Palmdale Water District

Resource and Analytics Director

Onsite - Palmdale, CA
Full-Time
Application Deadline: 5/16/24

FLSA Status: Exempt

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JOB SUMMARY

To plan, organize, oversee, and manage acquisition of water and energy resources for the District; to provide highly complex technical and professional support to the General Manager/CEO.

 Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receives general direction from the General Manager/CEO.
  • Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directs, develops, and participates in the preparation of highly complex programs, studies, and reports relating to current and long-range water resources and environmental planning, water demand/supply forecasting, and environmental compliance and mitigation.
  • Directs the preparation of a variety of non-connection fee related water resources projects, studies, and reports relating to current and long-term District facilities’ needs; directs or conducts research and analysis of the District’s needs and requirements in assigned areas of responsibility and develops specific proposals to meet them.
  • Participates in both short and long range planning, demand, and supply forecasting activities in support of District operational departments.
  • Oversees the Water Resources Urban Management Plan, Watermaster data and reporting, SWRCB water loss calculations and reporting, SWRCB “Making Conservation a Way of Life” reporting, drought-related compliance and reporting, District water use efficiency rebate and educational activities, and related resources/environmental documentation.
  • Secure adequate water and energy resource supplies to meet the District’s current and future demands; acquire short-term and long-term water supplies to provide reliable sources; participate in long-term planning activities. 
  • Schedule and maintain water deliveries and various State Water Project resource programs; negotiate water and energy supply contracts for the District; prepare and update the District’s water production and energy resource plans. 
  • Represent the District on various State Water Contract committees; oversee administration of the District’s agreement relative to the State Water Contract; prepare reports and updates regarding water supply, exchanges, and acquisitions. 
  • Evaluate contracts, projects, and procedures related to resource acquisitions; identify and respond to current and future water supply demands. 
  • Monitor current and proposed energy and water resource programs; manage the District’s energy accounts relative to ensuring adequate energy resources to convey, treat, and distribute water to District customers; evaluate the District’s rate structure and make recommendations related to recovering water purchase and energy costs.
  • Provide strategic planning and oversight for the development of data analytics tools to help drive data driven decisions for the efficient use of water and energy resources.
  • Work with the Resource and Analytics Supervisor to expand and centralize the District’s data resource; and to make data analytics tools available to all departments.
  • Prepare and present information to the District Board regarding water resource and energy supply issues; attend Board meetings, various planning meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Prepare, and administer the District’s water resource budget; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for water purchases and/or exchanges and related energy costs; monitor and control expenditure.
  • Represent the District at various community organizations and outside agency meetings; serve on staff subcommittees as necessary; and coordinate water and energy resource activities with District departments and outside agencies.
  • Advocate on behalf of the District to governmental and regulatory authorities as directed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of water and energy resource management and planning, including contract negotiation and administration, and related rate structures. 
  • Operational characteristics of water production facilities and related energy needs. 
  • California State Water Project operations, reporting, and agreement approval processes.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration, and technical reporting writing. 
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.

 Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, oversee, and manage acquisition of water and energy resources for the District.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze technical, operational, and budget reports; interpret and evaluate various technical reports and data; know and interpret laws, regulations, codes, and procedures; and explain and interpret policy.
  • interpret and explain pertinent District policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and administer a budget; prepare and present technical reports to a variety of audiences,
  • Use sophisticated computer software related to engineering and resource analysis.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Required use of cell phone with data plan.

 Experience and Training 

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

 -Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in water and energy resource management and planning in a public or private sector environment including five years of administrative and management responsibility

-Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, resource management, land use planning or a related field.

 

Supplemental Information

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

On a continuous basis. sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight up to 20 pounds.

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