West Region Water Practice Lead

Michael Baker International

Los Angeles, CA, USA 🇺🇸


Supported by more than 3,000  employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction, and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration, and technological advancement to help solve our clients’ complex challenges


Consistently ranked nationally by Engineering News-Record as a Top 10 Water firm, Michael Baker International offers clients an integrated team of professionals versed in all aspects of water resources planning, design, permitting, and construction management and inspection. 

As our population and metropolitan areas grow, the efficient storage and conveyance of clean, secure water and the transport and disposal of residual wastes are vital to our well-being. Major rain events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, as well as climate change and its resulting drought, tax our nation’s water supply, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. We understand the critical importance of our aging infrastructure, and we make it a priority to assist clients in continually improving these systems for future generations.

Michael Baker’s water professionals provide innovative consulting, planning and engineering solutions for the entire spectrum of the water cycle. We have proven experience in providing a full range of professional services from scientific and technical analysis, development of concepts through to final design, and construction support services. Protection and management of water resources starts at the watershed level and follows the movement of water through urban and agricultural areas, streams, lakes and reservoirs, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and water/wastewater treatment plants.

Michael Baker is seeking a Regional Water Practice Lead to join our team and lead the expansion of our Water Practice in the West Region marketplace.


Working closely with our local water professionals, this individual will be charged with the development and implementation of an innovative business strategy, identifying and leading key regional pursuits, managing large multidiscipline water and wastewater projects, mentoring project managers, and establishing strategic relationships with clients and teaming partners. 

The Regional Water Practice Lead will: 

•Collaborate with our Water Practice leaders to grow Michael Baker’s water practice with a primary focus on Southern California water and wastewater clients (i.e. MWD, LADWP, LACDPW, LABOE, LACSD, OCPW, CA DWR, OCSD , etc.) in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura and Kern Counties while remaining engaged at a high level with the rest of the West Region.
•Connect / cross-market other discipline services and solutions. Support other disciplines that have existing client relationships and leverage those relationships for growth opportunities. 
•Establish relationships with design-build partners including contractors and engineering firms; assist in design-build pursuits including strategic pursuit planning, stakeholder outreach, proposal development and project management execution.
•Develop and maintain client, stakeholder and teaming partner relationships. Work closely with the Michael Baker Southern California Water Leadership Team and the National Practice Lead for Water in pursuit identification and strategies, agency and public outreach, and allocation/management of technical resources. 
•Identify and leverage partnership opportunities, build knowledge in government relations protocol and processes, and develop strategic relationships with key elected officials, industry leaders, agency management leaders and colleague firms through collaboration with Michael Baker’s Business Development Associates.  
•Become an active participant in local professional organizations such as AWWA, APWA, ASCE or ACEC and work towards securing a leadership role on Board(s) or Committee(s). 
•Utilize strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and negotiation skills, as well as problem-solving abilities, in this highly visible position. 
•Lead project delivery on key pursuits through provision of technical direction and oversight to the design team; oversight of fiscal management relative to scope, schedule and budget; promote adherence to client management, implementation of quality control processes and appropriate level of delegation to, and oversight of, key supporting staff.
•Identify potential business development opportunities that address an industry challenge; brings recognition to Michael Baker on a local and regional basis; and helps to maintain and expand Michael Baker’s Water presence in Southern California.
•Lead proposal, interview, fee development and negotiations for various key project pursuits. 
•Build relationships with other managers in the West Region and with other key managers companywide. 
•Refresh past knowledge and stay apprised of current representative services and projects for Michael Baker in Environmental, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Structures, Surface Water, Surveying, and Transportation. 
•Recruit and attract individuals to Michael Baker and help build team members’ careers.  
•Collaborate with the Southern California, Northern California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest representatives and the Regional Leadership team regarding staff assignments, workshare, mentorship, business pursuits and feedback on quality of project deliverables.


•Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
•Professional Engineer license required for the state of California
•20+ years of water or wastewater experience with increasing levels of responsibility
•Strong track record of overseeing successful project delivery of water and wastewater projects. Focus area is Southern California; however experience in Northern California, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada is a plus. Specific agencies of focus include MWD, LADWP, LACDPW, LABOE, LACSD, OCPW, CA DWR, OCSD and local cities / counties 
•Entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to be a leader at Michael Baker to grow our water practice in the California marketplace
•Demonstrated supervisory and mentoring skills, strong engineering judgment, applicable technical skills, and strong proposal writing talents
•Strong presence in the water industry, with active participation on Boards, including thought leadership  authorship and speaking roles at conferences / seminars
•Strong client relationships and the drive to use those relationships to win work and grow the Michael Baker West Region Water Practice


Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunities for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.