22-120 BRACS Manager (Manager II or Manager III)

Texas Water Development Board

Austin, TX, 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/2fucscuf.

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 moderately complex (journey-level) to complex (journey-level) managerial work administering the daily operations and activities of the TWDB Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System (BRACS) Department. The BRACS Manager is responsible for managing and supervising BRACS Department activities and for supporting the Groundwater Division’s mission to collect, interpret, and provide accurate and objective information on the
groundwater resources of Texas to citizens, groundwater resource managers, policy makers, and law makers.

Work involves establishing goals and objectives. Develops guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations. Develops schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals. Coordinates and evaluates BRACS Department activities. Develops and evaluates budget requests and monitoring budget expenditures. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Works under general supervision, with limited to moderate latitude for the use of
initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Director of the Groundwater Division.

Essential Job Functions

• Provides effective leadership and management of the Brackish Aquifer Characterization System (BRACS)
• Ensures staff is equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively perform their duties.
• Advances research on the characterization of brackish groundwater in Texas and develops and disseminates information on brackish groundwater resources to citizens, groundwater resource managers, policy makers, and law makers.
• Manages all project activities within the BRACS Department, providing technical direction and guidance.
• Monitors and reports BRACS Department work activities.
• Ensures program activities are coordinated for efficiency and are communicated effectively to agency management, including updates to TWDB Board members as needed.
• Collaborates with the Groundwater Modeling Department to exchange knowledge and data and to align
projects and studies.
• Evaluates BRACS Department performance and recommends and leads improvements.
• Writes, reviews, and evaluates executive-level summaries, informational material, technical reports, memos,
work process, and policy documents.
• Ensures the provision of quality customer service from the BRACS Department and Groundwater Division to both internal and external stakeholders.
• Provides presentations at public meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences to technical and nontechnical audiences.
• May serve on various committees and trade organizations involved in brackish aquifer characterization.
• Conducts legislative bill analysis as required.
• Supports BRACS Department administrative requirements related to organization, budget, and personnel.
• Authorizes BRACS Department hiring, separations, disciplinary actions, and employee performance rewards.
• Assigns job duties, conducts performance evaluations, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and monitors and
measures performance against goals.
• Manages the performance of direct reports, to include, timely completion of performance appraisals, and follow-through on disciplinary actions as needed.
• Develops and oversees department personnel, budgets, expenditures, and contracts.
• May serve as a contract manager for research studies; assists in training and overseeing contract managers
within the department.
• 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.
• May travel up to 10% of the time
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation from accredited four-year college or university with a major in Geological Sciences, Geophysics,
Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Natural Resources, or related field.
• Licensed as Geoscientist-in-Training in Texas or pursuing licensure as a Professional Geoscientist in Texas.
• Manager II: Three years of demonstrable experience in leading or managing teams, programs, or studies relevant to the BRACS Department.
• Manager III: Five or more years of demonstrable experience in leading or managing teams, programs, or
studies relevant to the BRACS Department.
• Experience preparing, writing, and/or reviewing technical reports.
• Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

• Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major in Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Natural Resources, or related field.
• Licensed as Professional Geoscientist in Texas.
• Experience with Texas geology and groundwater resources.
• Expertise in at least one of the following areas: aquifer characterization techniques, geophysical well log analysis and interpretation, groundwater modeling, aquifer or aqueous geochemistry, database applications and management, or geographic information systems.
• Experience managing budgets and/or contract management.
• Experience communicating scientific and technical information to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Experience working with stakeholders.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

• Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the BRACS Department; and of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
• Knowledge of budget processes, research techniques, and program management processes and techniques.
• Knowledge of Texas water institutions/agencies and law.
• Knowledge of aquifer characterization techniques, geophysical well log analysis and interpretation, aquifer or aqueous geochemistry, or groundwater modeling.
• Knowledge of geographic information system concepts, techniques, and analysis.
• Knowledge of relational database concepts, techniques, and analysis.
• Skills in understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
• Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, and Teams or other collaboration software.
• Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
• Skills in preparing, proofreading, routing, tracking, and maintaining accurate communications, including records, reports, documents, and correspondence.
• Skills in writing executive-level summaries, technical memos, reports, work process, and policy documents.
• Skills in scientific data collection, management, and interpretation, particularly for geologic data.
• Skills in the use of standard tools of the profession.
• Skills in project management and contract administration, including time-management and prioritization.
• Ability to define and implement a vision for programmatic enhancement, while conforming to statutory obligations.
• Ability to work with stakeholders to enhance program activities.
• Ability to work with external entities to collaborate and request data pertinent to studies.
• 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 in order with infrequent errors.
• Ability to complete tasks and projects in a timely manner and persists until tasks are completed.
• Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
• Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to agency staff, as well as to employees of other political entities and the public both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work with others in a team environment and cooperate with supervisors, co-workers, and others.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedule work in order to maintain regular progress on assignments and
meet deadlines.
• 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 10% 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 work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
• Ability to train others.
• Ability to assign and/or supervise the work of others.