City of Tacoma WA Analyst, Water System Planning in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Water is seeking a System Planning Analyst to join our team of engineers and professional staff. This position will be responsible for strategic and vital work related to Tacoma Water's Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project and water system planning.

The position will act as a subject matter expert and internal consultant for the organization in matters related to AMI and system planning projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • AMI program management during project planning, design and deployment phases (including scope, schedule, budget, and risk reporting);
  • Complex data reporting and analysis;
  • Presenting information and making recommendations to the Water Superintendent, Water Management Team and staff;
  • Leading and contributing to Strategic Asset Management Plan (SAMP) teams (including but not limited to meters, services, hydrants, mains, and valves);
  • Business Case Evaluation (BCE) development, analysis, and documentation for a variety of water system projects (including but not limited to meters, services, hydrants, mains, and valves);
  • Economic modeling/analysis to support BCEs;
  • Project and contract management;
  • Coordination of projects, planning, and analysis between utility work groups and outside organizations;
  • Utilizing quantitative and qualitative data to develop business improvement alternatives;
  • Long range system planning analysis for water system operations and sustainable business practices.

Body of work includes: providing qualitative analysis, consultation, regular and ad-hoc reports of a complex nature based on research and complex studies, program/project/contract management, and making recommendations for operational improvements through organizational goals and strategic objectives.

You will interact regularly with staff from all levels of our organization from executive leaders to front line staff and cross functionally with other departments within Tacoma Public Utilities.

Tacoma Waterhas a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We own and operate over $1 billion of assets that provide high-quality water to more than 320,000 direct service customers throughout Pierce and King counties. Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future.

This position will report to Matt Hubbard, System Planning Engineer.

THE COMMUNITY** Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. Qualifications

  • 5+ years' work experience closely aligned to project management and utility infrastructure;
  • Bachelor's degree desired or equivalent work experience;
  • Significant accomplishments in the field(s) of project management and utility infrastructure preferred;
  • Knowledge of Project Management Institute principles preferred;
  • Experience with AMI implementation preferred;
  • Experience with Business Case Evaluation (BCE) development and analysis preferred. Knowledge & Skills

Communications Effectiveness

Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service a high priority, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.


Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.


Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

Problem Solving

Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help clients identify, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems and service needs.


Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Program Management

Appropriately prioritize and concurrently provide guidance and consultation on multiple programs, integrating many factors into decisions, and ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives.

Computer Applications Independently utilize project or business management software applications, such as Excel, Access, MS Project, SharePoint or similar, to create and share program updates, provide database tracking, and streamline workflows.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume, cover letter and responses to the supplemental questions.

Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process. Applicants whose application materials exhibit potential for the greatest success in this role may be invited to participate in an interview. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to successfully passing a background check.

*Communication from the City of Tacoma: * We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date.

Salary: $84,614.40 - $108,472.00 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Water

Job Number: 1135-18K

Closing: 8/17/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400