Partners - Dublin San Ramon Services District & East Bay Municipal Utility District
Location: Dublin, California
Salary: Depending on Experience
Compensation: An agreed upon hourly compensation rate will be paid to a third-party contractor or Independent Contractor to provide executive staffing services that fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the DERWA Authority Manager. This hourly compensation rate will be established upon final selection of the thirdparty contractor or independent contractor and will be dependent on qualifications (DOQ), career history, education, and other factors.
4 Year Degree
This is an opportunity to have an encore professional position as the Authority Manager of a Joint Power Authority (JPA) that focuses on maximizing the beneficial use of recycled water in the San Ramon Valley, located in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. Working in collaboration with the member agencies and with a significant amount of autonomy, this individual will draw both technical knowledge and experience from an accomplished career in public or private sector as a utility manager or as an executive level generalist in city/county management to oversee a highly successful recycled water program. This Authority Manager will also have top-notch facilitation and management skills and be extremely engaged in efforts to further expand the use of recycled water in the region. Candidates for serious consideration will have a Bachelor’s degree and a solid background in water, wastewater, and/or recycled water. The selected candidate will be required to reside within a 100-mile radius of the assigned location in Dublin, California in order to be involved in a variety of meetings throughout the year, all with advance notice.
The DERWA Board of Directors appoints an Authority Manager to carry out the will of the DERWA Board and oversee the day-to-day management of the DERWA Recycled Water Program, which has an annual budget of approximately $8 million. Key responsibilities include holding DERWA Board meetings, coordinating with member agency staff, managing and coordinating DERWA service to the City of Pleasanton, preparing and managing capital and operations and maintenance (O&M) budgets, overseeing DERWA operations contracted through DSRSD, and implementing near-term demand management strategies and securing supplemental supplies. The amount of time for the DERWA Authority Manager is generally about 300 to 500 hours per year. This commitment could temporarily increase to approximately 1,000 hours per year in 2025 when the parties anticipate discussing and negotiating comprehensive updates to the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) agreements with the member agencies.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a collaborative leader with the ability to guide the public utility and the policymakers as the recycled program further matures. Additionally, this top candidate will be frequently and actively involved with key staff and leadership at both member agencies, DSRSD and EBMUD, and with other potential regional partner agencies. The ideal candidate will have a professional history that demonstrates the following key attributes and qualities:
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all Board members • Technical expertise in public utilities (water, wastewater, and/or recycled water) • Solid business-minded management skills, embracing best business practices for a public utility • Knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations controlling DERWA’s functions, programs, and operations • Ability to provide strong leadership to the policy-making board • Desire to represent the Authority’s interests and collaborate with the member agencies and regional partners • Outstanding writing skills with the ability to draft, amend, and propose policy changes to the recycled water program documents • Excellent public speaking skills with the ability to present a wide variety of audiences, including the general public, stakeholders, and partner agencies in a clear and concise communication style
Experience: This position requires progressively responsible senior or executive-level management and administrative experience dealing with water, wastewater, and/or recycled water in either a public agency or a private utility. Experience working directly with a public utility or JPA is strongly preferred. Experience in California is also strongly preferred.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, sanitary engineering, business or public administration, or a related field is required.
Certification/License: Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of California is an added plus.
Interested candidates should apply by Friday, March 1, 2024. Electronic submittals should be sent to Michelle Gallardo, Special Assistant to the General Manager, DSRSD at: email@example.com, and should include cover letter and comprehensive resume. An initial evaluation of submitted materials will be reviewed to determine the best overall match with the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment brochure. Interviews with key leadership from partner agencies (DSRSD and EBMUD) will be scheduled in early to mid-April. Ideally, the selected candidate will commence work in May/June 2024, or at a mutually agreeable date. Employment will be through the Third Party or Independent Contractor agreement as outlined in “Details of Employment Arrangement”. Both partner agencies are committed to an orderly transition of leadership for the newly selected Authority Manager. The recent interim DERWA Authority Manager was appointed in December 2023 for a limited term, after the previous Authority Manager, Jan Lee, was selected as General Manager for DSRSD. Extensive backgrounds, verifications and reference checks will be conducted for the top candidate once a contingent offer has been presented. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Ms. Michelle Gallardo at (925) 875-2289.