Local recruitment: Assistant Director (Watershed Protection Department)

City of Austin

Austin, TX, USA 🇺🇸


Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Engineering, Business, Natural Science, or Public Administration plus six (6) years of supervisory or management experience in the environmental field, public or business administration.
  • Masters degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • None

Notes to Applicants

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To ensure consideration, candidates should apply by January 18, 2023. To apply, candidates must complete this online application. Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration. This posting will remain open until filled.

Position Summary:
The next Assistant Director of the Watershed Protection Department will have several exciting challenges to address and areas of opportunity in which to excel. Under the leadership of the WPD Director, the Assistant Director will oversee personnel in the Project Design and Delivery branch engaged in design and delivery of projects, which include reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution across the City of Austin. The successful candidate will also lead support services related to Asset Management, Private-Public Partnerships, non-profit partnerships, and have a good understanding of how to delivery complex projects within the City of Austin. They will be instrumental in driving the department’s capital improvement programs ( CIP ) and project delivery for maintaining environmental water quality, erosion, and managing stormwater.

When completing a City of Austin employment application:

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A resume is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please include contact information from previous employers.
  • A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate, and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
  • This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation ( CBI ).

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Pay Range

Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hours may vary depending on business needs

Job Close Date

Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
The ideal candidate is an experienced leader with forward-thinking leadership values and the flexibility to adapt to the evolving demands of the City of Austin and its community. They understand and appreciate the importance of equity and empathy in the workforce and have extensive experience and knowledge to affect positive change. The next Assistant Director is expected to think analytically, using data – both quantitative and qualitative – to problem-solve, assess divisional performance, and communicate collaboratively with other City departments and key external stakeholders. The ideal candidate understands change and risk management and will help the department stay aligned with the strategic direction of the City of Austin and the department strategic plan.

The Assistant Director must be an excellent communicator, capable of building relationships and advocating for departmental missions while engaging with City leaders at all levels, key external stakeholders, and the public. The ideal candidate has experience overseeing capital program management projects using traditional and alternate project delivery methods.

  • Proven executive experience
  • Experience working in or with government teams to deliver complex projects
  • Project Management Professional ( PMP ) Certification
  • Experience with environmental programs, water quality, and stormwater.
  • Experience in finding innovative ways to obtain grant funding
  • Experience overseeing design and project delivery teams to complete capital improvement program projects.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Develops and implements short and long range strategies, plans, programs, and personnel that provide administrative, managerial support, fiscal management, program planning, and evaluation. Determines goals, objectives, and resource requirements for activities within the division. Develops, revises, and implements standard operating practice, policy, and procedure governing the division. Ensures division is in compliance with all governmental regulations, ordinances, directives, and city practice, policy, and procedure. Assists in the development, management, and monitoring of the departmental budget, ensures department operates within appropriated budget. Recommends, and as applicable, approves major purchases and expenditures. Acts as liaison to city departments, consultants, contractors, and governmental agencies. Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints, and issues from both internal and external sources. Prepares and presents reports by compiling, reviewing, and analyzing data; provides written and/or oral reports. Investigates and resolves consumer and citizen inquiries and/or complaints. Presents to City Council, boards, county/state/federal officials, vendors, contractors, and the general public.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of and skill in supervisory, managerial techniques, and principles.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* The minimum qualifications for the Assistant Director, Watershed Protection Department position are: Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Engineering, Business, Natural Science, or Public Administration plus six (6) years of supervisory or management experience in the environmental field, public or business administration. A Master’s degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?

  • Yes
  • No

* If selected as top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation?

  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
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