Manages the functions, policies and personnel of the Water Resources work group. Enforces the City’s raw water policies and manages programs related to the City’s water rights and overall water supply to ensure current and future supply needs are met and municipal water rights are protected. Performs highly specialized and expert engineering duties and assumes accountability for the preparation, implementation, coordination, evaluation, analysis and execution of critical engineering projects, studies, systems and functions. The salary range for this position is $93,700 - $149,900 per year with a hiring range of $93,700 - $121,800, depending on qualifications and experience. First reading of applicants is on: 7/24/20 at 4:30 P.M. M.S.T.
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Benefits Package Includes:
2 Medical plan options
Medical and Dependent Daycare flexible spending
Paid time off including Holiday, Vacation and Medical Leave
Short and Long term disability
Wellness Clinic and health programming
City of Loveland training opportunities
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
PLANNING & GOALS: Responsible for long?term planning for future raw water supplies and infrastructure, including periodic updates to the City’s Raw Water Yield Analysis, the technical basis for the Raw Water Master Plan, which are incorporated into the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan. Develops short and long-term water resource program policies and goals.
CITY REPRESENTATIVE: Represents the City’s water resource interests to various legislative and regulatory agencies (e.g. State Engineer’s Office, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Municipal Subdistrict, etc.). Leads, directs, participates, and oversees staff who participate in meetings with internal and external entities to communicate, plan, coordinate, and negotiate mutual water supply sources, mutually beneficial cooperative water management arrangements, water resources supply accounting and reporting, water quality, legal, engineering or legislative issues. Provide technical assistance and information as required.
RAW WATER PROJECTS & BUDGETS: Prepares and monitors the 10-year, 5-year, and current year’s capital and O&M budgets for Raw Water Engineering. Evaluates the need for and the economic feasibility of facility replacements, enlargements or modifications. Provides design criteria for some water resources projects that depend on projected population/demands. Reviews engineering designs for proposed development and capital construction of water supply projects. Supervise and participate in the development of designs, plans, specifications, consultant selection, consultant work review, construction scheduling and estimates, and contract administration of water resources-related capital and O&M projects. Provides direct engineering fieldwork on major projects.
WATER USES & WATER RIGHTS: Oversees, develops and/or reviews ideas for water uses, change in use, reuses, contracts, exchanges, or augmentation plans that can benefit the City and submittals of any associated Water Court applications to obtain decrees through Water Court, working with the City Attorney’s Office, special water legal counsel and consultants. Oversees and participates in the negotiation and resolution of protests to City applications. Acts as a technical resource expert in water resources matters, making recommendations on technical reports and studies.
PROTECT CITY’S WATER PORTFOLIO: Reviews engineering analysis and provides direct support and functional review of legal applications and institutional operations that may impact the City’s water rights portfolio. Files City protests as needed in cooperation with the City Attorney’s Office and/or special legal counsel. Initiates and manages activities of the City’s objections to Water Court applications by other water users, negotiates settlements, and coordinates closely with the City Attorney’s Office to direct efforts of outside consultants and legal counsel to protect the yield of the City’s water rights.
WATER ACCOUNTING COMPLIANCE: Oversees accounting for all of the City’s municipal water diversions, assures compliance with the State Engineer’s Office water diversion reporting requirements. Implements upgrades to the City’s water accounting system as determined necessary to stay current with changing requirements and levels of detail. Interprets the City’s water rights decrees and water contracts so that water diversions are made in accordance with applicable terms and conditions.
DITCH COMPANIES: Directs the coordination between ditch companies and the City on ditch company related matters; attending shareholder’s meetings as the City’s voting representative when so designated. May serve as an officer on the board of directors of irrigation ditch companies. Advises Public Works, Planning, and Parks & Recreation staff, or other City departments as needed on annexation and development policies for water rights and ditch companies or on acquisitions of water rights and any subsequent Water Court actions that may be needed. Responds to citizen complaints and concerns regarding ditch companies.
MANAGE RAW WATER SUPPLIES: Manages and negotiates the purchase, sale, exchange, and lease of water and water rights. Directs the operations of the raw water supply system to provide raw water to supply the City’s treated water demands. Provides management oversight of computer models of the system to optimize yield and use of water rights and plans for needed improvements. Responsible for water supply forecasts and monitors the forecasts of the USBR, NCWCD and NRCS so that adequate annual supplies are ensured for the City. Identifies and makes excess water supplies available through leasing or renting to other water users.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC AND MANAGING BOARDS: Acts as the staff liaison to help set agendas and prepare for Loveland Utilities Commission (LUC) meetings. Writes agenda items for LUC and City Council (CC). Makes effective presentations to LUC, CC or others, including top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.
DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS & REGULATIONS: Responsible for the City’s development standards and Municipal Code sections that apply to water resources and the monthly and annual reports of water usage for the State Engineer's Office. Keeps current with applicable state, federal and local laws, regulations and guidelines. Implements required changes as they are needed to ensure compliance. Review policies and procedures and keeps current on relevant issues, maintaining and expanding knowledge, understanding the business, and making recommendations for changes.
RAW WATER DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Provides oversight as staff meets and confers with developers, consultants, contractors, and the general public regarding raw water requirements. Manages the staff responsible for reviewing proposed developments within the City’s service area as they relate to raw water. Prepares comments and invoices that provide developers with the necessary conditions to comply with the City’s requirements and those who evaluate the City’s ability to make use of water rights offered during the development process. Responds to questions and requests for information from existing and potential customers of the City.
MANAGING STAFF: Manages staff who are responsible for the accuracy and sufficiency of the City’s raw water requirements and related fees. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees: planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Builds alliances and fosters effective teamwork and constructive relationships within and between individuals and other work groups. Demonstrates a proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, government agencies, ranchers, farmers, other water districts, customers and the public, including a proven ability to successfully deal with difficult people in stressful situations and to provide them with technical assistance and information as needed. Develop and maintain good working relationships with area engineering firms, contractors, irrigation companies, water districts, neighboring municipal water suppliers, stakeholder groups and city crews.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Assists division manager and participates with other division engineers and staff with various water, wastewater, financial, operational, water quality, and other technical activities.
Assists with economic development-related projects and emergency management.
This position is a second-line supervisor responsible for supervision of first-line supervisors and may also supervise non-exempt and/or non-supervisory exempt employee(s).
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Thorough knowledge and understanding of the nuances of local, state and regional water supply facilities and institutions, and the administration of Colorado water rights and federal reserved rights.
Knowledge and experience in budgeting, design, administration, and construction management of water supply projects and water resource reports.
Good understanding of environmental and water quality issues.
In-depth understanding of local ditch company and water district practices and policies.
Ability to interact positively and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of people.
Ability to independently solve complex problems, provide accurate and error-free work under pressure, and meet reasonable deadlines.
Requires superior written and verbal communication skills.
Accountability & Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness
Telephone, cell phone, personal computer and related software, hand held calculator, light car or truck vehicles, digital copiers
Working conditions and physical requirements:
Work occurs primarily in an office, with intermittent field trips involving walking or climbing over uneven terrain, or moving and/or positioning objects up to 50 pounds, entering into or exiting from vaults, and standing at construction sites for long periods of time observing the construction process. Must live within 30 minutes of the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 287.
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.
Education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, water resource management or closely related field required with study emphasis in water resources or water management. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
Minimum of ten (10) years of responsible engineering experience with administration of water resources required. Experience with design of water supply facilities preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years of previous management or supervisory experience required.
Project and construction management experience preferred.
Licensure and/or certifications:
Current Colorado professional engineering license required or ability to obtain within six months of hire date. Must possess a valid driver's license.
About City of Loveland
Loveland, Colorado is a community that is characterized by welcoming neighborhoods and a sense of individual belonging; that embraces the heritage and natural beauty of the region and values its strategic location. We are located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately one hour north of Denver. Loveland is a home-rule City with a Council/Manager form of government. More than 700 employees are proud to serve Loveland's 72,000 plus community members.
A place where you are responsible for projects and services that directly impact the quality of life of each resident and visitor of Loveland, Colorado and the surrounding communities. Where you can build partnerships with co-workers, businesses and community members that will help further our thriving community and further develop your own professional skills. This is an organization where you will see the results of the important work you do every day.