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Harris-Galveston Subsidence District seeks Water Conservation Program Coordinator

Title: Water Conservation Program Coordinator
Section: Water Conservation Program
Reports to: Director of Research and Water Conservation
Location: Friendswood, Texas

Job Summary: The Water Conservation Program Coordinator administers the Water Conservation Programs, including the School Program, Grant Program, and Outdoor Irrigation Program, working with local entities to promote participation, evaluate applications, and compile data and deliverables to ascertain the success of the programs. This position supports both Harris-Galveston Subsidence District and Fort Bend Subsidence District as the water conservation subject matter expert providing administrative, technical, and educational information on water conservation, water science, and other natural science topics to a broad audience, including 3rd-6th grade students, teachers, engineers, attorneys, municipalities, special purpose districts, and the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    >Coordinates all aspects of the Water Conservation Program, including the School Program, Grant Program, and Outdoor Irrigation Program.
    >Performs administrative duties of the Water Conservation Programs, including budget and financial management, project management, scheduling and coordination with vendors, sponsors, and schools.
    >Works with regional water authorities, municipalities, special purpose districts, private industries, and other water agencies in the region to implement the District’s Water Conservation School Program to educate 3rd-6th grade students at sponsored schools on water issues and conservation within our region.
    >Coordinates the execution of interlocal agreements and contracts associated with the Water Conservation Program.
    >Educates broad audiences in water conservation techniques and knowledge in classrooms, exhibitions, tradeshows, and outdoor venues.
    >Manages the Outdoor Irrigation Program, including continued collaboration with the Water My Yard program and maintenance of District weather stations.
    >Performs administrative duties of the Grant Program, including outreach for applications, contract execution, and project management under the direction of the Director of Research and Water Conservation.
    >Works closely with the District Communications Specialist to develop content for the Smarter About Water website and social channels to promote water conservation in our region.
    >Implements the District Water Conservation Strategic Plan with assistance from the Director of Research and Water Conservation.
    >Serves as the District’s liaison for various water-related committees, networks, and collaborations with partners like the EPA WaterSense Program, Water My Yard, and other local agencies and/or programs.
    >Performs duties as otherwise assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Strong working knowledge of Microsoft computer applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher)
    >Good communications skills, including a working knowledge (written and oral) of the structure and content of the English language
    >Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate with and engage the public, environmental professionals, stakeholders, and students
    >Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and temperaments, as well as effectively communicate within a team
    >Ability to travel as needed for various conferences and/or exhibitions
    >Ability to understand and use scientific and engineering principles for projects and grant proposals
    >Ability to take initiative and identify potential needs
    >Good organizational, time-management, and budgeting skills
    >Ability to work calmly under pressure
    >Ability to convey information effectively and calmly during tense situations
    >Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
    >Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax systems, postage machines, folding machines, projectors, etc.
    >Ability to lift and move objects such as water conservation demonstration equipment, paper, ink, toner, and other supplies weighing as much as 50 pounds
    >Ability to safely operate an assigned motor vehicle

    Required Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelor’s degree in a natural or environmental science, engineering, horticulture, or closely related field. At least five years of experience in the environmental or related field or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Experience in program management and governmental relations preferred. Knowledge of groundwater hydrology, subsidence, and water conservation is preferred.

    Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below represent this position’s required knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    >Language Ability:
    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, teachers, operators, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
    >Math Ability:
    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.
    >Reasoning Ability:
    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where standardization exists. Ability to interpret various instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to identify improvements to workflow.
    >Computer Skills:
    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of MS Word word-processing software; MS Excel spreadsheet software; MS PowerPoint presentation software; and some familiarity ESRI ArcGIS mapping software is preferred.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Typical work environment for this position is:
    >Majority of work is indoors in an office, classroom, or boardroom
    >Occasional outdoor activities
    >Sits for moderate to long periods of time working with a computer, phone, and fax system
    >Ability to drive for extended periods of time
    >Potentially hazardous conditions, including but not limited to electrical and mechanical hazards, eye and repetitive motion strain, and other common office hazards

    Work Schedule: This position may have a variable work schedule based on program objectives. Regular office hours are 8 am to 5 pm.

    Position Type: Full-time | Exempt

    Other Requirements:
    Must possess and maintain a valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.
    Must be able to pass a background check.

    AAP/EEO Statement: The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: The Harris – Galveston Subsidence District (HGSD) is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at HGSD are based on District needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. HGSD will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. HGSD encourages applicants of all ages.

    Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change as needed to support the Water Conservation Program.


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