Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to more than 855,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County — one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. EMWD also supplies water on a wholesale basis to several local agencies.
EMWD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors and conducts its business with the support of a highly trained workforce of approximately 620 employees. EMWD’s FY 2020-21 budget is $446 million, of which $110 million is for capital expenditures. EMWD benefits from a strong governance model with alignment between the Board and staff on mission, vision and values, and strategic objectives. This collaboration has had a significant influence on EMWD’s success.
EMWD is recognized as a leader in the water industry throughout California and nationally.
Although it currently secures approximately half of its water supply from the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, EMWD is successfully advancing multiple innovative and industry-leading projects to reduce its reliance on imported water supplies and to lower operating costs. These efforts include the ongoing implementation of a successful solar technology initiative, brine management research, development of optimized operational approaches for groundwater desalination, and a proposed indirect potable reuse program.
EMWD has secured federal and state grants and loans totaling $239 million within the past 5 years lowering overall costs for critical infrastructure thanks, in part, to it highly effective state and federal advocacy program. EMWD is financially stable and maintains very strong credit ratings.
EMWD’s next General Manager will have the privilege of continuing to build on EMWD’s legacy of leadership and excellence.
The ideal candidate for the position of General Manager will be:
A Leader with in-depth knowledge about the Southern California water industry, a strong work ethic, and outstanding mentoring and team building skills, who builds trust, motivates, and moves the organization forward by being inclusive yet decisive.
A Critical Thinker who is strategic and forward-thinking, with the vision and commitment to seek continuous improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of EMWD.
An Excellent Communicator and accomplished presenter who has an outgoing and personable communication style, exceptional listening skills, a well-honed sense of diplomacy, the ability to drive change and influence people, and the flexibility to work with a variety of individuals at all levels of the organization.
A Collaborator who is an active listener, upfront with no hidden agendas, and who expresses opinions candidly internally and with external agencies for the purpose of contributing to EMWD’s overall success.
Results-Oriented with a sense of urgency and timeliness and the ability to multi-task that benefit a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
Confident, self-assured and well-regarded in the water industry with the ability to exercise a high degree professionalism, common sense, and sound judgment.
Creative with an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, advanced problem-solving skills and a passion for encouraging creativity in others.
Ethical with impeccable integrity, a commitment to organizational values as a basis for decision making, and an unwavering commitment to assist in leading and managing a top-tier organization.
Qualifying Education & Experience:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in public or business administration, civil engineering, law or a closely related field AND at least 10 years of progressively responsible executive or management experience in the operation and maintenance of a large, complex public utility. An advanced degree is desirable but not required.
Salary: Base is $290,000 per year with a generous benefits package.