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Dam Safety Initiatives Program Manager

Los Angeles, California 90013
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Dam Safety Initiatives Program Manager position will be responsible for comprehensive development and direction of critical activities related to the planning, design, and construction activities related to Metropolitan’s Dam Safety Initiatives Program.  The position will work in concert with Metropolitans Safety of Dams team to ensure dam and reservoir infrastructure reliability and compliance with directives from the California Division of Safety of Dams. Areas of responsibility include providing programmatic leadership and industry expertise on this highly important program related to dam maintenance and safety, assessing technical challenges and opportunities within a broad collaborative internal and external framework; overseeing all aspects of program initiation and planning; design; budgeting and scheduling; strategically coordinating with various external agencies, elected officials, surrounding communities, the Board, media and regulators; environmental planning; permitting; and strategically integrating this special initiative or program within Metropolitan’s long-term system reliability program as well as the Capital Investment Plan structure.


The Dam Safety Initiatives Program Manager will have expert experience in inspection, condition assessment, and forensic evaluation of dams. They will have expert experience in strategizing, planning, implementing and managing major infrastructure rehabilitation programs. In addition, this position will have up-to-date knowledge of current dam safety guidelines and regulations, state-of-the-art dam analyses (e.g., seepage, slope stability, seismic deformation, etc.), state-of-the-practice dam design criteria and principles, and geotechnical field investigations including non-invasive and invasive field exploration and laboratory testing methods. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the contact and coordination with State of California regulatory agencies (Division of Safety of Dams and Office of Emergency Services) and local agencies within dam inundation boundaries.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership in the introduction of new organizational policies, elements, and procedures pertaining to Dam Safety.  They will initiate best practices and put into place new comprehensive dam safety policies that fully embrace a risk-informed approach.


Work Schedule:  9/80 Monday through Friday with alternating Fridays off 

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Dam Safety Initiatives Program Manager



Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university and twelve years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which four years must have been in a supervisory, project management, or lead position; or an advanced degree in engineering from an accredited college or university and ten years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which four years must have been in a supervisory, project management, or lead position.

Relevant Experience is defined as: inspecting and assessing dams, with responsibility for major infrastructure rehabilitation programs, and coordinating with regulatory agencies, while working within dam safety guidelines and regulations.



  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.
  • License in good standing as a California Professional Engineer - Civil, Geotechnical or Structural.  (Required at the time of application).


• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment
• Public transportation reimbursements

• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis

• On-site fitness center

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email: jobs@mwdh2o.com.


MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).



  • General Construction
Posted: 2021-06-18 Expires: 2022-06-18

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Dam Safety Initiatives Program Manager

Metropolitan Water District
Los Angeles, California 90013

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