Assistant General Manager / Chief Operating Officer

Water Replenishment District of Southern Californi | Lakewood, CA

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Posted Date 2/28/2019

The Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (AGM/COO) functions in a top-level executive capacity, reporting directly to the General Manager and is responsible for General Manager and District staff liaison with members of the Board of Directors, water organizations, community groups, and other agencies to ensure the District’s mission and vision are effectively communicated.  The AGM/COO acts as project manager for high-level District projects and performs high-level oversight of the District’s technical operations. The AGM/COO develops systems, controls processes, and evaluates programs within the District’s core operational functions to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and ensures that WRD’s mission, goals, and objectives are met.


The ideal candidate will have an extensive knowledge of water resources, water treatment operations and state and local water policies and practices.  This person will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral); strong and proven management and leadership skills; as well as skills in business and organizational management, financial management, program and project planning, construction management, experience overseeing water treatment plant operations, strategic planning and consensus building


 Exercise sound judgement, with practical sensibilities regarding political and institutional relationships.

  • Guide projects and programs through to completion.
  • Ability to be a team-player, a consensus builder and a mentor to staff.
  • Make difficult personnel and operating decisions, including handling disciplinary matters in a timely and tactful manner.
  • Interact effectively with employee unions (AFSCME).
  • Goal oriented and organized.
  • Committed to the mission and vision of the organization
  • A problem-solver, with the ability to exercise a sense of urgency when necessary.
  • Keep the General Manager informed in a timely, complete and accurate manner.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, environmental studies, geology, economics, engineering, physical and biological sciences, or a closely related field; and At least eight (8) years of senior-level administrative and supervisory experience that includes responsibility for the development, implementation and construction of complex public works/utility projects, and strategic planning to develop programs, goals, policies and strategies. Requires demonstrated success working directly with elected officials.  A master’s degree is highly desired, but not required.

LICENSES; CERTIFICATES; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  A Professional Engineer (PE) license with the State of California is highly desirable.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  The first review of applications will be March 8, 2019.  To be considered for this opportunity please submit a (1) District application available at, (2) cover letter highlighting your applicable experience and (3) resume to Brandon Mims, Manager of Administration and Human Resources, by the first review date.  The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Local Government
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