The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Innovation Program Manager

Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID 2023-2519
Posted Date
2 weeks ago(9/12/2023 2:01 PM)
Application Filing Period
September 12, 2023 - October 13, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PST
# of Openings
USD $151,882.00/Yr.
USD $198,557.00/Yr.
Work Schedule (Days/Hours)

As the Innovation Program Manager in the Sustainability, Resilience, and Innovation Office, you will identify emerging technologies, innovation and practices that support Metropolitan’s goal of providing water supply reliability to Southern California.  


In this role you will be the Program Manager for Metropolitan’s Innovation Program and will be responsible for planning and managing activities to identify new technologies, business opportunities, and strategic partnerships that will benefit Metropolitan, and develop guidelines, onboarding strategies, workflow, and metrics to support, advance and demonstrate the value of those opportunities.


Other responsibilities include: developing, coordinating, and implementing a range of innovation opportunities and programs; preparing short and long-range plans based on organizational challenges, defining objectives that align with the strategic initiatives, and prepare a forecast of financial needs and related budget; participating and arranging meetings with managers and staff to assess needs and introduce technologies and innovation opportunities; analyzing legislations and governmental policies, rules and regulations; and leading the Employee Innovation Council and supporting subcommittees in the development of Metropolitan’s innovation program. 


Your passion for steering innovation, cultivating strategic partnerships, and championing impactful programs will be critical to the success of this role.


This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


To view the full job description click here: Innovation Program Manager



Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and twelve years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which two years must have been in a project management, supervisory, or lead position; or an advanced degree (i.e., master’s or doctorate) from an accredited college or university and ten years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, of which two years must have been in a project management, supervisory, or lead position.

Relevant Experience is defined as: employing organizational improvements and efficiencies and project management.



Certification in project management [e.g., Project Management Professional (PMP)].

Experience in identifying and driving environmentally sustainable solutions.



Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.


• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment
• Public transportation reimbursements

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular FT PT Employees (Represented)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 830 miles of pipeline, and 15 hydroelectric power plants.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:


MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PT on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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