Assistant General Manager

San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego, CA

The San Diego County Water Authority is a progressive, independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler. The Water Authority's mission is to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to its 24 member agencies serving the region's $245 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents. We are a public agency directed by a General Manager, who reports to a 36-member Board of Directors. Each of our 24 member agencies has at least one representative on the board. The directors are appointed representatives of the member agencies and include business and civic leaders with diverse professional and technical backgrounds.

With an acute awareness of San Diego's dependence on imported water sources, the Water Authority is currently executing a long-term strategy to improve the region's water reliability by diversifying its supply sources, making major investments in the region's water delivery and storage systems, and improving water-use efficiency. Through dynamic leadership, thoughtful planning, and prudent fiscal policies, the Water Authority is cost-effectively managing the region's water portfolio, while continuing to diversify supplies to enhance future reliability.

The Position

The Water Authority is seeking an innovative and dynamic Assistant General Manager to assist and support the General Manager and Deputy General Manager in the planning and execution of programs and projects for accomplishing the Authority's short- and long-term goals and objectives. This is an at-will, executive management position that reports directly to the General Manager. Within assigned areas of responsibility, the position operates with substantial latitude and discretion to execute the policies of the Board of Directors in serving its member agencies' water needs, both current and long-term, while operating in a rapidly changing environment.
The General Manager's Office manages and directs the activities of the Water Authority. Specifically, the General Manager's Office: implements the Board's strategic plan and policies through the programs of the General Manager's five-year business plan; provides oversight of the Water Authority's extensive infrastructure system; communicates and advocates adopted policy positions and programs of the Water Authority to local, state, and federal officials and agencies; and provides staff assistance to the Board of Directors.

The General Manager's Office also oversees the direct expenses of the Board of Directors and several other individual divisions, including the Energy Program, Clerk of the Board, and Innovation. 

Qualification Guidelines

This position requires substantial, progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to provide strategic leadership, management, and accountability to a highly complex organization. Candidates must have a combination of public sector managerial and technical skills. A typical qualifying background includes a bachelor's degree and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in administration or management. Public sector experience is highly desirable.

Application & Selection Process

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and five (5) professional references by 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020, via the SDCWA’s website,

Application materials will be evaluated in relation to the criteria outlined above. Highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process, which may consist of an interview, presentation and/or other appropriate screening device. The Water Authority would like to have the successful candidate in place as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Human Resources at (858) 522-6660.