Director – Water Resources

San Antonio Water System | San Antonio, TX

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Posted Date 8/02/2022

Salary: $115,176.00 - $206,214.00 (Yearly Salary)

The Director – Water Resources is a senior-management level professional responsible for strategic policy and programs related to the development and management of water resources. S/he leads all aspects of water resource planning and project development from initial planning and conceptual development through project design and construction. S/he interprets laws and formulates recommendations to Executive Management regarding rules, regulations, policies, and programs, including local and regional community impacts. S/he reports to the Vice President- Water Resources and Governmental Relations. 



  • Manages the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of water resource projects. 
  • Oversees the development and implementation of effective practices to ensure responsible development and management of the system's water supplies. Applies advanced knowledge of biology, ecology, environmental science, engineering, and/or hydrology to ensure sustainable development of water supply projects
  • Applies and interprets local, state, federal laws, as well as regulatory programs.  
  • Oversees water supply acquisition and leasing program.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements departmental policies and procedures.
  • Develops relationships within the community as well as with stakeholders, entities and agencies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.
  • Identifies potential local, regional, state and/or federal partnership opportunities to develop, expand or modify applicable water resource projects.
  • Works to ensure the regional political environment accommodates water resource project requirements, maintaining effective relationships with relevant stakeholders and governmental entities.
  • Identifies and manages emerging regional regulatory issues associated with water resource projects.
  • Communicates complex issues both within the agency as well as to community groups, elected officials, and the general public by acting as a spokesperson for SAWS water resource policies, programs, and projects.
  • Manages complex contractual relationships with water utilities, landowners and other governmental or non-profit entities in fulfilment of water resources.
  • Works with SAWS Production staff to ensure that water resources are being utilized effectively.
  • Directs the System’s Recycled Water customer programs and contractual relationships.
  • Manages and oversees operating and capital budgets.
  • Supervises, selects, develops, trains, determines compensation, and evaluates personnel.
  • Applies negotiation strategies for contract development.
  • Develops and executes strategic plans in a complex legal, financial, and economic environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • The Director – Water Resources works under limited supervision.
  • Supervises: 10 - 20 employees.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Political Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Business Administration, Geology, or other related field from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Eight years' progressive experience in budgeting, management, supervision, design, operations, construction and management of water infrastructure-type projects including five years of supervising personnel, project development, budgeting, and strategic planning.
  • Able to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Valid Class "C" Texas Driver's License.


  • Master's Degree in appropriate field.
  • Experience in water resources or environmental/conservation management field.
  • Project management experience.


  • Contact with internal and external customers, consultants, and stakeholders.
  • Extensive public interaction with local and regional regulatory entities and stakeholders.
  • Communicates effectively, verbally and in writing.

Working conditions are primarily in an office environment.

May be required to work hours other than the regular schedule including nights and weekends. Travel required.

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Local Government
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