General Manager

  • by Otay Water District
  • Dec 2, 2019

Job Location

San Diego

Application Deadline


How to Apply

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The General Manager reports to the District’s Board of Directors. The General Manager plans, directs, manages, and oversees the overall activities and operations of the District. The position leads and manages the administration of District business and functions, serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors, and represents the District in community affairs and events. The General Manager works at the pleasure of the Board under an employment contract.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability including effectively managing a large organization.
  • Ability to evaluate challenges/opportunities with a bottom-line approach, keeping in mind the
    District’s customers.
  • Knowledge of California water, sewer, public utility, employment, and collective bargaining
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage complex budgets.
  • Knowledge and experience with large agency governance and ability to work effectively with a governing board.
  • Experience with the rate setting process for public agencies in California.
  • Demonstrated public speaking ability, including public presentations.
  • Knowledge and experience with legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
  • Familiarity with San Diego and regional water issues and involvement with diverse water
    supply portfolios or similar projects.
  • Knowledge of construction methods and management of large-scale public improvement
  • Knowledge of public finance in California.
  • Experience with customer service with emphasis on public utility service.
  • Experience with complex agency communications.
  • Networking ability and ability to manage binational relations.


  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs all work of the District through staff members.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the District.
  • Develops and implements long and short-range plans to ensure attainment of District
    objectives, mission and vision statements, and strategic plan.
  • Works closely with the Board of Directors, organizations, and appropriate federal and state
    agencies regarding District programs.
  • Keeps the Board apprised and advises the Board about District activities, financial conditions, progress of programs, present and future needs of the District, and matters requiring legislative action; coordinates the preparation and presentation of various agendas, reports, written materials, and items to be presented at meetings of the Board of Directors and standing committees.
  • Directs and participates in the preparation of the District’s short and long-term financing programs, capital improvement program, budget and rate setting; monitors and reviews expenditures through budgets and other guidelines; identifies and resolves questions
    regarding variances from expected expenditure levels.
  • Plans and directs programs relating to production, storage, treatment, transmission and
    distribution of water supply.


A valid California Driver’s License and a safe driving record.


Ten (10) years of progressively responsible management level experience in a work environment similar to the District. Experience can be from a water utility, city, private-sector setting or related work environment.

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Engineering, Finance,
Law or a related field.

This position will be subject to random drug testing during employment.
This position is exempt from overtime.
Otay Water District is a Smoking, Tobacco and Nicotine Free Campus.
All Otay Water District employees are at-will pursuant to the California Water Code, Section 71362.


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