Tucson Water - Planning & Engineering Division

Recruitment #2303-4067-001


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 Tucson Water Department is seeking a qualified professional for the position of Water Program Superintendent to lead the Department’s Condition Assessment Program which monitors Tucson Water’s critical infrastructure systems. Programs include pipeline protection, cathodic/corrosion protection, leak detection, reservoir, and booster rehabilitation programs. This is a professional/supervisory position that requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent judgement while making recommendations affecting the short- and long-term needs of critical infrastructure.

Working in this important position includes close coordination with all divisions of the Water Department and outside agencies.

Currently, this is a hybrid/telecommuting position where approximately 50% of the work is completed in the office or field and 50% of the work is completed remotely. This model may change based on future business needs.

Successful candidates will enjoy the opportunity to work from home while abiding by the terms and guidelines set forth in the City of Tucson’s Telecommuting Administrative Directive 2.01-19 to include:
• Must have a minimum of 50 Mbps to connect to the internet
• Shall designate and maintain a dedicated workspace that is quiet, clean, and safe, with adequate lighting and ventilation.

City-Wide Benefits
  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more.
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.
Your Security and Future
  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.
  • Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.
Your Peace of Mind
  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA.
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

General Description

Supervises personnel in coordinating and managing multi-faceted programs by interacting with personnel cross-functionally for programs such as the City's reclaimed water, water environmental compliance, water quality public information, water main replacement, and security of water facilities.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.
  • Lead the implementation of condition assessment programs; Plans, schedules and budgets program activities and follows up with monitoring and making necessary adjustments to bring programs to desired goals and ends. 
  • Provides leadership and guidance to section staff by assigning work, mentoring, providing feedback for performance review, and assisting in the hiring process
  • Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures; Implements elements of Tucson Water’s planning efforts through the utility’s capital improvement program.
  • Ensures the section operations conform to local, state, and federal governmental regulations and other applicable rules and requirements
  • Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the section to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner. 
  • Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.
  • Communicates and reports to stakeholders regarding program progress and purposes.
  • Prepares visual aids and informative programs to explain program activities, including the preparation and presentation of technical papers.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years in coordinating and managing multi-disciplinary programs, of which 3 of the required 5 years has been in a lead or supervisor role in a related functional area.

“Lead” is defined as leading at least one (1) full-time FTE in a work unit. It does not include leading projects, departments, contractors, interns, etc.

“Supervisory” is defined as having supervised at least one (1) full time FTE.

Valid and unrestricted driver's license

 An equivalent combination of education and relevant-level experience that provides the ability to successfully perform the essential functions may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, or directly related field
  • Current NACE Corrosion Technologist Certification
  • Seven or more years of experience in corrosion or related field
  • Experience with asset management
  • Experience performing condition assessment of water infrastructure

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.  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 profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an in-person Oral Board Interview.

  • In-person Oral Board interviews will be held April 20 and April 21, 2023
Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List.  An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience 
  • 90% of your rating for panel board interview 
Hiring interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill Tucson Water vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final 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 Jocelyn.Maez@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a member 2 copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at 520.837.2113 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. 

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.