Local recruitment: 22-116R Regional Flood Planner (Planner 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/2jyarj5t

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


**Previous applicants will be considered

Job Description Summary

Looking for a highly motivated individual to participate in a dynamic and high achieving team to help develop Texas’ first ever statewide regional flood planning program. Performs highly complex (senior-level) planning work on the Regional Flood Planning Team. Opportunity to participate in the new, legislatively mandated regional and state flood planning program and Team. These planners will be supporting and coordinating the development of regional flood plans by regional flood planning groups. Coordinates and manages flood planning grant contracts for development of regional flood plans. Serves as liaison (non-voting member) on regional flood planning groups in this very public, high-profile process as the groups develop the first regional flood plans in Texas. These planners will provide unbiased technical and administrative assistance to regional flood planning groups including assisting the groups in understanding and navigating the state flood planning framework, rules, and guidance, reviewing the draft flood plans, informing, and educating stakeholders including making presentations. Supports agency project development teams and evaluates flood projects as part of the agency funding application process. Assists in developing the state flood plan. 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 Flood Planning Department.

Essential Job Functions

• Manages planning contracts for regional flood planning and related studies to assure products meet the intent of the scope of work, rules, and statutory requirements.
• Serves as the liaison (non-voting member) and provides direct technical and administrative assistance to multiple regional flood planning groups to facilitate the timely completion of their regional flood plans and studies.
• Tracks the progress of and provides proactive assistance to the regional flood planning groups in the form of information sharing, training, and explanation of flood planning requirements.
• Performs other routine contract management duties such as reviewing and approving payment requests and ensuring timely processing of contract amendments, budget memorandums, or subcontracts.
• Provides technical assistance for planning contracts and reports on planning projects.
• Prepares and evaluates information and reports and makes presentations.
• Participates in technical, policy, and interagency planning meetings.
• Supports one or more multi-disciplinary Regional Water Project Development teams through promoting funding programs at stakeholder meetings, and application review for funding flood-related infrastructure projects.
• Reviews and evaluates planning deliverables for contractual, rule, and statutory compliance and approval.
• Maintains contact and membership data for assigned regions.
• Ensures information for assigned regions is accurate and up to date on the TWDB website.
• Assists in providing quality control review of flood project prioritization information.
• Assists in compiling, writing, and otherwise developing TWDB and policy items as well as the state flood plan and other program materials.
• 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, Geography, Business or Public Administration, or a related field.
• Two to five years of experience in planning-related work, engineering, hydrology, geology, 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, Geography or Public Administration, or related field.
• Two years of professional experience in flood-related planning, mitigation, response or recovery, land-use planning, flood modeling and mapping, or closely related planning work.
• Engineer in Training Certification
• Licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Texas.
• Floodplain Manager Certification from the Texas Floodplain Managers Association.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

• Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to flood planning, and of the principles and practices of public administration.
• Knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, engineering, and planning principles relevant to Texas.
• Knowledge of Texas water laws, institutions, and the process for regional/state flood 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 writing, preparing reports, and presentations.
• Ability to confidently speak in public settings including with media present.
• 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 25% 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 evaluate planning materials.
• Ability to analyze and evaluate data.
• Ability to complete multi-disciplinary planning projects involving diverse groups and stakeholders.






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