22-103 Senior Regional Water Planner (Planner IV)

Texas Water Development Board

Texas, USA 🇺🇸

Only candidates who apply via email to (HR “at” TWDB.texas.gov) with an official State of Texas Application or through the WorkInTexas.com website will be considered for this position. View this position and apply at https://tinyurl.com/29cs55bo.

Texas Water Development Board’s Mission –
Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) endorses telecommuting and hybrid workplace plans, in addition to other flexible work alternatives. We offer competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp.

The Texas Water Development Board does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.

*Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Job Description Summary

Performs advanced (senior-level) planning and research work. Work involves state water plan development, including project management of tasks and schedules, conducting data analysis and research projects to support plan development, writing, and drafting graphic content, quality control and agency-wide coordination for plan production. Work also involves initiating and managing stakeholder input processes, including technical workshops, webinars, research projects, and agency-wide and interagency coordination to support state and regional water planning processes; supporting water planning rulemaking and associated guidance updates; and procuring and managing research or other contracts to support the state and regional water planning processes. Work may also involve providing technical and administrative assistance to regional water planning groups. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Regional Water Planning Department.

Essential Job Functions

• Performs state water plan project management, quality control and writing, including developing detailed task schedules, tracking, and reporting on overall as well as individual task progress and document development, compiling and checking document and related content, tracking, and ensuring timely document / plan reviews across the agency, and coordinating with the agency’s communications division.
• Coordinates and manages various state and regional water planning stakeholder input processes.
• Performs procurement of services and manages contracts to support state and regional water planning efforts.
• Manages research and planning contracts for regional water planning and related studies to assure that products meet the intent of the scope of work, rules, and statutory requirements.
• Compiles, reviews, analyzes, and evaluates water planning data, prepares reports and responds to inquiries, and recommends appropriate action to resolve problems.
• Performs routine contract management duties such as reviewing and approving payment requests and ensuring timely processing of contract amendments, budget memorandums, or subcontracts.
• Assists with the development of internal policy and program development materials.
• Assists in compiling, writing, and otherwise developing TWDB and policy items as well as the state water plan and other program materials.
• Prepares and evaluates information and reports and makes presentations.
• Participates in technical, policy, and interagency planning meetings, as well as attending regional water planning group meetings.
• May serve as liaison (non-voting member) and provide direct technical and administrative assistance to regional water planning group(s) to facilitate the timely completion of their regional water plans and studies, if needed.
• Identifies, defines, and researches issues of strategic importance.
• Reviews and evaluates planning deliverables for contractual, rule, and statutory compliance and approval.
• Assists in drafting and review of regional water planning rules and guidance documents.
• Participates in supervisor-approved Career Development Plan activities, including the establishment of employee goals and identification of job-related training opportunities as discussed with Supervisor.
• Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
• Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
• Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
• May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in City or Regional Planning, Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Economics, Business or Public Administration, or a related field.
• Five years of experience in planning and research work, engineering, hydrology, geology, economics, business, or public administration.
• Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

• Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in City or Regional Planning, Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Economics, Business or Public Administration, or related areas.
• Five years of experience in water-related technical work or water planning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

• Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Water Supply Planning Division; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
• Knowledge of principles, objectives, and procedures of governmental planning, programming, and research.
• Knowledge of hydrology, geology, and water planning principles relevant to Texas.
• Knowledge of Texas water laws and institutions and the process for regional and state water planning.
• Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
• Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
• Skills in preparing reports.
• Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
• Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
• Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
• Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
• Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
• Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
• Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
• Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance, and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks.
• Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
• Ability and willingness to travel 20% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
• Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
• Ability to workdays that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
• Ability to train others.
• Ability to evaluate planning material.
• Ability to conduct research.
• Ability to analyze and evaluate large amounts of data.
• Ability to complete multi-disciplinary planning projects involving diverse groups and stakeholders.