General Manager

The General Manager is responsible to and implements policies for two separate organizations and Boards (Reclamation District 1500 Trustees and Sutter Mutual Water Company Directors), and manages, plans, directs, and oversees all personnel, administration, operations, maintenance, and project management activities of a large public flood control and drainage district and private mutual water (irrigation) company in rural Sutter County. He also serves as Secretary/Treasurer to the respective Boards of Trustees and Directors.


  • Implements District and Company policies as directed by the Boards, while managing projects, administration, finance, accounting, and budgeting.
  • Assumes full management responsibility for all personnel, office functions, operations and maintenance services and activities, and administers respective policies and procedures.
  • Plans, directs and coordinates the work plan for the District and Company; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with management and supervisory staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships and identifies opportunities for improvement.
  • Oversees the development and administration of the District and Company budgets; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustment as appropriate and necessary.
  • Represents the District and Company to outside agencies; coordinates activities with those of other irrigation and flood protection agencies and other outside organizations; collaborates with local, State and federal agencies to resolve issues and implement problem solutions.
  • Confers with landowners, water users and the public; explains District and Company policies and procedures; resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
  • Provides staff assistance to the Board of Trustees and Directors; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with local, State and federal agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Boards.
  • Works closely and frequently with lawyers, engineering firms, associations, and various consultants to conduct business and protect the interests of the District and Company.
  • Reviews legislation, reports and correspondence that relate to flood control/drainage and water issues and prepare responses, as appropriate.
  • Participates and provides support to assigned boards and commissions.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of water law and water science and engineering.
  • Responds to Board of Trustees’ and Directors’ concerns and issues and media inquiries.
  • Prepares all Board meeting notices and agendas; assists the President in conducting such meetings; and prepares and maintains all minutes.
  • Organizes the annual shareholder and/or landowner meetings and oversees elections.


  • Operations and maintenance and services activities of drainage/flood control and irrigation organizations.
  • Public administration principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of financial management and accounting systems.
  • Principles of human resources management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and direct the work of lower level staff.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Identify and respond to Board and community issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Interpret and apply federal, State and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.


  • 6-10 years of increasingly responsible management experience with a drainage/flood control and/or an irrigation or water utility or agency with project management, administration and supervision experience.
  • Working knowledge of agricultural and/or farming businesses.
  • College degree. Degree advantage or preferred in Business Management and/or in civil engineering or a related field, with California professional registration as a Civil or Agricultural Engineer.


  • Requires considerable vehicle travel to local and urban areas in the State and occasionally out of state.
  • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time in business meetings and gatherings.

Please send resume to: RD 1500/SMWC; Personnel Committee; P.O. Box 96; Robbins, CA 95676. Also, Personal Contact: Max Sakato (916) 765-0187.