Environmental Conservation Division Manager

City of Austin WaterAustin, Texas21 days ago

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

  1. Direct the programs/projects/activities of the division/section
  2. Prepare and monitors division/section budget
  3. Set division policy and ensure division is aligned with Department goals
  4. Oversee/perform contract development, preparation, and monitoring
  5. Perform economic forecasting and evaluation of division/section related programs
  6. Prepares financial summaries/reports for management review
  7. Develop/establish goals and priorities for departmental programs
  8. Provide review of and/or prepare technical reports
  9. Conduct needs assessment studies
  10. Perform supervisory duties i.e., hiring, promoting, disciplinary actions, performance evaluations, etc.
  11. Evaluate program operations for effectiveness and efficiency to include workforce utilization
  12. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and city codes, ordinances and regulations
  13. Enforce quality assurance/quality control initiatives
  14. Serve as member of and/or coordinate with various boards, commissions, etc.
  15. Provide technical advice and assistance to citizens, City Management, contractors, etc.
  16. 16.Perform short term, long term planning


Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Hire employees

Recommend termination when necessary

Perform disciplinary actions when required

Administer Success Strategy Performance Reviews (SSPR’s)

Conduct employee evaluations

Establish expectations and counsel employees on their performance

Train or arrange for training of employees as applicable

Utilize available methods of reward and recognition whenever possible

Monitor attendance, approve timesheets and requests for time off


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 supervisory and managerial techniques and principles. 
  • Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation. 
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning or related field, plus five (5) years of related supervisory/management experience.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • None.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing strategic direction, managing tactical execution, and providing formal supervision for teams performing tasks related to wildlife or water quality protection through land management practices
  • Experience with local, state and federal regulations, programs and industry practices related to Land Management, Water Quality Protection, Endangered Species Protection, Fire Management and habitat conservation plans
  • Experience managing public land such as state parks or wilderness areas, including experience with rural roads, fences, wells, facilities public access, and land-related issues such as existing or proposed easements and encroachments
  • Experience working in a political environment and defending potentially unpopular positions with boards and commissions, elected officials, citizens, and the media
  • Experienced community educator on relevant division issues
  • Demonstrated financial expertise to include fiscal planning, budget management, capital improvement project planning and oversight, and contract management experience
  • Experience providing legislative support and acting as spokesperson for media and press inquiries
  • Experience acting in a consultative role to various stakeholders including executive teams, councils, commissions, boards, government agencies and other city departments, as well as other citizen groups
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location


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