Department Manager -Water

at Michael Baker International
Location Not Specified
Date Posted June 21, 2022
Category Trades & Services
Job Type Not Specified



Supported by more than 3,000 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges.


Michael Baker International's Water Group provides innovative consulting, planning and engineering solutions for the entire spectrum of the water cycle. We have proven experience in providing a full range of professional services from scientific and technical analysis, concept through design, and construction support services. Protection and management of water resources starts at the watershed level and follows the movement of water through urban and agricultural areas, streams, lakes and reservoirs, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and water/wastewater treatment plants.


Michael Baker International is seeking a Water Practice Department Manager to join the team in our Denver, CO, office. The successful candidate will be responsible for expanding Michael Baker International's water, wastewater, and reclaimed water business within the Western Region. This role leverages the strength of the entire Water Practice and current client base that we service on a national basis. As part of the Western Region, the opportunity also exists for the successful candidate to facilitate project workshare and best practices across all Regional offices. Typically, our projects involve supporting our clients within the Federal, Transportation, Water Resources, Commercial Development, Industrial and Energy market sectors. A willingness and ability to travel within the western United States is required. This is a unique opportunity to oversee the development of a Water/Wastewater Practice to complement an already strong Surface Water Practice in Denver, and to also contribute to a strong water practice in the western US. The responsibilities include project/program management, staff development, client development and lead business and strategy development.

Primary responsibilities include business development, client management, operational oversight, staff development, project/program management, and leadership

Meet with existing clients to identify upcoming opportunities and confirm performance on existing contracts

Monitor and implement strategies to fulfill business performance objectives

Develop new client relationships

Coordinate with other offices to facilitate workshare, the implementation of best practices and developing work with those offices requiring water/wastewater engineering services

Accompany other Practice Leaders at client meetings to further develop business with existing clients

Lead strategic pursuits and QA technical and cost proposals

Ensure QA/QC procedures are being implemented on all department projects

Provide technical oversight and guidance of engineering solutions

Conduct operational meetings with staff to review and evaluate workload, resource planning, project performance, and business development opportunities

Lead team at every opportunity to articulate the Denver Office vision and establish your personal standards for professionalism, team work, quality, and technical excellence

Interview and hire new staff to fulfill current project needs while also planning for the future of the business

Mentor engineering personnel in their technical and management competencies to help them achieve their career objectives

Identify training opportunities for staff consistent with their career objectives

Provide honest, prompt, and constructive feedback to personnel

Attend and participate in industry events


Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering

15-20 years of civil and/or environmental engineering experience in design and management of civil, water and/or wastewater engineering projects

Local P.E. license, or have the ability to obtain one

Strong leader and business builder that wants to be empowered to develop this great opportunity

Strategic thinker with the ability to envision a successful water practice

Knowledge of local, regional, and national water practice initiatives

Proven supervisory skills

Strong problem-solving and communication skills

Possess strong verbal and written communication skills

Ability to work in a dynamic environment and conduct multi-tasking efforts

Recruitment skills to assist in hiring additional personnel


Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO is the Law. Applicants to and employees of Michael Baker International are protected under Federal law from discrimination.

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