Assistant Director, Watershed Protection Department

City of Austin
Austin, Texas
Closing date
Feb 9, 2023

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Environmental Engineering
Position Type
Division / Department Head
Organization Type

Job Details

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 in the Project Design and Delivery branch engaged in design and delivery of projects, which include reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution across the City of Austin. The successful candidate will also lead support services related to Asset Management, Private-Public Partnerships, non-profit partnerships, and have a good understanding of how to delivery complex projects within the City of Austin. 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.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Engineering, Business, Natural Science, or Public Administration plus six (6) years of supervisory or management experience in the environmental field, public or business administration.
  • Masters degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • None


Preferred Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate is an experienced leader with forward-thinking leadership values and the flexibility to adapt to the evolving demands of the City of Austin and its community. They understand and appreciate the importance of equity and empathy in the workforce and have extensive experience and knowledge to affect positive change. The next Assistant Director is expected to think analytically, using data – both quantitative and qualitative – to problem-solve, assess divisional performance, and communicate collaboratively with other City departments and key external stakeholders. The ideal candidate understands change and risk management and will help the department stay aligned with the strategic direction of the City of Austin and the department strategic plan.

The Assistant Director must be an excellent communicator, capable of building relationships and advocating for departmental missions while engaging with City leaders at all levels, key external stakeholders, and the public. The ideal candidate has experience overseeing capital program management projects using traditional and alternate project delivery methods.

  • Proven executive experience
  • Experience working in or with government teams to deliver complex projects
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Experience with environmental programs, water quality, and stormwater.
  • Experience in finding innovative ways to obtain grant funding
  • Experience overseeing design and project delivery teams to complete capital improvement program projects.



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