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AECOM Water/Wastewater Design Director in New York, New York

Company Description

How will you make your mark?

At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development, and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide.

Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

AECOM has an immediate need for a Water/Wastewater Design Director for the New York Metro (NYM) Water group, reporting to the NYM Water Regional Business Line Leader. This role will oversee design production activities with a focus on multi-discipline water/wastewater design projects for large municipal clients. The ideal candidate will have a proven record delivering designs in the water/wastewater market sector, an interest in developing and mentoring team members, demonstrated ability to successfully work in diverse teams, and ability to lead development of new clients/projects and manage delivery of design projects throughout the planning and design lifecycle. Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Oversees the design production activities throughout the project life cycle of multiple projects for an operating unit to ensure quality deliverables within industry standard of care.

  • Responsible for technical project delivery of multi-discipline water/wastewater design projects.

  • Aligns resources that best fit the needs of the project, provides technical directions, approves the conceptual designs.

  • Responsible for adherence to all design codes, regulations, and industry standards, coordination of work across the multiple disciplines of a given project, working with CAD/BIM managers and staff to develop CAD/BIM plans and ensures adherence throughout design.

  • Supports project managers for the development of overall project scopes of work.

  • Works with discipline leads to development discipline scopes of work, budgets, and schedules.

  • Works with project manager and project controls staff to develop overall project cost-loaded schedule and budget to meet project needs and in adherence to AECOM’s design policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for monitoring project progress and takes necessary corrective actions to maintain scope, schedule, budget, and technical quality.

  • Ensures that ESG and sustainability goals are applied to design projects.

  • Leads reviews and coordination at design milestones.

  • Presents designs to client when appropriate.

  • Makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative.

  • Initiates and maintains contact with senior-level management within the company and is skilled in dispute resolution and negotiation of critical issues. Demonstrates understanding of project delivery requirements, creativity, foresight, working with a multi-disciplinary team to meet project goals and deliver high quality technical excellence.

  • Demonstrates mature judgment in anticipating and solving both routine and unusual operations problems, determining operational objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse engineering activities.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Civil, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineering. and 12 years of related experience, including 4 years of leadership experience.

  • Registered Professional Engineer

  • DBIA or Associate DBIA certification

  • 12 years of experience in water/wastewater/water resources consulting and engineering management

  • Demonstrated experience as project manager or design manager for water/wastewater projects with construction value greater than $50M

  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and wastewater treatment, pumping stations, collection and distribution systems and client/consultant relations experience.

  • Demonstrated experience and capability to plan and execute multi-discipline design projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Engineer licensed in New York or capable of obtaining the required license within 9 months of employment.

  • 15 years of related experience in water/wastewater/water resources consulting and engineering management.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Participation in water community activities including Water Environment Federation and American Water Works Association.

  • Proven ability of leading business development activities, pursuing new clients/projects, and managing project deliveries.

  • Proven leader with an interest in developing and mentoring team members and demonstrated ability to successfully work in diverse teams.

Additional Information

This position does not offer sponsorship.

This position may offer relocation assistance based upon the qualified candidate


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $225,000.00 - $260,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10095918

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid