The application deadline is 5:00 P.M. on January 18, 2019.
GENERAL JOB FUNCTION Contra Costa Water District, an innovative leader in water management, has a newly created opening for Principal Planner in the Planning Department. The position is for work on the Phase 2 Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project (LVE Project); anticipated to last for a term of 3 to 5 years and possibly longer. The California Water Commission recently awarded the LVE Project a maximum conditional eligibility determination of $459 million in Proposition 1 funding. The LVE Project also qualified to receive $13.65 million of the total award in early state funding for project planning activities.
Contra Costa Water District provides employees with competitive wages and benefits and opportunities for growth and development. Because of its unique position as an urban water agency located within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area, CCWD plays a major role in decision-making and technical analyses regarding California water. The candidate selected will perform work on the LVE Project, a project to enlarge CCWD's existing reservoir and operate it as a regional facility to provide water for wildlife refuges and for local municipal and agricultural water agencies.
The Project Principal Planner (PPP) will help develop the environmental permitting strategy, have a lead role in applying for required permits, negotiating terms and conditions, developing mitigation plans, and support the implementation, monitoring and reporting of permit conditions during construction of the LVE Project. The PPP will report to the Watershed and Environmental Planning Manager. The PPP may as necessary direct the work of other LVE Team members including CCWD staff and consultants. The PPP must be able to work independently, establish and maintain positive working relationships with other LVE Project team members and potential partners including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and represent CCWD and LVE Project interests before regulatory agencies and stakeholders.
Project employees are hired for specific projects of limited duration. Individuals selected for project positions are entitled to all terms and conditions of employment except provisions of Local 21 MOU section 13. https://www.ccwater.com/DocumentCenter/View/71/MOU-For-Employees-Represented-By-Local-21-PDF
General job function or essential duties are to plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of an assigned division within the Planning Department; to coordinate division activities with other divisions and departments; and provide highly complex planning assistance to management staff. The Principal Planner level recognizes the position that provides full line and functional management responsibility for the Water Systems & Facilities and Environmental Planning Division of the Planning Department. It is distinguished from that of Senior Planner in that the latter is the advanced journey level class within the series and may function as a first line supervisor or perform significant specialized planning duties within a program area. Receives administrative direction from senior management staff. Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional and supervisory personnel.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
EDUCATION: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental studies, engineering, geography, or a related field.
EXPERIENCE: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in professional planning activities, in a city, county, special district, or public utility, including one year in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES Knowledge of principles and practices of organizational analysis, management, and policy development; principles and practices of land use planning and Federal, State and related local environmental and land use laws and regulations; current literature, information sources, and research techniques used in environmental, land use, and water utility planning; standards and methods applied to the analysis of land use and water utility planning, environmental studies and zoning practices; budget procedures and techniques; principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
Ability to organize and direct a program of related activities within assigned division.
Assume responsibility for planning activities on multiple, diverse and complex projects, in the role of project manager.
Supervise the preparation of reports, proposals, and written material of an analytical, budgetary, financial, technical, and evaluative nature, including supporting graphic materials such as maps, plans, charts, and tables.
On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job. Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical information; observe planning activities and problem solve when appropriate; and explain regulations and procedures to representatives of other agencies, other District staff, community groups and the general public.
Prepare reports, proposals and written material of an analytical, budgetary, financial, technical and evaluative nature, including supporting graphic materials.
Exercise community relations skills; speak publicly and explain and interpret District practices and objectives to diverse public and private agencies, organizations and individuals as required.
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 and keyboard to communicate through written means; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps; lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.
Prepare and administer division budget.
Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the next step in the selection process. All candidate materials will be carefully evaluated and only those considered best qualified will be invited to the next step in the selection process, the Oral Panel Interview. All candidates will be notified of their status via email by no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
The TENTATIVE Oral Panel Interview date is Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A condition of employment for all CCWD positions includes successfully passing a Department of Justice Livescan fingerprint check and completion of the federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Additionally, in compliance with federal law, CCWD participates in E-Verify.
Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the examination process are instructed to contact Human Resources at 925-688-8002.
About Contra Costa Water District
Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is an innovative leader in water management and provides employees with a fast-paced and stable work environment that encourages professional growth and development. Formed in 1936 to provide water for irrigation and industry, CCWD is now one of the largest urban water districts in California and a leader in drinking-water treatment technology and source water protection. CCWD delivers safe, clean water to 500,000 people in central and eastern Contra Costa County in Northern California. Our mission is to strategically provide a reliable supply of high quality water at the lowest cost possible, in an environmentally responsible manner. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 457 & 401 deferred compensation plans, retirement pension, vacation & holiday pay, plus a great working environment.