Colorado River Program Manager

  • San Diego, CA
  • $186,937.92 - $251,422.08 annually USD / Year
  • Salary: $186,937.92 - $251,422.08 annually
  • December 21, 2022

Website SDCWA San Diego County Water Authority

The San Diego County Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler.

The Colorado River Program Manager will plan, lead, manage, and implement Colorado River program strategies and activities; manage the implementation of the Water Authority’s Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) conserved water supplies, associated agreements, and funding and environmental mitigation obligations; develop strategies, policies, programs, and initiatives to enhance the flexibility of how the Water Authority manages its Colorado River conserved water supplies; develop and implement outreach strategies and provides liaison with regional, intra and interstate, federal, and binational stakeholders on Colorado River policy issues; support the Water Authority Board on Colorado River related issues and decision-making; supervise and mentor program staff; and perform related duties as assigned.

The Department
The Colorado River Program (CRP) is a small department comprised of a cohesive team of six staff members, of which five are located in San Diego and one manages the Imperial Valley satellite office. CRP works on a diverse array of issues related to the Water Authority’s independent conserved Colorado River supplies and has a multidisciplinary staff to achieve its goals. CRP oversees the implementation of the long-term conserved water transfer agreement with IID and ongoing post-construction environmental mitigation and operations and maintenance activities related to the All-American and Coachella Canal lining projects and associated agreements. Through the Imperial Valley office, CRP manages the direct state and federal engagement related to Salton Sea environmental programs and participation in cooperative projects with the Colorado River Basin States and Mexico, and aims to build regional support for the QSA and partnerships on water issues in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys through direct engagement with elected officials, business and community leaders, and other stakeholders.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in engineering, public administration, business administration, law, planning, communications, or a related field; and at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in public agency water policy, with at least five years in a management capacity, overseeing/coordinating major programs, projects, project team, and/or staff; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter as attachments to the application by Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. Apply online at

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