Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility Enterprise

WBCP, INC. | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 7/21/2020

Chief Operating Officer
Water Utility Enterprise
SALARY: $253,593 - $313,123

Valley Water, one of the largest water districts in the State of California, is looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Water Utility Enterprise (WUE). This position is one of the top executive team members reporting directly to the Assistant CEO. The COO WUE has oversight of the District’s largest department, which includes the divisions of: Water Utility Capital, Raw Water, Water Supply, and Treated Water and encompasses the entirety of the water utility infrastructure for the organization from surface water reservoirs to pipeline delivery systems. We are looking for an exceptional leader with excellent interpersonal skills who has experience working across a large water utility, addressing statewide water policy, imported water challenges, and interfacing with other state and federal agencies such as: Department of Water Resources, US Bureau of Reclamation, water retailers, and water customers. This leader will have exceptional ability to communicate with elected officials, be a strategic thinker and planner, and ideally have familiarity and demonstrated ability to effectively work with water wholesalers, and retail customers. Come join an amazing organization and be a part of our leadership team where you can make a difference in the lives of millions.


The Chief Operating Officer of Water Utility Enterprise (COO WUE) is an at-will position that reports directly to the Assistant CEO and oversees a staff of 294 and an approximate annual operating and CIP budget of $385 million. The COO WUE will guide and oversee the protection and augmentation of water supplies, provide treated water to the San Jose Valley, and ensure efficient and effective operations.  In this effort, this position oversees the planning, management, performance, and improvement of the District's Water Utility Enterprise which includes four divisions: Water Utility Capital, Raw Water, Water Supply, and Treated Water, and over 20 units that report up through those Divisions.

The COO WUE also represents the District to the public and partner organizations, and serves as the key spokesperson for the Water Utility Enterprise, and will interface regularly with the Valley Water Board of Directors, and other local, state and federal elected officials, and a number of regulatory agencies, such as the:  U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Water Resources, East Bay MUD, and more.

The Ideal Candidate

This COO WUE must be an excellent relationship builder, who thinks well on their feet, facilitates consensus, and is decisive, transparent, and communicative. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with a solid understanding of large scale water utilities operations, an ability to lead statewide water policy discussions and address issues related to imported water and water supply.  The incumbent will be solutions oriented, with an excellent understanding of the regulatory environment, and an action focused professional who operates at the big picture level but keeps an eye on getting things done.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferably in civil engineering, business administration, environmental sciences, public administration, or a closely related field or a field specifically related to the assigned area.
  • Eight years of recent and increasingly responsible administrative or managerial experience in the public sector, water, or related industry, ideally, with experience managing multiple water utility functions is highly desirable.
  • Possession a valid California Driver's license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Highly Desired:

  • Possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
  • Master’s Degree in a related field such as in civil engineering, business administration, environmental sciences or public administration.

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by August 14, 2020 at:


  • Interviews will be held on September 9 and 10, 2020 (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:


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