and accurate analytical results that support City enforcement and monitoring requirements.
  • Maintain all required and appropriate laboratory certifications and accreditations.
  • Direct all laboratory quality assurance activities including Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development, ensure the Laboratory Quality Assurance Manual is up to date and maintained to include current practices.
  • Direct and coordinate laboratory data management activities, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), data management planning and strategic software and hardware planning and acquisition.
  • Responsible for laboratory safety, health, and environmental control issues, including compliance with State and Federal laws relating to the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Occupation Health and Safety (OSHA/WISHA) regulations, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste and Ecology Dangerous waste disposal regulations.
  • Manage the laboratory budget and monitor expenditures to result in a non-negative balance at the end of each biennium. Work with budget staff to set appropriate allotments.
  • Approve laboratory staff schedules, leave use, training/travel requests, and purchasing requests.
  • Analytical support of the NPDES Phase 1 Municipal Stormwater Permit and federal Consent Decree for the long-term monitoring of the Thea Foss Waterway Superfund Site.
  • Develop staff to implement and to support the Division and Department programs and initiatives, especially focused on meeting Tacoma 2025 goals.
  • Coordinate with other City work groups, divisions and departments.
  • Make presentations to City Council, Committees, Governmental Partners and the Public.
  • Participate in the development of the vision / strategic approach to support the Environmental Services Strategic Plan 2018-2025.
  • Participate in the Division biennial budget process.

Our Ideal Candidate will be a person who exemplifies the following traits:
  • Strong personal motivation and drive - an energetic and committed self-starter.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • A dynamic leader who motivates others, with exceptional team building and performance leadership skills.
  • A strategic thinker who knows how to paint a picture of the Department's vision and strategy and creates and sustains a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
  • High-performing customer service and conflict management skill sets
  • Interest in personal growth and development.
  • Experience with enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Other Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the preparation of laboratory reports related to local, state, and federal regulatory compliance.
  • Keep current with the latest technologies and management techniques, federal, state, and local rules, and regulations and laws related to wastewater and stormwater monitoring and analysis; Confer with other Environmental Services Assistant Division Managers to coordinate work efforts whenever necessary or desirable.
  • Attend management and technical training seminars and workshops.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Office and laboratory environment, occasional travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. Subject to emergency calls during off-duty hours.

The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.

The Community
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.
Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.
Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.



Bachelor's degree in engineering, business or public administration or directly related field.

Six years of experience in one or more fields in the environmental services department, including 1 year prior as supervisor, manager or SME

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Operations, principles, practices, methods and techniques of wastewater treatment.
  • Asset management strategies and implementation.
  • Compiling and analyzing statistical and technical information, and other data.
  • Labor relations including Labor union contract negotiations.
  • Managing staff and programs, including developing and implementing workgroup policies, workload projections and assignments; conduct performance reviews and oversee and make recommendations regarding performance management.
  • Coordinate communication and projects with other City departments, governmental and private agencies, consultants, architects, contractors, vendors and the general public.
  • Presentations to elected officials, stakeholders and other groups, as designated.
  • Develop and meet schedules and timelines for yourself and assigned staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Prepare and maintain various personnel and work-related records and reports; prepare the annual division budget; forecast personnel requirements and authorize purchases within established guidelines.
  • Proficient in use of all office equipment including personal computers and related software applications.
  • Promote and maintain a culturally diverse work force and take appropriate pro-active steps to provide employees with a work environment free of harassment, intimidation, hostility and coercion based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, and family status.
  • Effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, cost effective and on time.
  • Ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and make effective decisions quickly during stressful situations.
  • Set and communicate clear expectations for staff, follow through and establish accountability for all.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City:
With a population over 210,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, and our schools are exceptional.

The City of Tacoma supports a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:


First consideration will be given to applicants that apply by May 3, 2024

Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications and related experience. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on a Referral List for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.

City of Tacoma

Human Resources Department
747 Market Street
Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764



The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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