Location: Sacramento, CA
Job Description and Duties
Manage, support, and lead a wide range of large-scale water-related programs for the State of California.
You will be in a critical position within the State Board with major responsibilities for work in many areas. You will help the Office Director lead the State Water Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance, a unique crosscutting and special projects unit. The Office develops and implements policies and programs for the Board in emerging areas, which change over time.
As the Deputy Office Director, you would have an impact on the following programs and functions:
-Groundwater management. This program implements the Board’s portion of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
-Emergency management. This new program helps the Boards better manage disasters (before, during, and after) in the state that affect water, such as wildfires and earthquakes.
-Water use efficiency and conservation. This program sets and enforces water system-level targets for per capita urban water use.
-Leadership training and general training. These programs support Water Boards’ staff in becoming effective leaders and managers and in getting the skills they need to help the Boards achieve their mission.
-Internal program evaluation, strategic planning, and consulting. This program helps staff and leadership as needed.
-Grounding policies in economics and science. These programs help staff who are developing new policies or programs to consider economic or scientific factors and comply with associated requirements.
As needed, you would also act for the Office Director as a member of the Water Board Executive Team.
Please see the official posting for all details.
California is very diverse, and we want our teams to reflect that. That’s why the Water Board values diversity at all levels of our organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, can thrive, and can contribute uniquely.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
*** Are you an experienced manager and nurturer of team leaders?
*** Do you have a science background? (In this case, this means did you major in a biological, chemical, physical, or environmental science, soil science, water science, hydrology, agronomy, natural resource science, environmental or public health, physical geography; or a closely related scientific discipline, such as: environmental policy, economics, environmental management, engineering geology, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, geotechnical engineering, or civil engineering; or did you start a masters or doctoral degree program in any of those subjects?)
*** Can you help others navigate complex rules and procedures?
*** Can you champion a culture of learning, continual development, and empowerment that benefits from diverse strengths?
*** Can you translate general objectives into specific measurable metrics and can articulate approaches to achieve outcomes?
*** Can you establish priorities when there are conflicting goals or due dates?
*** Can you negotiate with key stakeholders to accomplish objectives?
*** Can you write very well and edit in ways that people can learn from?