Director of Engineering

El Toro Water District - Lake Forest, CA

Established in 1960 under the provisions of the State of California Water Code, the El Toro Water District (ETWD) provides high quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, and recycled water for approximately 50,000 people in the City of Laguna Woods and portions of the Cities of Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo.

ETWD’s five-member, publicly elected Board of Directors are responsible for the District’s policies and strategic decision making. Day-to-day operations are directed and supervised by the General Manager. ETWD is currently staffed by 60 full-time professionals. ETWD has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, District of Distinction, and 2019 Top Work Places. 

The Director of Engineering oversees the Engineering Department and serves as the Principal Engineer responsible for work related to the planning, design, and construction of the potable water, recycled water, and wastewater systems including infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement. This position is supported by four FTEs: Project Engineer, Cross Connection Control Program Supervisor, Inspector, Engineering Associate.

In addition to having in-depth experience leading the design and construction of water, recycled water, and wastewater infrastructure projects, the ideal candidate has a positive attitude and excellent writing, presentation, and listening skills. They enjoy working in an innovative, team-oriented environment where independent action is encouraged and effective communication is expected. They are a supportive mentor and coach who is devoted to ensuring that the District’s mission, vision, and values are honored and upheld.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Director of Engineering must have the ability to perform complex engineering computations and calculations. They must also have an in-depth understanding of municipal and engineering codes and standards as well as Federal and State laws and programs applicable to the Department’s work.

This position requires an engineer with project management expertise, who is well-versed in the principles and practices of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration. It also requires someone with the ability to research engineering and design issues, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare and present effective staff reports.

Because a significant amount of the District’s engineering-related work is accomplished with the assistance of external resources, the incumbent must be adept at screening and selecting capable, competent contractors and consultants, developing detailed work programs for them, and overseeing their work to ensure that high-quality projects are completed on time and within budget.

Qualifying Education and Experience

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an accredited four-year university or college and a current Professional Engineer license in the State of California. Candidates must also have ten years of experience in the design and construction of civil engineering projects, including three plus years of management and supervisory experience.

Salary: $140,328 - $196,476 per year, DOQ plus an attractive benefits package.

Interviews will be scheduled as soon as a sufficient number of well-qualified candidates is identified. Apply on-line at For questions and inquiries, please contact Cindy Krebs at or 562-901-0769, ext. 336.

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