Clean Water Program Manager

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .
Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people and the quality of its environment.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, local shopping center, Glendale City Set, and a bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Master’s degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
  • A variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

This position is only open to Colorado state residents. This announcement will remain open until September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. or when an applicant pool of 40 is identified. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Description of Job

Work Unit

This position oversees the Clean Water Program. WQCD consists of two major programs that oversee implementation of major federal water acts that protect public health and the environment. The Clean Water Program oversees implementation of the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Program oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, WQCD includes an Operations program that oversees the division’s services, financial, and communications efforts. The Clean Water Program consists of three sections: Permits, Watershed and Clean Water Compliance and Enforcement. Each section carries out critical core work functions that support the program in overseeing implementation of these federal mandates. The program consists of the following strategic functional elements: 

1) watershed-based assessment, reporting and standards development; 

2) point source and nonpoint source controls; 

3) facility site and design approval, inspection and compliance assistance; 

4) compliance assurance and enforcement; 

5) financial assistance 

About The Position

This position manages all aspects of the Clean Water Program including: work plan development; organizational issues; regulation development; stakeholder efforts and communications; work coordination; personnel selection and assignment; media and public communications; and budget creation and oversight. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, the program manager coordinates interactions of staff with citizens, wastewater utilities, diverse groups interested in Colorado’s water quality program and other governmental agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency. The position also provides long-range vision, strategic planning and program development for the Clean Water Program. This position also manages the Clean Water Program staff and  activities in alignment with the Safe Drinking Water Program Manager, Operations Program Manager, Division  Director, Environmental Health and Protection Director, Environmental Health and Protection Deputy Director for  Operations and Environmental Health and Protection Deputy Director for Policy this includes fidelity to statutory  authority and funding authorizations, communications, workload assessment and evaluation, data and reporting  of efforts and outcomes, professional and organizational development, and compliance with department policies  and procedures.Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

There are several ways you can qualify for this position: 

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in environmental compliance particularly related to water quality management and regulation. Experience should include management, team development, and strategic planning and execution. (Substitution)
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, environment sciences, environmental law, urban planning, public administration or a closely related degree. AND Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in environmental compliance particularly related to water quality management and regulation. Experience should include management, team development, and strategic planning and execution.  (Minimum Qualifications)

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, environment sciences, environmental law, urban planning, or public administration may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and two years of the required experience. All other appropriate higher education will substitute on a year-for-year basis. (Substitution)

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. “See Resume” will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license.
  • Must maintain ability and willingness to independently travel (approximately 10% of the time).
  • Crucial Status: Must be willing to be on-hand in the event of an emergency (e.g. bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak, or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location.  During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • Crucial Status: Must be willing to be on-hand in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Professional Engineer License from the State of Colorado
  • Master’s degree in engineering, environmental sciences, environmental law, urban planning, or public administration
  • Proven experience in regulating water quality and water quality management
  • Proven experience in budget, financial and contract management
  • Proven experience managing and retaining a staff with diverse professional experience and qualifications
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, development and implementation
  • Ability to work collaboratively across CDPHE, State government, other organizations, and the regulated community to achieve results
  • Ability to build a shared vision of the direction of the program, to engage and motivate others toward a common goal.
  • Work behaviors that reflect an awareness of the link between job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to present ideas accurately, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems and make decisions using critical thinking skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and easily considers new approaches
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.
  2. A resume.
  3. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. 

Required attachments must be uploaded to your application. Required supplemental information will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from [email protected]  

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    1. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications. 
  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

E-Verify:  CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations:The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them.  Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator at [email protected] or call 303-692-2060, option 5.