City of Ventura

Water Utility Manager (#M20)

Unit: Management (M)
$51.89-$69.53 Hourly / $8,994.49-$12,052.66 Monthly / $107,933.90-$144,631.97 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, organizes, leads, and oversees the operations, maintenance and administration of water production, treatment and distribution, and SCADA/Instrumentation sections; regulatory agency liaison; water resource and capital improvement planning; interagency coordination; budget preparation, expenditure control and approval; personnel matters; public relations, customer service and related administrative duties.

This position is designated as "at will."  At will employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and are subject to discharge without cause and without the right of appeal.  


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plans, directs and supervises the operation of the water treatment plants, groundwater wells, water distribution system and all associated activities and functions.  Effectively manages resources (staffing, materials, funds) through administration of policies, practices and programs.

Reviews water treatment and distribution processes to meet water quality standards to protect the health and safety of residents and the environment.  Oversees emergency and incident response programs as well as preventative maintenance and repair programs to optimize performance, funds and reliability.  Directs safety, training, and staff development and certification programs. 

Anticipates regulatory changes and develops and implements effective solutions to meet or exceed water quality and operational standards. Seeks and supports continual improvement related to performance goals and objectives.  Maintains awareness of information and operational technology developments to anticipate and support timely adoption of improvements. 

Directs the compilation of numerous periodic operating reports required to maintain water system and its associated permits. Directs the preparation of water conservation and water quality reports and emergency response plans.

Supervises and evaluates performance of assigned staff; serving as coach, mentor, facilitator and trainer for individuals and work teams.  Develops and administers operational policies, procedures and practices to establish clear accountability and consistent compliance standards.  Oversees and ensures that staff are properly trained in safety procedures and actively supports and encourages attainment of  State certifications.

Attends, participates and represents the City on a variety of in-house and regional technical and planning committees and organizations.

Maintains effective public relations with residents and coordinates public inquiries, outreach and complaints as required.  Conducts presentations to various groups and City Council.  Actively participates in promoting a positive customer service environment by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful to all individuals.

Develops, prepares and presents budgets, reports, plans, performance measures, grants, and supporting documentation.

Facilitates effective interactions  with internal staff, federal, state and local agencies, non-governmental organizations,  contractors, consultants and other stakeholders in relation to planning issues or improvement projects.  Advises in designing plans to meet  current and expanding community needs or services, such as increasing capacity of water storage and filtration facilities, or providing new sources of water supply.

Conducts various analytical studies to report on the City's long and short-range plans as related to water production, treatment, distribution, and financial requirements.  Coordinates the integrated activities and planning of the water system with other public and resource agencies.  Coordinates capital improvement project planning and participates in the development and modifications of the water system’s Master Plan.

Assists the Ventura Water General Manager and Assistant General Manager with activities, operations and services related to budget, administration, staff development and operations. 

Performs other related duties as assigned or required.


Knowledge of:  principles of water utility organization, administration, and management; water systems including water sources, treatment plants, wells, tanks/reservoirs, water mains, pumping stations, hydrants, valves and meters; construction, operation and maintenance methods/techniques as applied to municipal water supply and distribution; current and future water quality regulations, state and federal environmental resource agencies, permitting procedures; effective supervisory principles and practices of administration, budgeting, accounting, supervision, training, evaluation and personnel management; current principles and practices of risk management and safety procedures.

Ability to:  plan, organize and direct the work of water systems operations and supervision; prepare and present comprehensive detailed oral and written reports and recommendations in a clear and concise format; interpret plans, specifications and engineer's data; perform responsible and difficult work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative; work cooperatively and effectively with public officials, state and federal resource agencies, community and stakeholder organizations,  non-governmental organizations, staff  and the general public; communicate effectively, persuasively, tactfully and positively in both oral and written forms; analyze a variety of situations and identify pertinent problems/issues; collect relevant information, evaluate realistic options, and implement appropriate course of action; direct, supervise, evaluate and motivate the work of staff; plan, direct and prioritize a variety of multiple projects and work objectives to ensure successful implementation; conduct meetings, make presentations, and facilitate communications in a clear, concise and positive manner.


License:  Depending on assignment, a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificates:   Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Water Distribution Operator Grade 5 (D5), and Water Treatment Operator Grade 5 (T5) Certificate issued by the State of California is highly desirable.


Environment:  works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites with some exposure to outdoor conditions, traffic, water treatment plants; may drive a vehicle to different locations; attends evening meetings; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situations, and with media scrutiny.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; sitting or standing for extended periods of time, walking on uneven surfaces; uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical and engineering concepts and to read and interpret financial and statistical data and documents; observe and interpret people and situations, perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under intensive deadlines and with media scrutiny.  Hazards:  exposed to traffic, fumes, dust, dirt, sewage, and computer screens.


A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in water science; civil, mechanical, or related engineering; public or business administration or a closely related field and five years of progressively responsible supervisory/management experience in a treatment and distribution water system operation.

CLASS: M20; EST: ; REV: 3/16/2016;