Water Resources Manager (Statewide Planning Section)

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Posting Details:

Salary: $46,932 (minimum) - $65,545 (mid-point) - $84,157 (maximum) 

Grade: 23

Opening Date: November 17, 2020

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Statewide Planning Section Manager staffs and facilitates the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council and committees and contributes to policy development. The position has oversight of the Arizona Water Initiative, Rural Programs, the Community Water System Program, the State Drought Program, and statewide water conservation activities and outreach efforts. The person in this position manages professional staff and ensures that section goals and objectives are met, while working in coordination with other section managers and leadership to accomplish shared strategic goals.

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for a variety of duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:

  • Water resources planning activities, including contributing to planning models
  • Analysis of water use data and development of water budgets
  • Supervision and training of staff
  • Development, organization, and dissemination of policies, procedures, and training material
  • Coordination with Director-level staff on policy issues
  • Advocacy and enforcement of state water resources laws, rules and policies
  • Representation of ADWR and presentation at public meetings and conferences
  • Oversight of Community Water System Program annual water use reporting processes, including data entry, analysis, and quality control and compliance activities
  • Oversight of Drought Program activities, including meetings of the Monitoring Technical Committee and Interagency Coordinating Group; review of monthly drought reports and annual Drought Preparedness Plan
  • Oversight of the conservation technical assistance, outreach, education, and collaboration efforts
  • Contracting with USGS for field verification and funding of stream gages
  • Outreach to regulated community
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • The nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater, specifically as it relates to the hydrology of Arizona
  • The ecological, hydrological, engineering and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management and conservation
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration, annual reporting requirements, and major water use sectors (municipal, industrial, and agriculture)
  • Department policies and procedures as well as the statutes and rules pertaining to water resources management
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Public policy management and practice
  • Management and supervision of employees

Skills in:

  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within ADWR, other
  • governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Public speaking, including publicly presenting complex materials to diverse audiences
  • Researching, reading, analyzing and interpreting water resource management and related documents
  • Performing detail-oriented tasks
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Using Excel, Access and other software to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment
  • Policy management, tact and diplomacy
  • Management and supervision

Ability to:

  • Effectively manage and provide general direction and supervision to professional staff to coordinate multiple activities
  • Manage and prioritize numerous projects simultaneously
  • Work well under pressure
  • Work well alone and collaboratively in a team environment, prioritize work activities, set goals and be self-motivated
  • Review and understand a variety of legal, regulatory, and technical documents related to water resources management
  • Communicate effectively complex technical and regulatory information both orally and in writing to internal and external customers
  • Analyze a situation, identify the problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in the implementation of those solutions
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process
  • Use spreadsheets and databases to retrieve, organize, and present water resources management information
  • Lead and work collaboratively on teams; coordinate projects and programs with ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Establish and maintain productive and positive relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, co-workers and members of the public
  • Conduct effective public meetings and present information to other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Selective Preference(s):

Policy analysis, development and supervisory experience are preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issue driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts 

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8505 for assistance. Persons with disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.