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Watershed Director I

Atlanta, GA

Listing Summary

Description - External

Posting:  Open Until Filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

At the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community.  Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City’s infrastructure.  Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained.  Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

The Department of Watershed Management is a regional public water and wastewater utility serving 1.2 million people each day.  The Department’s core services include treatment and distribution of safe drinking water; collection and treatment of wastewater to a high standard; management of watersheds within the City of Atlanta; and customer care and billing services for 164,000 accounts.  The Department’s vision of being a leader in innovation, service and value is supported by eight strategic priorities including: Service Delivery, Infrastructure Reliability, Workforce Development, Operational Efficiency, Financial Resilience, Compliance, Smart Utility Transformation; and Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

General Description and Classification Standards.

Manages a staff of engineers and performs general civil site engineering design, hydraulic and hydrological analysis, best management practice, designs detention and retentions ponds, storm pipes, culverts, and any other civil engineering site design related projects. Also this position involves responsibilities in the areas of divisional planning and evaluation, policy and program development, personnel and fiscal management, and public relations. This is a high level of strategic and operations management, reporting to executive management and department deputy commissioners.  Position manages a primary function of the department and recommends operating policy and procedure subject to department executive approval.   This level would be expected to manage either a varied array of professionals.

Supervision Received

May work independently or as part of a team of managers that meet and to discuss issues related to design, budgets, staff, policy, and operations. Direction received is very general and focuses on strategic various objectives and is typically collaborative in nature. This is a policy-making level, design and would be considered "upper middle" management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities   These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Provides direct design and management guidelines for the day-to-day operations of the stormwater management group, operations and, budgeting (Operations and Capital).
  • Manages design contracts, performs QA/QC to outside Architecture and Engineering work done including invoicing, monitoring annual contracts, and other services, goods and services, and utilities and inter-jurisdictional expenses. Approves payroll, overtime for the group.
  • Develops design and sets policy, rules and regulations for the division; interfaces with the executive management, City council, and other departments for policy and technical issues; Resolves technical issues and makes final determination regarding the application of Federal, State, and local requirements.
  • Oversees and manages the operation of the department’s data throughout operation which provides the transmission of critical monitoring data that supports the departments contractual obligations, NPDES, consent order deliverables and capacity certification program tied to private development approval.
  • Ensures both, the short-term and long-term financial health and viability and provides assurance related to the delivery of financial-related information to internal management, City Council and provides financial leadership and oversight.
  • Ensures the City is in compliance with all state, federal, local & regional policies, laws and regulations pertaining to consent order, NPDES, federal mandated Pretreatment Program, metro district and applicable contractual obligations.
  • Provides positive leadership, working harmoniously with others in the Department and other organizations, and ensuring proper day-to-day activities.
  • Ensures the responsible division has all the necessary resources required to successfully complete job assignments to include financial, human and administrative related areas which enables the City to fulfill its mission to deliver timely, accurate and representative data to our internal DWM customers 365 days a year.
  • Directs and prepares the annual budget submission and detailed financial plan; duties include budget formulation and execution, approving all budget adjustments and budget transfers, developing the plan assumptions, and ensuring that the annual budget is in sync with the strategic financial plan.
  • Provides leadership and direction to group managers and oversees project goals. Develops project strategies, implementation plan, project scope and milestones.


Decision Making

This position is generally required to provide input regarding decisions that impacts a defined area within the watershed's divisions and offices. Such issues may be related to design, policy/procedure, strategy, budget, and/or technical. May commit department to action. Establishes organization strategy and policy within required legislative or executive limitations.

Leadership Provided

Provides guidance to a varied group of Managers and Supervisors or may directly supervise a staff of professionals and team leaders engaged in design, an organization-wide or policy-advisory activity. Guidance should typically be general in nature and focus on objectives, end results, and policies.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully.  It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Background in civil engineering site design, hydrology, and hydraulic, stream monitoring analysis, understanding rainfall data, design of water and sewer, Combined areas, procurement, hydraulics, and geotechnical processes and terminology; knowledge of legal requirements of environmental laws & ordinances; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of water resources management and watershed science.
  • Strong Computer and Software (Microsoft) Skills; basic understanding of programming/coding and wireless communications and data transmissions, very strong administrative and managerial skills; inter-personal and team working skills; skilled in communicating verbally and written.
  • Ability to develop relationships and partnerships; ability to write clear and concise technical documents; ability to read, understand, and prepare legal documents; ability to operate city vehicles; ability to effectively negotiate resolutions of conflicts among citizens, neighbors, elected official, and staff, as well as efficiently manage a government office open to the public; ability to interact effectively with various personality styles and with upper departmental management or elected officials; ability to read and interpret construction drawings; ability to interpret laws, regulations and guidelines; ability to utilize Microsoft suites and project management programs.

Qualifications - External

Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Must be a Georgia registered Professional Engineer (P.E.).

15 years' of related work and applicable design, with at least 5 years' of leadership experience.

Extensive Experience in AutoCAD

Preferred Education & Experience

Master's degree in Civil Engineering.

Licensures and Certifications

Must be a Georgia registered Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities



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