District Director - Kilgore

The Railroad Commission of Texas has posted a position for a Geoscientist - Groundwater Protection. The posting is on the RRC website

The Railroad Commission of Texas, recognized as a worldwide leader in the regulation of oil and gas exploration, seeks a Director of the Kilgore District Office to assist in the planning, development, and implementation of business operations in the Oil and Gas Division's Kilgore office. This position offers the opportunity to work with industry, other agencies, and the general public in developing oil and gas regulatory standards and best practices. 
Essential Job Functions

  • Manage, evaluate, and supervise the professional, technical, and administrative personnel.
  • Supervise and review work production, field assignments, inspections, and inspector reports.
  • Draft correspondence to operators regarding Commission rule violations and initiate enforcement actions, as necessary.
  • Draft, review, and implement technical manuals or presentations and communicate updates to staff.
  • Recommend and implement training programs for field personnel.
  • Review complaints filed within the District relating to oilfield operations.
  • Conduct employee appraisals; develop personnel performance plans; and participate in the hiring process for new employees and recommend personnel actions as needed.
  • Review existing business processes for improvement opportunities and implement necessary changes to meet strategic objectives and state/federal requirements.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to staff and identify professional development and training needs/opportunities.
  • Coordinate the State-funded Well Plugging Program and the Site Remediation Program.
  • Complete inspections and climb vertical ladders to a height of 16 feet to gauge tanks.
  • Walk up to two miles in all types of weather to complete lease inspections.
  • Carry a self-contained breathing apparatus for up to 30 minutes, if necessary, in working conditions.
  • Travel up to 10%, for site visits or conducting business in Austin Office.
  • Participate and complete additional assignments to maintain production workflow.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Five years of management experience.
  • Years of experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. in Engineering, Geology, Hydrology, or other sciences.
  • Experience in the oil and gas industry, oil and gas regulatory functions, and Railroad Commission rules and procedures.
  • Registration as a professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Professional Geologist (RPG).
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and ability to both develop and motivate reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge in the practices of public administration, management, and budget planning.
  • Knowledge of the oil and gas regulatory functions and Railroad Commission rules and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Railroad Commission regulations and the Oil and Gas industry.
  • Advanced skills in analyzing and organizing information and devising solutions.
  • Excellent and effective communications skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in instructing, planning, supervising, and motivating others.
  • Skill in forming and maintaining relationships with Commission staff, industry, and other state/federal oversight agencies.
  • Proficient in the use of computers and Microsoft software.
  • Experienced in the management of people, budgets, and business processes, while handling multiple priorities.
  • Ability to present technical material to the industry, Commissioners, agency staff, and the general public, as required.
  • Ability to drive a car or pickup; perform general maintenance on the vehicle; and make tire changes.
  • Ability to work on tasks requiring meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team, both as a leader and as a member.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, overtime, weekends, and on call duty.
  • Must have visual acuity and the ability to discern colors.
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver's License and good driving record.
  • Skill in: (the application of knowledge resulting from a development of basic abilities through formal training and practical experience)
  • Skill in exercising logic and sound reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Skill in forming and maintaining positive and productive working relationships both internally and external to the Commission including with other state/public agencies, internal work teams, and state/federal oversight agencies.
  • Skill in leading change.
  • Skill in building and leading work teams, and managing and evaluating program and individual performance.
  • Skill in the management of people, budgets, and business processes.
  • Skill in handling multiple priorities efficiently.
  • Skill in oral and written communication with the ability to present material to an audience.
  • Skill in demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy of information.
  • Ability to learn, understand, and interpret oil and gas policies and procedure.
  • Ability to establish and maintain trust and credibility with management, colleagues and direct reports.
  • Ability to manage business functions and department activities.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives and hold staff accountable.
  • Ability to devise solutions to administrative problems.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate administrative policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in any situation.
  • Ability to develop the talents of direct reports.
  • Ability to reach high and low; open, close and retrieve files from file cabinets; and lift and/or carry up to 15 pounds.