– The Alameda County Water District, in Fremont, California, is seeking a seasoned water-industry engineer and strong leader to serve as the District’s Director of Engineering.
Reporting to the General Manager, the Director of Engineering plans, organizes and manages the District’s Engineering Department which include the functional areas of development services, project engineering, and capital program budgeting and execution. The position may also direct the activities of the District’s Information Technology function. The Director of Engineering establishes goals and objectives for the Engineering Department, directs the work of staff engaged in engineering program activities and ensures the effectiveness of departmental programs; provides responsible advice and counsel to the Board, General Manager, and District managers on a variety of engineering and technical 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; collaborates extensively with internal and external stakeholders representing the District on a variety of issues; serves as District liaison on various inter-agency coordination projects; and performs related work as required.
The Ideal Candidate – The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes, experience, and more:
• Extensive engineering experience with a public utility and a deep understanding of the associated principles, practices, laws, codes, and standards.
• Experience in the planning, development, and administration of a Capital Improvement Program including organization-wide prioritization, budgeting, tracking, and reporting.
• Experience in the extension of infrastructure and services to newly developed or redeveloped land uses.
• Proven leadership and management experience in the public sector, with strong administrative, organizational management, and employee engagement skills.
• Strategic, long-term, and inclusive thinking, skilled in analyzing policy and organizational issues from all viewpoints.
• Strong collaboration and communication abilities, with a clear vision and direction related to the future of California water initiatives and the District.
• Strong customer service experience, ethic, skills, and abilities.
• Experience in real property-related transactions including easements, licenses, and the acquisition and disposal of public land.
• Ability to effectively negotiate and resolve complex, sensitive, controversial, and other challenging issues.
• Possess an advanced degree in engineering and/or public administration.
• Registration as a Civil Engineer in California.
• Possess knowledge of the fundamentals of Information Technology including modern networks, SCADA systems, enterprise systems, and cyber security.
Education and Experience - 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:
A Bachelor’s degree with a major in engineering; and eight (8) years of full-time professional engineering experience, which includes at least four (4) years of experience in a supervisory capacity. Registration as a Professional Engineer in California is required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Of – Civil engineering principles, terms, practices, and methods applicable to water utilities; water treatment, groundwater, and distribution systems; principles of management and administration; federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to water facility design and construction; capital project management; public contracting and contract management practices; budget administration; engineering mathematics through calculus and statistical analysis methods; employee supervision and personnel management; written and verbal presentation and report writing; developing and maintain relationships at all levels in and outside of the organization; and more.