Local recruitment: Director (Water Conservation, Climate and Equity)

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Corona, Queens, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 528820
Business Title: Director, Water Conservation, Climate and Equity
Civil Service Title: CITY RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Title Classification: Non-Competitive
Job Category: Constituent Services & Community Programs, Engineering, Architecture, & Planning, Policy, Research & Analysis
Career Level: Manager
Work Location: 59-17 Junction Blvd Corona Ny
Division/Work Unit: ENV. PLANNING AND SUPPORT/CEQR

No. of Positions: 1

Title Code No: 21744 Level02
Proposed Salary Range: $ 75,504.00 – $ 86,830.00 (Annual)

As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Job Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.  DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees.  DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Integrated Water Management office under the Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis (BEPA) is currently seeking a Section Lead for Water Conservation, Climate, and Equity to support several high-priority initiatives including the Water Demand Management Plan and annual water conservation reporting (Water Supply Permit WSA#11,352), Sustainable Rate Structure Analysis (DEP Strategic Plan Initiative 3), and Integrated Water Management Planning and Assessment (DEP Strategic Plan Initiative 23).  These programs are part of DEP’s One Water approach which applies a holistic water management framework to improve water quality, climate resiliency, and demand management while taking into account water rate affordability and equity. The Section Lead will identify integrated water management opportunities, conduct opportunities analyses, and map these opportunities using ArcGIS and/or ArcMap Online, to support stormwater/wastewater/drinking water nexus projects. They will gather, organize, and analyze data and research, including land use, demographics, and climate and water demand projections, and develop metrics and indicators including socio-economic costs and benefits, research and identify best practices, monitor performance, make programmatic recommendations, and other expressed needs of the agency, in support of MS4, LTCP, DEP’s Strategic Plan, and the Mayor’s sustainability goals, plus compliance with State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit regulations.

Overall, the Section Lead will assist on a variety of technical, administrative, and quantitative duties, and will assist with coordination with operational Bureaus and interagency teams.  They will also assist in reviewing reports and deliverables prepared by consultants and contractors; assist in preparing, coordinating, and drafting annual reports and other publications; and support other large projects under the direction of BEPA senior managers.  They will collect, analyze, and integrate relevant data and research from various sources to support agency planning efforts, and will assist with coordination with operational Bureaus and interagency teams.  Specifically, they will assist in developing benefit-cost analyses to determine the role of the Bureau’s sustainability programs in reducing capital and operational expenses, as well as minimizing costs to rate payers. They may also represent the agency in forums such as the Water Utility Climate Alliance, US Water Alliance, and Water Agency Leaders Alliance.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the field of water resources planning, with competency in geospatial and data analysis. However, experience in other fields such as climate resilience, city planning, as well as prior government experience, will also be considered. The successful candidate will function in a support role to senior managers on a number of technical, administrative, costing, and long-range planning tasks. This position will be part of a highly dynamic team working on a range of complex tasks simultaneously.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1.  For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.

NOTE:
Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

The most suitable candidate would also possess the following skills:
• Experience in managing drinking water, stormwater, climate resilience, or similar projects
• Excellent written and oral communication skills including communicating technical details to lay audiences
• Proficiency in quantitative statistical analysis and related software (Excel, SQL, and R)
• Proficiency in Geographic Information System (ArcGIS)
• Knowledge and practical application of quantitative statistical analysis, socioeconomic and geographical data interpretation methods
• Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks under strict deadlines
• Team player, able to work with multiple senior managers and staff teams to help achieve the strategic vision of the Department

Additional Information

“NOTE: “This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.”

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

POSTING DATE: 04/22/2022

POST UNTIL: Until Filled  

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.


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