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Bureau of Water/Public Water Supplies, Field Operations Section (FOS) Manager(SPSA, Opt 4)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Jul 19, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-4059

Job Requisition ID:  17360

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Closing Date/Time: 08/29/2022

Salary: $7,500.00-$10,000.00 Monthly

Job Type: Salaried Full Time

County: Sangamon

Number of Vacancies: 1

Plan/BU: Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 063


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Environmental Protection Agency must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Division of Public Water Supply/Bureau of Water is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Field Operations Section (FOS) Manager located in Springfield, IL. The selected candidate will possess strong leadership and communication skills and be willing to use innovative ways to guide the FOS and its staff consisting of approximately 21 individuals to achieve goals and missions of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  As a leader for the FOS Section, the individual in this position will frequently represent the IEPA and Public Water Supply/Bureau of Water at various levels explaining policies to state, federal and local governments, industry, public interest groups, and stakeholders.  This individual should also possess the knowledge and experience to initiate and establish policies, standards and procedural guidelines for all FOS operations. We invite all qualified candidates to apply.

Job Responsibilities

25% 1. Serves as the Division of Public Water Supply (DPWS)/Bureau of Water (BOW), FOS Section Manager;

  • Establishes annual FOS goals and objectives relative to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) primacy requirements under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). 
  • Directs, coordinates and reviews the activities to be accomplished by FOS staff located throughout the state. 
  • Assists Managers by providing input on staff specialist and engineer assignments within the FOS.
  • Interprets and administers all phases of the field water supply program for the DPWS
  • Sets objectives in each Region involving routine inspections and observations to assure compliance with State and Federal requirements for water treatment methods, equipment and material used for the proper operation of potable water systems. 


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25% 2. Serves as full-line supervisor:

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves time off
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs to accomplish primacy measures under Federal PWSS Program


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20% 3. Directs staff to ensure technical personnel within the FOS assist water supply officials and operators during all emergencies, including chemical spills, contamination episodes, floods, droughts or other natural and man-made disasters. 

  • Provides information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. EPA and other organizations regarding Security and disaster recovery to FOS Regional office staff. 
  • Coordinates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois EPA environmental media, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other agencies as necessary to ensure the safety of Illinois community water supplies.
  • Performs the duties of the Office of Emergency Response (OER) Duty Officer on a rotational basis with other assigned Duty Officers within the Agency including but are not limited to, incident coordination, compliance screening and record keeping, answering OER technical and procedural phone questions, issuing emergency generator numbers, and other similar duties as assigned.


10% 4. Coordinates compliance and enforcement activities with other Illinois EPA sections/units, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, U. S. EPA and other State and Federal Agencies to assure compliance with Illinois regulations identical in substance to the SDWA, Federal Register and other State regulations subject to the authority of the Illinois EPA.


05% 5. Coordinates all FOS aspects of the State and Federal Revolving Loan Fund program. 

  • Oversees Regional FOS participation in the U.S. EPA Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey used to determine formulation national funding allocation. 
  • Manages Revolving Loan Fund inspections and plan reviews

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05% 6. Provides review and makes recommendations on new Federal regulations, policies and proposals. 

  • Prepares testimony for regulatory proceedings and judicial cases. 
  • Provides briefing documents for government officials concerning Illinois rules/regulations and the SDWA. 


05% 7.  Represents the Illinois EPA at professional conferences, water supply organizations, seminars and meetings regarding State and Federal regulations;

  • Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints. 
  • Travels in the performance of duties.


05% 8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college
  2. Requires prior experience equivalent to four years of progressively responsible administrative experience in environmental protection and/or public water supply program implementation.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. At least four years’ experience in field operations for public water supplies
  2. At least four years’ experience in the application of state and federal environmental laws and regulations to public water supply facilities.
  3. At least four years’ experience in water supply treatment technologies, processes, and operations.
  4. At least four years’ experience in speaking to large and diverse groups at meetings and communicating highly complex topics effectively under duress in a public setting. 
  5. At least four years’ experience supervising staff in a professional setting.
  6. Ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software and Database programs. 

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires the ability to travel
2. Requires a valid driver’s license.

Work Hours: 8:30-5 Mon-Fri

Work Location: 1021 E North Grand Ave Springfield, IL 62702-4059

Agency Contact:

Kathy Taylor


Job Function: Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources

Revolving Door:“Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”), and seek a revolving door determination from the OEIG, or may be subject to a fine.”


Term Appointment:
Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s discretion.


The IEPA does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent IEPA employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.