Water Policy Development Manager (Critical Position)

City of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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THIS IS A CRITICAL POSITION. During the current health crisis, any job interviews will be held by video or audio conference.

Please be aware that you may be required to undergo screening for symptoms of COVID-19 which may include answering questions regarding symptoms or having your body temperature read as part of this job.  You may also be required to wear a face covering or use other personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Phoenix is a leader in municipal water policy in the Western United States.  As a result, we need people who are passionate about water resource policy.  Are you one of those people?

The function of the Water Policy Development Manager is to coordinate, direct, and implement programs and projects that develop long-term water resources. Responsibilities include conceptual program design and policy analysis, coordination of water resource planning and legal input, development of financing plans for public expenditures, and interdepartmental coordination. Work is oriented either toward short-term or multi-year projects. Some positions supervise other professional and clerical staff. Duties are performed under the general supervision of a deputy department director or other supervisor who evaluates performance based upon results. The increased responsibility and difficulty of assignments differentiate this class from Project Manager.

There is currently a vacancy in the Water Services Department.  Reporting to a deputy director or other supervisor, work will include developing policy plans and white papers analyzing water resource strategies; analyzing policy alternatives to recommend actions to Water Management Policy Advisor and other WSD executive staff; managing the annual order of the City’s Colorado River water, and acting as City’s liaison with the Central Arizona Project staff; and supervising professional staff. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with Arizona’s legal and regulatory framework for water resource management.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


$65,083 - $98,862 annually. Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending upon qualifications.

A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.  For more details, visit:

Unit 7 Benefits


  • Five years of professional experience in urban economic development, public facility or infrastructure development, commercial development, transportation development,  workforce development, business assistance, or public and/or private finance, three of which required management of and decision-making authority for projects or programs.
  • A bachelor's degree in economic development, urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field also is required
  • This position requires the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
  • The City job description can be found here.
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • Masters degree in urban planning, environmental science, public administration, or related field.
  • Experience with natural resource management, especially water resources.


First review of applications will occur the week of August 10, 2020. Recruitment will close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications or on August 24, 2020, whichever is sooner. 


Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.



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