7284 - Utility Plumber Supervisor II

Recruitment #CBT-7284-903350

Introduction

THIS IS A CITYWIDE EXAMINATION

WHO ARE WE? San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million. Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org.

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

Position Description:

Under general direction, the 7284 Utility Plumber Supervisor II, is responsible for organizing, planning and directing the activities of skilled and semi-skilled workers engaged in safely performing a wide variety of maintenance operations on complex water transmission supply systems, distribution lines and facilities, including over-all care and maintenance of watershed and reservoir properties, structures, buildings and facilities: ensures a continuous supply of potable water to consumers and fire protection; regulates the flow and pressure of large diameter water transmission pipelines to various reservoirs or geographical locations. Supervises subordinate personnel including first-level Utility Plumber supervisors.

Essential Duties:

  1. Supervises a wide variety of maintenance operations on water supply and distribution lines and facilities, including reservoirs, buildings and structures, equipment, dams, pipe lines, fire trails, fences, tunnels, shafts, ditches, flumes and aqueducts.
  2. On the basis of work orders received, plans deployment of personnel and equipment to best advantage; through a number of foremen assigns work crews and craftsmen to particular tasks; also, helpers and laborers to various crews; assigns available equipment to various projects depending upon requirements and priority of need.
  3. Instructs foremen as to the manner in which each particular project is to be carried out; visits projects and inspects progress and quality of work; checks on locations where other utilities are likely to interfere with department's facilities to assure proper clearance in order to avoid possible accident and damage; visits other construction jobs to give contractors specific locations of department's facilities.
  4. Investigates complaints of leaks, reports of encroachments and various nuisances; takes necessary action to remedy situations.
  5. Confers with superiors on matters of policy and planning for fixture maintenance projects; recommends certain projects deemed necessary based on personal knowledge and field observations.
  6. Assists in the development and advancement of subordinates, through training and effective use of employee development program.
  7. Perform other related duties.  

Nature of Work:
Sustains physical effort, such as standing or walking for prolonged periods, lifts heavy/imbedded manhole covers weighing in excess of 75 lbs., has great manual dexterity; wears respiratory protection equipment, has frequent exposure to potential hazards and exposure to inclement weather, works around extreme wildlife, working above water, working in small, confined spaces or at great heights.

Incumbents are required to work on all shifts, respond to emergencies on a 24-hour on-call basis, and work alone or with a crew. Some positions perform detailed pipeline inspections requiring a high degree of knowledge regarding inspection procedures and supervise the chemical treatment of reservoirs or pipelines.

Working Locations for PUC Divisions:

  • Positions may be located in San Francisco, Millbrae, Sunol, and Moccasin, CA.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

1. Education:
Completion of the recognized program of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada -- City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship program in Class 7463/7464. AND

2. Experience:
Six (6) years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility, of which three (3) years must have been in a supervisory capacity, supervising activities of subordinates working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility. AND

3. License and Certification:
Possession of a current Grade III Water Distribution Operator Certificate (WDO) issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. AND

4. Possession of a valid California driver license.

Substitution:
Completion of a recognized five (5) year apprenticeship program in plumbing, utility plumbing or pipe welding and three (3) additional years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility may be substituted for the completion of the City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship.

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required apprenticeship on a year-for-year basis.

Note:

Upon appointment to Class 7284, employees will be required to: 

  • Pass a State mandated respirator medical examination (to be renewed annually) and be clean-shaven for wearing respiratory protection equipment. AND
  • Obtain a minimum of a Grade IV Water Distribution Operator Certification within eighteen (18) months of appointment (provided that the test will be given twice a year by the State of California).  

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification:

All applicants must submit verification of successful completion of an apprenticeship program or journey level experience and including copies of required certificates and a copy of the driver’s license no later than March 26, 2019. No postmarks accepted.

Applicant may attach to the application or email verification documents in PDF format to jobs@sfwater.org.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2. 

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.     

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Danny Wan, by telephone at 415-554-1648, or by email at dwan@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Basic Supervisory Exam (Weight: Minimum 30%)
Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure basic knowledge of various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g. directing, counseling, guiding, evaluating, motivating, disciplining, developing and training subordinates, delegation, etc.) as well as customer service and reading comprehension.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

The Basic Supervisory Exam will be administered either on a computer or in paper format. The type of format will depend on the size of the qualified applicant pool. Qualified candidates will be notified of the type of exam format in their exam appointment notification.

The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory classes therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Written Performance Examination: (Weight: 70%)

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: technical knowledge; ability to prepare estimates; knowledge of safety procedures; human relations ability; communication ability.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination.

A passing score must be achieved on the BSE and written performance examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.

The Department may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Certification Rule:

The certification rule for the ranked eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.

Eligible List:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobapscloud.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities  

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference  

Exam Type: CPE
Issued: March 12, 2019
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-7284-903350
PUC/DW/415-554-1648

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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