Utility Manager

Ohkay Owingeh
Posted 2 years ago

Job Features

Position TitleUtility Manager
DepartmentPublic Works – Utilities
Period to Apply03/17/2021-Open Until Filled
SupervisorPublic Works Division Directorate
Pay Rate$51,868.00 - $77,803.00
Position StatusRegular Full-Time

Job Description


Under the direct supervision of the Public Works Division Directorate, oversees and manages daily operations for the Ohkay Owingeh Utility Department including the operations and maintenance of water, wastewater and solid waste. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.


Work under the direct supervision of the Public Works Division Directorate.


Supervision of the Utilities Department.



  • • Develops and implements a strategic plan to maintain capacity to deliver effective and efficient – Water, Sewer and Solid Waste services to Ohkay Owingeh.
  • • Establishes, implements, and communicates goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in accordance with strategic plan.
  • • Promulgates rules and regulations for the department; communicates departmental policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines, goals, and objectives.
  • • Evaluates program to plan and implement priorities to meet the needs of the community.
  • • Maintains positive relations with community members and agencies by administering community relations programs.
  • • Communicates with local, state, regional, and outside agencies and associations; acts as a representative of the Pueblo along with the Directorate of the Public Works Division.
  • • Works in cooperation with agencies of the Pueblo, other Tribes, the Federal Government, and the State of New Mexico.
  • • Reviews operations to determine impact and effectiveness, provides recommendations for expansion, and/or improvements in services.
  • • Determines actions to be taken in the event of emergencies such as power failures at water pumps, broken water or sewer lines, and training of water lines.
  • • Ensures confidential maintenance of all program files.
  • • Maintains appropriate documentation on incidents as required by policies and procedures.
  • • Generates reports as needed.
  • • Works with Division Directorate to achieve financial objectives by preparing the annual budget, inclusive of operational plans and objectives, recommends staffing and expenditures.
  • • Works with Division Directorate to secure additional funding and grant monies for continuation and expansion of program services.
  • • Prepares and presents reports on the status, activities, and plans for current and future operations.
  • • Improves staff effectiveness by; coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; and planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.
  • • Hosts regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding program-related activities.
  • • Inspects work areas to determine the type of work required and the materials and equipment required for project completion.
  • • Plans and develops scope of work for staff.
  • • Assigns staff to sanitations, maintenance, repair projects, and activities.
  • • Manages sanitation facilities.
  • • Communicates with customers and employees.
  • • Communicates department activity to the Directorate of Public Works Division.
  • • Coordinates the technology needs of the office; purchase hardware and software; ensures staff is fully trained on systems, policies and procedures.
  • • Represents the department and the Pueblo to external agencies, consultants, other organizations, and individuals, and establishing solid relationships with programs of common interests.
  • • Contributes to program effectiveness by; identifying short-term and long-range issues and goals that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of actions; and implementing directives.
  • • Conducts annual department evaluation and assessments of program components and staff according to established policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by; conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • • Maintain/Obtain Certifications (Water Quality/Wastewater).
  • • Performs other duties as required.


  • • Knowledge of traditional form of government and pueblo customs and traditions.
  • • Knowledge of the functions and structure of Ohkay Owingeh.
  • • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • • Knowledge of principles and practices of waterworks and sewer systems, including budgeting, program planning and development, employee supervision and training.
  • • Knowledge of workplace safety requirements and practices.
  • • Knowledge of records management procedures.
  • • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
  • • Ability to communicate effectively in the English both verbally and in writing.
  • • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • • Ability to work effectively with individuals and demonstrate leadership and team-building skills with empathy and enthusiasm.
  • • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.
  • • Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
  • • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
  • • Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.
  • • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.
  • • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding or revenue resources.
  • • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • • Ability to delegate complex and routine tasks appropriately.
  • • Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with people.
  • • Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.
  • • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, requirements, ordinances, and legislation.
  • • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
  • • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • • Skill in preparation of project timelines and staffing plans.
  • • Skill in budget preparation and administration.
  • • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
  • • Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • • Skill in water/sewer operation, maintenance of water pumps and sewage systems, and chlorinating of water.
  • • Skill in preparing reports and correspondence.
  • • Solid Wastewater Operator License.



  • • Bachelor’s Degree – Construction Management, Engineering, Business Management, Public Administration, or related field, plus five (5) years progressive work experience in related work including three (3) years supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • • Must be physically able to perform job duties.
  • • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • • Strong clerical and computer/database skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
  • • Current valid New Mexico’s Driver’s License with no DWI’s.
  • • Must be insurable through the Pueblos insurance Carrier.
  • • No felony convictions or gross misdemeanors within the past ten years.
  • • Must successfully be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.


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