Assistant General Manager / Chief Administrative Officer

Water Replenishment District of Southern Californi | Lakewood, CA

Posted Date 3/27/2019

Assistant General Manager/Chief Administrative Officer (AGM/CAO) functions in a top-level executive capacity, reporting directly to the General Manager and is responsible for the administrative, human resources, and information technology operations of the District. The AGM/CAO acts as a key liaison with members of the Board of Directors, District General Counsel, the employee union leadership and other outside agencies to ensure the District’s interests and needs are effectively communicated. This position ensures optimal and efficient District operations in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

The AGM/CAO is responsible for accomplishing the goals and objectives as established by the General Manager, implementing the policies of the District, handling extremely complex, politically sensitive and confidential tasks and may act as General Manager in their absence.


The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of public sector water resources management 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, administration, data and technology, program and project planning, critical thinking, problem solving, and strategic planning and consensus building. Extreme attention to detail, responsiveness to peers, and demonstrated expertise in quality control and quality assurance required. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be able to:
General Managerial: Make hiring recommendations to the General Manager for Administrative, Human Resources, and Information Technology positions; Mentors and assists in training of assigned staff; Provides input and recommendations to management team and Board of Directors; Serves as a key point of contact for outside consultants, external elected officials and city management, WRD executive management and Board of Directors; Coordinate Internal Services departmental goals with the overall District objectives; Assists and participates in the annual strategic planning process; Develops, assesses and adjusts short-term and long-term departmental goals.

District Administration: Makes hiring recommendations to the General Manager for Administrative positions; Oversees administrative support services of the District including information technology (IT); Trains and develops administrative and information technology staff; Provides input and recommendations to management team and Board of Directors; acts as a primary contact with the Board of Directors. Oversees the Board and Committee meeting agendas and minute’s process, the design and development of the network infrastructure, the development and maintenance of the Administrative and IT work plans. Anticipates and responsible for needs of the Board of Directors.
Human Resources: Manages District-wide administration of the HR function, ensuring alignment with the Board of Directors strategic objectives, missions and values. Oversees and administers HR policies and procedures, employment related investigations, recruiting and hiring process, and benefit administration. Acts as a primary liaison to the employee union.

• Guide projects and programs through to completion.
• Exercise sound judgement, with practical sensibilities regarding political and institutional relationships.
• Keep the General Manager informed in a timely, complete and accurate manner.
• Ability to be a team-player, a consensus builder and a mentor to staff. Is goal oriented, committed to the organization, a problem-solver, organized and have a sense of urgency.
• Make outstanding presentations in terms both technical and non-technical audiences will understand.
• Make difficult personnel and operating decisions, including handling disciplinary matters in a timely and tactful manner.
• Interact effectively with employee union (AFSCME)
• Exhibit self-confidence and politically astute.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, science or engineering, economics, or a closely related field; and at least five (5) years of senior-level administrative and supervisory experience that includes responsibility for the development and implementation of programs, goals, policies and strategies. A master’s degree is highly desired, but not required. Requires demonstrated success working directly with elected officials.

LICENSES; CERTIFICATES; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A Professional Engineer license (PE), Professional Geologist (PG), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Master of Business Administration, Human Resource Management/Certification or Public Administration is highly desired, but not required.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The first review of applications will be April 12, 2019. To be considered for this opportunity please submit a (1) District application located 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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