Job Posting #22582

Associate Director Water & Wastewater Asset Management

Closing Date:Wed., Jun. 05, 2019
Department:Public Works
Location:Environmental Centre
Type:Regular Full-Time
Union:Non Union
Salary:$113,370 - $133,380
Work Hours:35 hrs / week

About Niagara Region

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.


Salary under review

Reporting to the Director, Water & Wastewater Services, the AD, W&WW Asset Management is responsible for the execution and direction of all asset management and program planning, capital budgets and forecasts, infrastructure information data and GIS record management for divisional infrastructure.

Also responsible for ensuring the Division’s existing infrastructure remains in a state of good repair in accordance with the corporate asset management plan (AMP), providing capital planning development, to ensure infrastructure projects are programmed accordingly in the capital forecast, to meet the needs of both the AMP and growth pressures.


  • Post-secondary degree in Engineering or Business Administration.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience and qualifications may be considered.


  • 10 years of progressive experience in strategic physical asset management (linear and vertical), project management and the development of prioritized, evidence based capital, operational and maintenance budgets via asset level condition, risk & performance condition.
  • At least 7 years of experience in a progressive managerial capacity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of business planning and budget preparation, including capital investment rationalization, asset operating and maintenance planning and lifecycle value analysis.
  • Experience within a Municipal or similar environment and with water or wastewater process, operations or maintenance is preferred.
  • Experience with municipal budgeting process is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Tangible Capital Assets Regulations (PSAB 3150) and reporting is preferred.
  • Certification as an Asset Management Professional or related designation.
  • Current license as a Professional Engineer of Ontario or Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred.


1. Provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of all asset management related services, programs and activities, including asset information/ performance, maintenance information/performance, and inventory management in an effort to enhance sustainability, reduce service disruptions and ensure systems are able to meet growth demands
  • Shapes divisional asset management culture by promoting the goals and benefits of asset management, defining the culture needed to achieve asset management objectives, planning and implementing change and monitoring effectiveness.
  • Direct analysis and forecasting supply/demand to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.  Identified and analyzes trends and determines methodologies to implement changes.
  • Establishes detailed and comprehensive Asset Management Plan.  Develop and implement plan steps for asset management plans or W&WW linear and vertical assets, including asset condition, criticality and risk assessments.
  • Manages strategic and tactical projects related to the asset management plan, including preservation and/or extension of the services life of W&WW infrastructure assets.  Ensures proper and timely reporting on initiative status and outcomes relative to project plan and work plan.
  • Determines the annual goals, objectives for asset management activities within the section.
  • Directs asset management documentation that provides support for infrastructure funding based upon specific asset management principles including asset inventory, lifecycle needs, financial strategies, infrastructure risk assessments, state of infrastructure needs reports and replacement costing.
  • Ensures condition assessment management that provides a basis for the development of the infrastructure needs analysis.
  • Develops asset capitalization and registry updates to ensure that the value and lifecycle of infrastructure are properly defined.
  • Oversees the collection, review and analysis of operational and maintenance data to ensure all information relating to W&WW infrastructure is acquired, stored and made available to those in other sections and departments as required.  Data is also used to perform trend analysis to determine the state of good repair capital program and to increase asset reliability.
  • Lead, encourage and support the creation of innovations and/or improvements to processes, tools and reports to leverage asset condition and performance.
  • Exercises effective cost and schedule control of asset planning projects.
  • Ensures consultant delivered asset management projects, aimed at increasing the Region’s asset management capacity and maturity are effectively managed.
  • Provides input and support for Region’s Corporate Asset Management Plan(s).
  • Provides input and support for Master Servicing Plans, Pollution Control Plans, Right-of-Way Management and Development opportunities.  

  • 2. Responsible for the development of a fiscally responsible and technically accurate Capital Plan for water and wastewater related infrastructure, to ensure it remains in a state of good repair and supports growth, including
  • Leads the delivery of the capital planning function within the W&WW division including related systems and optimizations and process and technological advancements.
  • Determines the annual goals, objectives for capital planning activities within the section
  • Works with the Divisional Leadership Team (DLT) to develop and implement risk based operational, maintenance and capital strategies.
  • Ensures the collection of all available existing and growth-related asset information including input from the various sections within the Division.
  • Manages the review all possible capital projects and establishes a priority program based upon available funding, risk and need.
  • Develops and reviews W&WW hydraulic performance analysis of pipeline systems design and criteria.  Provides long range planning through project prioritization on annual and 10-year Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) spending plans.
  • Oversees the development the 10-year capital budget (evidence based) and annual updates, in collaboration with all divisional sections.
  • Leads the development of short and long-term strategic and tactical capital project plans.
  • Leads and directs the creation of consultant design assignments (Terms of Reference), for condition assessments, system performance reviews, and other related infrastructure consulting assignments.
  • Directs the preparation and submission of Federal and Provincial funding applications, related to Water & Wastewater infrastructure.
  • Develops, manages and administers annual and multi-year Capital and Operating budgets for the division/operating unit, ensuring support of Council’s objectives, financial transparency and accountability, budget adherence, identifying and explaining variances, and financial reporting is  effectively managed in compliance with corporate financial policies.  Authorize, and administer the acquisition of goods and services for the operating unit and direct reports in accordance with the procurement policy and procedures.

  • 3. Develops, recommends and implements performance standards, methods and procedures for the Section, seeking optimization and continuous improvement.
    • Ensures uniform and standard practices throughout the Section for systems, maintenance, budgeting and labour relations.
    • Ensures legislative and regulatory compliance and overall reporting for all water and wastewater services.
    • Participates in the development of new policies and procedures or changes to existing policies or procedures relating to maintenance, operating and safety functions of Regional Water and Wastewater Systems.
    • Keeps abreast of pertinent Federal/Provincial legislation and regulation affecting the Section and/or Division, ensuring compliance with established or amended Regional policies and procedures.

    4. Manages people resource planning for the division or operating unit, determining ideal organizational structures, identifying desirable role and skill mix requirements and ensuring ongoing work quality and deliverability of results.
    • Enables results with the organization’s human capital strategy to foster employee engagement.
    • Directs and provides leadership for the activities and coaching of direct reports, providing work direction, setting priorities, assigning tasks/projects, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, ensuring results are achieved, and managing staff recruitment, performance, and skill development activities.
    • Ensures alignment and coordination of activity and quality of output between teams under their direction.
    • Ensures focus is service excellence, communication/transparency, innovation, and data integrity and work flow integration.
    • Ensures staff has the information and resources to make successful plans and decisions.
    • Ensures all people related issues, including recruitment, grievances and labour relations issues, are aligned to HR and Corporate standards and practices.
    • Helps to break down barriers to employee success, ensuring collaboration and cooperation with other teams within their division and department.
    • Ensures Occupational Health & Safety policies, programs and practices are implemented, and maintained.  This includes workplace inspections, monitoring, accident reporting and investigations, and ensuring any observed hazards or lapses in the functioning of OH&S processes, and other OH&S concerns are responded to promptly.
    • Ensures all individuals under supervision have been informed of hazards and instructed on the necessary risk control and emergency response measures.

    5. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, representing the Region on applicable technical and administrative committees.
    • Collaborates with other sections within the Division to foster teamwork and provide coordinated and efficient Water and Wastewater Services.
    • Liaises with federal and provincial agencies and area municipalities with respect to wastewater and water supply programs.
    • Researches and prepares reports for submission to the Public Works Committee and, as required, to other standing committees, including presentations and attendance.
    • Makes presentations to municipal councils, committees and public meetings (as required).
    • Keeps abreast of technical knowledge relating to water and wastewater treatment and related project delivery and construction technology.
    • Participates in public education/awareness through public outreach initiatives (as required).

    Special Requirements

    • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
    • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
    • May be required to support emergency operations under the incident management structure, at the direction of the Emergency Operations Centre Director.
    • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.

    Closing Statement

    Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!

    Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

    We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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