Job Details

Alameda County Water District
  • Position Number: 5108451
  • Location: Remote
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Under general administrative direction from the General Manager, plans, organizes, and directs the District's Operations and Maintenance Department; establishes goals and objectives for the department and internal policies and procedures to guide departmental program activities; through subordinate managers and supervisors, directs the work of staff engaged in distribution maintenance and construction, water treatment and production, water quality, facility maintenance, environmental compliance, laboratory services, emergency and disaster preparedness and response, and security services, and ensures the effectiveness of departmental programs; provides responsible advice and counsel to the Board, General Manager, and District managers on a variety of issues; participates on the Executive Management team to develop District-wide policies and procedures and to advance the goals and mission of the District; provides highly responsible administrative staff assistance to the General Manager; represents the District to outside groups and organizations; serves as District liaison on various inter-agency coordination projects; and performs other related work as required.

Director of Operations and Maintenance is a single position department head classification. Under general administrative direction, within a framework of overall goals and objectives, the incumbent is responsible for directing operations and maintenance activities.

This classification is distinguished from other department head classifications within the District by the specific responsibility for directing District-wide operations and maintenance activities. This classification is distinguished from other operations and maintenance management classifications by the responsibility for the supervision of those classifications and its overall responsibility for directing department-wide operations and maintenance activities for the District. This classification is distinguished from the General Manger in that the latter is the chief executive responsible for the effectiveness of all District operations and provides direction to this classification.

The Ideal Candidate for Director of Operations and Maintenance will:

Possess deep knowledge and understanding of the facilities, operations, governance, and maintenance practices of a California Special District providing retail water service to the public, as well as the laws, regulations, and standards that apply to the industry, and to the agency and its mission.
Exhibit exceptional leadership skills, fostering a culture of safety and positive and collaborative individual and team relationships, and the ability to motivate, mentor, coach, and develop staff to ensure high performance and productivity toward a common goal.
Demonstrate critical and strategic thinking and problem solving, and the ability to develop and implement long-term plans, strategies, and metrics to optimize operations, improve efficiencies, develop and monitor budgets and track expenses, and ensure the reliability of water supply, production, and distribution systems and their supporting facilities and fleets.
Demonstrate hands-on, active engagement and oversight of staff and the activities and operations of the department, ensuring consistent, efficient, and effective progress toward meeting department and agency-wide objectives.
Demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills to effectively engage with multiple audiences such as diverse staff, management, governing bodies, regulatory agencies, and the public.
Demonstrate the ability to anticipate and identify conflicts, evaluate problems from different perspectives, and implement constructive solutions in the best interest of the agency.
Demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain positive and constructive working relationships at all levels of the organization, supporting staff, developing a strong management team and supporting executive management in leading a high performing organization.
Exhibit a service ethic in support of staff, peers, the industry, and other internal and external customers.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be the equivalent of:

Education and Experience:
Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, public administration, or a related field; and eight (8) years of full-time experience performing professional engineering or operations and maintenance work in the utility service field, which includes at least four (4) years of experience in a supervisory capacity. Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California is desirable.

Must possess a valid driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Selection Procedure:

First consideration will be given to applications received by Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Application materials, which include a supplemental questionnaire should be submitted online at

Candidates who present the best job-related qualifications will have their Supplemental responses rated followed by a qualification's appraisal panel interview.

All applicants will be evaluated against the qualifications and characteristics listed above and included in the job description.

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