Senior Manager (Water Resources)

Kamehameha Schools

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 🇺🇸

Job Posting Title: Senior Manager, Water Resources

Employee Type: Regular

Recruiting Start Date: 09-02-2021

Work Year: 12

Job Exempt?: Yes

Recruiting End Date: Open Until Filled

Aloha mai!  Mahalo for your interest in Kamehameha Schools.  If you are looking for an opportunity to utilize your skills and talents and grow in your profession, while serving and strengthening our Native Hawaiian community, we would love to have you join our ʻohana!

Kamehameha Schools is searching for a Senior Manager, Water Resources to lead KS’ water resources management initiatives statewide for the stewardship of Kamehameha Schools ‘āina and resources. The position is within the Natural & Cultural Ecosystem Division within the Community & ‘Āina Resiliency Group which manages KS’ agricultural and conservation portfolio of lands and resources and provides strategic guidance foKamehameha Schoolsr resource management across the entire KS enterprise. An ideal candidate should have a passion for water resources, be a critical thought leader committed to Native Hawaiian perspectives on water resources stewardship, able to work in a highly collaborative team of land and resources, and ability to lead engagement with stakeholders internally and externally to meet strategic goals and outcomes. 

This is a Hybrid position which provides work from home and statewide office location flexibility on an approval basis.

Job Summary

Serves as Kamehameha Schools’ (KS) primary subject matter expert on water resources and works across KS enterprise to achieve strategic outcomes related to the stewardship of ʻāina and resources. Develops and leads integrated strategic planning and coordinates implementation of statewide and regional water resources management plans and projects, interfacing with other KS units to optimize KS’ five stewardship values – environment, culture, education, community, and economics. Provides strategic direction and operational guidance for surface and groundwater resource assets, and their associated natural and cultural ecosystems and values. Develops resource information management systems to enable good decision-making, and prioritizes and allocates resources between and within projects and programs. Fosters and maintains relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Leads engagement with critical stakeholders as it relates to water resource issues and opportunities (e.g. Native Hawaiian community, government/regulatory agencies, large landowners, business sector, tenants). Conducts detailed due diligence and negotiates critical high-value sector, land use and resource management agreements, develops compliance management strategies, assesses and manages sector- and portfolio-level risks, and reports portfolio-level operating activities. Critical thought leader committed to Native Hawaiian perspectives on water resource stewardship, willing to continuously learn and adapt in order to ensure excellence and innovation.

Essential Responsibilities

Strategy Development & Integration

  • Develops strategic direction, procedures and operational guidance for water resources assets.
  • Develops integrated resources management plans for water resources assets that focus on strategic repositioning, asset enhancement, and optimal return on investment (financial and non-financial) in relation to broader KS portfolio.
  • Evaluates multiple scenarios and advocates the best courses of action, considering tradeoffs among KS’ five values. 
  • Conducts research and/or commissions additional research as needed to attain in-depth understanding of assigned portfolio of resource assets.
  • Monitors performance metrics over time and revises strategic plans as needed.
  • Incorporates current global, national and state level land, sector and resources management trends into planning and management of portfolio.

Implementation, Operations & Management

  • Coordinates multiple implementation efforts across assigned portfolio of resource assets in alignment with applicable plans. Monitors performance metrics over time and revises implementation plans as needed for assigned portfolio of resource assets.
  • Develops and leads design, engineering and project management of water resource infrastructure and systems (surface and groundwater) for KS assets statewide.  May include the creation of engineering documents, permitting / entitlements, and community / government outreach as necessary for implementation of water resource capital projects and related operational systems.
  • Leads design, implementation, and installation of technology for water and environmental resources monitoring, date collection, research and education.
  • Direct management of KS water resource infrastructure and oversight of O&M contractors and sub-contractors for multiple and complex projects across KS land statewide.  
  • Independently manage risk for KS water resources and assure compliance with relevant governmental regulation.  Develop and manage water resource related policies and procedures.  
  • Independently negotiates critical high-value sector, land use and resource management agreements. Performs relevant due diligence for portfolio- and sector-level transactions and partnerships. Evaluates activities and contract compliance of lessees, contractors, vendors and stakeholders. Creates management plans and monitoring strategies for sector, resource and land assets. Assesses and manages sector- and portfolio-level risk and compliance management strategies for assigned sectors and portfolios.
  • Supervises a small unit of staff, which may include resource managers, operations staff, interns and/or office administrative staff. Prioritizes and allocates resources between and within projects and programs under management in alignment with KS’ strategic goals.

Accountability & Reporting

  • Reports portfolio-level financial and operating activities, including operating budgets, variances, trend analysis, cost control, expenditures and progress toward plan goals.
  • Reports portfolio-level risk and compliance management programs and activities.

Communications, Team Work, & Strategic Alliances

  • As a team member, communicates and collaborates with other KS staff on status of projects, plans, investments and programs. Convenes, attends and facilitates internal and external meetings and represents KS’ organization-wide interests at external meetings. Prepares position papers and talking points and represents and promotes KS’ values and management strategies at meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Motivates team members and promotes values of working together as a team. Acts as a sounding board to team members as they work through analyses, identify opportunities and conduct negotiations, and ensures that financial, risk and other considerations are incorporated into decision making. 
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with external stakeholders including tenants, collaborators, vendors and community groups. Optimizes impact by building relationships and alliances to overcome barriers, share information, leverage resources and accomplish common goals. 

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the requirements listed.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Land Planning, Water Sciences, Water Resource and Environmental Management, Hawaiian/ Pacific Island Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Business, Finance, Real Estate, Hydrology, Engineering or closely related field
  • Minimum 7 years of directly related work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience to include demonstrated successful performance or advanced knowledge of resource management strategies.
  • In-depth understanding of factors that impact strategic plans, their execution and the balance of KS’ five values, including:
    • Resource management issues, trends and opportunities;
    • Traditional land use and cultural relationships with land and the natural environment; and
    • Environmental and resource stewardship practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in asset enhancement or resource leadership.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in navigating legal and regulatory processes governing land and resource management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing various types of legal, economic, environmental and cultural risks.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong supervisory and effective coaching skills, including understanding of basic staff management principles and practices and demonstrated proficiency working on and building effective teams.
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources for onward reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including public presentations, oral communication and writing.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in working with external parties (government agencies, land owners, strategic partners, etc.) to develop and execute educational, cultural, environmental and community programs.
  • Familiarity with Native Hawaiian communities, agencies and organizations and ability to work effectively with local communities.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian culture, language and practices.
  • Must be able to travel to offsite locations on island and within the state as needed.
  • Current and valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with property management software and GIS.
  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Land Planning, Water Sciences, Water Resource and Environmental Management, Hawaiian/ Pacific Island Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Business, Finance, Real Estate, Hydrology, Engineering or closely related field.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Occasionally stand and/or walk, write by hand, and lift and/or carry, push and/or pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
  • Rarely twist, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, reach or work above shoulder, or grasp forcefully.
  • Ability to hike to remote areas.

Working Conditions (including Environmental Conditions)

  • This position involves traveling to various locations, including neighbor islands to conduct business.
  • Work is conducted in an office and non-office environment and may require work to be conducted in non-standard workplaces.
  • Work is typically conducted Monday through Friday at normal business hours but evening and weekend hours are often required to meet goals and objectives.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties and skills required.  The incumbent may be expected to perform other duties as assigned.

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Primary Location: Keauhou Shopping Center

City, State: Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Additional Locations: Kawaiahao Plaza

Apply By: ASAP