Local recruitment: 24-01 - Flood Protection Planning Grant Manager (Manager V)

Texas Water Development Board

Austin, TX, USA 🇺🇸


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Texas Water Development Board’s Mission – Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas. 

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 our employee benefits and more, visit http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp.

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*Licensed Engineering candidates external to TWDB will be eligible to receive a $5,000 recruitment bonus if selected.

***Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications***


Job Description Summary

Performs advanced (senior-level) managerial work administering the daily operations and activities of the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB), Flood Protection Planning Grant (FPPG) Department in the Flood Planning (FP) Division of the Office of Planning (OoP). Responsible for overall review, management, and coordination of all Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) Category 1 (CAT 1) Flood Protection Planning Projects of the agency with significant customer interaction. Coordinates, guides, tracks, reviews, and oversees management of all FIF CAT1 projects for agency review, and Board approval.

The FPPG Manager position will ideally have knowledge of and experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, mapping, planning, design, and construction of flood risk reduction projects. They should be experienced, and skilled to ensure the grants are utilized appropriately to facilitate identification of flood risk, and planning for appropriate flood risk reduction projects and that the work done by contractors meets requirements and the purpose of the program funding. They should have experience with developing and managing contracts and contractors.

Work requires highly proactive management involving, review, tracking and management of complex technical watershed planning and flood risk reduction planning projects. Developing guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations. Develops schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals. Coordinating and evaluating department activities, developing, and evaluating budget requests, and monitoring budget expenditures. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Director of the Flood Planning Division.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists with the establishment of the Flood Protection Planning Grant (FPPG) Department including assembling a team for managing and coordination of all FIF CAT 1 grant applications.
  • Performs overall management and coordination of the CAT 1 applications review and tracking, contract development and management.
  • Ensures TWDB’s projects database (TxWise) is kept updated pertaining to the FIF CAT1 projects.
  • Creates and updates relevant documents and processes for successful administration and closeout of the Category 1 applications.
  • Reviews applications for financial assistance and advises applicants on TWDB requirements according to the funding program.
  • Remains informed of changes to pertinent laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and instructions and correctly applies them to assigned projects.
  • Develops relevant engineering information needed for Board consideration of funding requests and makes final recommendations on the feasibility of the proposed project/application.
  • Coordinates with various federal and state agencies regarding projects and programs.
  • Performs technical review and evaluation of engineering related documents.
  • Determines relevant deficiencies, options, and recommendations to ensure compliance with TWDB rules and regulations.
  • Monitors project schedules, budgets, and invoice costs and/or released costs to identify potential issues or delays.
  • Serves as project manager, monitoring project schedules, budgets, and requirements, and reviewing eligibility and approving payment requests.
  • May conduct on site observations to monitor the progress of the construction of TWDB-funded projects for compliance with TWDB rules and specifications.
  • Assists owners with problem resolution, and ensures work is completed in accordance with approved contract document.
  • Manages various aspects of projects, recommends course of action to reduce delays, and documents project files on significant actions.
  • Proactively generates and manages communications with FIF Category 1 project applicants.
  • Manages activities and provides direction, coordination, technical guidance, support to and supervision of agency staff in the FPPG Department.
  • Provides effective leadership and management of the FPPG Department.
  • Monitors and reports department work activities.
  • Authorizes department hiring, separations, disciplinary actions, and employee performance rewards.
  • Assigns job duties and tasks, conducts performance evaluations, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and monitors and measures performance against goals.
  • Evaluates department performance and recommends and leads improvements.
  • Develops schedules and tracking materials to ensure that various requirements are met, and process deliverables will meet deadlines.
  • Directs, monitors, and anticipates program activities and develops and implements necessary revisions to agency rules, guidance, and procedures as a result.
  • Provides support for legislative, agency, public, media, and other information requests.
  • 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.
  • Oversees development of section staff, including development of section and department goals, and identification and approval of employee job-related training.
  • Manages all project activities within the FPPG Department providing technical direction and guidance.
  • Supports department administrative requirements related to organization, budget, and personnel.
  • Ensures the provision of quality customer service from the department to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manages the performance of direct reports, to include, timely completion of performance appraisals, and follow-through on disciplinary actions as needed.
  • 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 accredited four-year college or university with a major in Planning, Water Resources/Civil/Environmental Engineering, or related field.
  • Seven years of relevant professional experience in flood risk reduction projects, flood-related planning, mitigation, response or recovery; water resources planning; and/or flood modeling and mapping; or other closely-related work.
  • Three years of progressively responsible professional work experience managing projects/programs and supervising staff.
  • Professional Engineering License.
  • 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 Planning, Civil/Environmental Engineering, or related field.
  • Four years of progressively responsible professional work experience managing projects/programs and supervising staff.
  • Experience developing and managing contracts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and mapping of flood risk.
  • Experience in planning, prioritization, design and construction of flood risk reduction projects including riverine flood control, local flood control and costal flood control projects.
  • Experienced overseeing the proper utilization of flood control planning grants.
  • Experience with regulations related to floodplain and flood management, federal and state programs and permitting.
  • Certified Flood Plain Manager.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to relevant to flood planning, floodplain management, flood risk reduction; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of flood risk reduction projects, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, mapping, concepts and the principles related to flood planning and flood mitigation.
  • General knowledge of flood modeling and mapping processes and GIS mapping in general.
  • 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 providing good customer service, both internally and externally.
  • Skills in preparing reports.
  • Ability to identify work-related process, data, or oversight gaps and to generate and implement solutions to address them.
  • Ability to understand, write, and present complex technical information to a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to quickly become conversant in flood-related federal, state and local laws and agencies, as well as associated flood programs, flood funding programs, policies, and regulations.
  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to agency staff, as well as to 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 prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and schedule work in order to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to successfully develop, deploy, and oversee contracts.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives.
  • Ability to devise solutions to problems.
  • Ability to identify and mitigate program and agency risks.
  • 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 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.






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