Water Infrastructure Project Manager

Great Lakes Commission
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) seeks a highly motivated individual to manage and support water infrastructure projects under the GLC’s Water Management and Infrastructure program. The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has a longstanding history of working with federal, state and local partners across the binational Great Lakes Basin to address water resource management from both quality and quantity perspectives and at watershed scales as well as in urban and rural settings. Current projects focus primarily on green infrastructure in urban settings and best practices related to water infrastructure asset management. The vision for the program is to provide value-added services in water resource management and related water infrastructure across the binational Great Lakes Basin through a one-water approach that addresses drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. The water infrastructure project manager will assist in all aspects of the GLC’s water management and infrastructure program, with a focus on projects that link the GLC’s water infrastructure work with water quality and other programs across the agency.


The water infrastructure project manager will manage and assist internal and external teams in coordinating and carrying out projects and initiatives that address water infrastructure and water resource management (quantity and quality) with a focus on urban water resources. Responsibilities include: managing and assisting with managing projects; developing project proposals; building teams and networks to support the GLC’s work; developing and executing project workplans; supporting individual projects; overseeing and guiding other team members (internal staff and external partners) to ensure quality and timely performance of project work; managing contracts, partnership agreements, and sub-contracts; and reporting in accordance with funding requirements. Current GLC water infrastructure projects include: Green Infrastructure Champions and Integrated Water Asset Management.

In fulfilling responsibilities outlined above, the water infrastructure project manager will likely undertake the following duties:

  • Coordinate and facilitate engagement among multiple partners and stakeholders (e.g., plan and organize conference calls and meetings; summarize and report out on discussions; ensure appropriate follow up by project partners);
  • Conduct outreach on project progress and milestones using print, web and social media
  • Manage and assist with management of grants, including associated budget development, tracking and reporting;
  • Prepare detailed articles, memos and papers on water infrastructure, green infrastructure and urban water resource management issues from technical, programmatic and one-water policy standpoints;
  • Promote communication, coordination, partnerships and technology and knowledge transfer among federal, state, and local partners in the public and private sectors;
  • Work collaboratively with Commission staff and other partners to develop new projects that advance regional water approaches and solutions to water infrastructure, green infrastructure, and related urban water resource management issues;
  • Stay abreast of science, tools and techniques to support the GLC’s water management and infrastructure program; and
  • Seek opportunities to enhance the GLC’s water management and infrastructure work to improve water resource management and overall sustainability of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.
  • Other duties as needed and as assigned.


The most competitive candidates will have a master’s degree in environmental engineering, environmental management, or a related field and at least three years of related professional experience. The Commission may consider candidates with an undergraduate degree and commensurate relevant experience.

Additionally, this position requires the following:

  • Experience managing projects, project teams, and working with multiple stakeholders; webinar and listserv management skills a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water infrastructure systems, policies and programs; familiarity with drinking and/or wastewater facility operations and/or experience working with drinking water, wastewater facility operators preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. water policy (e.g., Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act, Water Resources Development Act) models; experience with Canadian water policy preferred
  • Excellent writing skills; ability to translate complex information into easily understood information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal articulation and acuity
  • Demonstrated experience managing budgets; federal grant and contract experience a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time managements skills with the ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Experience using multiple communications platforms (print, media, web) to convey work and accomplishments
  • Proficiency with the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook); advanced Excel a plus

Compensation and benefits

The anticipated starting salary for this position will range between $60,000 and $64,000 per year, depending on education, skills, and experience. The Great Lakes Commission offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including generous leave time, flexible schedules, medical, dental and vision insurance, and a retirement match program.

Work environment

The majority of work is performed in a professional office. The incumbent must be able to work independently and with professional team members, often in a fast-paced and time-sensitive environment. The position requires the incumbent to demonstrate excellent communication and efficient time management skills to complete assignments and meet deadlines. This position may require occasional travel.

Application process

To apply for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly stating the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the posted position. Please note: All required items must be provided prior to the posting deadline for an application to receive consideration.

Please submit a complete application, including all required materials in a single e-mail to: vacancy@glc.org

Please include “Water infrastructure project manager” in the subject line.

The application deadline is December 21, 2018.  Please do not call.