Division Director - Field Operations & Land Management

South Florida Water Management District Miami , FL 33196

Posted 2 days ago

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is responsible for managing and protecting our water resources. The SFWMD is the oldest and largest of Florida's five water management districts, encompassing a 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys.

Water is critical to life in South Florida both for the 8.1 million people who call this region home and unique ecosystems unlike any other. The SFWMD's mission is to balance and improve flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems across the region. The SFWMD provides flood protection to South Florida through one of the largest water management systems in the world; works with utilities and stakeholders to develop long-term water supply plans; and is implementing landmark restoration strategies to improve water quality, expand water storage and restoring natural areas such as the Everglades, the Kissimmee River and our coastal estuaries.

The SFWMD plays an essential role in the lives of every resident, visitor and business in South Florida. The SFWMD prides itself on hiring high-achieving, dedicated and reliable professionals. If you are interested in a career - not just a job - that will help to protect the water resources of South Florida, we encourage you to get to know us better.

We are currently seeking candidates for the Division Director of Field Operations and Land Management Division. The Division Director ensures all strategies, initiatives, programs, and processes support the agency's core mission of flood control, restoration and water supply. Drives a fiscally conservative direction for managing capital, financial resources and human resources.

Management and oversight of over 400 staff members. Responsible for management of Operations, Maintenance, and Land Management overseeing approximately 2,100 miles of canals, 2,000 miles of levees/berms, 600 water control structures, 620 project culverts, 77 pump stations, and eight Field Stations.

The Division Director is responsible for emergency operations during storm and other emergency events and has command staff duties in the Emergency Operations Center.

Accountable for making decisions that impact the day-to-day operations and results of the division. Ensures all bureau/section level work plans can be consolidated into a comprehensive business plan for the division that includes attainable deliverables and optimal utilization of technical and financial resources. Works with various levels of management to develop and execute a work plan to complete short-term directives from the Executive Director, the Assistant Executive Director, the Governing Board and/or the Governor's Office.

For both annual deliverables and long-term strategies, champions a business mindset that includes delegating work assignments to the appropriate job level, identifying process improvement opportunities, and eliminating workflow redundancies. Partners with other members of the Leadership Team to develop appropriate metrics and benchmarks to measure the success of both annual and long-term of business operations supporting the agency's core mission.

Implement and manage by established metrics. Assumes personal accountability for work results.

Incumbent models the District's Core Values and demonstrates a leadership style that supports the agency's reputation as the premier water management district and an employer of choice. Superior leadership competence to manage a large organization during periods of financial austerity and change.

Education and Experience

Typically has Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline with a graduate level degree preferred and 15 years of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression in discipline and leadership roles that can be applied to support the District's business plans and strategies. Typically, this includes ten (10) years of experience managing a major department for an organization and five (5) years of experience designing and implementing programs and policies for an organization.

Prior public sector experience preferred. Significant experience representing an organization to elected officials, all levels of government agencies, the public, and media organizations.


Valid State of Florida Driver License.

Physical Requirements/ Working Environment

Due to the SFWMD's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this positon may at times be required to provide support before, during, or after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

The SFWMD offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health benefits, paid vacation and sick time, and is part of the Florida Retirement System. For more information about our organization, this opportunity, and to apply online, please visit www.sfwmd.gov. Job Reference: 2444BR

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Division Director - Field Operations & Land Management

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