State Program Administrator Manager Principal, Assistant Director Strategy and Operations

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Division/Unit: BWSR Payroll / Executive Section
  • Work Shift/Work Hours:   Day
  • Days of Work:  Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes
  • Salary Range: $41.82 – $59.98/hourly; $87,320 – $125,238/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Employment Condition: Full Time Unlimited
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 – Manager/Unrep
  • Work Location: St Paul
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Executive
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

The mission of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local governments, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and landowners.

As one of three Assistant Directors, this position exists to develop, enact, and implement legislative appropriations, policy, statute, rulemaking and adjudication; responsible for managing agency division operations, including development and management of the agency budget; and developing and coordinating the work of all agency staff and programs via policy development, budget, human resources, communications, technology and accountability. This position also provides executive leadership to the agency board and staff and local units of government and other partners that administer agency programs and in partnership with the Executive Director, directs strategic agency operations and oversees the operations of local units of government via administration of agency programs.

The position is responsible for program leadership, direction and management and consultation to counties, cities, joint powers boards, watershed districts and soil and water conservation districts, and international, national and interstate endeavors administered by the agency, legislative direction and enactment on behalf of external interests that serve the agency’s responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public, Business, Planning Administration, Natural Resources Management or a closely related field of academic study.
  • Three years supervisory and/or managerial experience directing and supervising water and soil conservation programs and staff.
  • Experience managing and supervising natural resource management programs, policies and procedures sufficient to direct activities of staff, evaluate success of efforts and recommend changes to policy or design new policies or budget adjustments that would enhance programs.
  • Knowledge of rules and laws related to water and soil conservation and protection programs sufficient to evaluate unit and program management.
  • Knowledge of different cultural and community groups sufficient to administer the programmatic area and ensure stakeholders understand the requirements and expectations of a given program.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, procedures for writing and passing bills, committee structure and legislative protocol to recommend regulation changes and help guide proposals through the rulemaking and legislative process.
  • Knowledge of government budgeting processes, including biennial budget development, proposal and administration sufficient to develop and manage a budget involving multiple funding sources.
  • Experience in long-range and strategic planning, developing operational plans, developing procedures and directing projects.
  • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to clearly, concisely, and effectively communicate technical and non-technical information to appropriate audiences and the media.
  • Collaborative skills to effectively work with and align stakeholders and staff through the application of a wide range of organizational, technical, analytical and interpersonal skills to accomplish common conservation objectives.
  • Interpersonal and human relation skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Requires an unrestricted Minnesota Class D Driver’s License and a clear driving record: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver’s license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or other education/training in areas pertinent to the position responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of agency programs and areas of responsibilities in other departments.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Board of Water and Soil Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  1. Employment Reference Check
  2. SEMA4 Records Check
  3. Criminal History Check
  4. Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of the MN careers page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Bobbie Donat at by the job posting close.     


If you have questions about the position, contact John Jaschke at or 651/296-0878.