District Manager

Paradise Irrigation District | Paradise, CA

Posted Date 10/28/2020

The ideal candidate will have the energy and passion and will become an integral part of our community as it recovers from the devastation of the Camp Fire. This individual will have exceptional interpersonal and public communication skills and be a proactive collaborator who can think analytically and act strategically.

The District Manager directs the work of all functional areas within the District including administration, operations, and finance to ensure that processes and services comply with the policies and strategic direction set forth by the Board of Directors. Because the District enjoys the benefits of a dedicated and well-trained staff with little turnover and in-house advancement, respecting and utilizing this tremendous resource is a primary objective of the Board and expectation of the District Manager. Leading a dedicated team of 40 employees, the District Manager will have an opportunity to be a part of an established, resourceful, and service-oriented public water agency located in a scenic foothill setting that offers an affordable California cost of living.

Challenges Include:

• Providing knowledgeable guidance to the District to assist with the many issues following the devastation of the Camp Fire disaster. Includes leadership, management, fiscal projections and planning, communication and collaboration with local, regional, state and federal governments.

• Securing and exercising existing water rights while ensuring water supplies for drought protection and future demand, in addition to seeking additional water entitlements.

• Replenishing cash reserves used during mandatory conservation with recent drought. Balancing between good stewardship of the District’s resources and maintaining stable revenues.

• Maintaining public trust and transparency following a protracted Proposition 218 rate increase. Helping to create policy that results in increased public involvement and trust, preparation, input, and acceptance.


Key Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Utilize proactive leadership, integrity, vision and communication skills to lead the District and its staff in maintaining a highperformance, team-based organization.

• Work confidently and collaboratively with the Board of Directors, making strong and educated recommendations and carrying out the Board’s direction.

• Develop strong interpersonal relationships with all levels of staff within the District, as well as the District’s customers and the community at large.

• Create an organizational culture of respect among staff and with the Board; develop a culture that values openness, personal and professional growth, honesty, independent action and teamwork, and encourages self-motivation; create an open and transparent culture.

• Create a strong performance ethic and set strong ethical standards by assisting staff to accomplish their goals while helping them remain accountable for their work product.

• Encourage initiative, risk-taking, creative problem solving, innovative goal setting and out-of-the-box thinking; assist staff to manage change and conflict.

• Utilize strong knowledge of applicable laws and regulations in consistently implementing policy directives and instructions from the Board of Directors.

• Utilize excellent judgment to evaluate and understand situations and make timely and effective decisions.

• Exercise effective, clear and honest communication by listening and understanding the interests of all stakeholders and the goals of the District.

• Monitor the District’s finances and recommend adjustments to the rate structure as necessary. Manage communications, notifications and public hearings regarding proposed increases incorporated in Proposition 218.

• Manage the development of operating and capital improvement budgets for review and adoption by the Board; direct and monitor the implementation of adopted annual budgets.

• Effectively represent and direct communications with local, state, and federal agencies, consultants, political bodies, community organizations, committees, and the public.

• Review legislation and related information, and prepare summary analysis for the Board.

• Manage the District’s labor and employee/ employer relations, policies, and procedures, and keep the Board informed on related issues.

Experience and Qualifications:

• Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in the administration, operation and or financial management of a public water utility, including at least five (5) years of relevant organizational leadership and upper-level management experience in a public sector (preferably with a California water district).

• Professional experience with engineering and construction, applicable to the planning, design, and construction of District facilities.

• Basic water treatment and distribution principles and practices.

• Knowledge of laws, rules, ordinances and legislative processes controlling potable water district functions, programs, and operations.

• Principles of budget development and expenditure control, including capital improvement budgets.

• A valid California Driver’s license.

• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Science, Finance, Engineering, Business or Public Administration, or a related field.

• Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California is desirable.

The Ideal Candidate Profile

An experienced water manager or high-level assistant in a full-service water utility with strong fiscal and management abilities, as well as significant knowledge of water resources and operations. Committed to the betterment of the District and the greater community for the long-term. Lead the creation and implementation of the District’s strategic work-plan and establish measurements for the achievement of goals, objectives, and priorities. Ability to represent the District professionally in a variety of meetings and negotiations including with customers, community groups, support organizations, and other governmental agencies to ensure open and transparent relationships. Serve as a mentor, coach counselor, facilitator, team player, and set performance examples that can be reinforced across the District. An effective listener and a team builder who is open to new ideas and accessible. Experience with a publicly elected Board of Directors, and laws and regulations governing the conduct of public meetings, such as the Brown Act and Rosenberg’s Rules of Order. Personable and innovative leader who will maintain positive Board-Manager relations, as well as excellent public and intergovernmental relations. A consensus builder with a track record of professional accomplishment.

Final Filing Date:  Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

To be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Paradise Irrigation District
Attn: District Secretary
6332 Clark Road
Paradise CA 95969


Fax (530) 876-0483

Call (530) 877-4971, ext. 2039 for more information

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Local Government
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