VenturaWaterPure Program Director

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 is one of biggest cities in California to rely solely on local water supplies. Rainfall feeds Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater basins to meet all community needs. But prolonged drought and regulations have reduced the local water supply. Without additional supply, Ventura’s water needs will outpace its supply by 20% to 30% as early as 2035.

Under the direction of the Office of the City Manager, the VenturaWaterPure Program Director will provide project management services during the design and construction phases of an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), to be utilized for indirect and potentially direct potable reuse water supply.

The ideal candidate is a highly skilled project management expert who has successfully guided large, complex, multi-year, and highly visible projects from preliminary design to full operation. They are intimately familiar with every aspect of bringing water purification projects to fruition including, but not limited to: design, permitting, land use, regulatory requirements, environmental clearance, construction management, operations and maintenance. They have a high level of proficiency with engineering economics, problem resolution, budget cost control, reporting requirements to regulatory agencies, technology applications for capital project management, and staff supervision. They are detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, and a trust builder. The best qualified candidate will have prior experience leading projects that involve the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Coastal Commission.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field and five years of experience managing the planning, design, and construction of water/wastewater utility infrastructure projects for municipal agencies or special districts, including two years of supervisory experience. Registration as a California Professional Civil Engineer at time of appointment is required. Project Management Professional certification is highly desired.

Salary: $131,505 to $176,219, DOQ. Compensation also includes an attractive benefits package.

For additional information, contact Cindy Krebs at or (562) 901-0769, ext 336.

Posted On: Thursday, November 19, 2020

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