Assistant Superintendent - Utilities Division

City of Newton, MA
Full time Full day
$60,677 - $81,546 / year
Newton, MA

Under the direction of the Utilities Superintendent, responsible for meeting departmental objectives and performing supervisory and management functions of planning, directing, inspecting and reporting on all construction and maintenance functions of the Water, Sewer and Drainage Systems, including public mains, service connections, pumping stations, hydrants, valves and meters.


  • Assists the Utilities Superintendent in preparing work schedules, ordering of materials, and equipment.

  • Supervises the day-to-day and emergency functions of Working Foreman engaged in constructing, maintaining, and repairing the water, sewer and drain infrastructures.

  • Inspects the operation, maintenance and repair of the Water and Sewer Pumping Stations and Drainage Lift Stations, or contractors carrying out same.

  • Directs the preparation of cost estimates for service installations, renewals and repairs.

  • Ensures that vehicle inspection reports for all equipment assigned to the division are completed and submitted to the Superintendent at the beginning and end of each work Shift, and corrective action initiated to maintain the equipment in a safe and reliable condition.

  • Provides technical assistance as needed to contractors working either for the City or within the City.

  • Works interchangeably with other Assistant Utilities Superintendents, and filling in for those individuals on an as needed basis.

  • Responsible for meeting objectives and for ensuring that required records and reports are accurate, legible, complete, and submitted on time.

  • Provides record keeping and report preparations, including but not limited to operation of computerized management information systems, and inventory control system, using the Hansen database system.

  • Responsible for maintenance of assigned equipment and common facilities of the Division.

  • Ensures accepted safety practices are followed within the division. Investigates accidents.

  • Responsible for implementing departmental operating procedures and policies.

  • Supervises and manages up to 25 employees on a daily basis. Maintains discipline and efficiency to accomplish the tasks assigned.

  • Interfaces routinely with general public and other City departments to provide information and advice in a problem solving manner.

  • Assists in City snow and ice control operations, managing in-house or contract snow plow operators on assigned routes. Serves 24-hr shifts as a City Winter Storm Officer on a recurring basis.

  • Supervises the activities and productivity of the water meter repair men, including daily workloads, coordinates adequate coverage for work, and coordinates meter repair status with the billing office.

  • Oversees individuals executing the Cross Connection Control program to include daily activities and productivity of the backflow testers, ensuring reporting procedures are followed, and coordinates actions required among other City Departments and contractors.

  • Performs other related duties as required and directed.


  • A candidate for this position should have an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or a related field and seven to ten years related experience with water, sewer, and drainage systems and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • A minimum of a Grade Ill-D Drinking Water Distribution Operators License issued by the MA Board of Certification is required.

  • A minimum of a Grade Ill Wastewater Collection Systems Operator License issued by the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) is required.

  • A candidate for this position must obtain Cross Connection Control Surveyor's Certification/License issued by the MA Department of Environmental Protection, or ability to obtain license within one year of employment.

  • Motor Vehicle Operators License (CDL and Hoisting License preferred)

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills on basic office products.


  • City Retirement (Mandatory)

  • 457 Deferred Compensation plans

  • Dental insurance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health insurance

  • Metro Credit Union

  • Tuition Reimbursement

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