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Permitting Program Manager (Apply)

Position closes: November 26, 2021
Hours/Week: 40
Application Materials: PDF icon Employment Application.pdf, PDF icon MCWD Compensation Policy.pdf


Salary Range: $78,000 – $109,000

Starting Salary Range: $78,000 - $93,000


Get to Know Us – Our Why:

MCWD believes that water is a central organizing element in the development of sustainable cities.  We know that our lakes, streams, and wetlands have the power to underpin community identity, and grow social, environmental, and economic value. 

This is why we are dedicated to building a landscape of vibrant communities where nature and the built environment exist in balance, and create value and enjoyment.  We are pursuing a vision of A Balanced Urban Ecology through public-private partnerships that protect and improve water, while creating a sense of place within the watershed.

How We Work Together – Our Culture:

MCWD is more than a leader in watershed management.  It is a place to explore potential, and to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible.  We know that success is driven by talented people who want to grow, think, and create.  Our culture thrives on ideas, imagination, initiative, and the power that diverse perspectives bring to our collective mission.  At MCWD we enjoy the challenge of deep meaningful work, and appreciate the power we have as a team to achieve excellence in a constantly evolving environment.

What You Will Be Doing – The Job:

As Manager of MCWD’s Permitting Program, you will:

Think and Act Strategically. 

  • Cultivate data insights and maintain situational awareness of the surrounding environment, including changing trends in land use planning, development, water resources, and the broader regulatory environment. 
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain appropriate strategic direction for MCWD’s permitting program.
  • Recommend new policy change and regulatory strategies that improve the interface between land use and water resource planning.

Build Partnerships and Make an Impact:

  • Build and sustain relationships with key partners including MCWD cities, state and regional agencies, private land developers, and their consulting teams. 
  • Work with staff, legal, and engineering teams to implement and continuously improve MCWD’s permitting program, review permit applications, and resolve compliance issues with active construction sites.
  • Identify and negotiate public-private partnerships with permit applicants and members of the land use community to build projects that improve water quality, reduce flooding, and contribute to place within the watershed.
  • Distill dense, technically-complex information into clear, concise and compelling stories that support the evolution of the permitting program and MCWD’s brand reputation.

Learn, Grow and Develop New Leaders:

  • Work in a dynamic, innovative environment that allows you to stretch and professionally develop as part of a passionate team working to grow MCWD’s impact. 
  • Provide authentic, servant leadership and foster an inspiring, cohesive, high-performing team environment that lives MCWD’s culture and achieves the permitting program’s strategic objectives.
  • Manage for excellence through clear expectations, effective delegation, shared team responsibility for a common mission, continuous improvement, and high accountability.

What You Will Bring to MCWD:

  • A passion for advancing MCWD’s vision of watershed management
  • 5+ years of experience in natural resource management, land use planning or related discipline
  • Proven experience inspiring, leading, developing and managing small teams
  • An ability to spot relevant patterns and issues, and forge new alternative ways forward
  • The capacity to track, digest, and manage detail while maintaining a strategic perspective
  • A drive to stretch, learn, and grow in a high performing environment
  • Flexible thinking, adaptability, and a desire to actively manage change
  • A propensity for interpersonal communications, and the ability to build consensus
  • A drive to build lasting relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders

What We Can Offer You:

MCWD believes that taking care of its people is the right thing to do.  We strive to provide an environment that supports great work, balanced with a great life, by offering:

  • The opportunity to influence the strategy of a mission driven leader in watershed management
  • Regionally competitive pay.  See our compensation philosophy.
  • Employer paid health and dental coverage
  • A collaborative and supportive culture
  • Generous number of vacation and sick days each year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Opportunities for growth and professional development, including tuition reimbursement

Applications Due November 26, 2021:

 Apply by sending a completed application form, resume, and cover letter to