POSITION TITLE : Director, Legislative Water Commission
JOB GRADE : Responsibility Level 12
ACCOUNTABLE TO : Director, Legislative Coordinating Commission
DATE: December, 2017
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF POSITION : The Director’s primary responsibility is providing lead staff support to the Legislative Water Commission (LWC), in order to enable the Commission to carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes 3.886. The incumbent will work closely with its members, legislative staff, appropriate state agencies and personnel, federal and local government officials and staff, non-governmental organizations, technical and scientific experts, and other stakeholders to provide appropriate information and analysis to the Commission.
MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
- Evaluate research and policy reports. Review reports and literature on water policy issues, analyze their implications for Minnesota water policy, and recommend options for legislative responses. Collect, compile, analyze and summarize statistical information including research and information from other sources.*
- Evaluate legislation. Track proposed water-related legislation and evaluate it for possible impacts on Minnesota’s waters, and provide that analysis to members of the Commission, appropriate legislators, and interested staff. As directed by the Commission, present the Commission’s positions to legislative committees and organizations and agencies outside of the Legislature.
- Project management and planning. Assist the Commission’s co-chairs in developing plans to facilitate the Commission’s work and, if desired, managing projects.*
- Monitor local, state and federal policy relating to water. Be familiar with water policy issues from the perspective of municipal and county governments, watershed districts, various state agencies, and federal agencies.
- Operational leadership and support. Provide operational, financial and administrative management of the work of the Legislative Water Commission including, but not limited to organizing the Commission’s meetings, provide testimony when needed, monitor expenditures, facilitating site visits for the commission and managing the LWC’s budget.*
- Reports, legislation. As directed, assist the Commission by interpreting and preparing reports and, drafting possible legislation and providing other analyses needed for the Commission to carry out its work.*
- Monitor current events and issues . To help members keep abreast of current state and federal water issues that are relevant to their interest and activity areas, gather, summarize and transmit information obtained from the media, agencies, reports, and pertinent meetings. Keep members informed of upcoming events of interest to them.
- Other duties as assigned.
BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Review and recommend approval of LWC expenditures from the Legislative Coordinating Commission administrative budget.
SUPERvisORY REsPONSIBILITY: None. As needed, provide work direction to the commission administrative assistant assigned to support the Legislative Water Commission.
Scope of Relationships: Work with legislators, legislative staff, state and federal agency personnel, local agencies, non-government and environmental organizations, and the public.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Knowledge of water policy and environmental policy issues. Specific knowledge of both surface and groundwater policy issues is essential.
- At least five years of professional experience in program management or technical evaluation of water policy or environmental policy issues.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Self-directed worker with strong leadership skills.
- Experience working with diverse interests in a collaborative environment.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Experience and skill in researching, analyzing and reporting data.
- Experience in writing, editing and producing reports.
- Excellent computer skills, including the use of spread sheets and databases.
- Ability to work with public officials of both parties and the public and respond appropriately and in a timely manner to requests for information.
- Ability to work effectively with state, regional and local agencies that plan and implement programs related to water.
- Non-partisan background.
- Advanced degree specifically in water or environmental policy, public policy, economics or other relevant field and two years of professional experience in program management or analysis of water policy or environmental policy issues.
- Knowledge of land use planning, water, energy and transportation policies for sustainability, scientific and technical assessment of groundwater sustainability and best management practices.
- Experience with a local unit of government developing or implementing water management programs.
- Familiarity with the legislative process.
*Denotes Essential Functions under the ADA
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $80,000.00 to $147,588.00 /year