Federal Water Leader


Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

The Federal Water Leader will be responsible for the continued growth and development of HDR’s Federal Water program. The successful candidate will be responsible for strategic planning, development, and growth within HDR’s Federal Market Sector in support of the Water Business Group.  Projects and programs in the Federal Water Market Sector typically involve the planning, engineering, design and construction of water, wastewater, and water resources projects for the US Government (Department of Interior (DOI) and Department of Defense (DOD)).  In general, the Federal Water Leader function includes marketing new potential clients and existing clients, securing and managing contracts and/or task orders, and delivering studies, designs and construction related services across a broad spectrum of DOI and DOD clients. The Federal Water Leader will be responsible for identifying, obtaining, and assigning appropriate resources to projects to meet budget, schedule, and scope requirements.  The Federal Water Leader will also be responsible for proposal development, federal contract compliance, quality control and marketing support for Federal clients.

The Federal Water Leader will be expected to function as the Project Manager on some projects.  In this role, the Federal Water Leader will be directly responsible for compliance with all internal and contractual requirements associated with producing the project deliverables, QA/QC program compliance, budget and schedule monitoring and reporting, and client service management. 

Specific types of projects may include dams and levees,  treatment facilities, pumping stations, storage reservoirs, lift stations, a variety of pipeline related projects, and master planning.   The successful candidate will demonstrate an outgoing personality with strong people skills, with a wide variety of project types and experience with multiple US government/federal agencies. 

Primary Duties

The duties of the Federal Water Leader include:

  • Identifying, tracking, proposing on, and securing contracts with various DOI and DOD agencies.
  • Developing and submitting Task Order proposals for opportunities within current IDIQ contracts.
  • Establishing and growing client relations across multiple US government/federal clients.
  • Managing project/task scope, schedule, and budget in accordance with contract requirements.
  • Collaborating across all business groups, bringing in specific subject matter experts and resources as needed to increase the hit and capture rate of opportunities.
  • Maintaining utilization through active role in projects, including serving as project principal, Contract or Task Order Manager, quality or technical lead, project manager, or other role as appropriate which may include overseeing production and coordination on concurrent projects.  This may include planning, directing, and monitoring all aspects of large multi-discipline projects or medium sized projects with potentially a high degree of technical complexity.
  • Working directly with Business Group Manager, Area Manager, Project Accountant or Company Controller for project reviews.
  • Supervising project staff and serving as a mentor for team members.

Keyword(s): Project Manager, Federal, Water, Wastewater, Water Resources


Required Qualifications

  • BS Civil or Environmental Engineering. MS Preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in delivering water, wastewater, and water resources projects for Federal clients (DOI and/or DOD). 
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated hands-on project management experience managing projects, engineering budgets, schedules, and project teams for DOI and/or DOD clients.
  • Demonstrated experience managing engineering contracts with the US government.
  • Professional Engineer registration, or the ability to obtain Professional Engineer Registration within 6 months.
  • Experience with staff management and development of multidiscipline teams a must. Strong communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrated project management experience with the National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and/or the US Army Corps of Engineers preferred.
  • Demonstrated business development and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple simultaneous assignments.
  • Solid leadership and organizational skills.
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.  When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.  

Benefits and Compensation:  

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success; which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off and parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonuses and tuition reimbursement. The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $120,000 – $170,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location.

Primary Location: United States-Colorado-Denver

Industry: Water

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

BusinessClass: Federal Project Management

Job Posting: May 18, 2021