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Alameda County Water District
  • Position Number: 5108388
  • Location: Remote
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Under direction from the General Manager, plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages a variety of programs and District-wide initiatives; performs a wide variety of highly responsible, complex, and diverse advanced level professional duties involved in providing administrative, analytical, policy, and technical support to the General Manager's Office; plans, directs, and coordinates legislative activities and intergovernmental affairs and programs; coordinates and manages the development of District-wide policies, plans, programs, and projects; represents the District to federal, state, and local agencies, industry groups, community groups, educational institutions, and the public; and performs related work as required.

Special Assistant to the General Manager is a single position senior management classification reporting directly to the General Manager. Under direction, within a framework of broad policies and procedures, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the development of: District-wide programs, strategic plan implementation, legislative and intergovernmental affairs programs, and other projects of District-wide impact. Assignments are given in general terms and are subject to review upon completion. There is significant latitude for independent judgment and action in defined areas of work.

This classification is distinguished from other senior management classifications within the District by the specific responsibility for directing and coordinating projects of District-wide impact and focus on strategic, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs. This classification is distinguished from the General Manager in that the latter is the chief executive responsible for the effectiveness of all District operations, implementation of Board policy, and provides direction to this classification.

The Ideal Candidate for Special Assistant to the General Manager will:

  • Possess deep knowledge and understanding of local and state governments, including special districts, and the water industry in California, the legislative process, and the laws, regulations, and standards that apply to the industry, and to ACWD and its mission.

  • Demonstrate critical, strategic, and innovative thinking, political savvy, situational awareness, attention to detail, problem solving, and project management skills, and the ability to independently research and develop ideas and concepts into reasonable and actionable plans and strategies and manage projects from inception to completion.

  • Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills to effectively engage with multiple audiences such as staff, management, governing bodies, legislators, other agencies, and the public, in a wide array of settings.

  • Work collaboratively with internal staff and teams, external partners, industry groups, and interested parties, exhibiting tenacity and leadership to achieve organizational goals.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and a commitment to promoting a culture of respect, professionalism, service, and belonging.

  • Exhibit a strong service ethic in support of staff, peers, the industry, and other internal and external customers, and a strong commitment to excellence and integrity.


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 or water related science, environmental studies, political science, communications, public relations, organizational development, public administration, business administration, or a related field; and six (6) years of progressively responsible professional project/program management experience with responsibility for strategic planning, legislative affairs, community outreach, water-related programs, or similar type experience. Experience representing public/private agencies is highly desired.

Additional Requirements:
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 5, 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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