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Executive Director

  • 513566
  • Full-time


ANSAC Mission: To determine the navigability of Arizona’s approximately 39,039 rivers and streams as of statehood, February 14, 1912. The ANSAC adjudication process is essential for determining whether land beneath the rivers and streams are subject to ownership by the government or by the person whose land a particular river or stream crosses.

Executive Director


Job Location:

Address:  1700 W. Washington St. Suite 304

Posting Details:

Salary: $61,000 - $79,000 

Grade: E1

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) is seeking an Executive Director who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission. The ideal candidate is someone who is detail-oriented and precise. This person ensures that follow-through is deep and literal in order to complete tasks in accordance with quality standards. In order to be successful in this position, they must be able to follow a well-established and proven plan to avoid making mistakes. The ideal candidate is someone who is also capable of doing the background research necessary to have proof to support decisions before action is taken, being rather cautious and conservative in style.

When ANSAC completes its work, it will Sunset or go out of business. The present Sunset Date is June 30, 2024; however, the Commission plans to complete it work before that date.

Job Duties:

The Executive Director oversees and performs daily operations of Commission business including interacting with the Commission Chair, the Commission Attorney, the assigned Governor's Office Liaison, the Arizona Legislature, stakeholders, and the public. Plans, coordinates, and carries out Commission work activities. Prepares an annual budget as well as documents for payment of invoices. Hires outside legal counsel, contracts with court reporters, and hires additional staff if necessary.

• Plans, coordinates, and carries out Commission work activities. Prepares, with a high degree of independence, for watercourse navigability hearings or public trust value hearings and other Commission meetings. Answers directly to and coordinates with the Commission Chair to schedule hearings and other Commission meetings. Understands and complies with Open Meeting Laws.

• Coordinates with the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) and prepares an annual budget, an annual 5-year plan, as well as any supplemental budget requests. Coordinates with Central Services Bureau (CSB) to pay invoices including for rent, liability defense, and CSB charges for financial services.

• Retains and assists outside legal counsel. Ensures legal counsel publishes legal advertising on behalf of the Commission for navigability hearings and other hearings in local and statewide publications as required by statute.

• Acts as Commission liaison with the Office of the Governor and the Arizona Legislature. Coordinates with the Office of the Governor regarding filling vacant Commissioner positions.

• Promulgates rules and substantive policy statements as directed by the Commission, and coordinating with the Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC). Interacts with GRRC for five- year-rule-reviews as required by GRRC and state law.

• Ensure Commission legal counsel records all Commission final reports in each appropriate Arizona County and that the originals of those recorded reports be returned by the attorney to the Commission for eventual transfer to State Archives to be permanently available to the public in hard-copy paper form.

• Manages the ANSAC website; “ansac.az.gov,” which is hosted by the Arizona Department of Administration, including uploading the 5-year plan and budget each year.

• May be necessary to conduct the work activities necessary to close a state agency (Sunset) including ensuring all hearing evidence is retained permanently in original form by State Library and Archives/Records Management, and that all physical property is appropriately transferred to State Surplus Properties for disposition.

• Ensures all final reports recorded by the Commission Attorney in every Arizona County are permanently retained by State Library and Archives/Records Management.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of conducting hearings, public trust value hearings or other Commission meetings in accordance with Arizona Revised Statues.
• Knowledge of developing and implementing a 5-year strategic plan and budget each year.
• Knowledge of State Archives requirements and record retention requirements.
• Knowledge of systems and programs in the area of watercourse navigability hearings, and of their purposes and variations in form, structure and content;
• Knowledge of the principles, concepts and current practices of State government and government management, including legislative and administrative processes;
• Knowledge of State laws, rules and regulations relating to the area of watercourse navigability.

• Skills in preparing an annual budget, as well as any supplemental budget requests.
• Skills in developing and implementing an annual 5-year plan.
• Skills in processing financial transactions including paying invoices.
• Skills in conducting research and in extracting, compiling, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing and presenting information.
• Written and oral communication skills.
• Interpersonal relations skills.

• Ability to coordinate with the Commission Chair and Attorney in order to operate navigability hearings, meetings, and if necessary public trust value proceedings.
• Ability to establish and maintain relationships with Arizona Legislature, stakeholders, and the public.
• Ability to provide oversight in order to ensures legal counsel publishes legal advertising on behalf of the Commission.
• Ability to act as Commission liaison with the Office of the Governor and the Arizona Legislature.

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those who have prior experience working with a Commission or Board, elected officials, State Legislature and/or state agencies pertaining hearings or public trust value hearings and other Commission meetings. The qualified candidate must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree and have 5-10 years job experience in State government or government management.

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


• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Vacation plus 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 that 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 or at (480) 645-2005 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.