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Join us as the new Chief Admin Officer, GS 12/13, in Davis, California!

Leadership, Generous Benefits and Work-Life Balance Await

Institute for Water Resources
Published Jan. 31, 2024
HEC building in Davis, CA

HEC building in Davis, CA

As the Chief Administrative Officer (Series 0343), you'll play a crucial role in providing strategic support to the Hydrologic Engineer Center and overseeing the administrative functions of our dynamic organization. Responsibilities include managing human resources, advising on policies, serving as the Chief Financial Officer, and ensuring compliance in financial matters.

You'll also take charge of facility management, safety, and security, contributing to the smooth operation of our center. If you're ready to take on a leadership role in a cutting-edge environment, apply now to be a key player in shaping the future of water resources engineering!

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Open to Federal Employees, Veterans, Military Spouses, National Guard & Reserves, and more!

Why IWR and HEC?

IWR supports water resources management nationally and internationally on studies, tools, programs, and other forward-looking analysis.  The primary goal of the Hydrologic Engineering Center (CEIWR-HEC) is to support the nation in its water resources management responsibilities by increasing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) technical capability in hydrologic engineering and water resources planning and management.

HEC is a world leader in H&H software!!!  We bring state-of-the-art research and development into state-of-the-practice!    

We are an inclusive and diverse work environment with ample opportunities for professional development, collaboration with experts and career advancement.  Our staff appreciate our flexible work schedules, including options for telework, for a good work-life balance. Plus, staff get both Federal and DOD Benefits - child care subsidies, retirement, leave, employee assistance and more! 

About Davis, California:

  • GREAT WEATHER (like all of the time! Gardener’s dream)
  • Walkable and bike-friendly community with nature trails, restaurants, farmers market, arts and entertainment.
  • Family friendly, highly educated and diverse welcoming community
  • Home to top-rated UC Davis and other fantastic schools
  • Close to San Francisco, wine valleys and nearby major airports


  • Chief Administrative Officer to HEC Director, providing strategic support and ensuring operational efficiency.
  • Manage administrative aspects of Hydrology and Statistics, Hydraulics, Water Resource Systems, and Water Management Systems Divisions.
  • Perform advisory and management functions for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling HEC programs.
  • Serve as the primary Human Resources liaison, handling all personnel actions.
  • Act as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing budget development, execution, and financial health, while also managing the Government Purchase Card program.

Moving Money Available (PCS) to beautiful Davis, California!

Questions? Email Ms. Dawn Palma at