22-83 Engineer IV/Project Manager III (Water Resources Engineer)

Company Info
Texas Water Development Board
Austin, TX, United States

Phone: (512) 475-2142
Web Site: twdb.texas.gov

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Title:

22-83 Engineer IV/Project Manager III (Water Resources Engineer)

Location:

Austin, TX 

Salary:

$5,259 - $6,917

Job ID:

72813
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Job Description:

Only candidates who apply via email to (HR “at” TWDB.texas.gov) with an official State of Texas Application or through the WorkInTexas.com website will be considered for this position. View this position and apply at  https://tinyurl.com/27q2y9b6.
 

Texas Water Development Board’s Mission 

Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens.  
 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) endorses telecommuting and hybrid workplace plans, in addition to other flexible work alternatives. We offer competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp. 

*Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
*Project Manager $5,258.67 - $6,416.67; Engineer $6,416.67 - $6,916.67

*Licensed Engineering candidates external to TWDB will be eligible to receive a $5,000 recruitment bonus if selected.

Job Description Summary
The Flood Protection Planning Grant department in the Flood Planning division of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is seeking highly motivated individuals to join the team who will have the opportunity to work with flood risk reduction efforts throughout Texas. The work involves performing complex (journey-level) project management work to advanced (senior-level) technical analysis and engineering evaluation of watershed studies reports, managing grant contracts, schedules, budgets, change orders, and other required project and program documents for flood control planning projects funded by the TWDB. The Flood Protection Planning Grant (FPPG) project manager or senior engineer position will serve as an advisor on engineering related matters and oversee reviews conducted by engineering reviewers on the team. This role is responsible for ensuring that TWDB financial assistance projects comply with Board rules; make recommendations on eligibility for funding and project approval; and ensure that projects comply with engineering related program requirements. 

This position will manage complex Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) Category 1 (CAT 1) and similar flood planning projects. The water resources engineer position will ideally have knowledge of and experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, mapping, planning, design and construction of flood risk reduction projects. They should be experienced, and skilled to ensure the grants are utilized appropriately to facilitate identification of flood risk and planning for appropriate flood risk reduction projects and that the work done by contractors meets requirements and the purpose of the program funding. They should have experience with developing and managing contracts and contractors. 

The position will represent TWDB at assigned meetings and engagements, serve as an information source for team members and other staff, and provide training for TWDB staff and applicants on TWDB engineering processes. Works under general to minimal supervision, with moderate to extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Flood Protection Planning Grant Department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Reviews applications for financial assistance and advises applicants on TWDB requirements according to the funding program.
  • Serves as an advisor on engineering related matters and, as necessary, oversees applicable reviews conducted by other Project Reviewers.
  • Develops and manages grant and professional services contracts including assisting in developing scopes of work and budgets and negotiating contract amendments.
  • Develops relevant engineering information needed for Board consideration of funding requests and makes final recommendations on the feasibility of the proposed project/application.
  • Coordinates with various federal and state agencies regarding projects and programs.
  • Performs technical review and evaluation of engineering related documents; determines relevant deficiencies, options and recommendations to ensure compliance with TWDB rules and regulations.
  • Monitors project schedules, budgets, and invoice costs and/or released costs to identify potential issues or delays.
  • Serves as project manager, monitoring project schedules, budgets, and requirements, and reviewing eligibility and approving payment requests.
  • May conduct on site observations to monitor the progress of the construction of TWDB-funded projects for compliance with TWDB rules and specifications.
  • Assists owners with problem resolution, and ensures work is completed in accordance with approved contract document.
  • Manages various aspects of projects, recommends course of action to reduce delays, and documents project files on significant actions.
  • Provides information and assistance to appropriate TWDB staff and clients.
  • Stays informed of changes to pertinent laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and instructions and correctly applies them to assigned projects.
  • Identifies and participates in internal and external job-related trainings.
  • Provides support for Essential Job Functions described above for additional flood planning teams due to temporary staffing conditions as assigned by division director.
  • Assists the Discipline Lead and WSI management in identifying process improvements and areas within FPPD that need improvement or could be streamlined.
  • Assists the Discipline Lead in reviewing and preparing procedures and guidelines and in conducting training as necessary.
  • Promotes an environment that encourages teamwork, accountability, professional development, and improvement in performance.
  • Conducts outreach efforts, including public speaking.
  • Maintains current information in TWDB’s projects database (TxWise).
  • May train and supervise the work of others.
  • May participate in reviewing Regional Flood Plans, developing the State Flood Plan and related activities.
  • Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule. 
  • Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
  • May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.    
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Engineering or a related field.
  • Four to seven years of work experience in engineering or a related field.
  • Project Manager III – Certified as an Engineer in Training (EIT) in Texas or another U.S. state and able to obtain an EIT certification in Texas within six months of hire.
  • Engineer IV - Licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Texas.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications 
  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, civil/environmental engineering, or related field. 
  • Four years of progressively responsible professional work experience managing projects/programs and supervising staff.
  • Experience developing and managing professional services contracts including developing scopes of work, budgets, and negotiating contract amendments.
  • Knowledge of and experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and mapping of flood risk. 
  • Experience in planning, prioritization, design, and construction of flood risk reduction projects including riverine flood control, local flood control and costal flood control projects. 
  • Experienced and skilled to ensure the flood control planning grants are utilized appropriately to facilitate identification of flood risk and planning for appropriate flood risk reduction projects and that the work done by contractors meets requirements and the purpose of the program funding.
  • Experience with regulations related to floodplain and flood management, federal and state programs and permitting.
  • Certified Flood Plain Manager.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to flood planning, floodplain management, flood risk reduction; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of project engineering development.
  • Knowledge of the design process.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Skills in comprehending technical material.
  • Skills in implementation planning.
  • Skills in the use of logic to assess options.
  • Skills in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to plan, design, and manage engineering projects.
  • Ability to use deductive, inductive, and mathematical reasoning.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
  • Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
  • Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
  • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
  • Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
  • Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 15% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
  • Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
  • Ability to train others.