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Operations and Maintenance Manager (System Maintenance/Construction)
This position is based in Escondido, California (San Diego County)

The Operations & Maintenance Department
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Department is responsible for operating the Water Authority's aqueduct system; ensuring facility security and emergency preparedness; and maintaining and managing the fleet and various other assets. Specifically, the department controls water deliveries to meet member agency demands; manages dam and reservoir operations; ensures water quality; oversees water treatment plant and power generation operations; maintains all vehicles and heavy equipment; provides electro-mechanical support; implements the Asset Management Program (AMP); complies with all applicable environmental regulations; and develops and manages computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and system maintenance programs.

The System Maintenance Division
The Operations & Maintenance Manager reports to the Director of Operations & Maintenance and manages a staff of 39 employees in the System Maintenance Division. The System Maintenance Division is responsible for facility maintenance, mechanical maintenance, vegetation management, road maintenance, rotating equipment maintenance, and fleet services.  

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a "hands-on" working manager with the skill to perform the technical requirements of the position, and provide leadership to the System Maintenance and Construction division. The candidate selected for this position will possess the following characteristics: 
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience effectively working in a politically sensitive environment;
  • Leadership and the self-confidence to provide guidance and counsel to others;
  • Trustworthy, with uncompromising professional and personal integrity and ethics;
  • Candid and direct communicator, with the sensitivity and diplomacy needed to build consensus and achieve common ground;
  • Independent, sound judgment and a commitment to foster creative ideas and innovative approaches;
  • Experience in developing, implementing and managing budgets to ensure funded programs are implemented in an efficient and timely manner and budget objectives are achieved.
The Position
The Operations & Maintenance Manager develops, manages and participates in very complex and technical Operations and Maintenance projects and programs, engineering analyses, research, planning and design for a variety of Operations and Maintenance capital construction and repair programs and/or operations and maintenance/improvement programs; plans, organizes, directs and reviews the work of assigned professional and technical staff; and performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The responsibilities of incumbents in this class include the management of professional and technical staff in the Operations and Maintenance office, as well as the management of the Water Authority's most complex Operations and Maintenance projects and programs. Assignments are general, broad-based and of a continuing nature, requiring the application of extensive Operations and Maintenance knowledge, engineering knowledge, and the exercise of autonomous judgment and initiative in coordinating work inside and outside the Water Authority.

This is an at-will, senior-management level position and serves at the pleasure of the Water Authority.

For the full job description, information on benefits, and how to apply, click here.
Position: Operations and Maintenance Manager (System Maintenance/Construction)
Organization: San Diego County Water Authority
Location: San Diego,  CA 
United States
Salary: $159,902.08 - $218,221.12 (USD) Annually
Posting Start Date: 11/19/2021
Date Posted: 11/19/2021
Requirements Representative Duties
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 the class.
  • Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of supervisory and highly technical staff; develops, implements and monitors work plans to achieve goals and objectives; develops and monitors performance against the annual department budget; manages and participates in developing, implementing and evaluating plans, work processes, systems and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards; assists in the development and implementation of Operations and Maintenance standards and priorities.
  • Establishes performance requirements and individual development targets with assigned staff; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; recommends compensation and provides other rewards to recognize performance; subject to management concurrence, takes disciplinary action to address performance deficiencies in accordance with the Water Authority's personnel rules, policies and labor contract provisions.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with supervisors and staff to ensure a high performance, customer service-oriented work environment that supports achieving the department's and the Water Authority's mission, strategic plan, objectives and values.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of a wide variety of studies and reports related to water and power assets' maintenance and operating needs; develops specific proposals, procedures and work plans to meet them.
  • Contributes to the preparation and tracking of the Water Authority's Capital Improvement Program.
  • Administers Operations and Maintenance planning design, preparation and implementation of Operations and Maintenance capital projects utilizing in-house staff, consulting engineering firms and construction contractors; prepares cost estimates; establishes the scope, schedule and budget for Operations and Maintenance projects; analyzes, prepares, negotiates, administers and manages contracts and agreements; reviews drawings and specifications for compliance with Water Authority standards; interprets specifications and Water Authority policies and initiates or reviews change orders; prepares periodic project status reports.
  • Monitors, evaluates, and reports on State/Federal legislation impacting the Operations and Maintenance Department; applies for and manages applicable grants and State/Federal funding programs.
  • Represents the Water Authority with consultants, contractors, and state and federal regulatory agencies; prepares correspondence on highly technical Operations and Maintenance issues; coordinates water utility Operations and Maintenance and planning activities with Water Authority departments, member agencies and other entities; revises Operations and Maintenance standards to improve methods, procedures and practices; makes authoritative interpretations of applicable laws, regulations, policies and design standards; revises and approves construction documents.
  • Analyzes and responds to requests for information from member agencies, other public entities and the public; represents the Water Authority at meetings and public hearings.
  • Participates in the preparation of operating budget recommendations; authorizes the purchase of materials and monitors work activities and expenditures to control costs; prepares operating and capital outlay budgets; justifies budget requests; monitors expenditures against goals and objectives; reviews financial and operational reports; analyzes maintenance and/or operating costs and takes necessary action to ensure efficient operation of the department.
  • Tracks, evaluates and reports on Operations and Maintenance activities to Water Authority management and Board.
  • Inspects operations and projects to confirm conformance with state and federal regulations and other appropriate specifications and objectives; ensures compliance with purchase agreements related to quantity and quality of water delivered from all sources.
  • Participates in the analysis of the system's future needs and the development of strategies, programs and work plans to meet and serve those needs; develops methods to improve operations; develops, implements, and administers comprehensive programs, policies, guidelines and procedures including those related to the maintenance, repair, operation and upgrading of hydroelectric generating facilities.
  • Coordinates the work of the department with other departments, divisions, agencies and individuals including in making system modifications; coordinates with the Engineering Department to improve existing facilities and to place new facilities into operation.
  • Evaluates equipment and materials used in the department and implements changes and/or additions, as required.
  • Ensures compliance of unit work to pertinent codes, regulations and guidelines; ensures operation and maintenance activities do not adversely impact the environment by complying with air quality regulations, regional water quality control board permits, and other related regulatory agencies.
  • Provides professional, technical or regulatory assistance to Engineering, Operations and Maintenance staff, and other Water Authority departments.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports; prepares and presents Board reports; prepares special or recurring reports or special studies.
  • Prepares bid specifications and reviews bids; negotiates with contractors and suppliers.
  • Ensures the Water Authority's safety program and goals are implemented and carried out in the department; develops safety requirements to be followed in the maintenance, repair and operation of the system and facilities.
  • Meets and confers with other divisions, departments or agencies regarding division plans and operations; represents the Water Authority with other agencies, organizations and individuals.
  • Participates and helps develop the Water Authority's short- and long-range planning process.
  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, maintenance and activities of untreated and treated water transmission and distribution systems.
  • Manages and develops programs to reduce asset risk and optimize asset operation, maintenance, and capital decisions; oversees asset management program activities including condition assessment and monitoring, data management, asset prioritization, project delivery and support, program funding and long term forecasting, committee review and approval of capital projects, and monitoring of program performance; monitors the performance of various assets and asset protection systems for reliable operations and optimal function.
  • Develops, manages, and administers agreements with various agencies to effectively operate and maintain water and power assets.
  • Writes and delivers public presentations.
  • Oversees, coordinates, and inspects the work of contractors engaged in the operation and maintenance of the surface water treatment plant and desalination plant.
  • Oversees and coordinates the blending of multiple treated water sources and management of treated water quality in conformance with applicable water quality regulations.
  • Responds to emergencies regarding water facilities and directs the resolution of emergency and restoration of operations, as needed.
  • Monitor, analyze, track and report on energy related activities and contracts.
  • Utilizes and develops visionary, pioneering, and agile approaches along with innovative technology for efficient asset operation and maintenance.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a water related field supplemented by eight (8) years of supervisory or administrative experience in the operation and maintenance of a large water distribution system or a large treatment facility.


Completion of an Associate's degree with major coursework in a water related field supplemented by eight (8) years of supervisory or administrative experience in the operation and maintenance of a large water distribution system or a large treatment facility.

Licenses and Other Requirements
  • A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Water Authority's Vehicle Insurance Policy
  • Possession of a State of California Water Treatment Operator Certificate, T-5 or a State of California Water Distribution Operator Certificate, D-5 or Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical P.E. is highly desirable.
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Status: This listing expires on: 12/5/2022
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Organization Information
San Diego County Water Authority
4677 Overland Avenue

San Diego,  CA 92123
United States
(858) 522-6663
Patricia Duran, Human Resources Analyst