Vacancies with Tucson Water & Information Technology Departments

Recruitment #1807-0455-001


Project Manager - Tucson Water

Tucson Water seeks an experienced marketing, communications, or public relations professional to join its Public Information and Conservation Office (PICO) as a project manager. PICO is responsible for engaging, inspiring, and communicating effectively with more than 700,000 customers of southern Arizona’s largest water utility. This new position will work with the PICO team to develop and execute media and communications strategy across a variety of channels, craft targeted outreach and education campaigns to engage new sectors of the public, and help engage Tucson Water’s more than 550 employees in telling the utility’s most compelling stories. The ideal candidate will be skilled and experienced in marketing and digital communications, self-directed and adaptable in his/her approach, and demonstrate a passion for serving the community. The successful candidate will find a wealth of creative opportunities and a supportive and dynamic work environment.

Project Manager - Information Technology

Additionally, the Information Technology Department (ITD) is seeking an experienced Information Technology Project Manager, change agent, innovator, and facilitator to work with client departments to identify needs, and system specifications for technology application projects.

The mission of the Project Management Team (PMT) is to help the City of Tucson departments achieve their strategic goals by implementing the right projects, the right way, and to deliver the right business benefits.

Project Managers are professionals with demonstrated success in project management field and who have desire to continue to hone their project management skills. Project Managers work under the directions of the PMT Administrator as part of the Project Management team within IT. At any given point in time, Project Managers will be working independently or in concert with other Project Managers, ITD staff/management, and various City of Tucson staff/management on single projects or multiple low complexity projects concurrently.

You will be able to select the department(s) that you are interested in being considered for within the application supplemental questionnaire.

General Description

Manages complex projects and coordinates experts from different fields for the duration of each project. Prepares forecasts of needed funds, assists in developing and implementing project budgets, and monitors expenditures.

Essential Functions

Manages and directs complex projects by assigning work, forecasting timelines and project parameters, reviewing and approving plans and documents, devising solutions to problems, deploying resources, ensuring projects are completed effectively and efficiently within budget timeframes, studying and approving agreements, disbursing payments, conducting and attending meetings with associated parties.

Prepares forecasts of needed funds, assists in the development and implementation of budgets, monitors project budgets, authorizes expenditures and budget allocations, reviews budget documents and prepares reports and communications.

Collaborates with intra and inter-departmental personnel, develops project goals and objectives, evaluates project success and regulatory compliance, and makes presentations.

Performs administrative duties by preparing and reviewing reports and correspondence, performing safety audits and inspections, reviewing policies and procedures, providing advice, researching and analyzing information such as cost-benefit studies, developing and maintaining databases and responding to and forwarding inquiries.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years managing complex projects and coordinating experts from different fields

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Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as have relevant experience in the areas of:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communication, Information Technology, Planning, Business/Public Administration, Environmental Studies, Public Affairs, or closely related field

• Working knowledge of project management scheduling tools such as MS Project and Asana

• City, County, or State government experience

• Lead role managing complex projects and/or communications/outreach campaigns

• Ability to deliver clear and concise written and verbal messages in a structured manner, manage differing points of view, tailor communications/style to audience, and craft presentations with quality expected for senior level management and/or broad public distribution

• Experienced in contract management

• Ability to identify and structure problems, prioritize issues and solution development, plan and conduct work, process information, and place information in to a relevant context or framework

• Ability to build and maintain project schedules and budgets; high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Selection Plan

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All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions.  The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held August 7 & 8, 2018, and August 9, 2018, if necessary

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant’s ranking on the Civil Service Employment List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of the rating for education and work experience 
  • 90% rating for the Oral Board Interview

Selection interviews will be conducted post-list by each hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.  Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to  The DD 214 must reflect a characterization of service. Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must email the contacts listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.