The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Job Summary

Metropolitanís Water System Operations Group, Operations Planning and Programs Unit, has one (1) opening for a Resource Specialist available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

This position acts as a Member Agency liaison representing Metropolitan in the areas of: Water program implementation and administration; operational and water resource coordination; and providing customer services to member agencies. Responsible for the coordination of various water programs; and development and analyses of water demand forecasts, reports, and presentation materials. Duties include, but are not limited to: serve as a Member Agency Liaison to administer programs, coordinate deliveries, and assist in other service related issues with our member agencies; assist with the Shutdown Program by developing and coordinating schedules with all pertinent organizations and agencies, both internal and external; coordinate with member agencies, Los Angeles County, and the Operations Control Center as needed to schedule groundwater deliveries; assist with the administration of various agreements such as storage programs with several SWP and CVP contractors; develop short-term member agency demand forecasts and compile 5-year demand forecasts; support or lead Water Surplus and Drought Management (WSDM) related studies particularly on demands and storage programs; and support WSO upper management on presentations and reports as needed.

1. Plans, analyzes, develops, and implements water management or power related programs which may include conservation, exchange and transfer agreements, reclamation, supply and demand, revenue and cost, forecasting, operational analyses, economic and demographic studies, and projects.

2. May design, create, maintain, and operate water resource planning or power models. May create and maintain databases and tools used to assist in the evaluation of forecasting supplies and demands, statistical analyses, and other studies.

3. Prepares and reviews reports, technical documents, and studies to determine the impact on Metropolitan; makes recommendations to management on potential courses of action.

4. Prepares Board letters and makes presentations regarding water resource or power issues to executive management, the Board, member agencies, and other organizations.

5. Represents Metropolitan on water or power related issues with member agencies and other organizations. Participates in special task forces and work groups as required.

6. Administers water management or power programs and agreements; develops guidelines, procedures, certification, and tracking methodologies. Monitors and verifies performance, billings and invoices. Recommends water or power program efficiencies and improvements.

7. Acts as project manager. Interprets projects requirements, recommends transaction terms and conditions, and ensures compliance with applicable policies and procedures, federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations.

8. May monitor status of water supplies and coordinate interagency operations to facilitate water deliveries.

9. May apply for and administer external funding sources such as grant programs, appropriations, and reimbursements.

10. May prepare and evaluate requests for proposals for professional services.

11. May review legislation, regulations, and ordinances; evaluates impacts on Metropolitan and makes recommendations.

12. Acts as Project Manager; plans, coordinates, and conducts projects within area of responsibility, including monitoring scope, quality, budget, and schedule.

Work Schedule: 9/80, Alternate Fridays Off


Education and Experience:
Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and six years of relevant experience; or two years in a MWD Associate Resource Specialist classification; or Masterís degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience.

Related field of study is defined as any discipline in engineering, math, science or other related technical discipline.

Relevant experience is defined as work experience associated with water resources, operations and maintenance, scheduling, project management, operational planning, or facility planning.

Required Knowledge of: Water resource or power issues; project management; and current office technology and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Conduct statistical and economic analyses; resource or system modeling; create technical reports; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; lead and train; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

Valid California Class C Driver License or equivalent from state of residency that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at time of application.

Job Selection Criteria
10% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
30% Technical Skills and Knowledge including: computer software skills (MS Excel, MS Project and MS Access)
20% Project Management
10% Interpersonal Effectiveness
10% Teamwork
10% Written Communication
10% Oral Communication
100% TOTAL 


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as paper, books, or small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.


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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer Ė Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

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