Assistant Director for the Water Planning

  • Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources
  • 1526 K Street, Lincoln, NE, United States
  • Oct 26, 2016
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

The position is located at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources as the Assistant Director for the Water Planning, Engineering and Technical Services Divisions. The primary duties of this position include: advising and assisting the Director and other assistant directors with establishing and administering department policies, procedures, programs and budget; direct and provide technical oversight for the Water Planning, Engineering and Technical Services Division managers and related division activities.

Hours: 8-5, Monday - Friday. 

Job location is the Nebraska State Office Building, Downtown. 
Examples of Work
Along with the primary duties stated above, the selected candidate will: Serve as thought leader for process improvement initiatives in assigned operating and/or administrative divisions. Consult with the Director, other assistant directors, division managers, and section supervisors to identify improvement opportunities and clarify issues. Lead the development of action plans for optimizing operations and resolving division and agency-wide issues that impair the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department. Oversees the work of agency staff and consultants working on interstate compacts and decrees. Reviews scientific work products of the Department including, but not limited to, analysis of hydrologically connected groundwater and surface water, water budgets, water resources modeling, and water use data. Serve as the Department's primary point of contact for relationships with state, federal and local government entities and oversee related Department participation agreements associated with assigned divisions. Assist in formulating and/or administering state water policies and interstate compacts and decrees, working closely with other divisions, the Legal Section, the Legislature, other state and local agencies, and public interest groups. Identify and propose potential revisions to water administration rules and regulations that could facilitate implementation of integrated management plans. Assist in the administration of financial, budget and human resources actions regarding assigned divisions, working closely with the Finance, Human Resources and the Legal Sections. Participate in evaluating the fiscal and administrative impacts of legislative proposals on the Department and participate in preparing the Department's responses. Provide technical oversight, support, and quality control for division responsibilities that require particular professional expertise and has or can establish registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Nebraska. Represent the Department and Director at various public meetings, conferences and seminars.  Some travel. 

Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS:  Masters degree in engineering, hydrology, geology or related field, AND five years of experience performing technical and administrative duties related to water resources management, including experience in a supervisory position. OR a Bachelors degree in engineering, hydrology, geology or related field, AND seven years of experience performing technical and administrative duties related to water resources management, including experience in a supervisory position.

PREFERRED: Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).

OTHER:  Valid driver's license or able to provide independent authorized transportation. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: engineering constructs, hydrology, hydraulics, geology, soil and water conservation, ecology and agriculture; and modern principles of water resource management and comprehensive basin planning; federal and state laws and regulations relevant to the assigned agency divisions and their programs and functions; the principles of supervision and staff development; business and management principles including strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, leadership and coordination of people and resources; appropriate budget administration practices; standards and practices. Skill in: communicating to convey information so others will understand; using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions; recognizing problems, developing and evaluating options, and implementing solutions; effectively delegating authorities and overseeing processes; communicating effectively. Ability to: learn, apply and interpret agency policies and procedures relating to areas of responsibility; oversee and control the functions of statewide programs; plan, assign and supervise the work of others and analyze work quality; establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, federal, state and local agencies; establish program objectives or performance goals and assess progress; formulate policies to meet identified needs, goals or objectives; exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in critical and/or unexpected situations. 
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Government- State/Provincial