Assistant General Manager / Chief Operating Officer

  • by Water Replenishment District of Southern California
  • Feb 8, 2019

Job Location: Lakewood, CA
Application Deadline: 03/07/2019
How to Apply: To be considered for this opportunity please submit a (1) District application available at, (2) cover letter highlighting your applicable experience and (3) resume to Brandon Mims, Manager of Administration and Human Resources, by the first review date.

The Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (AGM/COO) functions in a top-level executive capacity, reporting directly to the General Manager and is responsible for General Manager and District staff liaison with members of the Board of Directors, water organizations, community groups, and other agencies to ensure the District’s mission and vision are effectively communicated. The AGM/COO acts as project manager for high-level District projects and performs high-level oversight of the District’s technical operations. The AGM/COO develops systems, controls processes, and evaluates programs within the District’s core operational functions to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and ensures that WRD’s mission, goals, and objectives are met.


The ideal candidate will have an extensive knowledge of water resources, water treatment operations and state and local water policies and practices. This person will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral); strong and proven management and leadership skills; as well as skills in business and organizational management, financial management, program and project planning, construction management, experience overseeing water treatment plant operations, strategic planning and consensus building


  • Exercise sound judgement, with practical sensibilities regarding political and institutional relationships.
  • Guide projects and programs through to completion.
  • Ability to be a team-player, a consensus builder and a mentor to staff.
  • Make difficult personnel and operating decisions, including handling disciplinary matters in a timely and tactful manner.
  • Interact effectively with employee unions (AFSCME).
  • Goal oriented and organized.
  • Committed to the mission and vision of the organization
  • A problem-solver, with the ability to exercise a sense of urgency when necessary.
  • Keep the General Manager informed in a timely, complete and accurate manner.