The Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (AGM/COO) functions in a top-level executive capacity, reporting directly to the General Manager and is responsible for General Manager and District staff liaison with members of the Board of Directors, water organizations, community groups, and other agencies to ensure the District’s mission and vision are effectively communicated. The AGM/COO acts as project manager for high-level District projects and performs high-level oversight of the District’s technical operations. The AGM/COO develops systems, controls processes, and evaluates programs within the District’s core operational functions to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and ensures that WRD’s mission, goals, and objectives are met.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The ideal candidate will have an extensive knowledge of water resources, water treatment operations and state and local water policies and practices. This person will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral); strong and proven management and leadership skills; as well as skills in business and organizational management, financial management, program and project planning, construction management, experience overseeing water treatment plant operations, strategic planning and consensus building
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Exercise sound judgement, with practical sensibilities regarding political and institutional relationships.
Guide projects and programs through to completion.
Ability to be a team-player, a consensus builder and a mentor to staff.
Make difficult personnel and operating decisions, including handling disciplinary matters in a timely and tactful manner.
Interact effectively with employee unions (AFSCME).
Goal oriented and organized.
Committed to the mission and vision of the organization
A problem-solver, with the ability to exercise a sense of urgency when necessary.
Keep the General Manager informed in a timely, complete and accurate manner.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, environmental studies, geology, economics, engineering, physical and biological sciences, or a closely related field; and At least eight (8) years of senior-level administrative and supervisory experience that includes responsibility for the development, implementation and construction of complex public works/utility projects, and strategic planning to develop programs, goals, policies and strategies. Requires demonstrated success working directly with elected officials. A master’s degree is highly desired, but not required.
LICENSES; CERTIFICATES; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A Professional Engineer (PE) license with the State of California is highly desirable.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The first review of applications will be March 8, 2019. To be considered for this opportunity please submit a (1) District application available at www.wrd.org, (2) cover letter highlighting your applicable experience and (3) resume to Brandon Mims, Manager of Administration and Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org by the first review date. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Salary Information: The salary for this position is highly competitive and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
About Water Replenishment District of Southern California
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) is the largest groundwater agency in the State of California, managing and protecting local groundwater resources for four million residents. WRD's service area covers a 420-square-mile region of southern Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The 43 cities in the service area, including a portion of the City of Los Angeles, use about 250,000 acre-feet (82 billion gallons) of groundwater annually which accounts for approximately half of the region's water supply.
WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high quality groundwater is available through the use of recycled water and stormwater capture. WRD is responsible for monitoring and testing groundwater throughout the region using effective management principles.