Assistant Director of the Watershed Protection

City of Austin | Austin, TX

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Posted Date 5/08/2020

The next Assistant Director of the Watershed Protection Department will have several exciting challenges to address and areas of opportunity in which to excel. Under the leadership of the WPD Director, the Assistant Director will oversee personnel engaged in development review and inspection services, which include reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution across the City of Austin. The successful candidate will lead divisions relating to Environmental Resource Management, Watershed Engineering, and Capital Program Management. They will be instrumental in driving the department’s capital improvement programs (CIP) and project delivery for maintaining environmental water quality, erosion, and managing stormwater.

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1.  Develops and implements short and long range strategies, plans, programs, and personnel that provide administrative, managerial support, fiscal management, program planning, and evaluation. 
2.  Determines goals, objectives, and resource requirements for activities within the division. 
3.  Develops, revises, and implements standard operating practice, policy, and procedure governing the division. Ensures division is in compliance with all governmental regulations, ordinances, directives, and city practice, policy, and procedure. 
4.  Assists in the development, management, and monitoring of the departmental budget, ensures department operates within appropriated budget.  Recommends, and as applicable, approves major purchases and expenditures.
5.  Acts as liaison to city departments, consultants, contractors, and governmental agencies.
6.  Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints, and issues from both internal and external sources. 
7.  Prepares and presents reports by compiling, reviewing, and analyzing data; provides written and/or oral reports.
8.  Investigates and resolves consumer and citizen inquiries and/or complaints. 
9.  Presents to City Council, boards, county/state/federal officials, vendors, contractors, and the general public.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.


Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
Knowledge of and skill in supervisory, managerial techniques, and principles.
Skill in oral and written communications.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software applications.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Ability to train others.
Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.

Job Category
Local Government
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