Sr Manager, Water Engineering (Water Resources Division Manager) - City of Fort Collins Utilities

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Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

POSITION TITLE:  Sr Manager, Water Engineering (Water Resources Division Manager)   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req5236
DEPARTMENT:  UT Water Resources Div
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $96,554.00 – 160,992.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)

SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 2/28/2022.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check, motor vehicle report and drug test required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 2 Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America: American Water Works – June 2021
  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Wellness program, workout facilities
  • Employee/family onsite health clinic
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

The Water Resources Division (WRD) mission is to provide a sustainable and reliable water supply consistent with community values, now and into the future. This team is responsible for protection and development of water rights, water resources planning and strategy, and managing raw water operations and accounting through innovation, collaboration, and operational excellence. Although the majority of responsibilities lie within the Utilities Department, this team all supports and partners with other Departments across the City organization, e.g. Natural Areas, Parks.


The duties list below describe both your managerial responsibilities and the work of the WRD team. As the manager, you will likely take on some operational duties but will largely be focused on leading and supporting the team.


This position requires both partnership and communication with a strong technical background and technical knowledge. To be successful, the ideal candidate is an empathetic person and a strong communicator who can adapt to different audiences easily. This person is often a bridge between technical experts and decision-makers/the public. This person is a strategic problem-solver who is comfortable working in an environment with uncertainty and risk. This person prioritizes partnerships and builds lasting and effective relationships with the stakeholders in the community and region. This requires the ability to respectfully resolve conflicts and navigate politics and community concerns. As a manager, you largely get things done through others, so it is important to provide clear strategy and expectations while ensuring your team has what they need to be empowered and deliver high quality work and services. You are comfortable not knowing all of the details. You can motivate and coach your team to grow as individuals and collectively deliver on WRD’s mission and commitments.


The City of Fort Collins is an organization that support equity for all, leading with race, so that a person’s identity or identities is not a predictor of outcomes. A successful candidate will help make progress toward the City’s equity goal, cultivate an inclusive work environment, and be able to work well with people of different identities, backgrounds and perspectives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Leads the team, including setting strategy and work plans, and managing performance reviews/issues and hiring as needed.
  • Delegates work, directs resource allocation, and manages the budgets.
  • Collaborates with peers and leadership on Utilities and City-wide efforts.
  • Develops and implements long-term strategies and policies related to City’s raw water supply system.
  • Develops, reviews, and/or approves annual and short-term plans to manage the City’s raw water supplies.
  • Manages and plans for available water resources to meet demands through applied knowledge of water rights administration, water law, water supply facility operations, water supply allocation modeling, etc.
  • Compiles and analyzes reports, records, and other data to determine current and future water yields, demands and needs using various technology and software.
  • Develops, implements, and manages projects including those that involve external partners.
  • Determine and conduct surplus water supply rentals to other water users.
  • Develops and maintain complex accounting programs to track City water use and supplies.
  • Develop and implement strategy to ensure delivery of a reliable water supply today and from a long-range planning perspective.
  • Serves as a collaborator, technical resource and educator for and with other departments, external agencies, the community, Water Commission, City Council, etc.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations, reports and other written materials.
  • Works closely with the Utilities Water Conservation team to holistically manage water resources by considering and employing both demand and supply strategies.
  • Works with special legal counsel and engineering consultants to develop, utilize, and protect the City’s water rights in compliance with local, state and federal law.
  • Coordinates with City Attorney’s Office to develop and/or execute water related agreements and other arrangements with various entities.
  • Attend irrigation company and other water user meetings as a City representative.
  • Serve as an irrigation company board member.
  • Develop and/or monitor contracts and related budgets.
  • Develop and operate water resource allocation computer models.
  • Continuously seeks to improve and optimize processes, operations, and outcomes.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.
  • Experience building teams and implementing practices to lead others well in an inclusive, high-performance organization. Skill in integrating and synthesizing others’ viewpoints to build alignment of diverse perspectives to achieve results.
  • Capable of creating conditions of emotional safety and demonstrates self-awareness and regulation in responding to others.
  • Capable of systems thinking to see interdependent relationships and recognize multiple causes and effects of community issues, to predict or anticipate the consequences of policy decisions, and to community and organizational resources.
  • Strong ability to assess alternatives in terms of their financial, revenue, social, environmental, and strategic advantages and disadvantages and propose solutions.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to think systematically, strategically, critically and analytically.
  • Strong research and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of water resources engineering practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of Colorado water law and water rights administration.
  • Knowledge of the Poudre River Basin water resources system desirable.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and execute legal documents (e.g., water right decrees, agreements, etc.).
  • Ability to use engineering, database, presentation, spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and perform statistical and risk analyses.
  • Ability to track and manage a budget.
  • Positive attitude and growth mindset.
  • Ability to foster a supportive, respectful, and productive team environment.
  • Ability to navigate uncertain and/or changing conditions and information.
  • Strong verbal and written communications, including both basic and technical writing and presentations. Ability to communicate with both technical persons and the general public.
  • Ability to interface effectively with City staff, the general public, consultants, and other private and governmental entities.
  • Skilled in respectful conflict management and resolution.

Required Education

Minimum/Preferred Education Level
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, water resource planning/management, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university.

Experience Requirements

  • 7 years or more related experience in engineering and/or water resources planning with at least 3 years in a management/supervisory role. Education may substitute for some experience.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.


Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

  • Valid driver’s license. Professional Engineering License desirable.

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Sr Manager, Water Engineering

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

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Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is a bias-conscious employer. We ask that you please avoid the use of photos when submitting a resume and/or an application for employment. The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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