Director of Colorado Water Conservation Board

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, United States 🇺🇸

Department Information

The Department of Natural Resources seeks applicants to lead the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). The CWCB was created over 75 years ago to provide policy direction on Colorado’s water issues.  The agency provides expertise in a broad range of programs and provides technical assistance to further the utilization of Colorado’s waters. (also see

Description of Job

The Director is a statewide leader in the conservation, development and utilization of the state’s water resources.  The Director carries out the policies and directives of the CWCB Board and works closely with Colorado’s water community as well as the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, the State Engineer, the General Assembly, and the Governor to address Colorado’s current and future water needs.  This is a non-classified Senior Executive Service position supervised by the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources. 
The Director oversees the agency’s staff and programs including:

  • Water Project Financing
  • Stream and Lake Protection 
  • Water Supply Planning
  • Watershed and Flood Protection
  • Interstate and Federal Agreements
The Director also plays a key leadership role in the implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan (  Colorado’s Water Plan is the state’s framework for implementing solutions to Colorado’s long-term water challenges.  It guides decision-making among Colorado’s diverse water community and sets forth the measurable objectives, goals, and critical actions needed to ensure this valuable resource is protected and available for generations to come. 
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in water resource management; natural resource policy, planning, conservation; public administration; engineering; economics; political science; or in a field of study directly related to the assignment:
  • Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the legal, engineering, economic or political aspects of water resources management. The experience must have included the following:
    • Two (2) years managing a large, multiple-level organization through subordinate level staff: and
    • Two (2) years of professional public or business administration which included establishing organizational structure, developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, setting goals and objectives to achieve program results.

  • Professional experience which provided the same kind, amount of and level of knowledge acquired in the education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree, but not for the specific required professional experience as outlined above.
  • A master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in water resource management; natural resource policy, planning, law or conservation; public administration; engineering; economics; political science; or in a field of study directly related to the assignment may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one or two years respectively of the general experience, but not for the specific required professional experience as outlined above.

Desired Characteristics and Attributes
The CWCB places significant emphasis on promoting and maintaining a positive work environment.  The qualities of the environment include transparent and open communication, work-life balance, a focus on training and development, recognition for hard work and a strong team spirit.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics and attributes:
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, positive attitude
  • Proactive, takes initiative, self-motivated
  • Great work ethic, disciplined, conscientious, thorough and diligent
  • Organized and professional
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Customer-service mindset, respectful, helpful
  • Adaptable and open to change
  • Possesses good problem-solving ability and uses good judgment
  • Self-confident and self-aware
  • Honest, trustworthy, dependable
Required Competencies and Experience
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following competencies and experience:
  • Ability to coordinate needs of stakeholders despite competing requirements, priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other decision makers
  • Ability to work in a complex political environment
  • Ability to establish and implement goals, objectives, and policies
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement strategies, projects, and programs
  • Ability to identify priorities
  • Ability to problem-solve and execute decisions
  • Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, development and implementation
  • Proven experience in accomplishing goals and objectives
  • Proven experience in developing effective solutions
  • Proven experience in managing, motivating, and providing leadership to a diverse staff
Conditions of Employment
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

Note:  Because this position is exempt from the classified state personnel system, appeal rights do not apply, with the exception of charges of discrimination. A standard appeal form is available at:
Supplemental Information

Appointment is made by the Colorado Water Conservation Board per C.R.S. 37-60-111(2)

A complete application pack must include:

  1. 1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via
  2. 2. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.  Your cover letter can be attached to your application.
  3. 3. If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts can be attached to your application.

Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical Help
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