Director of Water Resources

Matrix Design Group, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
Added: March 18, 2024
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Matrix Design Group, Inc., an employee-owned planning, engineering, and environmental consulting firm is actively seeking a Director of Water Resources . The position will be filled in our Colorado Springs, Denver or Phoenix offices. As an employee-owned company we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, respect, and excellence.

About Matrix: As an employee-owned company we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, respect, and excellence. Our strengths of service, innovation, and skill are a result of that belief. We have a friendly, collegial, cooperative atmosphere and offer a full range of benefits including medical , dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; holiday, vacation, and sick leave; training and education ; 401(k) and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Matrix employees are encouraged to participate in employee wellness programs , social committees, and community outreach programs . We strive to employ highly motivated people with excellent communication and applied critical thinking skills who desire to advance their talents and skills.

Salary Range: $140,000.00 to $160,000.00 Annually. Salary will be dependent upon experience.

Location: Colorado Springs, Denver or Phoenix.


Responsible for the management and execution of a variety of water resource related engineering, planning, design, construction and permitting projects. Utilizing consulting expertise, prepares the scope, budget, and schedule for projects to ensure contract requirements are executed on-time and on-budget. Attend project meetings with internal staff and clients and make presentations concerning specific aspects of engineering projects and oversees the work of technical staff. Works with local, regional, or state-level clients to assist them in achieving their goals.

Essential Functions

  • Leads the organization in a broad area of specialization(i.e. water/wasterwater, watershed planning, urban drainage, water supply planning, etc.).
  • Serves as the technical specialist in the application of advanced concepts, principles, and methods in an assigned area.
  • Routinely interacts with organizational leaders, clients, customers, officials, contractors, and others.
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with key engineers, officials, or other organizations and companies.
  • Represents the organization in communications pertaining to broad aspects of engineering assignments.
  • Determines program objectives and requirements.
  • Prepares proposals to provide professional services to obtain funding for engineering projects.
  • Produce project deliverables including technical memoranda, design plans and specifications, and technical reports.
  • Complete Quality Assurance/Quality Control and develops improved or new processes.
  • Build upon our existing water resources client base through routine contact and networking.
  • Partner with other Matrix practice leaders to assist on multi-disciplinary project pursuits.
  • Maintain effective communications with clients and project teams.
  • Ensure that the staff resources are deployed in a productive and profitable manner.
  • Conduct regular meetings to ensure that project needs are balanced with staff availability.
  • Conducts strategic planning for the Water Resources Group.
  • Keeps informed of new developments and requirements affecting the design approval process for the purpose of making changes in programs or applications.
  • Interprets, organizes, executes, and coordinates assignments.
  • Develops Water Resources standards and guidelines.


  • Analyzes and interprets business management and technical data.
  • Self-directed leader with pristine project management, project delivery, and leadership skills.
  • Expert in supervising staff, bid projects, and develop project execution plans and technical deliverables.
  • Demonstrated success in preparing and securing new projects via the competitive proposal process.
  • Strong industry relationships (including private, public and non-profit) across geographies.
  • Exceptional client and personnel skills and the ability to persuasively communicate at all levels.
  • Technical expert with outstanding team building, writing, proposal development, cost estimating, and program execution skills.
  • Must be able to work effectively as a department leader in a group environment and maintain positive relationships with department members and clients.
  • Organized and detail oriented with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication.
  • Knowledge of the public water, wastewater, and stormwater system design, planning, and regulatory process.
  • Subject matter expert in a subset of Water Resources (i.e. water/wastewater treatment, natural channel design, urban drainage planning and design, watershed planning, water rights, stream restoration, geomorphology etc.)
  • Subject mater expert in the FEMA floodplain and hazard mitigation process desired.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, hydraulics/hydrology, and other technical sub-specialty software.
  • Ability, and willingness to travel to project sites and other facility offices.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise, manage, direct, and provide oversight of tasks and responsibilities for engineering staff, designers, and/or other technical support.
  • Mentor and train engineering staff as needed.
  • Reviews and approves scopes, budget, and schedules for assignments.

Education And Experience

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited program in civil or environmental engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Hydraulic engineering, or relevant field.
  • Graduate degree in a related field a plus.
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressive comprehensive water resources engineering experience.
  • Colorado Professional Engineering (PE) licensure or ability to obtain CO PE within 6 months.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) desired.
  • PE licensure in multiple states a plus.
  • Strong industry relationships and an understanding of municipal, state, and federal criteria.
  • Significant experience and understanding of local, regional, state, and federal policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Valid driver's license, in conjunction with successfully passing the Company‚Äôs MVR.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.