Director of Water Supply and Protection

Boston, MA, US

The Director of the Division of Water Supply Protection (DWSP) is a key member of DCR’s Conservation Team and senior staff.  The Director is responsible for overseeing the DWSP and ensuring that its operations, functions and public use and enjoyment are consistent with water supply and water resource protection and DCR’s policies and mission.

The DWSP manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds covering over 100,000 acres for 2.5 million residents of Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston. The Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, and Wachusett Reservoir watersheds are the sources of drinking water for distribution by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  The Director provides oversight for the two Regional Directors who manage the watersheds on a daily basis.

The Director provides oversight for the Natural Resources Office within DWSP which sets the policies and guidance for natural resource protection and management within the watershed and land acquisition to protect the water supply.  The Natural Resources Office also works closely with the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to protect wildlife and promote habitat protection.

The Director also oversees the Office of Water Resources which provides technical staff support to the Water Resources Commission.  Such work includes coordinating the interagency review of proposed interbasin transfers, administering cooperative programs with the US Geological Survey, developing water resources policy and watershed planning efforts.  The Office of Water Resources also manages DCR’s Lakes and Pond Program as well as the state’s Flood Hazard Management Program.  The Division’s Rainfall Program maintains a network of approximately 150 precipitation database for research, analysis and drought management planning.

The Director serves as the senior manager for the DWSP and is responsible for establishing Division priorities and objectives that support the overall mission of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which is to preserve, protect, and promote our commonwealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

The Director reports to and works closely with the Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship, and also works closely with other members of senior staff on policy and projects involving, but not limited to, forest management, cultural and natural resource protection, interpretation, land acquisition and public access. 

Plan and conceptualize for the management and protection of land areas and human resources under the stewardship of DCR’s DWSP while directing and leading DWSP senior managers in the establishment of priorities, goals and objectives for the division. Oversees all activities and programs, including the enforcement of existing laws, rules and regulations in addition to the development of new policies and procedures.  Work closely with MWRA operations, planning, management and finance teams       

Oversee the Office of Water Resources’ state-wide programs and projects including Lakes & Ponds Program, USGS Cooperative Program, Flood Hazard Management Program, Water Resources Commission policy development and staffing, Drought Planning and Stream Flow and Rainfall network monitoring.  

Work with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, EOEEA and other agencies to establish policies to protect the environment, water supply, provide appropriate recreational opportunities and ensure public safety  

The Division Director works with his/her senior managers to protect the drinking water supply for 2.5 million people in metro Boston through a wide variety of programs and projects outlined in the Division’s Watershed Protection Plans and Annual Workplan/Budget.  The Director is responsible for ensuring that staff are coordinating and implementing over 100 separate programs and projects each year in both the Quabbin/Ware and Wachusett/Sudbury Regional offices to maintain water quality and protect resources. 

Manage over 100,000 acres of land in Central Massachusetts for water supply protection purposes while protecting natural and cultural resources and providing appropriate public access opportunities as allowed by regulations and plans and consistent with agency objectives.

Ensuring that the MWRA/DCR Water System maintains a DEP and federal court-approved waiver from filtration by ensuring compliance with protocols and standards to provide outstanding source water protection.  The Director is responsible for keeping state regulators well informed on all issues affecting the water supply.

Managing a complex water system in coordination with the MWRA with significant financial and program oversight from both the WSP Trust Board and MWRA departments and balancing this oversight with DCR’s overall goals, objectives and practices.

Ensuring the safety, maintenance and repair of 10+ dams under the control of the Office of Watershed Management which in a catastrophic event could jeopardize public safety and personal property

Ensuring that infrastructure for staff and water supply protection are in good repair and developing budget recommendations that support objectives.

Work with Office of Water Resources and senior park operations staff to prioritize treatment for lakes and ponds that support DCR’s prioritized objectives for conservation and recreation.

Manage the competing interests of constituents, stakeholders, community leaders and legislators.

Provide logical, clear and impartial interpretations of the often complex engineering, planning and environmental factors that lead to decisions and recommendations

In addition to establishing DWSP priorities and goals in conjunction with the overall goals of the DCR, the incumbent with be responsible to conduct an annual planning process and based on decisions, establish tasks and desired outcomes for managers.  The goals will be implemented by the management team and staff of the DWSP with his/her direct oversight. The Director will coordinate the DWSP’s activities with other Divisions and environmental agencies in the EOEA Secretariat.  Given the broad mandate of the DWSP, the Director’s role is to exercise decision-making at a highest-level within the DCR, inaugurate new programs, bring resolution to competing internal priorities, and provide general guidance to program staff.

Preferred Qualifications:  Professional knowledge and experience in the areas of water resource management and water supply protection.  A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in the area of hydrology, environmental engineering or a closely related field.  A Master’s Degree or higher in the areas of environmental policy, science or closely related fields.  Experience in managing a diverse workforce, large budgets and the ability to supervise and motivate staff.  Ability to deal effectively with controversial and sensitive issues, and collaborate closely with DCR senior managers and leadership from MWRA.



Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.