2019-04-04 2019-05-02

Water Policy and Resources Analyst I/II (Water Resources Planning)

West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50758
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50758
  • Organization Website
West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites. West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality "designer" waters used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters. The District is also researching environmentally-responsible ocean-water desalination and currently hosts tours at the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility.

West Basin owns and operates approximately 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use. To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water. In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ, while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.

THE POSITION:

West Basin is seeking a qualified Water Policy & Resources Analyst I or II (depending on the level of experience and qualifications) to join the Water Policy & Resources Development Department to perform professional planning, research, grant management and customer agency support activities related to water demand/use, water resources activities, and other water resource management issues. The Water Policy & Resources Analyst I/II (Water Resources Planning), under general supervision, will provide input and assistance for West Basin's and the Integrated Regional Water Management Program's planning initiatives, committee meetings and water resources reports. Further, the position will conduct research projects and data gathering/reporting on water resource management issues including water demand, regional water use projections, customer agency contracts/agreements, historical trends, water conditions and quality, rate structures, and capacity charges, as well as perform related duties as assigned.

Key responsibilities:

• Provides input and assistance for West Basin and Integrated Regional Water Management Program (IRWMP) planning initiatives, committee meetings and water resources reports.

• Conducts research projects and data gathering/reporting on water resource management issues including water demand, regional water use projections, customer agency contracts/agreements, historical trends, water conditions and quality, rate structures, capacity charges, and others.

• Conducts statistical analyses on water delivery, storage and use data; prepares technical reports and presentations; compiles and maintains water resources data and records; prepares accurate graphs, charts and tables depicting water resources data; and generates monthly, quarterly and annual reports, technical memorandums, newsletters and Board agenda letters.

• Supports West Basin's role in the Los Angeles County IRWMP; provides project management oversight of the South Bay Watershed regional program initiatives; administers the external consulting contact for IRWMP planning; participates on regional and sub-regional committees; and coordinates myriad meetings and workshops.

• Coordinates West Basin's grant application process; researches and identifies grant opportunities; updates the grants web page; manages and directs the District's grant consultant and the professional services contract; leads outreach efforts to customer agencies on grant opportunities; prepares and submits complete/comprehensive grant applications; and conducts an annual grants workshop for customer agencies.

• Assists with development/refinement of water management program; conducts special projects/assignments as directed; and supports water conservation programs.

• Performs related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have:

• A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in political science, environmental studies (environmental policy or environmental law), public or business administration, engineering, planning or a closely related field; AND one (1) to three (3) years of progressively responsible experience performing legislative and regulatory analysis and/or water resources planning; or an equivalent combination of training and experience (a minimum of one (1) year experience for the Water Policy & Resources Analyst I and three (3) years for Water Policy & Resources Analyst II).

• Federal or state regulatory agency experience or experience with a water or other governmental agency is desirable.

• Knowledge of the basic operational characteristics, services, and activities of water resource programs; basic principles and practices of water conservation; basic water conservation methods and techniques applicable to a highly varied customer base; and principles, practices and techniques and products used by water purveyors in water conservation programs.

• Knowledge of the basic methods and techniques of marketing and public outreach.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative, procedural and regulatory analysis; federal, state and local legislative processes, including relevant committees, rules, staff and terminology used in development and markup of bills; and federal, state and local regulatory bodies, their regulatory development processes and influence points.

• Knowledge of the methods and practices of effective representation of West Basin interests; and principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

• Knowledge of West Basin functions and operations and associated legislative and regulatory compliance issues; legislative analysis and research techniques and sources of information; and key federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to area of assignment.

• Knowledge of the principles, procedures, standards, practices, trends and information sources in the field of water resources planning; application of ordinances, legislation, policies, standards, procedures and historical practices associated with water resources planning; and terminology, symbols and techniques used in water resources planning.

• Knowledge of state and regional organizations; West Basin's and the Metropolitan Water District's delivery system; and customer agency pricing policies; sources and processes for obtaining state and federal grant funding.

Ability to:

• Learn residential, landscape, commercial and industrial water consumption patterns and associated conservation opportunities.

• Analyze legislative and regulatory language; collect and analyze data; evaluate potential interpretations, determine impacts on West Basin operations, reach sound conclusions regarding policy and program effectiveness, and make recommendations on environmental, legislative and intergovernmental issues.

• Identify problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound recommendations in areas of assigned responsibility.

• Work independently and in a team environment; manage multiple deadlines, workflow volume changes, and membership requests and inquiries.

• Prepare clear, concise, accurate and complete summaries, analyses, reports, correspondence and other written materials.

• Represent West Basin effectively with industry and professional groups and before public bodies; and participate in technical projects, studies and committees.

• Understand and apply West Basin policies, regulations and programs, federal, state and local laws applicable to water resources planning; participate in the selection of consultants, and review work products and coordinate consultant work.

• Identify grant opportunities applicable to West Basin and customer agencies; write grants; and understand legal and statistical data in technical reports.

• Prioritize assignments and project tasks; respond to requests in a timely and efficient manner; and plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of West Basin management and staff, Board members, internal and external stakeholders, industry and professional organizations, and others encountered in the course of work.

• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

• Communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; exercise sound independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines; and be self-organized and motivated.

• Possess a valid Class C California Driver's License; proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

There is one (1) vacancy available for the Water Policy & Resources Analyst I/II (Water Resources Planning) position. The salary range is $70,878 - $103,352 annually, depending on qualifications. This position is eligible for benefits.

Apply by: May 1, 2019. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

Resumes and cover letters will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and possible written exercise.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.