Deputy Operating Officer
Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division
SALARY: $222,518 – $284,648
At Valley Water, we are working to protect our community’s drinking water, keep residents and businesses safe from flooding and natural disasters, repair and replace aging dams, reservoirs and pipelines, while reducing toxins, hazards and contaminants in our waterways. We are currently seeking a Deputy Operating Officer to lead our Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer of the Watersheds, the Deputy Operating Officer will manage and lead the Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division. The Division is composed of 5 units, with a total of 78 staff. The units include hydrology / hydraulics / geomorphology, water resources planning and policy (for capital and long-term project planning), water supply and special projects, environmental mitigation and monitoring (biologists managing the habitats and wildlife), and environmental planning and water quality management (planners and water resources specialists). The Division is a combined organization of engineers, biologists, and planners, and is responsible for planning of Valley Water’s actions in the watersheds, including flood protection and environmental stewardship.
Within the Division, the hydraulics, hydrology and geomorphology are key core-functions of Valley Water and will need to be maintained at the state-of-the-art level for its staff and technology.
The water resources planning and policy unit develops alternatives, feasibility and planning studies for watersheds capital improvement projects. The two environmental units oversee environmental planning for capital improvement projects as well as water quality management and are leading the environmental planning and permitting for the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project (ADSRP) and Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project (PREP). The Deputy Operating Officer will lead these five units to fulfill the Division’s responsibilities.
Essential duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Operating Officer include, but are not limited to: directing and participating in long- and short-term strategic projects or programs that warrant executive level authority, accountability, and decision making; providing leadership in the development and implementation of board governance policies, ordinances, strategies, business plans, budgets, programs, procedures, and other actions; preparing and recommending long-range plans for division services and programs; planning, directing, organizing, authorizing, and coordinating the work and resources of assigned functional units; evaluating performance of subordinate unit managers, and their unit functions; representing Valley Water before external organizations, including other governmental and regulatory agencies, private entities, professional and community organizations, citizen boards and commissions, and the general public; organizing and leading negotiation of key contracts, cost-sharing and partnership agreements, permits, State and Federal administrative policies, legislation, and other agreements that advance Valley Water’s interests; managing and directing the preparation of a wide variety of periodic and special studies, projects, and reports; and collecting and researching information to identify and resolve operational and administrative problems and issues.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Valley Water seeks a Deputy Operating Officer with a proven track record of leadership and expertise in the field of watershed planning and management; environmental stewardship, flood protection and/or water utility. The job requires a seasoned professional with proven integrity, dedication, magnanimity, humility, openness and creativity. The person must have excellent judgment, be politically astute but apolitical and possess effective communication skills. The successful candidate will build a strong and collaborative team capable of accomplishing Valley Water's work on time and within budget with acceptance from all stakeholders.
The best candidate for this position will be a good listener and possess a strong customer service orientation in interactions with internal and external parties including State and Federal regulatory agencies; local governments; environmental protection groups; and local service organizations. They will demonstrate strong values regarding environment sustainability and be a champion for balancing health and safety and the environment.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled leader capable of motivating employees to accomplish the goals of Valley Water. They will mentor and coach staff; improve their skills through constant learning and ensure that the workforce is well trained. Excellent writing, verbal and public speaking skills are essential.
Candidates with demonstrated experience in large-scale watershed planning activities will be highly desired. Valley Water is in the midst of making major investments to its watersheds and has an aggressive capital improvement program. The Deputy Operating Officer will possess the ability to organize and prioritize projects and tasks in an effective manner to meet critical deadlines.
The selected candidate will have strong negotiating skills, and be effective in reaching consensus and agreement with local and regional partners and with State and Federal regulatory agencies to assist in the completion of planned capital projects.
Candidates are expected to have knowledge of general administrative principles, practices, and methods; principles and practices of effective leadership and staff supervision; applicable laws, regulations, legal mandates, and guidelines; principles and practices of public sector budget development and administration; principles and practices of public sector contract administration and evaluation; funding sources; and related social, political, and environmental issues.
Candidates should have the ability to understand and integrate the different, sometimes conflicting perspectives of environmental sustainability, watershed management, flood protection, civil engineering, life sciences, land-use planning, and water utility management into effective Board policies, management practices, mid- and long-range plans and daily operations. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of working effectively with diverse stakeholders representing the environment, education, business, government, nonprofits, and the community at large to reach agreement of environmental sustainability goals.