Planner III

Texas Water Development Board
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description Summary

Performs highly complex (senior-level) planning and research work. Work involves developing population and water use estimates and projections; reviewing regional and state water plans; performing technical review of financial assistance requests; compiling and analyzing demographic and water use date from various sources; and conducting research regarding demographic trends and trends in water use. Providing technical assistance to regional planning groups in developing population and water demand projections. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Economic & Demographic Analysis Department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists in developing population and water demand projections for the regional and state water planning processes including the development of methodologies and implementation of procedures.
  • Develops annual population and water use estimates for livestock and mining and documents work procedures.
  • Assists in the development and final review of regional and state water plans. 
  • Reviews and assesses population and water use data for assigned Board financial assistance requests for water and wastewater projects.
  • Assists in the development and review of socioeconomic impact analysis for the regional and state water plans.
  • Collects and maintains tabular and geographic data associated with water use, population, economics and related topics for use in present water use and future projections of water demands for regional statewide water planning.
  • Conducts research and data analysis associated with population and water use in municipal, industrial and agricultural categories.
  • Provides technical planning assistance to internal and external customers for water use and/or demographic analyses.
  • Assists in developing the department’s data QC requirements and methodological documentations and in conducting various data QC.
  • Prepares reports, makes presentations, and provide training to Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) staff.
  • Develops a water impact statements (WIS) for legislation that includes the creation of water districts and serves as a WIS point of contact responsible for coordinating with Government Relations and keeping track of staff assignment and progress.
  • Maintains the department’s website and responds to internal and external data requests relating to water use projections.
  • 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 with a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Five years of data analysis work experience.
  • Education and related experience may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Geography, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Three years of work experience with relational databases, including querying, reviewing, and reporting data.
  • Previous experience with geographic information system (Arc/GIS) and spatial analysis.
  • Previous experience in regional and state water planning in Texas and/or water use or water projection data.
  • Previous experience with sociodemographic data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to Economic & Demographic Analysis department; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology and practices of sociodemographic analysis.
  • Knowledge of the use of census data including American Community Survey.
  • Knowledge of Texas water providers, laws, trends, and data sources.
  • Knowledge of relational databases and skill with data management including editing, querying and generating of reports and graphs.
  • Skills in evaluating and analyzing large amounts of data.
  • Skills in analytical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Access, and SQL.
  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Skills in applying statistical tools to data.
  • Skills with ESRI ArcGIS software and spatial analysis
  • Skills in collecting and analyzing demographics and statistics.
  • Ability to evaluate planning material.
  • Ability to conduct research.
  • Ability to prepare 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 learn, understand and follow 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 5% 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.


  • Copy of required academic transcripts and/or licensures and driving record must be submitted at the time of hire. Failure to provide required documentation will result in no further consideration for employment.
  • Important Notice: Otherwise qualified candidates who are ultimately considered for potential employment with the Texas Water Development Board may be the subject of a request for any criminal history record information maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Evidence of a criminal conviction or other relevant information obtained from the DPS shall not automatically disqualify an individual from employment with the Texas Water Development Board.