Manager of Water Resource Planning

Denver Water

Denver, CO, United States 🇺🇸


Denver Water’s External Affairs Division is currently seeking a qualified candidate to assist us as a Manager of Water Resource Planning.  The Manager of Water Resource Planning is responsible for planning and managing a variety of complex and advanced professional level programs and projects in water resources, demand planning, and climate adaptation; managing all efforts of the Board’s Integrated Resource Plan, including management of any efforts needed for the Board to adopt changes in the Board’s Resource Policy; and coordination of critical negotiations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct the Integrated Resources Planning process including analyses of supply, reuse, and water use, treatment, distribution and water efficiency options under a Scenario Planning structure. Analyze the potential impacts of climate change and Colorado River compact call scenarios.
  • Coordinate and direct personnel and activities necessary to analyze complex water resources problems and solutions.
  • Determine and plan for the water facilities required to obtain adequate water supplies for the long-term future water needs of Denver Water customers and timing of construction.
  • Initiate planning projects for large water supply development studies, and coordinate activities with state, federal, and local agencies, and other water providers.
  • Develop and coordinate studies of water demand, land use, and demand management research and technology
  • Monitor water use patterns and the potential for future changes through modeling, analysis and customer attitude research.
  • Develop and refine processes to apply long-term planning to capital project development and daily operations where appropriate.
  • Assist in critical negotiations and studies necessary to protect the Board’s interests with the West Slope, the Denver metropolitan area, and other entities throughout Colorado.
  • Develop and coordinate Denver Water’s industry-leading climate change adaptation activities.
  • Develop and supervise aspects of Denver Water’s drought response, including assisting in the development of Board drought policies.
  • Participate, and in some cases lead, cross-divisional efforts to develop, implement and monitor budget processes that align spending with strategic priorities.
  • Schedule, budget, and coordinate interdepartmental work plans and development of Capital Plans.
  • Prepare accurate, clear, and concise oral and written reports. Recommend well-thought through strategies for presentation to the Staff, Executive Team, Board and stakeholders. Provide timely and well-reasoned status reports on projects to Staff, Executive Team and Board as appropriate.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge about current water issues within the region, State and nationally. Bring innovative ideas to the water resource planning efforts. Make informed decisions based on current research and data.
  • Organize, coordinate, and supervise the work of others. Exercise technical, editorial, and quality control of multi-disciplinary work efforts and the administrative management of projects. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, local, state, and federal agencies, special interest groups, and customers.
  • Represent Denver Water in various external organizations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has formal supervisory responsibilities over other employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering discipline, Water Resources, Planning, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or a related field.
  • Minimum 8 years of related work experience; 5-7 years working in utility industry preferred; and 4 years of supervisory experience which may include project management.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Licenses, Registration and Certifications:

  • Requires possession of a standard driver’s license (ability to obtain within 1 month of hire).
  • May require HIPAA Training.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicant should be skilled in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Applicant should have the ability to analyze and reach conclusions about water resources data and water demand data, with strong analytical skills, thorough knowledge of water rights law, hydrologic processes, econometric analysis and demographic data.
  • Knowledge of Denver Water’s and other entities’ water rights, projects, water use patterns and operations.
  • Knowledge of the Department’s overall systems operation from collection system through the customer tap to wastewater and stormwater collection systems.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, the public and other private and public sector organizations.

About Denver Water:

Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.4 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs.  Denver Water aspires to be the best water utility in the nation.  The organization is a responsible steward of the resources, assets and natural environment entrusted to us in order to provide a high-quality water supply, a resilient and reliable system, and excellent customer service.

Denver Water is committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on Denver Water property at the main campus.

Denver Water offers excellent benefits that include a pension plan, a 401K Plan with 3% match, a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Health and Dental coverage, Life Insurance, and Paid Time Off.  A background check will be conducted to verify information submitted on application. 

Denver Water is an equal opportunity employer. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, military status, or marital status in making employment or business decisions. It also prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace or in its dealings with the public. The organization encourages and welcomes diversity of backgrounds in its workforce. Denver Water complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).

Veronica Hernandez

1600 W. 12th Ave.

Denver, CO. 80204-3412

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