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  • Full-time

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona
The mission of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority is to maintain and improve water quality in Arizona by providing financial assistance and technical assistance for basic water infrastructure.


Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona

Job Location:

Address:  100 N. 7th Ave. Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $195,000 - $225,000 

Grade: E6

Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled

Job Summary:

The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) of Arizona provides funding to Arizona’s communities through its Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs, which help communities construct and maintain their wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. Through its two major program areas: (1) State Revolving Funds (SRFs), and (2) Arizona Finance Authority , WIFA provides communities with low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure.

Acting through its Board, WIFA is seeking to hire a Director to help the Board accomplish its purpose of helping to meet the existing and future water needs of the State of Arizona by developing or facilitating water conservation, reuse and augmentation projects through the administering of the Water Supply Development Fund (WSDF), the Long-Term Water Augmentation Fund (LTWAF) and the Water Conservation Grant Fund (WCGF). The Director will be a goal-oriented, pragmatic, leading edge thinker that provides expertise and leadership that will be leveraged to drive environmental benefits and economic growth through supporting state, tribal, and local efforts to modernize the water infrastructure for all of Arizona. The Director will be expected to assist the Board in assessing and delivering Arizona’s SRFs, loans and grants to water, wastewater and stormwater utilities, assist in the development of the State water infrastructure master plan, administer board meetings, and drive the vision, performance and organization of WIFA.

The Director of WIFA will be a leader of leaders and must embody the State’s values: care for one another, strive for excellence, and do the right thing.

Job Duties:

• Assist the WIFA Board in evaluating and approving funding requests for monines from the CWSRF, DWSRF, WSDF, WCGF and other grant funds to ensure the greatest benefit to the state.

• Provide Oversight for the LTWAF focused on bringing the State new water supplies.

• Provide oversight and accountability for agency vision and mission, organizational health and performance, policy, operations, personnel, and technological innovation.

• Provide oversight of all WIFA programs, and responsibly manage the agency's billion-dollar plus operating budget.

• Provide oversight and stewardship of highly technical and complex water infrastructure projects that are awarded financing under the program.

• Provide oversight and review of complex financial plans and highly technical engineering and scientific data and information, ensure select projects are of the highest quality and project plans meet the eligibility requirements under the program and are appropriate to meet program objectives.

• Develop and implement state policy, priorities, guidance, and strategies for establishing, implementing, and overseeing the WIFA program.

• Develop and maintain external relationships with other State agencies, national and local officials, Tribes, and organizations concerned with water and wastewater infrastructure finance, construction and management.

• Select, hire and develop a high functioning, multi-disciplined team across multiple programs to achieve major program objectives, implement controls and measures to effectively monitor and assess employee morale, operations, and program outcomes.

• Provide the leadership presence in public and private forums including legislative hearings, judicial proceedings, media engagements and public events. This includes recommendations for legislative and executive initiatives.

• Lead the agency using the Arizona Management System (AMS) -- the state’s performance management tools developed and implemented by state employees to create a service-driven and efficient government.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of Federal and State environmental regulations
• Knowledge of WIFA Policies and Procedures
• Knowledge of Arizona Administrative Law
• Knowledge of open meeting law and public records
• Demonstrated experience leading the implementation of environmental and/ or financial assistance programs (e.g. development of guidance, technical and financial assistance programs, program evaluation, data acquisition and management, etc,).

• Skilled in preparing narrative and or statistical reports that include conclusions and/or recommendations based on documented facts
• Skilled in reviewing and analyzing drinking water and wastewater data
• Skilled in conducting on-site construction observations
• Skilled in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite
• Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication
• Skilled in project management principles

• Ability to build coalitions internally and externally with State agencies, local and national governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations to achieve common goals (i.e, public, private and public wastewater and drinking water system owners and operators, legal and financial advisors, other state governmental agencies, federal and local public officials, elected officials, WIFA Board members, Tribal members and staff)
• Ability to provide technical assistance in the form of grant development
• Ability to provide financial assistance in the form of loan repayment agreements
• Ability to oversee highly skilled professional staff and contractors such as legal counsel, financial professionals and other staff.
• Ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
• Ability to communicate effectively in a public setting

Selective Preference(s):

• Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university or a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university and ten years of management level experience.
• Ten years of professional level work experience leading the implementation of environmental and/ or financial assistance programs, five of which are in progressively increasing responsibilities.
• Proven experience leading large organizations through transformation and change
• Community relations and engagement

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11)
• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Sick leave

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


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nicole Baker at nicole.baker@azdoa.gov for assistance.


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.