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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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***Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications***
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
Performs highly complex (senior-level) planning work on the Regional Water Planning Team. These planners support and coordinate the development of regional water plans by regional water planning groups. Work also involves coordinating and managing planning grant contracts for development of regional water plans. Planners serve as liaison (non-voting member) on regional water planning groups and provide unbiased technical and administrative assistance to regional water planning groups including assisting the groups in understanding and navigating the regional water planning framework. Provides rules and guidance, reviewing the draft regional water plans, and informing and educating stakeholders including making presentations. Supports regional water project development teams and evaluates projects as part of the agency funding application process. Assists in developing the state water plan. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Regional Water Planning Department.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Serve as liaison (non-voting member) and provides direct technical and administrative assistance to three regional water planning groups to facilitate the timely completion of their regional water plans and studies.
- Attends and represents the TWDB at all regular regional water planning group meetings and public hearings for assigned regions.
- Tracks the progress of and provides proactive assistance to the regional water planning groups in the form of information sharing, training, and explanation and guidance of regional water planning requirements (including statute, agency rule, and contractual requirements).
- Manages research and planning contracts for regional water planning and related studies to ensure contractors stay on track and assure work products meet the intent of the scope of work, rules, and statutory requirements.
- Reviews and evaluates planning deliverables for contractual, rule, and statutory compliance and approval.
- Performs other routine contract management duties such as reviewing and approving payment requests and ensuring timely processing of contract amendments, budget memorandums, or subcontracts.
- Collects, organizes, and analyzes data required in the development of plans or programs.
- Prepares and evaluates reports and makes presentations.
- Participates in technical, policy, and interagency planning meetings.
- Supports and participates as a member of one or more multi-disciplinary Regional Water Project Development teams through promoting financial assistance programs at stakeholder meetings, and application review for funding water-related infrastructure projects.
- Assists in providing quality control review of SWIFT project prioritization information.
- 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 compiling, writing, and otherwise developing Board and policy items as well as the state water plan.
- Identifies, defines, and researches issues of strategic importance.
- 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.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in City or Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Public Administration, or a related field.
- Two years of experience in planning-related work, civil engineering, hydrology, geology, or public administration.
- Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
- Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in City or Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, or Public Administration, or related areas.
- Licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Texas.
- Three years of professional experience in water-related technical work or water planning.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Regional Water Planning Department and of the principles and practices of public administration.
- Knowledge of hydrology, geology, and water planning principles relevant to Texas.
- Knowledge of Texas water laws and institutions and the process for regional and state water 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 and preparing 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 complete tasks and projects in a timely manner and persists until tasks are completed.
- 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 15-20% 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 material.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate data.
- Ability to complete multi-disciplinary planning projects involving diverse groups and stakeholders.