Local recruitment: Director (Drinking Water & Wastewater)

Government of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Posting Date: Jan 4, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Director, Drinking Water & Wastewater 

Job Requisition ID: 36833

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: January 25, 2023

Classification: Management Senior Manager Zone 2

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx.

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-protected-areas.aspx.


Are you looking for a way to innovatively use your environmental management experience and relationship building skills to provide advice, direction and support to collaborative delivery of the provincial drinking water and wastewater environmental program? This position is for you!

The Director, Drinking Water and Wastewater, is responsible for the delivery of outcome-based, provincial level programs addressing drinking water, municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater. This position is responsible for providing advice, assistance and support to the Executive Director and regional managers on a variety of strategic policy and operational requirements. As a key leader within the branch leadership team, you will be leading a diversity of staff, including technical experts, to ensure safe and secure drinking water for Albertans and the proper management of wastewater. The provincial focus for this position necessitates the focus on supporting staff throughout multiple locations and working with regional compliance and approvals program managers and staff. 

Drawing on your collaborative and effective leadership style, the Director provides standards, technical and educational material, and influences environmental excellence programs within Alberta and through participation on federal committees related to drinking water and wastewater.

To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • Strong systems thinking capacity.
  • The ability to lead, coach and mentor engineering and science professionals.
  • Effective communication, conflict resolution and facilitation skills.
  • The ability to develop strong interpersonal relationships at all levels both internal and external to the organization.
  • Operate in a climate of innovation, having the receptivity to change or explore new approaches and opportunities.

As the provincial expert on water/wastewater quality and infrastructure standards, the position also represents the Alberta perspective on a number of high-profile water-related committees.


A degree in resource management, environmental science, environmental/natural resources, public health or a related field plus a minimum of seven years of related management experience is required.

Knowledge of municipal drinking water, municipal wastewater, drinking water and wastewater certification programs and the “systems” in which they function is a strong focus.

Comprehensive knowledge of the social, economic and environmental implications of drinking water and wastewater issues, and needs of clients and stakeholders is required.

Equivalencies will be considered. Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of: 

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Additional assets:
Preference will also be considered for candidates that have:

  • Extensive working knowledge of municipal drinking water, municipal wastewater, drinking water and the wastewater certification program. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the department’s business plan goals, strategic priorities, issues, provincial and regional programs and resources regulatory frameworks.
  • Government processes, policies and programs along with a working knowledge of various applications and systems.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

How Competencies will apply to this role:

Creative Problem-Solving: You will use your scientific knowledge and expertise to create new and innovative solutions to mitigate environmental concerns.

Systems Thinking: You will have an understanding of how your role impacts working with others to see the larger picture of overseeing the environmental well-being in Alberta.

Develop Self and Others: Using your technical expertise on water quality and the science that supports it by leading professional and technical staff and supervising the delivery of programs and projects that impact regulatory delivery by the regional offices throughout the province.

Develop Networks: You will interact with other scientists, ministries and external stakeholders to research, share and develop innovative approaches to projects, plans and situations as they arise.

Build Collaborative Environments: You will use effective negotiation and facilitation skills to bring resolution to complex issues among diverse group/individuals.

Drive for Results: Using your strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills, you will develop and deliver understandable scientific information to key stakeholders, the scientific community, public audiences, and senior executives in government.


$4,088.42 – $5,191.71 bi-weekly ($106,707 – 135,503/year) 


  • This is a full-time permanent position.
  • Monday – Friday, 36.25 hours per week. 

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

How To Apply

Click on the “Apply” button.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system.

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator at Jane.McEwen@gov.ab.ca.

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development