Valley Water, one of the largest water districts in the State of California, is looking a Senior Engineer/Senior Water Resources Specialist to lead the Business Support and Asset Management Unit’s planning efforts. This individual will be responsible for aligning asset management and maintenance planning efforts across the Watershed, Water Utility and Administration business areas, including the development of five-year maintenance plans and the development and updating of asset management plans (AMPs). The position will supervise a team of two engineers.
This is a single position, for which the incumbent would be hired as either a Senior Engineer or a Senior Water Resources Specialist. There are multiple ways a candidate may develop the skills and experience required to be successful in this role. Depending on the background and experience of the selected candidate, the exact classification will be determined at point of hire.
Our ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, self-starter, collaborator, problem solver, team leader and business partner. This position reports to the Office of Integrated Water Management, a unit critical to Valley Water’s mission – to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for healthy life, environment and economy.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
For the Watershed business area, oversee documentation of creek level of service (LOS) goals, participate in strategic asset management planning to identify holistic solutions to recurrent creek maintenance issues, oversee updates to a watershed asset management plan, and develop new individual creek asset management plans to identify future constructed infrastructure renewal and replacement needs.
For the Water Utility and Administration/Facilities business areas, this position will support three Water Utility infrastructure master plans for water treatment facilities, distribution system and SCADA system by identifying long-term infrastructure renewal and replacement needs to be included in the three master plans; and will oversee development of asset management plans for other facilities as needed.
Supervise staff and provide leadership and strategic direction for development of five-year maintenance plans, LOS documentation, and asset management plans.
Develop five-year maintenance plans.
Develop or update Watershed asset management plans and participate in Watershed strategic planning.
Support Water Utility infrastructure master planning and develop or update Water Utility and Facilities asset management plans.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Six (6) years of asset management experience in a water resources infrastructure setting (infrastructure master planning, capital project planning, and/or operations and maintenance engineering experience may be acceptable in lieu of asset management experience, depending on candidate’s qualifications).
At least two (2) years of experience as a lead of supervisor.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Train, organize, assign, and review the work of staff.
Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
Recommend and implement work plans and effectively manage water supply projects/programs and assigned teams/staff.
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
Conduct research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
Effectively represent the unit and Valley Water with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.
Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and according to best engineering practices.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Principles and practices of asset management and risk analysis.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in water resources management, natural resources management, planning, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, or the natural sciences.
If a Senior Engineer classification is sought, the candidate must possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.