Website New Hampshire Dept of Environmental Services
WATER DIVISION DIRECTOR
Appointed (Unclassified Grade HH)
The NH Department of Environmental Services is undertaking a search for candidates for the position of
Water Division (WD) Director. This largest division of the NHDES advocates for public policy and
regulatory objectives that reflect stewardship of resources, the needs of the citizens and economic
interests of the State, and the achievement and maintenance of water quality standards based upon sound
science. The scope of WD includes: oversight of public drinking water supplies; waste water control,
including the operation of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program; ground water, surface water, and
wetland protection; and the oversight of the safety and operation of over 300 public and privately owned
dams. The Water Division Director oversees the development and execution of policies, regulations, rules
and technical programs, ensures effective planning, budgeting, and delivery of services, and shares
responsibility with the other NHDES Directors for the achievement of the Department’s overall mission
Position Summary: Develops and advocates for public policy and regulatory objectives that reflect
stewardship of resources, and the needs of the citizens and economic interests of the State. Provides
oversight and leadership to ensure that day-to-day objectives as well as long-term strategic objectives are
effectively planned, budgeted, and delivered. Consults with the NH Water Council, the NH Wetlands
Council and the NH Water Well Board with respect to policy, programs, and operations of the Division,
and represents the NHDES at the state and federal levels.
Develops implements and oversees the WD procedures, regulations, actions and technical
programs to ensure that the highest water quality standards possible are maintained and that the
mandates of applicable state statutes, administrative rules and federal requirements are meet.
Ensures that the WD has the necessary human, technical and budgetary resources to meet its
regulatory mandates and program objectives. Takes action to ensure the fiscal sustainability of
essential services, securing appropriate federal funding, performance partnerships, and fee-based
Represents the DES at federal, regional and multi-state hearings, proceedings and meetings and
associations. Provides testimony to legislative committees and scientific and engineering
expertise to address water pollution and related environmental problems in support of the
mission, goals and programs of the Department.
Develops and maintains performance metrics. Supports a culture of teamwork, rapid response and
continuous learning and improvement. Executes a primary leadership role in determining
requirements and identifying obstacles to be overcome so that outcomes are of exceptional
quality and completed on time and within budget.
Builds and maintains relationships between and among the NHDES, regulated community
leaders, environmental organizations and other stakeholders, creating and supporting strategic
alliances and innovative programming.
Shares accountability with other members of the NHDES Senior Leadership Team for
maintaining a strong ethical culture built on integrity, transparency and science and the rule of
Advances the department’s public policy and regulatory objectives through public engagement,
effective communication and outreach or advocacy.
Education: A baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: A minimum of five or more years of experience at the department level as a senior
administrator or environmental engineer, responsible for the administration of sanitary or environmental
engineering programs in the public or private sector, inclusive of personnel development and
management, goal attainment and stakeholder satisfaction.
License / Certification: Must possess a valid license or certificate of registration to practice civil,
sanitary, or environmental engineering issued by a lawfully constituted registration board of any state of
the United Sates.
Special Requirements: This position requires excellent administrative, managerial, leadership, and oral,
written and interpersonal communication skills to oversee the activities of a complex organization. Must
have knowledge of highly complex regulatory and business procedures and strategies in the fields of
water resource management. Must have successful experience executing strategic planning and
development on a large scale. Must be able to effectively interact with diverse stakeholders and
governmental figures at the highest levels. Experience with programs using fee-based revenue generation.
Excellent skills in negotiation and guiding diverse groups of people, providing vision and solutions, and
leading groups to understanding and consensus. Proven collaborative skills. Technical experience with
the principles of LEAN or other continuous process improvement methodologies preferred.
This position serves a four year term, assigned to Group HH of the state unclassified salary schedule
(currently $82,027 to $108,961, with possible additional increases). Once confirmed, the selected
candidate will fill the remainder of a four year term which began on May 24, 2018, and then be eligible
for re-appointment consideration and confirmation to a subsequent four year term in May, 2022.
Resumes and confidential inquiries should be directed to Pamela Sopczyk, Administrator, at
The State of New Hampshire total compensation package features an outstanding benefits, including:
HMO or POS Medical and Prescription Drug benefits; Dental Insurance; a State Defined Benefit
Retirement Plan and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan; and $50,000 state paid life insurance plus
access to additional low cost group life insurance.
For more information, please visit http://Pamela.Sopczyk@des.nh.gov. →