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Deputy Assistant Director - Water Quality

  • 506968
  • Full-time


We are looking for results-oriented, driven individuals with a thirst for problem solving.

At Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) our vision is to be the number one state in the nation in balanced, leading-edge environmental protection; through technical and operational excellence; and radical simplicity for customers and staff. We are currently looking for employees who are committed to our Agency, passionate to excel in their career and engaged in our mission. Only this caliber of employee will be successful in driving our Agency towards accomplishing our vision.

Deputy Assistant Director

Water Quality Division


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $95,000 - $125,000

Grade: 28

Closing Date: Open until filled

This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including
virtual office arrangement) or telework options.

Job Summary:

To help us on our vast and important mission, the Water Quality Division has an incredible opportunity for an experienced, results-orientated leader to help build the next generation of water quality strategies, programs, and professionals. The Deputy Assistant Director is an integral part of our diverse, talented, and innovative team and directly contributes to our agency’s mission by driving operational performance in five key areas: Water Quality Programs, Systems and Process Management, Stakeholder Relationships, Budget, and People Systems (Attract, Recruit, Onboard, Train, and Retain). Learn more about what we do here: http://azdeq.gov/wqd.

Job Duties:

The Deputy Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing the division’s operations and serves in a senior leadership role to support the Division Director through long-range strategic planning, displaying sound program and operational judgment. The position is also responsible for driving employee performance and development, employee motivation, strategic program planning, budget management, and developing and maintaining a culture of Lean Continuous Improvement.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of senior leadership and business management principles, including capital budgets (expenditure and revenue generations), work breakdown structure, employee motivation, team-based problem solving techniques (5 Why Analysis/Root Cause, Lean Management, and Continuous Process Improvement), and principles of performance and visual management; Project management (output) and program management (outcome) techniques, particularly the coordination of people and resources through result driven leadership
• Knowledge of and experience with the U.S. Clean Water Act, the Arizona Aquifer Protection Permit Program, and/or the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor's degree in the field of environmental sciences. Master’s preferred.
• Eight years of environmental management experience.
• A minimum of five years of program management or strategic management experience.
• Experience with continuous improvement including LEAN, Six Sigma, or others
• Must be a strategic thinker; skilled leader of a diverse environmental workforce (technical and legal); skilled manager of project managers to ensure deliverables are consistent, reliable, accurate, and timely; effective communicator, and comfortable presenting to groups


Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
· 10 paid holidays per year
· Accrual of sick and annual leave beginning at 12 and 13 days per year respectively for full-time employees
· A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
· A robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability
· An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program
· We promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility
· We offer a variety of learning and career development opportunities

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


ASRS Lifetime Pension Benefits

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting HPO@azdeq.gov.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.