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Valley Water
  • Position Number: 4576503
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Finance

Deputy Operating Officer, Dam Safety and Capital Delivery Division

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01682-U

Location: CA, CA

Department: Dam Safety and Capital Delivery

Closing: 9/21/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Deputy Operating Officer, Dam Safety and Capital Delivery DivisionValley WaterSALARY: $265,907.20 - $337,646.40 DOE/DOQ
The Deputy Operating Officer (DOO) will direct, manage, and coordinate the Dam Safety and Capital Delivery Division and provide highly responsible and complex management and technical advice to the Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to providing leadership and strategic direction for the division, the DOO will ensure that several priority projects are planned and effectively implemented, including the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project, the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project, as well as several other dam retrofit projects. This position will oversee two functional units: the Dam Safety Program & Project Delivery Unit and the Pacheco Project Delivery Unit. The DOO is responsible for administering a division of 21 staff members and overseeing an operations and capital budget of $127 million (FY24).

The DOO is responsible for directing the development and implementation of Dam Safety and Capital Delivery Division strategies, business plans, programs, ordinances, policies, procedures, and decisions; preparing long-range plans for division services and programs, and reviewing programs in progress and recommending new programs. In addition, the DOO must establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external customers, landowners, and permit holders; represent Valley Water on various committees, task forces, and organizations related to regional water issues, policies, and programs; and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies for senior management, the Board, and the public. This candidate should also have experience working with cities, counties, and/or federal and state regulatory agencies, such as:
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • CA State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
  • CA Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB)
  • State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO)
  • Valley Habitat Agency (VHA)
  • CA Department of Water Resources (DWR)
  • CA Water Commission (CWC)
  • United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
About Valley Water:
Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is a public agency with a current operating and capital budget of $838 million, an $8.021 billion 2022-26 Five-Year Capital Improvement Program, and a staff of over 880 employees. Valley Water is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, each elected by their district to serve overlapping four-year terms.

Valley Water manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams to serve nearly two million people in Santa Clara County, which stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.

Valley Water's mission is to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy. With headquarters in San Jose, California, Valley Water delivers water supply; enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection; provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses, and roadways; and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience:
This position is critical to Valley Water's mission - to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, self-starter, collaborator, problem solver, team leader, and business partner. The ideal candidate will have a track record of demonstrated leadership, proven accomplishments, and superior performance, with an emphasis on delivering large capital improvement programs and projects. Familiarity with raw water operations, seismic retrofit projects, and the permitting process in addition to the ability to lead teams with strong technical expertise in a variety of software programs and record systems are essential. The ideal candidate will work effectively with elected boards, upper management, and multiple complex stakeholder groups at the local, state, and federal level, and have significant experience in the regulatory arena in securing necessary project permits.
We require an excellent leader who:
  • Is politically sensitive and demonstrates composure: effectively manages emotions that can drive behavior and impact others - especially when under pressure
  • Is an effective communicator and active listener: including in writing, via presentation, and through informal communications that effectively inform or persuade an audience
  • Is influential: able to build mutual trust with others, and skilled at directing, persuading, and motivating others
  • Demonstrates strategic and business thinking: plans and builds on strategy and continually assesses strategy against organizational goals, strengths, and opportunities; understands general business concepts that govern systems and creates and/or realigns systems in response to changing business needs
  • Is an effective problem solver and decisionmaker: isolates causes from symptoms and able to identify problems, solve them, act decisively, and show good judgment; finds the balance between studying an issue and solving it
  • Is an organizational leader and planner: highly productive, manages time wisely, and prioritizes multiple competing projects effectively
  • Is a relationship builder: understands the primary factor in success is establishing and maintaining productive relationships; likes interacting with people and is good at it; devotes appropriate time and energy to establishing and maintaining networks
  • Possesses drive and energy: demonstrates a high level of energy, motivation, passion, ambition, and endurance to handle a challenging workload while maintaining a healthy work/life balance
  • Is an effective leader, talent developer, team manager, and team player: creates and maintains functional work units; provides guidance; keeps a continuous eye on the talent pool, and monitors skills, trains, coaches, and develops future leaders
Candidates should possess six (6) years of administrative, managerial, or professional experience in a field related to the assignment and in the public sector, water, or related industry within the most recent ten years. Four of the six years must have included management and supervisory authority.

Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Civil Engineering or a closely related field or a field specifically related to the area of assignment; a Master's degree is highly desirable. Candidates must also be registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of California. Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.
The annual salary for the Deputy Operating Officer is $265,907.20 - $337,646.40; placement within this range will be dependent upon qualifications. This position is designated as unclassified/at-will.

Please submit your application along with a cover letter and resume by the application deadline. In your cover letter, please address the following prompts:
  • Please describe how you meet the qualifications as described in the job posting, as well as how your background has prepared you to lead Valley Water's Dam Safety and Capital Delivery Division.
  • Include your experience delivering large capital construction projects and working with federal and state regulatory agencies.
Following the closing date, resumes and cover letters will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to Zoom panel interviews with a Valley Water-appointed interview panel. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with a Valley Water executive interview panel.

2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 based on provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Valley Water is exploring with CalPERS the ability to provide an existing classic formula of 2.5% at age 55 to defined classic employees.

Up to a maximum of 10 years prior public service reciprocity credit towards obtaining retirement health benefits. Employee must work a minimum of 5 years with Valley Water and retire from Valley Water.

Medical, Dental, Vision Care, and EAP benefits are provided. Employees pay 15% towards the monthly premium cost for medical coverage. Dental, Vision Care and EAP coverage is provided with no monthly premium cost to the employee; Medical, Dental, Vision Care, and EAP benefits are provided to all regular employees and their eligible dependents.

Group Life and Disability Insurance.

Available to employees as an option with up to $8,000 in annual matching contributions.

Health Care and Dependent Care Spending.

Newly hired employees receive 224 hours (28 days/year) of prorated vacation.

3 days of bereavement leave; 24 hours of executive leave and 32 hours of prorated personal leave; up to 96 hours per year sick leave.

14 designated days per calendar year.

Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

State of California as a Professional Engineer (PE) is required.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID-19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

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