Executive Director

  • by Sites Reservoir Project
  • Jan 14, 2020

Job Location

Maxwell, California

Application Deadline


How to Apply

To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at www.averyassoc.net/current-searches/ to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by February 7, 2020.

The Sites Reservoir Project is a water storage enhancement to the California water system that will provide multiple environmental benefits to improve aquatic habitat conditions and withstand dry year conditions. Managing California’s water resources remains one of the greatest challenges that will continue to face state policy makers well into the future. The state’s water infrastructure is getting older and stressed beyond its capabilities. Now more than ever, California needs to address its statewide water management challenges by implementing innovative solutions that address the state’s needs for a sustainable and affordable water supply.

The new Executive Director (ED) will lead the overall Sites Reservoir Project effort working closely with the combined 29 member governance structure and consultant teams already under contract. The ED needs to be a visionary who will create an institutional structure to navigate the challenging path towards making this project a reality. Over the past several years, the Authority has made significant progress, while garnering a wide base of support from stakeholders at the regional, state and national levels. The project now enters a key timeframe with several critical priorities and benchmarks that must be completed in order to keep the project on a successful track. A Strategic Planning process will be initiated in Spring 2020. The Plan will clarify and define the actual project scope and will further identify key project benchmarks and deliverables, including securing of all necessary environmental permits as well as project financing. The nature and scope of this complex project requires a strategic, adaptive, and entrepreneurial leader with exceptional administrative and project management skills.

The ideal candidate for this role will be an executive with a high level of credibility within California, with knowledge of state water laws and water history, who is an excellent relationship builder. The ability to understand complex technical issues is necessary. A big picture results-oriented executive with a “can do” energy level who is able to adapt and adjust to the volatile nature of the regulatory environment, funding commitments, and various interests of constituents, will be vital in this assignment. Prior experience as the project leader for a Capital Project of this scale is highly desirable. The salary for this position is negotiable, depending on qualifications.


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