Watershed Manager II (Intergovernmental Affairs)

City of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, USA 🇺🇸


Posting expires: 11/28/21

Salary range: $58,800 – $98,000

At the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City’s infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained. Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta! If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

General Description and Classification Standards

Strategically plans and manages the administration of the City’s Department of Watershed Management’s municipal legislative processes.  Drafts and reviews the Department’s municipal legislation for submission to Atlanta City Council.  Assists with drafting and reviewing Departmental policy initiatives. 

Essential Duties & ResponsibilitiesThese are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Researches, drafts and reviews legislation and position papers
  • Tracks, analyzes and keeps Department abreast of legislation and policies impacting drinking water, wastewater and stormwater
  • Maintains up-to-date status reports on all legislation affecting the Department
  • Collaborates with Department Staff on legislative needs and objectives and makes strategic recommendations
  • Monitors legislative activity at the various committee and Full Council meetings
  • Oversees the signature routing process through the Administrative Branch
  • Responsibilities include training Department-wide staff on legislative process; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints; and resolving problems
  • This position reports to a director and manages at least one employee
  • Trains and supervises legislative staff and ensures that legislative staff complies with office policies, practices, and procedures
  • Assists the Department with development and centralizing of standard operating procedures
  • Manages good working relationships with other City Departments, the Administration, Atlanta City Council, Congress, and high-level water industry partners, agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Works well under pressure and handles stress while managing competing priorities
  • Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Leadership, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities  This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thorough knowledge of researching and interpreting legislative history
  • Prefer knowledge of legislative process and procedures
  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities at all levels in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner
  • Provides necessary organization, supervisory, leadership and motivation to manage the legislative staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications
  • Ability to train others

Decision Making

Ensures legislation is accurate and timely submitted. Must be able to make decisions independently and keep executive staff and the Commissioner abreast, as needed.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; higher education level is preferred, including strong academic credentials.
  • At least 2 years of legislative experience and/or other legal writing experience is preferred.
  • Some managerial experience preferred.
  • Experience with municipal, state or national legislative, political or policy advocacy work preferred.