Manager, Water and Waste Services – City of Whitehorse

10 July 2023

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City of Whitehorse

Manager, Water and Waste Services

Established as the Yukon’s capital city in 1953, the City of Whitehorse is home to some of the most spectacular scenery, talented artists, and innovative businesses in Canada. Situated along the Yukon River on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, over 30,964 call Whitehorse home. The city enjoys a healthy economy thanks to a strong business community and a successful working relationship with the area’s First Nations and the territorial government.
 
Environmental sustainability and responsibility have become a key priority for the city. Access to nature remains a top value for citizens, and residents enjoy recreation activities year-round. There is a reason why Whitehorse has seen steady growth in population; it’s because it truly is a beautiful place to live, work, and play. In fact, the Yukon has been highlighted as the fastest growing jurisdiction in Canada (2011-2021), with the vast majority of the growth occurring in Whitehorse.
 
Reporting to the Director, Infrastructure & Operations and working out of their brand-new office, the City of Whitehorse is seeking a strong water and waste management professional to help lead a team of 50 in the department. In the role, the new Manager will:

  • Plan and implement the development and delivery of operations, maintenance to meet municipal water treatment and distribution system, wastewater collection and treatment, storm drainage and waste management systems.
  • In collaboration with the management team, direct the review and evaluation of water and sewer activities on an on-going basis and recommend improvement to system policies, standards, processes and facilities.
  • Manage and provide leadership to an incredibly talented team of 50 with 6 direct reports in line with collective agreements and city policies.
  • Ensure all water and waste systems are operated in accordance with regulatory and legislated requirements.
  • Manage maintenance activities that include establishing service and priority setting agreements with other departments.
  • Ensure that safety procedures and standards are followed by staff throughout the department.
  • Prepare and control the department’s annual Capital, Operation and Maintenance four-year budgets.
  • Draft and process purchasing contracts for equipment, materials, supplies, capital goods and services.
  • Participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management, employees and act as Director, Infrastructure & Operations as assigned.

For this important hire, the city is looking to meet candidates who possess a nice mix of the following:

  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered. Please note majority of experience must be from Canada.
  • 8 years of progressive related experience in a government entity, regulatory body or EPCM firm focusing on water and wastewater management – including at least four years’ supervisory experience combined with on the job training.
  • Completion of Environmental Operators Certification Program – level 3 or 4. Water & WasteWater Technology Diploma or degree in Water Resources, Environmental, Civil or Hydrotechnical Engineering optional.
  • Excellent management track record with specific accomplishments in directing budgets and strategic planning and to provide effective recommendations as a member of the management team.
  • Experience leading large infrastructure project and asset management would be ideal
  • A proven track record and commitment to safety and environmental procedures and encouraging a safe work environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, prioritizing and ability to multitask with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent skills relating to communications, team building, liaise with stakeholders, human relations, strategic operational and financial planning, and problem solving.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills to develop and present reports, position papers and proposals.

 
The compensation package for this position will include base salary in the range of $124,224.53 to $157,036.72 with full benefits, bonus, 4 weeks’ vacation with 2 weeks additional management leave, RRSP at 14% as well as up to mental health funding and professional development.
 
The City of Whitehorse has partnered with KasaHR Consulting to fulfill this important hire. KasaHR is led by Kataneh Sherkat with support from Arthur Lyons. To be considered for this role, please apply by sending your resume and cover letter directly to kataneh@kasahr.com, arthur@kasahr.com or via www.kasahr.com/recruitment.
 
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