Assistant Director (Watershed Protection Department)

City of Austin

Austin, TX, US

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
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:

Notes to Applicants

To ensure consideration, candidates should apply by , Friday, June 5th, 2020. 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 Overview
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 engaged in development review and inspection services, which include reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution across the City of Austin. The successful candidate will lead divisions relating to Environmental Resource Management, Watershed Engineering, and Capital Program Management. 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.

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Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

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.
  • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.

Pay Range

Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
with some flexibility; other hours as required.

Job Close Date

Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Preferred Qualifications

  • Texas Professional Engineer License
  • Project Management Professional ( PMP ) Certification
  • Experience with environmental programs, water quality, and stormwater.
  • Experience overseeing environmental resource management, watershed, engineering, and/or capital program management 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.

1. Develops and implements short and long range strategies, plans, programs, and personnel that provide administrative, managerial support, fiscal management, program planning, and evaluation.
2. Determines goals, objectives, and resource requirements for activities within the division.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Acts as liaison to city departments, consultants, contractors, and governmental agencies.
6. Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints, and issues from both internal and external sources.
7. Prepares and presents reports by compiling, reviewing, and analyzing data; provides written and/or oral reports.
8. Investigates and resolves consumer and citizen inquiries and/or complaints.
9. 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 American 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 TTY (512) 974-2445.

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.