Planning Manager

  • Contra Costa Water District
  • Concord, California
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $171,932.80 - $208,977.60 Annually USD

Job Description



Contra Costa Water District, an innovative leader in water management, has an exciting opportunity for a Planning Manager in the Planning Department. CCWD is one of the largest urban water districts in California and a leader in drinking-water treatment technology and source water protection.

The Planning Manager under administrative direction, plans, organizes, directs and reviews the activities of the Planning Department including planning activities associated with the development of water utility capital facilities and the development and management of water and environmental resources; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the District's Executive Management Team; and performs related duties as assigned.

Receives administrative direction from a member of the District's Executive Management Team. Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision.

This is a management classification responsible for providing full-line and functional management responsibility for a major administrative division or department. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for assigned projects/programs, short- and long-term planning of assigned projects/programs, budget administration and reporting, and coordination of key activities of the section and responsibilities assigned. Incumbents serve as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial and operational analyses and studies. Performance of the work involves significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities and requires the use of considerable independence, initiative and discretion within broad guidelines.


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Training : Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental or civil engineering, environmental planning, natural resource management or a related field.

Experience : Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience related to water supply planning, water facility master planning, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, and/or watershed management, including at least three (3) years of administrative budgeting and supervisory or management experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilties:
Principles and practices of water utility planning and operation, including the relationship between land use planning and demand on water facilities and development of utility rates and charges.

Principles and practices of environmental planning and management including impact assessment and permitting, compliance with environmental regulatory processes, watershed management and integrated regional water resource management.

Principles and practices of water resource planning and management relative to procuring and maintaining water resources.

Principles and practices of negotiating complex agreements related to water resources, water service and facilities.

Principles and practices of inter-agency collaboration on a regional and state-wide basis, including regional planning studies and policy development.

Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.

Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Lead, plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Planning Department, including oversight of highly complex, technical research and modeling activities.

On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; problem solve department related issues; remember various personnel rules.

Develop and implement department policies and procedures. Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Successfully develop, control and administer departmental budget and expenditures.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Prepare clear, complete, accurate, timely and concise written correspondence and reports.

Supervise, train, observe performance and evaluate assigned personnel.

Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.

Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, diverse abilities, and sexual orientation of District staff and the community served.


Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid California driver's license to be maintained throughout employment.

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and visit various District and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. This is primarily an office classification and standing in work areas and walking between work areas is required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

When working in the field, must possess strength, stamina, and mobility to sit, stand, and walk on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces to conduct field visits and assess field conditions; and reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, stoop, squat, and crouch in the performance of assigned duties.

Environmental Elements:

Employees primarily work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may also work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, hazardous physical substances and fumes, dust, and air contaminants.

Working Conditions:

Work hours are irregular and include evening meetings.

Disaster Service Worker:
All Contra Costa Water District employees are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. The roles and responsibilities for Disaster Service Workers are authorized by the California Emergency Services Act and are defined in the California Labor Code. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee of the District may be assigned to perform activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property. Such assignments may require service at locations, times, and under conditions that are significantly different than the normal work assignments and may continue into the recovery phase of the emergency. If a "Local Emergency" is declared during the employee's normal workday, employees will be expected to remain at work to respond to the emergency needs of the community. If a "Local Emergency" is declared outside of the employee's normal workday, employees must make every effort to contact their direct supervisor or department head to obtain reporting instructions as Disaster Service Workers.

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 interview.

All candidates will be notified of their status via email by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

The Oral Panel Virtual Interview date is scheduled for the Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Second Interviews in person are TENTATIVELY scheduled for the week of January 4, 2021.

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.

Per Chapter 8, Division 4 of Title 1 of the California State Government Code, public employees are declared to be "Disaster Service Workers." As such, District employees may be called upon to support the activities of the District during an emergency situation.

The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As a public agency employer in a relationship of responsibility and trust with our ratepayers and other constituents of the communities we serve, the Contra Costa Water District embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion within our core values. We recognize the strength and improved decision-making resulting from diverse staff participation in leadership, committees, and program/project administration. Accordingly, we strive to be a culturally diverse organization that recognizes, supports, and values the inclusion of diverse groups and views in all parts of the organization.

Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the examination process are instructed to contact Human Resources at 925-688-8002.

Job Address

Concord, California United States View Map