Municipal Water District of Orange County

Sr. Water Resources Analyst

Hybrid - Fountain Valley, CA
$100K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/26/24

Position Summary:

Under general direction, performs difficult and complex technical and data analysis, water resource planning, supply and demand projections, and economic analysis; administers a variety of water resources programs, policies, studies, and rates and charges; summarizes and presents financial and water management plans, water sales, programs, and policies; performs special and complex projects to support District plans and policies; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Senior Water Resources Analyst is distinguished from the Water Resources Analyst by the degree of experience, complexity of work, and amount of independence required to perform assigned work. Further, the Senior Water Resources Analyst is distinguished from the Principal Water Resources Analyst in that incumbents in the latter class perform the most challenging and complex water resources analyses, including special projects related to water policy issues.

Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.

Water Reliability, Technical, and Financial Analysis

·        Administers and oversees various District water resource management programs, water rates and charges, and operational issues; analyzes and develops recommendations for the District’s various planning initiatives and policies.

·        Conducts complex and challenging research projects, investigations, and data/gathering/reporting on water resource management issues, including population growth/water demand, local and regional water demand usage and projections, financial analysis, and historical trends.

·        Conducts financial and economic analyses; prepares technical reports; attends and presents summary reports at various District Board and staff meetings.

·        Assists in evaluating Metropolitan Water District’s programs, policies, and plans to provide the District with recommendations and direction.

·        Assists staff in supporting the MWDOC delegation at Metropolitan board meetings and caucuses.

·        Serves as lead staff in developing, updating, and/or revising District water resource planning documents; develops and oversees various water resources databases.

·        Provides analysis and recommendations on issues associated with the State Water Project, Bay‑Delta, and Colorado River activities.

Inter-Departmental Assistance

·        Assists other departments regarding water resources as necessary.

·        Prepares, develops, updates, and/or revises various complex technical and policy reports, correspondence, documents, memorandums, presentations, newsletters, and Board items on water resource management issues; assists member agencies with meeting state reporting requirements.

·        Assists in reviewing and analyzing proposed water-related legislation and developing strategies for communicating the District’s position on local and regional issues.

Agency Representation

·        Attends, represents, and participates in professional group meetings, including those of staff and other water agency workgroups and Board meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of water resources and water policy issues.

·        Provides input and analyses of Metropolitan Water District programs, policies, demands, projections, rates, and charges.

·        Serves as lead staff on MWDOC Local Resources Program (LRP), including assisting with the application process, agreement process, contract yield, and monthly and annual delivery amounts.

·        Performs special assignments and other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

Knowledge of:

Advanced principles, procedures, standards, practices, trends and information sources in the field of water resources planning; advanced research and statistical analysis, economics, methods and techniques; Metropolitan, State Water Project and Colorado River Aqueduct water delivery systems; comprehension of water supply costs at both wholesale and retail levels; understanding of ordinances, legis­lation, policies, standards, procedures and historical practices associated with water resources; state and regional organizations; terminology, symbols, and techniques used in the water industry; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

Oversee water resource programs/projects independently; review work products; accurately collect, assemble and interpret data from multiple sources applicable to water resources planning; critically think and apply analytical skills; conduct multiple complex water planning and resource analyses; interpret data and develop solutions/recommendations to water resource problems; prepare reports, correspondence and other written materials; understand and apply District policies, regulations and programs, federal, state and local laws applicable to water resources planning; summarize and present on various water resource issues, programs, and policies; prioritize assignments and project tasks; represent the District in a positive and effective manner; have expert knowledge in local and regional water supply throughout California; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications ; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including co‑workers, outside agencies and the public.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in planning, public policy, environmental science, public administration, economics, engineering, or a closely related field is desirable, and four years of water engineering, policy, and operations experience. Master of Science Degree, or equivalent, is preferred. Municipal or public works project experience is desirable. The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and abilities required to enter the job and perform the assigned duties successfully. Any combination of education, experience, and training that would provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered. Public sector experience is preferred.

Other Requirements:

Possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance under the terms of the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy, as this position requires driving.

According to California state law, all District employees are Disaster Service Workers and are expected to participate in emergency response initiatives. This could include contributing to the emergency planning process, participating in disaster exercises and training, as well as potentially responding to support actual emergency events.

Working Conditions and Physical Activities:

Environment: Standard office setting. May be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends; may be required to travel to attend meetings via car, train, bus, train, or air transportation.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, operate standard office equipment, including a computer and keyboard, telephone, FAX machine, printers, calculators, and copiers, push, pull, lift, and/or carry approximately 25 pounds, and communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to perform the job successfully.

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