Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Deputy Drain Commissioner/Drain Engineer
Department: Drain Commission Updated: 01/2018
Division: Drain Commission FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

Performs survey, design and technical oversight of drain function issues, environmental compliance, development review, reviews and adapts development rules and evaluates compliance with standards, rules and objectives of the Drain Commissioner.  Oversees and supervises county drain maintenance program, including inspection, maintenance, construction, equipment operation, and related administrative tasks. 


·         Investigates drain-related problems and complaints. 

·         Assists the Drain Commissioner in assessment of drainage districts, financing of drain projects, and public hearings. 

·         Assists other county departments as assigned and qualified.

  • Supervises consultants of the Drain Office related to technical issues of drain function and design, overseeing consultants production, assigning work, and reviewing designs.
  • Directs the administrative functions of the office including administering the department budget and monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance with the established budget. 
  • Oversees the accounting functions of the office. 
  • Prepares the annual report for the Drain Office. 
  • Develops policies and procedures to guide all operational and administrative activities of the office. 
  • Ensures the compliance and maintenance of all departmental submittals such as drain districts, lake level control districts, lake improvement projects, commercial and residential development and plat, condominium, subdivisions, industrial parks, and mobile home parks. 
  • Oversees, the maintenance of separate accounts for all drainage districts and charging of the proper accounts for maintenance including the issuance of payments to contractors and vendors and the identification of districts needing to be assessed. 
  • Assists Drain Commissioner to spread the assessments of properties for drain projects based on the benefit derived from the project.
  • Establishes and implements water management and financing plans for future storm water management. 
  • Secures financing for water management projects, including bonding and apportionment of benefits to County residents and local units and attempting to secure alternative revenue sources. 
  • Prepares grant applications. 
  • Administers grants and prepares reports and other documents required by grant funding agencies.
  • Inspects drainage systems in need of maintenance. 
  • Contracts maintenance work and reviews work of contractors.
  • Resolves complaints between property owners and contractors. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Drain Commissioner.


Supervision is exercised over all Drain office staff.



·         Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering equivalent. 

·         Three to five years of experience in the construction, drainage, or environmental fields. 

·         Completion of and certification through, the State prescribed soil erosion and sedimentation training program within first year of employment. 

·         Possession of a Professional Engineering License from the State of Michigan. 

  • Reasonable knowledge of the design of drain and of drafting techniques.
  • Ability to work with maps, plans and blueprints.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.

·         Complex accounts receivable/payable practices, banking procedures, third party billing and private pay processes.  Proficient in accounting software, i.e. Bi-Tech or One Solution. Ability to reconcile financial reports or records; process department payroll; prepare and reconciled journal entries; purchasing procedures. Knowledge of accounting principles, audit standards, budgeting; annual financial reporting; and IRS practices for Federal, State and Local. Knowledge of liability coverage and claims procedures.         

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.             

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.                   


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Must maintain all appropriate/required licensure throughout employment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         May work outdoors in extreme conditions; also works in a general office environment.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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