Planning and Engineering Division

Recruitment #2201-0455-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards of our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride in Service.”

The Planning and Engineering Division of the Tucson Water Department is seeking a highly qualified professional for the position of Project Manager to support the Capital Improvement Program through the delivery of electrical and instrumentation and control (I&C) projects. The position will be responsible for managing the design of electrical and I&C projects primarily performed by consultants. The position will also assist in ensuring projects are constructed to meet the requirements of the plans and specifications, and perform to meet the needs of our maintenance and operations divisions.

This position will exercise discretion and independent judgement in managing engineering activities. Work in this position includes close coordination with all sections of the water department.

General Description

Manages the design and construction of complex projects and coordinates experts from different fields for the duration of each project. Prepares forecasts of needed funds, assist in developing and implementing project budgets, and monitors expenditures. Projects include, but are not limited to, upgrades to existing wells, boosters, storage sites, treatment facilities, buildings, and developer financed projects.

Essential Functions

Examples of essential duties may include but are not limited to:

• Manages and directs complex water infrastructure related electrical projects (plant instrumentation, water control systems, and electrical power systems) by managing design contracts, scheduling projects, developing budgets, coordinating construction activities, assigning work, forecasting timelines and project parameters, reviewing plans and documents, devising solutions to problems, deploying resources, ensuring projects are completed effectively and efficiently within budget timeframes, reviewing agreements, disbursing payments, and 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.

• Manages consultant contracts and budgets for electrical and instrumentation and control projects.

• Interacts with contractors, consultant engineers, developers, outside agencies, and Tucson Water operations and maintenance staff.

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

 An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Valid and unrestricted Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the above requirements, the ideal candidate will possess: 

• Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Management, Engineering or a closely related field

• Demonstrated project management experience

• Experienced in contract management

• City, County, or State government; public or private utility experience

• Lead role managing complex projects

• Experience interpreting and preparing construction documents, including plans, specifications, and design standards

• Knowledge of pressure, flow, and level sensing instruments

• Familiarity with PLCs and process control equipment

• Familiarity with acquiring new service or modifying service with electrical utilities

• Familiarity with building permit process and applicable electrical/building codes

• Experience working with electrical consultants and contractors

Selection Plan

You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

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 a Virtual Oral Board Interview.

  • Virtual Oral Board Interview will be held February 10, 2022 

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 may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies within Tucson Water 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 at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.

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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.