Research and Development

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Program Manager
Job Institution: 
DC Water
Job Description: 
  1. I.      SUMMARY:  Responsible for developing and implementing innovative research concepts and processes to improve all areas of water quality.  This position will be involved in evaluating data; developing and implementing research studies; extensive data analysis used to implement techniques or methodologies; and developing proposals for internal and external funding. Assists in providing supervisory research support for the Department of Water Quality & Technology research and development program under the R&D Manager.  

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this job.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform work-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.  This job description is not a “contract” between the employee and the Authority.  The job duties and essential functions may be changed at the discretion of the CEO/General Manager.                                     

  • Evaluates new and innovative practices, procedures, methods to improve and/or optimize drinking water treatment water quality, distribution system water quality, premise plumbing water quality, and wastewater collection systems under the guidance of the R&D Manager or above.
  • Develops and implements laboratory, bench, and pilot scale projects related to research, development, and operational needs; coordinates and establishes research facilities for bench and pilot scale work.
  • Identifies type and scope of work and develops work specification, interfaces with vendors, contractors and consultants to direct, coordinate, inspect and accept work; recommends modifications to contract scope of work and/or enforcement of contract language.
  • Reviews and interprets design drawings, plans and specifications and evaluates for functionality, cost effectiveness, and compliance with industry practices.
  • Collaborates with various DC Water departments to streamline operations and research and provide technical support to various departments within DC Water.  Coordinates and conducts research with the Washington Aqueduct related to water quality.
  • Conducts data analysis of laboratory, pilot and other water quality data using statistical and/or modeling methods to identify causes of events and likelihood of events.
  • Develops policies and procedures as a result of research findings and recommendations; develops sampling strategies and recommends sampling protocols.
  • May serve on thesis and dissertation committees of students assigned to research projects.
  • Write technical reports based on research findings; prepares and maintains appropriate files, research information, and other resources for use in publications, presentations and efforts including outreach.
  • Develops and submits research proposal to federal and non-profit agencies.
  • Plans work activities, develops schedules and assigns work to team members, serves as a resource in teaching and guiding other in developing skills and knowledge.
  • Responds to and assists staff at emergency water quality investigations.

Program Manager, R&D (WQ&T)

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  • Establishes, demonstrates, and enforces high standards for safety, quality of work performed, and productivity; inspects work quality. Reports all hazards to the appropriate supervisor to ensure that safety an environmental hazards are corrected.
  • Performs other related duties and projects as assigned at the discretion of the immediate supervisor.
Supervisory Responsibilities:   N/A
Key Working Relationships:   Interacts with co-workers in the department and throughout the Authority, other government agencies and private organizations, university professors, vendors, consultants, contractors, and the general public, etc.

The minimum qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for an individual to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  Reasonable amounts of training are provided. 

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or related field from an accredited university or college with a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience related to or associated with performing research and evaluating a drinking water distribution system and defining water quality problems; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  A doctoral degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering is strongly preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of drinking water treatment, and distribution systems, including ability to recommend and implement strategies to enhance quality, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and the necessity for adherence to safety practices; knowledge of applicable regulations such as EPA and OSHA.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. Mastery of advanced concepts, principals, and practices of environmental engineering and ability to apply them on a practical level; knowledge of conventional methods and techniques used in engineering, chemical and biological applications.
  • Ability to read maps and engineering design drawings.
  • Utilizes a personal computer and maintains a working knowledge of applicable software programs (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, e-mail, etc.).

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Although most work is performed under general office conditions, this position is subject to the following in the course of evaluating unit processes, construction, and modifications within a facility:
    • Indoor and/or outdoor environmental conditions that include exposure to extreme cold and hot temperatures.
    • Atmospheric condition that affect the respiratory system or skin such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gasses, or poor ventilation that requires the use of appropriate personal protective equipment to mitigate these conditions.
    • Exposure to a variety of hazards such as high voltage, noise, chemicals, oils, and other solvents, bacteria, pathogens, and toxic substances.
  • Varies with task assignment and location