Manager of Water Resources

City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department | Bernardino, CA

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Posted Date 9/01/2020

Starting $153,306 - $175,728

The Manager of Water Resources position is a high-level, water resources planner who has depth of experience in many elements of the District’s water portfolio, including the State Water Project, local stormwater capture, recycled water, and water conservation/water use efficiency. Under minimal direction, the incumbent plans, organizes, and assists in the direction and implementation of strategies and measures associated with the District's water resource and supply planning functions, including, but not limited to, water banking and conjunctive use; the development of emergency supply interconnections and exchange agreements; and supply shortage contingency planning.

The Manager of Water Resources exercises significant authority in implementing a broad range of professional resource management services and programs in collaboration with the Chief Water Resource Officer and other District executives such as the Chief Engineer. This position is primarily responsible for the planning and development of the District's long-term water supply portfolio.
The incumbent will oversee the routine departmental activities while providing vision and leadership on several key programs for the District including, but not limited to, reliability of water supply considering climate change and other imported water challenges, promoting water conservation and groundwater sustainability, and maximizing assistance to disadvantaged communities on water issues within our service area.
The Manager of Water Resources reports to the Chief Water Resources Officer/Deputy General Manager. The incumbent will supervise project managers in the Water Resources Department, providing direction, guidance and mentorship, as needed.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification. 

Leadership exercised:

  • Plan and direct the principles, practices, techniques, trends and standards utilized in the field of water resource planning, demand management, environmental planning, natural resource management, water policy, and water law.  Develop and test hypotheses related to immediate and long-range impact of District water resource programs and the impact of other regional, state and federal programs.
  • Represent the District on Water Resources issues to Board of Directors, the general public, external stakeholders, retail agencies, and partners; communicate District’s positions, goals, and objectives on program matters to internal and external parties.
  • Develop long-term program goals and funding strategies for Water Resources initiatives; lead both short and long-range planning activities for water resources as related to demand management, supply reliability, recycled water activities, and mitigation strategies for impacts related to climate change.
  • Develop business plan activities based on District strategic goals and other core needs; lead, plan, organize, integrate and evaluate the work of the water resource functions through assigned staff by establishing goals and performance measures.
  • District employees are periodically expected to work overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays as required to meet District objectives, in addition to responding as a Disaster Emergency Service Worker.

Essential functions:

  • Manage a major water resource program involving water transfer and exchange, groundwater storage, water use efficiency, water conservation, State Water Project, regional supply, or other key water resource programs; develop, recommend, and implement strategies to achieve District goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with outside entities; negotiate agreements; and coordinate activities with partners including meetings, solicit input for proposals, and develop subcontracts between the District and its partners.
  • Assess program needs as they relate to each project within the program; conduct complex water resource planning, studies, surveys, and analysis activities, which include: estimating demand, conservation impacts and computer operations modeling based on historic usage data, land use trends, climate change modeling, headwaters wildfire risk, and other factors.
  • Develop or provide oversight for the scope of work and specific tasks associated with program initiatives; interpret regulatory requirements; identify critical project management issues, advise appropriate staff, recommend solutions, and resolve complex project problems; develop new processes and procedures to meet new requirements or anticipated changes.
  • Work with departmental and other staff to identify the necessary resources to accomplish the intended outcome of a project or initiative. Organize and manage departmental work assignments; lead activities; review and provide input on the standards of performance; and perform complex professional project management work as a member of a project team.
  • Supervise work related to water resources planning, groundwater management, environmental studies, and project management that is performed by outside consultants; and provide motivation, technical direction, including assigning work, setting priorities and inspecting the work of other District staff.
  • Analyze and develop recommendations for planning actions and policies; prepare and present reports and supporting data; perform technical analyses, feasibility studies, and economic analyses to determine relative value of projects, document water conservation savings, impacts on water quality and other factors affecting feasibility and value of projects.
  • Negotiate agreements for water transfer, exchange, storage, and various conservation projects; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and procedures.
  • Follow and analyze proposed and current legislation, governmental policies, rules, regulations, and industry standards; provide input for amendments and policy positions as appropriate; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and professional groups to stay current on new trends and innovations in the field of water resource management.
  • Assist in the development, prioritization, effective communication, and implementation of District initiatives in support of District Mission, Goals and Objectives; assess workloads, administrative support systems, and identify opportunities for improvement.


  • This position reports to the Chief Water Resources Officer/Deputy General Manager.
  • This position supervises assigned staff within the Water Resources department.


  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience applying the principles and practices of resource planning and resource management; engineering issues pertaining to applicable sources and projects; water systems treatment and operations; water distribution and storage; source water quality issues; understanding of climate change and its potential effects on water resource management.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in general water policy, water law, water resource management, and demand management programs; ability to apply research methods and analysis techniques to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Ability to utilize successful leadership skills with the ability to inspire and influence with a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity coupled with a positive attitude; ability to define and explain key processes and business requirements within the department and agency; ability to make effective and engaging oral presentations clearly, logically and persuasively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of economic and financial analysis; current business and organizational management theories and practices; personnel practices and regulations; financial and budgeting practices and procedures; management and supervisory concepts and techniques; team building; budgetary concepts and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local laws, and regulations applicable to assigned areas of responsibility; principles and practices of budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of public records; project management concepts and techniques; and contract administration; ability to analyze and make sound recommendations on complex management and administrative issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of District staff, other governmental officials, contractors, vendors, and the public; ability to understand, interpret, explain, apply and adhere to District personnel rules, policies and contract provisions governing assigned areas of responsibility with the ability to exercise independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential situations; ability to successfully practice standard negotiation techniques; ability to perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines on multiple concurrent tasks; ability to apply to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to provide transparent, high quality and fiscally responsible services, while meeting the needs of the District and its customers; ability to cultivate professional business partnerships and inspire team collaboration; ability to think creatively and seek alternative solutions in order to produce results that benefit the District, its internal and external customers, while clearly articulating options to management and policy makers.
  • The incumbent, while exercising his/her authority, shall abide by and promote the District's mission and values and adhere to the District's ethics policy.

Experience, Education and Licensing/Certification
Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, along with the specific licenses/certifications as outlined below:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Natural/Physical Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Urban/Regional Planning, or related field from an accredited college or university and ten years of increasingly responsible relevant experience with large and complex water planning or projects that included coordination of multiple outside entities, of which six years must have been in a supervisory, project management, or lead position.
  • Advanced degree (i.e., master’s or doctorate in a related field) from an accredited college or university and six years of increasingly responsible relevant experience with large and complex water planning or projects that included coordination of multiple outside entities, of which three years must have been in a supervisory, project management, or lead position.

Required License / Certification

  • CA Class C Driver's License

The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical: Employees are regularly required to use repetitive motion for keyboard use and writing; frequently grasp, reach overhead, hold and reach; sit for long periods of time; occasionally walk, use staircases, stand, kneel, stoop and bend; occasionally lift and carry up to 25 pounds or 60 pounds with assistance; constantly use overall vision; and frequently hear and talk, in person and on the phone.
Mental: Employees should possess the ability to speak, read, and write English, in addition to exercising math and computer aptitude as required. Employees work under pressure with frequent interruptions while communicating and interacting with a variety of District personnel, the public, and others encountered in the course of work. The ability to explain, interpret, and apply related rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and work on multiple concurrent assignments, often within tight timeframes using good business judgment is necessary.
Environmental: Employees primarily work in a temperature-controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and settings. Incumbents are expected to use principles of effective safety practices including the use of equipment in a proper and safe manner, use of preventative personal ergonomic techniques, and maintaining safe personal and common workspaces.

FLSA DETERMINATION: Meets executive/administrative exemption from overtime.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Visit or click HERE to access the only filing website process.  Applications must be submitted by the closing date.  The District reserves the right to, and will screen from the applications.


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