Water Utility Manager

City of Ventura, CA - Ventura, CA

Located 30 miles south of Santa Barbara and 63 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the City of Ventura is one of the country’s most livable communities — with miles of golden beaches; a year-round moderate climate; friendly people; a beautiful downtown; a thriving business community; a variety of arts, culture and entertainment options; award-winning schools; and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Ventura Water provides integrated water and wastewater services to 113,000 customers with approximately 32,000 service connections. Ventura Water’s team includes 105 employees dedicated to providing the community with quality water and wastewater service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ventura Water’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget is $61.2 million.

The Water Utility Manager oversees a team of 34 well-trained, dedicated employees. This person organizes, leads, and oversees the operations, maintenance and administration of water production, treatment and distribution sections; regulatory agency liaison; water resource and capital improvement planning; interagency coordination; budget preparation, expenditure control and approval; personnel matters; public relations, customer service and related administrative duties.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and respected supervisor who thrives in a supportive team environment where inclusion, participatory decision making, and career development are strongly encouraged. This person has a strong work ethic and sets a positive, professional tone. They are adept at planning, organizing, and assigning work. They enjoy walking job sites with the members of their team, learning from them, and including them in the decision-making process. Individuals who have worked their way up through the ranks at a publicly owned utility will find this to be a challenging and rewarding position.

Qualifying Education & Experience:

Individuals who are qualified for this position will have a combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in water science; civil, mechanical, or related engineering; public or business administration or a closely related field. Five years of progressively responsible supervisory/management experience in a treatment and distribution water system operation is required.

This position requires hands-on experience in the construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of water distribution and wastewater treatment facilities. It also requires a thorough understanding of current and proposed water quality regulations, state and federal environmental resource agencies, permitting procedures, proper record keeping, and current risk management and safety principles and practices. Experience with water supply, water purification, land development, and SCADA are desirable attributes.

Success on the job will require the ability to communicate effectively; build trust; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; analyze complex maintenance and operations problems, evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations for effective courses of action.


To be considered for the position, applicants must possess current Water Distribution Operator Grade 3 (D3) and Water Treatment Operator Grade 3 (T3) certificates issued by the State of California. The ability to obtain D5 and T4 certifications within 12 months of start date is highly desirable. Ventura Water provides an environment that enables employees to prepare for these certifications on-the-job. maintenance of a large, complex public utility. An advanced degree is desirable but not required.

Salary: $107,933 - $144,631, DOQ. Compensation also includes an attractive benefits package.

Open until filled. Apply on-line at www.alliancerc.com. For questions and inquiries, please contact Cindy Krebs at ckrebs@alliancerc.com or (562) 901-0769 ext. 336.

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