The Senior Water Resources Specialist position in the Imported Water Unit provides a leadership role in:
Protecting and promoting the District's interests in its imported water contracts;
Developing imported water supplies consistent with the District's water supply planning efforts;
Engaging in Statewide evaluation of water supply planning efforts;
Improving the efficient integration of imported water supplies with District Operations; and
Addressing issues associated with the financial management of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Represent the District in meetings and committees; participate in technical development work conducted by coalitions of agencies; provide a leadership role for the District in technical negotiations.
Perform analyses of complex technical, operational, financial, economic and other information as needed to support Imported Water projects and provide recommendations to management.
Organize, manage, and lead technical work to support the development, negotiation and administration of water supply contracts and cooperative agreements with other agencies, water supply storage and conveyance projects, and other imported water projects.
An important part of this job is maintaining working relationships with other water districts, as well as local, State and federal agencies. This will require extensive travel, may require overnight stays 3 days a month, and may include 4-5 hours of freeway driving in a single day several times a month to and from external meetings. Last minute travel may also be required.
Ideal Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:
A best-fit candidate for the Senior Water Resources Specialist would exhibit the following characteristics:
Can effectively review and comment on (both verbally and in written form) complex water supply planning and engineering documents
Can effectively coordinate with federal and State agencies to achieve desired results
Works well with people and demonstrates leadership and initiative
Has demonstrated strong analytical, technical, and creative thinking skills
Has excellent writing and verbal communication skills
Has developed, negotiated, and administered water supply or similar contracts
Has a degree and experience in civil and/or water resources engineering, financial and economic analysis, hydrologic modeling, and water law.
License or Certificate:
Some positions may require the possession of a valid license as a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. This position does not require registration.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
About Santa Clara Valley Water District
The Santa Clara Valley Water District (District) is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. The District’s core business is to provide residents with a clean and reliable supply of water and protection from flooding. The District encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles and serves the area’s 15 cities, nearly 1.8 million residents, and more than 200,000 commuters.
The mission of the District is a healthy, safe, and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner.
A seven-member Board of Directors governs the District. The District is an ethnically diverse, family friendly organization with employees who are committed to public service and work collaboratively with other agencies (all levels of government, community-based organizations, and neighborhood organizations) in carrying out the mission of the District.