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Deputy Executive Director
Accounting/Benefits Specialist
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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate water resource management agency, currently has two employment opportunities:

  • Deputy Executive Director (deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019)
  • Accounting/Benefits Specialist (deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019)
Deputy Executive Director

Title: Deputy Executive Director

DRBC Grade: Executive 1

Employee Status: Full-Time

Salary Range: $99,000 - $148,450

Branch: Directorate

Supervised By: Executive Director


The Deputy Executive Director is a member of the senior management team at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and is primarily responsible for all programs supporting Water Resource Management. This position performs highly responsible technical and managerial work directing multiple programs to develop and effectuate plans, policies and projects relating to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. The work involves developing, reviewing, analyzing and evaluating program objectives and the implementation of program strategies and goals based on the DRBC Compact, Comprehensive Plan, Water Resources Program and annual budget and work plans. The Deputy Executive Director works closely with the Executive Director within the framework of the DRBC Compact, implementing regulations and policies.

The Deputy Executive Director manages professional and administrative staff in the Water Resource Management (including regulatory project review and planning), Water Resource Operations and Science and Water Quality Management branches. The Deputy Executive Director reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:       

  • Implement the plans, policies, projects and programs relating to the water resources management of the Delaware River Basin.
  • Administer the Compact-mandated and Commission-directed programs.
  • Coordinate with Executive Director to develop and implement long term strategies to achieve mission objectives.
  • Prepare Water Resource Management program goals, objectives and work plans and evaluate progress and effectiveness of staff to achieve all deliverables within required timeframes.
  • Direct the activities of the technical staff responsible for the development, coordination and promotion of policies and standards for the conservation, utilization, development, management and control of the basin's water resources.
  • Recommend new programs and the modification or discontinuation of current programs as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with internal and external policy experts, scientists and other professionals to advance Commission objectives.
  • Represent the Commission at various external meetings, committees and conferences and serve as an expert witness as needed and qualified.
  • Support Commission efforts to ensure sustainable funding.
  • Collaborate with staff, lead best practice and continuous improvement efforts and maintain staff technical and professional development.
  • Participate in various community outreach activities.
  • Manage communications for organization in coordination with the Executive Director.
  • Partner with the Executive Director in essential internal leadership activities (human resources, administration and organizational planning).
  • Develop and maintain internal and external strategic relationships.
  • Ensure strong and consistent collaborate relationships with Commission member agencies.
  • Direct investigations, planning and research initiatives, including proposed water resource projects.
  • Lead staff by example: demonstrates strong work ethic, a positive attitude and professionalism in all aspect of his/her work.
  • Make policy recommendations to the Executive Director.
  • Serve as an "ambassador" for the Commission.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team to provide briefings to federal and state legislators and their staffs about the Commission's mission, goals, programs and activities.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Required Knowledge and Competencies:

  • A passion for water.
  • Excellent writing, communication and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that inspire and motivate staff to achieve results.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials of other agencies, professional associations, work associates and the general public.
  • Excellent management skills that demonstrate the ability to include staff in planning, decision-making and process improvement; provide staff with regular performance feedback that develops skills and encourages growth; provide accessibility to other members of staff.
  • Knowledge of current water resource management programs, regulations and issues.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in developing, applying and interpreting Commission policies and procedures.
  • Ability to learn, analyze and evaluate programs, plans and policies to make recommendations for improvement.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Delaware River Basin, to member states and to Washington DC to include overnight travel as business needs require.

Work Experience and Education:

  • A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in a water related field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years as manager or supervisor in a public sector agency or a private organization is required.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a water related science or engineering discipline is required.
  • Management experience in a water resources related field is preferred.
  • Senior level management experience is preferred.
  • An advanced degree in engineering or science is preferred.


Send resume via email to: jobs@drbc.gov

The deadline to apply for this position is 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Applicant must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States without sponsorship.

Accounting/Benefits Specialist

Title: Accounting/Benefits Specialist

DRBC Grade: E12

Employee Status: Full-Time

Salary Range: $39,200 - $58,700

Branch: Finance and Administration

Supervised By: Director of Finance and Administration


The Accounting/Benefits Specialist serves multiple functions at this federal/interstate government agency.

The Accounting/Benefits Specialist will be responsible for accounts payable, payroll, benefits coordination, invoicing, and other misc. tasks. Reporting to the Finance/Accounting Manager, this position's primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing process improvements, leading HR benefits coordination, payroll, accounts payable, and invoicing.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of benefits, payroll, and accounting support, through improvements to each function, as well as coordination and communication between the Finance & Administration Branch and other branches;
  • Managing payroll, including preparation of biweekly payroll using third party payroll services, including changes to payroll master file for salary, retroactive salary adjustments, pension, voluntary deductions, federal and state tax withholding, and direct deposit amounts. There are approximately 40 employees at the Commission;
  • Providing payroll and benefits support to individual employees to address questions, issues, and events;
  • Verifying payroll accuracy, transfer of funds to payroll, payroll taxes, and other accounts;
  • Preparing bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly reports of pensions withholding, deferred compensation withholdings, and long-term disability that accompany disbursements;
  • Auditing health benefits invoices for accuracy; counsel employees on payroll and benefits matters;
  • Acting as a liaison between employees and New Jersey Pensions and Benefits Bureau; maintaining schedule of employee anniversary dates, grade level; preparing forms for performance appraisals, annual increments, promotions, and other salary changes as authorized;
  • Disbursing of checks for commission expenses;
  • Invoicing to funding sources, and all other invoicing deemed necessary;
  • Making daily bank deposit;
  • Acting as DRBC Administrator to ADP (payroll), Review Snap (performance management), and Wells Fargo Elite Card Systems (purchasing card) employee system;
  • Organizing fiscal documents; and
  • Serving as backup for the Finance/Accounting Manager when needed, serving as backup for the administrative secretary, and performing special assignments as designated by the Director of Finance and Administration.

Responsibilities by Function:

Financial Management

  • Managing day to day processing of accounts receivable and payable using Quicken, producing reports as requested;
  • Administering payroll and employee benefits and managing health insurance open enrollment;
  • Maintaining payroll/personnel files for each employee that contact payroll, pension, tax, banking, and health benefits information;
  • Ensuring that the Department and individual requests are resolved and communicated in a timely manner to internal and external parties;
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to processes; and
  • Assisting with annual audit and be a liaison with all outside vendors.

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of support through improvements to each function (HR and accounts payable) as well as coordination and communication between functions.


  • Four years of professional experience required;
  • An associate degree from an accredited college is preferred;
  • Proficiency with Excel and Word required;
  • Experience with computerized payroll preparation (preferably ADP) preferred; and
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work with all levels of personnel and members of the public.


Send resume via email to: jobs@drbc.gov

The deadline to apply for this position is 4 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019

Applicant must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States without sponsorship.