Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) has established itself as a progressive, values-driven agency, with an international reputation for its leading-edge water recycling program, water use efficiency practices, water banking, urban water treatment, and energy storage. IRWD provides high quality, reliable drinking water, non-potable water, sewage collection, and urban runoff treatment services to an increasingly diverse population of over 500,000 residents, workers, students, and others. IRWD’s 111,300 connections are 89% residential; 5% commercial, industrial, and institutional; and 6% landscape irrigation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 IRWD supplied over 87,600 acre-feet of water, of which 56% was from groundwater, 25% recycled water, and 19% imported water. IRWD serves the entire City of Irvine as well as portions of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and unincorporated Orange County.
IRWD is seeking a people-oriented, motivational leader with a solid track record of helping his/her organization maintain regulatory compliance to serve as Director of Water Quality & Regulatory Compliance. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who advocates on IRWD’s behalf, keeps District staff and Board members up-to-date on regulatory requirements, and makes highly technical issues understandable and actionable. This person will have an in-depth understanding of how permitting, source control, and laboratory functions are carried out in a water/wastewater agency. In addition, the incumbent will be a person who seeks win-win solutions to complex challenges and helps IRWD maintain credibility with the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, South Coast Air Quality Management District, other regulatory agencies, and the communities IRWD serves.
Requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Water Quality, Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a closely related field and ten (10) years of experience which includes five (5) years at the management level, in an environmental or regulatory compliance setting, preferably with a water and/or sanitation district. A Master’s Degree in any of the above-mentioned fields is highly desirable.
Also requires knowledge of advanced principles, practices and methods of administrative, organizational, economic, and procedural analysis; research methodologies relating to regulatory issues; federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing water and sewage distribution, collection, and treatment; Regional Water Quality Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, South Coast Air Quality Management District and other regulatory permitting procedures; air emissions inventories; control and combustion technologies; industrial pre-treatment programs; water quality (laboratory) practices and Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program; and environmental regulations and laws relating to areas of responsibility.
Salary Range: $131,448 - $195,840 per year, DOQ. In addition, the District provides an excellent benefits package to its employees.