The Director of Engineering, as Department Head, shall understand the District’s mission, strategic goals, values and policies while directing, planning, organizing, and supervising the efficient operation of the Engineering Department, including capital projects, development services, inspection, construction management, water resources and GIS. This position provides expert professional assistance and guidance to the District’s Board, managers and supervisors on development and construction projects. Technical knowledge is critical to the position combined with strong communication and leadership skills, able to motivate and enhance employee morale and provide professional development. The incumbent also functions as a member of the District’s executive management team and participates actively in addressing issues of concern to the District, which at times may not have a direct impact on the incumbent’s area of specialization.
Essential duties include but are not limited to the following:
Theories, principles, practices, and techniques involved in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of a water production and distribution system Principles, theories and practices of asset management, computerized maintenance management, fleet management, energy management, corrosion management, information technology, and SCADA system management
Theory, principles and practices of environmental research, planning and regulatory compliance; federal, state and local laws, regulations and permitting requirements applicable to water quality and environmental compliance, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act and the Federal Stormwater Rule
Pertinent federal and state codes and regulations involved in discharge permit and ELAP certification; organization and functions of an elected board of directors; the Brown Act and other laws and regulations governing the conduct of public meeting
Principles and practices of public administration, including long-range planning, budgeting, purchasing and maintaining public records.
Research methods and statistical analysis techniques
District human resources policies and labor contract provisions; safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the workplace
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, proactive team builder with effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to build and maintain strong relationships both internally and externally with regional, state, and federal agencies, other special districts, trade associations, environmental entities, customers, District leadership, staff, and the Board of Directors. This is an exciting opportunity for an effective manager to foster a cohesive and positive working environment, and to mentor and develop employees for the next step in their careers. A strong base of knowledge in water systems, water issues, regulatory compliance, business practices and principles, management, supervision, and the budget process are essential. The preferred candidate will be an energetic, optimistic, self-starter who can coach and motivate staff and deliver results both individually and as a team effort. The incumbent will be self-motivated with good judgment and high ethical standards; have excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to multi-task and organize.
Key Competencies and Characteristics
A solid leader and role model with a positive presence who demonstrates initiative, is results-oriented, exercises good judgment, treats others with respect, and is open and approachable.
An active problem solver and decision-maker who anticipates and responds to problems in a timely manner, develops alternative solutions, and is able to bring resolution to issues quickly, involving others as needed.
A relationship builder committed to excellence with a strong customer service ethic and the ability to empower employees while also holding them accountable.
An outstanding manager of people who provides guidance and professional support to staff, offers regular feedback to employees, and serves as a mentor in providing training and growth opportunities.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate clear and direct information to various audiences.
A leader who is collaborative and supportive in working with executive leadership and all others to ensure accountability and working towards a common set of goals.
A person with the highest ethical standards who commands the trust and respect of peers through conduct of high integrity and professionalism.
Understands County, regional and State water issues and trends and the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) collaboration and funding processes which includes County, regional, Tribal and State entities.
Located in Rialto, California in San Bernardino County, West Valley Water District (District) has served the Southern California communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County and Jurupa Valley since 1952. Today, the region continues to grow and prosper with new businesses, schools, parks, and home developments. The District now serves nearly 100,000 customers over a 32 square-mile area with 23 wells, 360 miles of waterline, 26 reservoirs, and a talented, high-performing staff of 88. Now, with new leadership and direction, the District is experiencing a renaissance as it advances as a regional leader, a preferred workplace, and a model, high-performance water utility that is innovative, customer-service oriented, and results-driven. It is one that is recognized for its leadership, partnership, stewardship, and excellence. To learn more about the West Valley Water District, go to: www.wvwd.org.
To be considered, please electronically submit your resume, cover letter and a list of five professional references (references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: https://koffassociates.com/wvwd-dir-of-engineering/. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.
Located in Rialto, California in San Bernardino County, West Valley Water District (WVWD) has served the Southern California communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County and Jurupa Valley since 1952. Through name changes and consolidation, the mission has always remained the same: to provide customers with safe, high quality, and reliable water service at a reasonable rate and in a sustainable manner. The District provides water for over 97,000 customers and is overseen by a five-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. During its early years, the District supplied more water for agricultural purposes than for domestic use. During the 1970s and 1980s, the District grew, and homes, businesses and schools soon surpassed agricultural water use. There were other mergers where smaller water companies became a part of the Water District. By the end of the 1980s, the District water facilities included 180 miles of pipeline, 12 reservoi