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Appointment Type: Exempt

Negotiation Unit: Management/Confidential

Pay: $127,155 - $163,890

Travel Percentage: 20%

Location: 30 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY

Minimum Qualifications:  
The Deputy Director position is in the exempt jurisdictional class. The preferred candidate must possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; be mission-driven and a team player; have a sense of urgency and creativity; and have the ability to achieve results in a complex organization with varied stakeholders.

Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Civil, Electrical, or Structural preferred) AND a New York State Engineering license and current registration AND the following:

  • 20 years of progressively responsible experience in a utility in the field of Engineering, Design or Technical Operations. At least 15 years of this experience should be in waterway systems management.
  • 15 years of experience with a Government entity in an Executive leadership role managing large scale projects which must include financial project planning and budgeting.
  • Experience with Executive oversight of labor negotiations and experience working with and managing in a union environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in environmental, health and safety programs and attainment of metrics.
  • Broad knowledge of waterway management industry with a focus on operations and maintenance programs.

The New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York Power Authority, is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the 524-mile waterway for boating, recreation, tourism and agriculture. The New York State Canal System, includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, linking the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain.

The Canal Corporation is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Director to oversee the engineering & maintenance of the canal systems. The Deputy Director will oversee and direct the work of the technical infrastructure team which includes the operation, maintenance and safety expertise needed to safely operate and maintain the New York State Canal System including the essential services to support sound environmental, safety and planning programs. The oversight broadly includes leading and setting strategic direction for the environmental and safety compliance and its programs, all facets of engineering planning and design, construction, project management, maintenance of Canal structures, as well as emergency planning and response, dam safety, and water management for the state-wide canal system. The Deputy Director is responsible for strategic leadership and execution in programs, overseeing compliance, and departmental planning and budgets.

The incumbent of this position will serve in an executive leadership role and work directly with the Canal Board and Recreationway Commission in the formulation of policy, technical excellence, regulatory compliance, and quality environmental and safety programs.

Interested candidates who meet the minimum qualifications should send a cover letter and resume by the application deadline of 3/14/18 to Please include the position title, Deputy Director, in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application.

phone: 518.449.6003

The New York State Canal Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, gender identity, prior arrests, prior conviction records, predisposing genetic characteristics or domestic violence victim status.

The New York State Canal Corporation provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from the candidate before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at