The Olivehurst Public Utility District Seeks a New General Manager. After thirteen years of service, the current General Manager has resigned, but will assist OPUD in the hiring and training of a new General Manager. OPUD is comprised of a Water Department, Wastewater Department, Fire Department, and Parks Department. Under broad policy and general administrative direction from the OPUD Board of Directors, the General Manager plans, organizes, directs, and reviews the overall administrative activities and operations of the District; advises and assists the Board; and represents the District’s interests at local, regional, State and Federal levels.
The position is employed under contract as the General Manager for the District, which is the highest-level position in the organization.
In order to effectively manage the District, the successful candidate will need to possess:
A strong working knowledge of water and wastewater system operations.
A Class IV Wastewater Treatment Operator’s Certificate (preferred, not mandatory)
A strong working knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, including administrative analysis, fiscal planning and control, and policy and program development.
Knowledge of laws, rules, ordinances, and legislative processes controlling District functions, programs and operations including California water rights, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the Firefighters Bill of Rights, and State regulations impacting District operations.
An ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct the work of staff to achieve efficient operations and meet program goals.
An ability to exercise leadership, authority and supervision tactfully and effectively.
An ability to provide advice and consultation to the Board of Directors on the development of ordinances, regulations, programs and policies.
Strong communication and conflict resolution skills.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary and benefits are negotiable based on qualifications.
Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university. An advance degree in a closely related field is desired.
Experience: Ten (10) or more years of broad and extensive administrative and management experience within the water industry that included responsibility for planning, organizing, implementing and supervising programs, budgets and administrative operations, preferably within a public agency, including at least six (6) years in a supervisory capacity.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are negotiable based on qualifications.
Olivehurst Public Utility District (OPUD) is a special district which was formed in 1948. OPUD provides water, wastewater, and maintains and operates over 50 acres of parks for the communities of Olivehurst and Plumas Lake. OPUD also provides fire protection and streetlights for the community of Olivehurst.
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