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American Water Director, Water Quality & Environmental Compliance(Statewide) in San Diego, California

  • American Water* is purpose-driven, people-powered, customer-obsessed and the trusted source *of everything *water. Our employees in California go to work every day knowing they have an impact on the environment and people’s lives. If you have a passion for Water Quality & Environmental compliance this is what you are looking for! This position is responsible for the entire Water Quality team & activities for our locations in California (and one in Hawaii). The ideal candidate will be motivating, analytical, team oriented, knowledgeable on regulations, and able to build relationships at all levels with both internal and external stakeholders.

We built our business on our values—safety, trust, environmental leadership, teamwork and high performance. Our business partners have our commitment to perform responsibly and to behave ethically while in pursuit of the highest standards of quality and service in our industry.

Apply today for consideration! American Water offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits plan including, but not limited to-- medical, dental, vision, prescription drug plans, 401k with company match, and a performance based bonus plan.

  • Primary Role*

This position is ultimately accountable and responsible for the comprehensive direction and administration of matters dealing with the overall management of laboratories, water quality, environmental stewardship and environmental rules and regulations, including those associated with the Safe Drinking Water Act & Clean Water Act. Makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have far-reaching impact on environmental activities. Initiates and maintains extensive contacts with key officials and company personnel. Executes departmental business plans and contributes to the development of functional strategies. Provides feedback to Executive Management for applicable policies and regulations.

  • This position is eligible to sit at any of the CA American Water offices.*

  • Key Accountabilities*

  • Develops State Water Quality and Environmental monitoring program that ensures company compliance with regulatory and corporate standards and adherence to measurement and reporting schedules. Develops Environmental Management Plans. Continually reviews developing water quality and environmental regulations, provides input to the local, state and federal regulatory process and ensures that programs are in place to enable compliance and customer satisfaction. Tracks permits related to operation of the business.

  • Oversees and directs work of staff and advises other company employees regarding state operations with potential to impact water quality, public health or environmental compliance. Establishes, reviews, approves State water quality related reports and communications, coordination of Consumer Confidence Reports, and water quality operational procedures.

  • Interfaces with Corporate Environmental Management on reporting and coordination of the environmental function. Provides input to Local, State and System management on water quality, public health and environmental matters.

  • Provides technical assistance to the state functional units on Water Quality and Environmental issues. Directs the laboratories and other water quality and environmental monitoring and control programs.

  • Provide technical advice and assistance with business development opportunities. Investigates new acquisitions and integrates into operations. Serves as an expert witness in legal/ratemaking proceedings.

  • Identifies and develops opportunities to enhance the company’s brand through the development of innovative and sustainable environmental

  • solutions. Identifies and develops reference projects for social responsibly, stewardship and related natural resource programs. Responsible for career development of staff. Develops O&M budget and operates to stay within the budget.

  • Oversees and directs company programs to address security of sources, facilities and customers against water quality and other environmental threats. Assist with the development of cross-connection and backflow prevention programs.

  • Knowledge/Skills*

  • Knowledge of water/wastewater operations and water quality monitoring and quality assurance programs.

  • Knowledge of government regulations related to water quality and employee/community safety.

  • Knowledge of current and emerging environmental issues.

  • Knowledge of environmental regulations impacting water resources and facility operations.

  • Knowledge of industry trade organizations to include participation in related activities aimed at improving water quality.

  • Knowledge of company goals and objectives. Advanced knowledge to lead and motivate subordinate staff.

  • Experience/Education*


  • A minimum of ten (10) years experience in environmental management of water resources and/or treatment or related technology or process development.

  • Experience in the management of people and budgets; development of plans and strategies.

  • Advanced degrees could be considered as a substitution for a portion of experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with major in Biology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Environmental Science or equivalent.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • Travel Requirements*

Travel may be 25% or more.

  • Work Environment*

Able to cover a large geographical area of responsibility.

  • Competencies*

Drives Safety Culture

Drives Vision & Purpose

Strategic & Learning Agility

Political & Organizational Savvy

Builds Effective Teams & Network

Situational Adaptability


  • Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing*™

  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.