Monday, July 4, 2022

Assistant General Manager-Engineering, Zone 7

Recruitment #22-4975-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire will only be accepted online. 



Zone 7 Water Agency is located in the Tri-Valley region of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. It provides water on a wholesale basis to the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon, and flood-protection services to all of eastern Alameda County. Zone 7 employs approximately 116 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $80.3 million dollars. The Agency’s administrative offices are located in Livermore, CA, the easternmost city of Alameda County, which is bordered by Contra Costa County to the north and San Joaquin County to the east. Livermore, California’s oldest wine region, is known for the science and technology of its national laboratories, a historic downtown area, and the surrounding farm lands and ranches that mirror the Valley’s western heritage.


Zone 7 employees are committed to providing a reliable supply of high-quality water and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive and environmentally sensitive way. We invite you to acquaint yourself with our dynamic Agency and its exciting employment opportunities.


For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7 please visit their website at


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

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Assistant General Manager-Engineering, Zone 7 (#4975)


The ideal candidate will be an inclusive manager with outstanding communication skills who engages and seeks feedback from internal and external stakeholders, and employees.  The candidate will also foster a culture of respect, safety, accountability, and collaboration. In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for this position will have track record of success if the following areas: 

  • Leadership in water resources engineering and water treatment facilities and a broad understanding of water issues at the state and local levels;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships involving water resources, the environment and land use issues;
  • Managing people, technology and other resources to achieve outcomes;
  • Identifying and understanding complex problems, make decisions, exercise good judgment, formulate action plans in a proactive and collaborative manner; 
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and in written form, with emphasis on a demonstrated capacity for active listening;
  • Exceptional organizations skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects; and
  • The capacity to maintain and foster a cohesive, interactive spirit and culture within the Agency.




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.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

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.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline For Filing:                                                                                                        5:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2022 
Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by week of June 6, 2022
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:   by week of June 27, 2022
*Civil Service Oral Examination:  Week of July 11, 2022

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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

  • 11 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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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG     Phone: 510-272-6393

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.