Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We are seeking a Deputy Chief Operating Officer who will assist the Chief Operating Officer in leading the Water Production Division in planning, designing, building, operating, monitoring, and maintaining agency facilities to continuously provide high-quality water. This position includes high-level supervisory and decision-making roles.

A specific focus of the position is to manage the daily operating and maintenance functions in support of the Agency’s mission to continuously provide high quality drinking water to Tampa Bay Water’s members. This position also is responsible for administering the Agency’s computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for work flow management and performance monitoring; administering the Agency’s Renewal and Replacement (R&R) program; and establishing and directing the standards of the Agency’s operating infrastructure.

The Deputy Chief Operating Officer must have comprehensive knowledge of methods, principles and practices in water system development; operation and maintenance including the materials and equipment used in water system operation; trends and science of water treatment; pumping and distribution; and facility permitting, design and scheduling.

Position requires considerable written, oral, computer communication and analytical skills. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Chief Operating Officer with performance monitored through periodic conferences, reports and administrative review process.



  • Directs all activities for operations and facilities, including operation of the production facilities to minimize adverse environmental effects, while maintaining a cost effective, fiscally sound operation in full compliance with water supply agreements.
  • Participates and advocates for implementation of the Agency’s Asset Management Program. This includes oversight of implementation of the new Computerized Maintenance Management System (MAXIMO) and Planner/Scheduler function to streamline work efforts.
  • Administers the Agency’s Renewal and Replacement (R&R) program in the preparation of a multi-year list of recommended R&R projects each year.
  • Ensures Section participation in review of Agency plans and projects, including design, start-up and commissioning activities; strategic planning and goal setting; and implementation of asset management initiatives.
  • Participates in inter-departmental source rotation meetings to assist in allocating the production of water from the various sources that best balances cost, quality and environmental impacts while complying with all applicable laws, regulations and permits.
  • Participates in inter-departmental meeting for developing production targets and schedules to meet the member governments demands within the Optimized Regional Operations Plan.
  • Recommends, develops, articulates and interprets organizational policy positions regarding the programs under charge.
  • Assists the Chief Operating Officer in the development of programs under charge in a manner to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, Board of Directors and General Manager directives.
  • Acts as Chief Operating Officer in managing the Water Production Division in his/her absence.
  • Develops and maintains good customer relations with the member governments.
  • Assists in evaluating insourced/outsourced services used by Water Production to determine the most effective use of Agency funds.
  • Assists in managing the Board agenda process for the Water Production Group.
  • Develops, prepares and presents board recommendations regarding the development, implementation and administration of the programs.
  • Participates in the implementation of the Agency’s Environmental Management System.
  • Develops, administers, and maintains budget and budgetary controls for all components of the Water Production Division.
  • Develops and implements effective water treatment plant operations and maintenance practices.
  • Assists Chief Operating Officer in the development of divisional organizational structure and staffing requirements.
  • Secures and manages consultants for the development and administration of the programs under charge.
  • Functions as liaison with public/press/government agencies regarding programs under charge.
  • Provides for periodic review of established quality control mechanisms for the purpose of modifying existing policies and procedures where indicated.
  • Works effectively with all levels of management and other colleagues and demonstrates initiative, judgment, customer service orientation, and ability to anticipate needs of the organization.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough knowledge of Agency contracts, procedures, practices and policies.
  • Supports, encourages and enforces workplace Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency Safety Program.
  • Performs related work as directed.

Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local or their own community.


  • Ten (10) years of experience in comprehensive knowledge of water utility operations and infrastructure management.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a managerial capacity with demonstrated experience in the administrative aspects of the work, to include budget development and administration; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Extensive experience with capital project management, preferably in a governmental environment.
  • Experience in process implementation and required internal controls.
  • Strong analytical and superb negotiation skills to interface with vendors, suppliers and internal management.
  • Experience developing, implementing and maintaining effective policies or procedures to improve efficiency.
  • Knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.


MA/MS/MBA in engineering, natural sciences, business management or related utility management field preferred, BA or BS required; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


  • Valid Driver’s License.


$90,493 to $142,203 (actual salary will be commensurate with experience).

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Resumes submitted without a completed Application will not be considered.

Tampa Bay Water is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and offer employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We recognize veteran’s preference as provided by Florida Law and we are committed to a drug free workplace.