Water Conservation Division Manager

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


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Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to Environmental Science, Public Administration, or Business Administration, plus six (6) years of experience in a related field, including four (4) years of experience in a supervisory capacity.

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • None.

Position Overview:
Overview: The Water Conservation Division Manager will be responsible for leading a team of 20 staff members, both direct and indirect reports, in providing conservation services to AW customers to reduce water usage in an effort to meet established peak day water use goals. This individual is also responsible for pursuing new water conservation technologies and supporting the Water Forward plan. For additional information about the position, Austin Water, and City of Austin governance structure, please click click HERE to view the recruitment brochure.

Working with Austin Water 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 to interview:
Candidates selected to interview will receive information and instructions for preparing a writing sample and short presentation to be given at the time of the interview.

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.
  • This position requires a criminal background investigation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing large teams in a field related to conservation and/or environmentalism
  • Experience managing a division budget of $3 million or more
  • Experience using performance measures and dashboards to facilitate strategic planning and goal setting
  • Experience leading cross-functional efforts to devise public policy related to water conservation, working with internal and external stakeholders, including executive level staff
  • Experience researching, gathering, and preparing relevant information to be presented to stakeholders in various formats including policies and procedures, public education, presentations and reports to Board, Commissions or Council
  • Ability to understand regulatory code language and experience working in a regulatory environment
  • Experience assisting in or responding to media requests and offering input to media interviews and other communications
  • Experience in managing customer complaints

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. Oversees, plans, develops, and implements water conservation programs and policies, consistent with Austin Water?s long-term goals related to water conservation strategies.
  2. Coordinates water conservation program activities with various Local, Regional, State, and Federal agencies and municipal boards and commissions in order to promote conservation.
  3. Performs budget development and execution, management of contracts, and service delivery.
  4. Participates in the development of long-term strategic goals related to water conservation efforts, and recommends changes to City codes relating to water management.
  5. Reviews and analyzes data of water supply and demand in order to promote and validate current and proposed conservation programs.
  6. Oversees the use of data from various sources and analytical methods to quantify and track water savings from water conservation program and strategy implementation.
  7. Assists the Public Information Office with marketing and education of water conservation programs.
  8. Interprets public input and recommendations to evaluate conservation initiatives.
  9. Stays current with new trends and innovation in water conservation management methods and techniques, including regulatory and legislative issues.
  10. Participates on cross-divisional teams and coordination efforts with other division/departments, including those led by others.
  11. Presents to executive management on division matters, attends industry, community, Council and Board and Commission meetings as required.
  12. Ensure division functions are in compliance with all appropriate sections of the City code and other ordinances.

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 industry trends regarding conservation initiatives.
  • Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and ordinances governing water use and conservation.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and managing multiple complex projects concurrently.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict resolution.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in participating on project teams, including those led by others.
  • Ability to lead teams of professionals in delivering high quality public services.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to work with large groups with diverse interests and agendas to develop consensus solutions.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to productively contribute to cross divisional coordination efforts.