Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services-City of Pleasanton

City of Pleasanton | Pleasanton, CA

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Posted Date 2/06/2020

The City of Pleasanton is recruiting for the Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services


The ideal candidate for Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services will be an experienced technician and well-rounded administrator that is a confident decision maker, a strategic thinker and can lead and mentor a multi-generational and diverse work-group. Work effectively in a team environment, adapts well to change, is organized, detail oriented, and a poised professional with a strong customer service orientation. 

The Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services reports to the Director of Operations and Water Utilities, who is responsible for the Operations Services Department. The Managing Director will autonomously lead the Utilities Strategic Planning efforts along with the Director and Utilities Division Manager. This critical initiative will establish goals and objectives to implement industry standards and best management and maintenance practices. A key responsibility will be to further develop leadership and critical thinking skills and serve as a role model for new managers and supervisors, foster a team-oriented mentality while emphasizing collaboration throughout the department and organization. In addition, the Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services: 

  • Assists with the planning and implementation of strategically important projects; assists in the determination of priorities for allocation of resources; assists in maintaining continuity in administrative practices and recommends changes concerning department and division operations and procedures.
  • Plans and coordinates activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the Director; prepares and presents agenda reports and other necessary correspondence and reports; attends Council and Committee meetings of the City and of other agencies such as Zone 7, DERWA, City of Livermore, DSRSD, and LAVWMA.
  • Directs, oversees and participates in the development of divisions work plans; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors workflow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
  • Manages and participates in the development of the Utilities and Environmental Services division budgets including Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Capital Improvement (CIP) and Repair and Replacement (R&R).
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures; maintains high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the assigned divisions.
  • Ensure certification and submittal of regulatory reports to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) and State Water Resources Control Board-Division of Drinking Water (DDW) requirements; directs periodic reviews and updates of the City’s Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP).
  • Serves as customer contact and spokesperson for potable water, recycled water, wastewater utilities and responds to inquiries and complaints and information requests.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to mold the future of the Utilities Division.
  • Creative and politically astute leader.•Effective verbal and written communicator.
  • Thought leader, mentor, developer, and culture molder.
  • Creator of team culture and collaborator.
  • Expert in operating and maintaining potable water and recycled water distribution systems, wastewater collection storm drain systems, recycled water and environmental compliance; hazardous materials, backflow prevention, and air emissions.
  • Partner to the Director to lead the Department and be someone who will embrace and model theorganization’s values.
  • Communicates actively, values public service, leads by example, collaborates across departments, demonstrates trust and transparency, promotes a safe and supportive work environment, and demonstrates a commitment to professional development both personally and through subordinates.
  • Analyzes problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Demonstrates track record and knowledge in navigating complex regulatory requirements, utilities projects and new and emerging regulations.


Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience is required to demonstrate the required knowledge and abilities. A typical way to demonstrate possession of the requisite knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, public administration, business, organizational leadership, or related field.
  • Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in the operations, maintenance and laboratory monitoring of a water and sewer utility, wastewater or water treatment facility or similar industrial facility, including five years of supervisory responsibility; public sector experience desirable.

License: Possession of valid California driver’s license.


Compensation and Benefits

  • Base Salary: The starting salary for the Managing Director of Utilities and Environmental Services has a control point of $191,034 (creating a range of $153,043 to $229,564); the starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This plan provides an opportunity for individuals to earn up to 20% above the control point for continued exceptional performance over time.
  • ProgramCalPERS Retirement Plan: 7%@55 for "Classic Members" and PEPRA for "New Members."
  • Retiree Medical Benefit for a service retirement: City pays 4% or each year of Pleasanton service completed toward the lowest cost HMO single party rate up to age 65. Employee must work for Pleasanton for five years to qualify and must retire with Calpers upon separation.
  • Medical Insurance: Choice of one of four comprehensive health plans (available only in specific geographic areas of Northern California).
  • Dental Insurance: City paid, including $2,000 maximum orthodontic benefit.
  • Life Insurance: Twice annual salary to maximum $100,000.
  • Long-Term/Short-Term Disability: 60% of salary to maximum benefit of $10,000 monthly for LTD (employee paid).
  • Deferred Compensation Program: The City offers two deferred compensation programs are available (401a and 457). The City will contribute 2.5% of the employee's base salary to the 457 plan. The employee may also maximize employee contributions to their retirement accounts on a pre-tax basis. Management employees are eligible to participate in both programs concurrently.
  • Vacation Leave: First through fourth year accrued at 6.667 hours per month; fifth through ninth year accrues at 10 hours per month; and progressing with years of service.
  • Administrative Leave: Seven days per year, paid if not taken. City Manager may authorize an additional three days per year based on performance.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Job related courses from accredited college or universities reimbursed at California State University East Bay current tuition rate.
  • Holidays Eleven fixed holidays per year, plus seven floating holidays.
  • Paid Sick Leave Twelve days per year.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Section 125 Flexible Benefit Program


Apply:  If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online.  Deadline: February 28, 2020

 If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Rebecca Burnside at (415) 786-2666 or

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