Local recruitment: Director, Water Resources

San Antonio River Authority

San Antonio, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Salary Range: $163,087.00 To 224,245.00 Annually


Under the general administrative direction from the General Manager, the Water Resources Director leads the activities of the Planning, Engineering, Construction, and Environmental Sciences Departments. Provides strategic vision that integrates these activities into the organization to sustain efficient and effective operations while enabling the organization to achieve its objectives. Facilitates the departments’ planning and budgetary responsibilities. 

Safety is #1 at the River Authority: We expect every employee: to 1) Strictly follow safety policies, rules, and safe work methods. 2) Promptly correct or report safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Immediately report injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Make regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous safety improvement.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Serves on the River Authority’s Executive Staff leadership team as a strategic partner and provides support and consultation to the leadership team. Reports to the General Manager.  Collaborates with the General Manager and Deputy General Manager on matters of strategic and operational planning, organizational change, business decision-making, and overall leadership.
  • Represents the agency’s technical expertise on external boards and committees tasked with developing regional and statewide policy and direction on water resources and environmental issues affecting the management of the resources of the river basin. 
  • Guides the strategic direction of the Engineering and Environmental Sciences Departments to promote services responsive to the needs of the organization.
  • Manages and directs the administration, planning, design, engineering, and construction of the Authority’s Engineering and Environmental Services Departments. Assists and guides the departments and ensures they achieve the River Authority’s goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for oversight, review, and approval of departmental budgets, staffing needs, and requests.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate systems for measuring necessary aspects of technical management.
  • Directs and oversees work activities, engineering and environmental projects and programs, monitors workflow, and reviews/evaluates work products, methods, and procedures. 
  • Ensures activities meet and integrate with organizational requirements for quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, and environmental policies. 
  • Maintains awareness and knowledge of operational development theory and methods and provides suitable interpretation to directors, managers, and staff within the organization, on technical issues including resource and personnel management, industry trends, innovation, and quality assurance.
  • Analyzes the departments’ operations and facilitates a regular strategic planning and action planning process to identify the best opportunities for the organization’s success.
  • Directs the continual improvement, development, motivation, and empowerment of a team of professional staff members to ensure the division’s value to achieving the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Ensures all agency practices, programs, and efforts are in alignment with the agency’s core values of integrity, excellence, and stewardship. Attends and makes presentations to the Board of Directors and committees of the Board of Directors as directed by the General Manager or the Board of Directors.
  • Reports to the Deputy General Manager, General Manager, and Board regularly on the projects and status of departments.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • This position leads the activities of the Engineering and Environmental Sciences Departments.


Required Education and Experience

  • A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in related technical fields and fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible leadership for multi-faceted direction and planning; or a combination of experience and education that results in the required knowledge, skill, and abilities is required. 
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas: Drainage and flood control, Stormwater management, H&H engineering/modeling, Wastewater Treatment, Water Quality (including modeling and environmental laboratory), Ecosystem/Riverine/Stream/Creek restoration, Water Rights, Multi-benefit projects, Surveying, Construction Inspection, Regulatory Compliance, and programs such as MS4 and Clean Rivers. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with GIS, Real Estate, and Development coordination.

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Texas, or the ability to become licensed in Texas in 6 months. Project Management Professional preferred. Certified Floodplain Manager preferred.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of this position successfully.

Knowledge of:

  • Operational development theory and methods
  • Preparation, oversight, and analysis of operational and capital budgets
  • Policies, programs, and practices affecting water resource management in Texas.
  • Community and regional planning and development
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Skills and Abilities:

  • Leadership
  • Facilitate an effective strategic planning process
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Oral and written communication
  • Public speaking
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Must be able to function in a principle-based organization that has a culture built on character and SARA Core Values of Stewardship, Integrity, and Excellence.





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