County of Alameda

Assistant General Manager-Engineering, Zone 7 (#4975)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Zone 7 General Mgmt (U53)
$115.79-$140.72 Hourly / $9,263.20-$11,257.60 BiWeekly /
$20,070.27-$24,391.47 Monthly / $240,843.20-$292,697.60 Yearly


Under strategic and policy direction from the General Manager, to direct, plan, organize and manage Zone 7’s engineering and production sections; may be assigned to act for the General Manager in his/her absence, and perform other duties as required, which may include various on-call responsibilities.  


This is a single-position executive management classification with overall responsibility for the agency's engineering and operations sections, managing directly and through subordinate supervisors.


NOTE:    The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.  

  1. Develops, plans, and implements goals and objectives in support of the Agency’s mission and strategic goals for the engineering and production sections; interprets and explains applicable rules, laws and regulations to supervisors and others.
  2. Plans, directs, organizes, and manages, through subordinate supervisors, the Agency's engineering, operations and maintenance activities for the water supply and flood protection systems.
  3. Provides direct staff assistance on matters presented to Board members and committees; prepares and reviews agenda items and makes periodic presentations to the Board; and represents the Agency with the public, governmental agencies, private contractors and consultants.  
  4. Develops, evaluates, and implements policies, procedures, standards, goals, and objectives related to program activities.
  5. Ensures the reliable and efficient operation and maintenance of various flood protection, water supply, water treatment, pumping, storage, and distribution facilities.
  6. Performs or supervises long and short-range planning to anticipate and prepare for agency engineering and capital improvement needs and implements the directives of the Board of Directors.
  7. Guides and directs subordinate supervisors in the selection, training, and development, and performance management of staff.
  8. Reviews and recommends approval of the budget for assigned areas; monitors expenditures; provides oversight and approval of contracts for services, materials, and equipment.
  9. Conducts a variety of special studies; evaluates legislation, trends and complex flood control, water treatment, and water supply engineering and operations issues and recommends and implements courses of action.
  10. May represent the Agency before external organizations including other governmental and regulatory agencies, private entities, professional and community organizations, commissions, and the general public.
  11. Manages especially difficult, sensitive, or innovative projects; provides management/ conceptual review of engineering plans and specifications, and general guidance of engineering projects.
  12. Coordinates assigned functions with internal and external stakeholders. 
  13. Promotes a safety-first culture and ensures that safety program requirements are adhered to at all times; oversees and responsible for Emergency Response and Security Services.




The equivalent of five (5) years full-time experience in the class of Manager of Engineering, Zone 7 or an equivalent or higher-level classification in Zone 7 Water Agency.  



Possession of a Bachelor's degree in civil or mechanical engineering awarded by an accredited college or university.



The equivalent of five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional water resources engineering and water treatment facilities experience, three (3) years of which were in a supervisory capacity.  


Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.  

Possession of a valid California driver's license.  

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:    The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:

  • Management principles and practices, including planning, organizing, and assigning work, establishing goals and objectives; selecting, training, motivating and appraising staff, and guiding subordinate supervisors.
  • Principles and practices of civil/water resource engineering, including hydrology, hydraulics, surveying, and engineering economics.
  • Principles and practices of water resource management.
  • Construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment common to a public water production and distribution systems.
  • Public financing and contract administration and management.
  • Administrative policies and practices.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.  

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, manage, and evaluate the work of the engineering division, directly and through subordinate supervisors.
  • Establish, implement, and carry out effective programs and systems for water supply and flood control engineering, water resource management, and related areas.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, studies, correspondence, and other written communications.
  • Analyze complex engineering problems, evaluate alternatives, and develop and implement effective courses of action, working very independently.
  • Make presentations to, represent the agency to, and/or establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, ratepayers, distributors, other agencies, contractors, consultants, vendors, and the general public.
  • Interpret and apply complex codes, regulations, and agreements.


RS:dj  5/18/94

Old doc:  1246h

New doc:  4975.doc


CSC Date:  5/18/94

RC:pf  Revised 10/12/04

CSC Date:  10/27/2004

DR:sa Revised 01/20/2022

CSC Date: 02/09/2022


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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