Director of Power Systems

  • by Yuba Water Agency
  • Feb 6, 2024

Job Location

Dobbins, CA

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Do you seek a leadership opportunity to work for a forward-looking agency committed to the sustainable management of our water resources for flood risk reduction and reliable water supply, enabled through hydropower generation, in support of the environment and quality of life for our communities? The Yuba Water Agency is recruiting for the Director of Power Systems. We offer competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and opportunities for growth and telework.

Under the direction of the General Manager, the Director of Power Systems will manage and lead the operation, maintenance, compliance, and engineering of major water storage, flood control, hydroelectric and recreation facilities.

Ideal Candidate

The Agency is seeking a knowledgeable, collaborative, and highly engaged candidate to serve as the next Director of Power Systems. The ideal candidate is a solution-oriented, strategic, and analytical thinker who is innovative and professional. A team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills is essential. The incoming Director must have the ability to develop and prioritize strategic goals and objectives, determine staffing needs, develop and administer budgets and grants, and represent the agency before various groups.

The Agency is in search of a demonstrated leader capable of mentoring, training, evaluating, and guiding staff, and who has a track record of establishing and sustaining highly effective teams. The Director must have the ability to establish and maintain working relationships with other key stakeholders, Federal and State agency representatives, board members, community and business representatives, and staff. Candidates with strong executive leadership and public sector experience are encouraged to apply.

Our Agency strongly desires a candidate who is adaptable, competent, and a strong communicator. We need a director who prioritizes staff development, is deeply committed to the agency, and has a vision for the future. If you are experienced leading teams that are properly trained, inspired to improve, held accountable, and achieve established goals you are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

These responsibilities are key and highly desired from all applicants. Proven track record in all areas of responsibilities and qualifications are highly desired.

  • Provide strategic vision and executive leadership to guide the agency towards its goals and objectives.
  • Lead and manage cross-functional teams, fostering a collaborative and high-performance work environment.
  • Develop and implement effective organizational policies, procedures, and initiatives.
  • Drive operational excellence and efficiency to ensure the delivery of high-quality services.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with power systems managers and foster a strong commitment to staff development.


  • Proven track record of successful executive leadership and management in a similar role.
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teams to achieve outstanding results.
  • Extensive experience in public sector and/or large hydroelectric or other large generating plant operation and maintenance.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree strongly preferred.

License or Certificate:

Possession of and ability to maintain an appropriate, valid California Driver License.

Special Requirements: This position is subject to call out at any time and must reside close enough to travel to Oregon House, CA within one hour.
Typical Tasks

  • Work with the Executive Team and Agency Managers to develop Power Systems objectives to address the Agency strategic priorities set by the Board of Directors.
  • Monitor and assures Power Systems safety program, policies and culture; support both public and employee safety.
  • Assure the Agency Dam Safety Program fulfills regulatory requirements and meets dam safety regulators expectations to provide a comprehensive, state of the art, dam safety program for public protection.
  • Work with Power Systems managers to develop tactical business plans to deliver on objectives.
  • Actively participate in and support water management to ensure flood risk is minimized, regulatory compliance is fully satisfied, environmental interests are addressed based on good science, water delivery contract requirements are met, and power generation is optimized.
  • Utilize general knowledge of CAISO market to support optimal operation of generation, while meeting compliance, water delivery, and flood risk reduction needs to maximize revenue.
  • Maintain employee relations according to personnel policies and union contracts, including supporting memorandum of understanding (MOU) union negotiations.
  • Monitor and assure compliance programs, including OSHA, FERC, NERC/WECC, and Resource Agency policies and drive a culture of compliance.
  • Plan and direct the efficient and effective operation, maintenance and security of the Yuba County Water Agency’s Yuba River Development Project and Narrows 1 Project, including functioning within the budget, contract and specification preparation, and purchasing.


The annual salary range for the Director of Power Systems is $208,977.60 – $254,009.60. In addition to offering flexible work schedules, hosting employee engagement events throughout the year and offering excellent training and development opportunities to help you plan your short- and long-term career goals to advance in your career, the Agency offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • Agency paid health insurance: 1-party is $901.61, 2-party is $1,803.22, and 3+party is $2,448.89 per month.
  • Dental: 100% paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: 100% paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: Accrued at 12.6 hours per calendar month and increases with years of service
  • Sick Leave: Accrued at 10 hours per calendar month.
  • Holidays: 12 official holidays per year
  • Retirement: CalPERS: For classic members 2% @ 55 formula and the agency will pay 5% of the employee’s 7% contribution to CalPERS. For all others, subject to the provisions of AB340 with a 2%@ 62 formula
  • Retiree health through the Agency upon completion of ten (10) years of service credit with the Agency and retirement from CalPERS. The Agency’s present contribution for each annuitant, including enrollment of his/her family members, is a maximum of $1,850 per month.
  • Deferred Compensation: Voluntary participation in Agency Plans. The Agency will contribute 7.65% amount towards the plan.
  • Life Insurance: $100,000
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) with Agency contribution of $600/year for 2024
  • Flexible Spending Medical / Dependent Care Accounts available with pre-tax payroll contributions
  • Educational/training tuition reimbursement available

Recruitment Timeline

The final date to apply is March 4, 2024. To be considered for this exciting and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held.

Preliminary screening interviews, with the most qualified applicants, will be conducted the week of March 18th. Next steps which may include but are not limited to testing and/or panel interviews, will be determined by the number of qualified applicants received and will be conducted the week of April 8th.

Recruitment Contact
Contact phone:
(530) 701-8674
Laken Schattner, HR Technician

Special Instructions

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

The Yuba Water Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Laken Schattner at prior to the recruitment closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate must pass a thorough reference check and background check.

Applicants must be successful in all phases of the selection process to be considered for this position.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.

The Agency

Established in 1959, the Yuba Water Agency is a stand-alone public agency governed by a board of seven elected officials to serve the people of Yuba County. The Agency owns and operates the Yuba River Development and Narrows 1 Projects, which includes New Bullards Bar, Log Cabin, and Our House dams. Water released from New Bullards Bar travels to the New Colgate and Narrows I and II powerhouses, where it is used to generate renewable, carbon-free electricity. Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Yuba River Development Project significantly reduces flood risk and ensures a reliable water supply for the people of Yuba County.

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Agency Government
The Agency is governed by a seven-member board of directors made up of the five Yuba County Board of Supervisors and two members at large. The Board meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday morning of every month.