Located along California’s Central Coast, Oceano Community Services District (OCSD) is a multi-service special district with a five member Board of Directors and nine staff members who serve approximately 7,600 residents and business utilizing a total budget of more than four million dollars to provide for the following services: • Water: OCSD provides potable water service to approximately 2,200 connections. Water supplies include ground and surface sources, some of these in partnership with other governmental agencies. The District’s water supply reliability is relatively high and water quality is ensured through regular testing. • Wastewater: OCSD provides wastewater collection services through its network of neighborhood pipelines that ultimately flow to another governmental agency for safe treatment (South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District). • Fire Protection: OCSD is a member of the Five Cities Fire Authority and contributes monetarily to its operations based on a funding formula. • Other: OCSD provides garbage and recycling services through a franchise agreement, street lighting to certain areas of the community, and limited recreational access.
The Oceano community offers potential candidates a high quality of life, blending desirable aspects of both Southern and Northern California on the Central Coast. Interestingly, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is the only state park in California where visitors may drive vehicles on the beach. The greater San Luis Obispo County area offers engaging cultural events, outstanding recreation, farm fresh cuisine, and exceptional weather. The area is distinctly unique with a traditional rural character and yet benefits from thecomforts and conveniences usually found in larger metropolitan areas.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR GENERAL MANAGER OCSD is seeking a leader with a steady hand to join their dedicated staff in navigating and balancing the diverse needs of the community’s residents. The Board of Directors has identified capital project management and intergovernmental relations as key skills since the successful candidate will be expected to immediately jump into important project work and time-sensitive regional issues. Desirable traits include someone with grant writing skills, procurement expertise, and general project management knowledge. Professional engineer’s license is not required nor expected. General management experience, especially within the public sector, will be key. The community is generally relaxed and informal, so the GM should fit in with this culture. A congenial personality, visible and honest communication, and a hardworking nature will go a long way towards achieving success in being a supportive and capable leader. Candidates should be patient, even tempered, and open to questions in support of working out problems. The nature of the job will require a professional whom others might describe as a doer and finisher. Lastly, the Board of Directors would look favorably on someone seeking to make a longer-term commitment to the community. The successful candidate will enjoy a well-positioned organization. The stable staff is also becoming increasingly adept and skilled at completing projects in-house, saving OCSD funds.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS The ideal candidate will possess at least five years of experience in public agency management, preferably with a special district operating a water system. A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or a related field is required.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary will be determined on qualifications which is supplemented by a comprehensive benefits program including coverage for professional development, cellular use, and vehicle mileage.