General Manager

  • by Browns Valley Irrigation District
  • Aug 7, 2020

Job Location

Browns Valley, CA

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, a compelling cover letter of interest, salary history, and professional references via email to This position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to apply early for optimal consideration. Confidential inquiries are welcome to Mr. Ryan McNally at (530) 743-5703.


Browns Valley Irrigation District, located approximately 55 miles north of Sacramento, CA, is seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of General Manager. The District provides irrigation water, to both valley floor ag lands and foothill homesteads through a diverse system of irrigation canals, pipelines and hydroelectric generation with water stored behind the Virginia Ranch Dam (Collins Lake) in Yuba County. This is a great opportunity to join one of the oldest California irrigation districts with both senior Yuba River water rights and a District owned reservoir.


The General Manager reports to a five member elected Board and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the District. This position has overall responsibility for policy development, water resource planning, distribution, fiscal management, employee relations, engineering, administration and operation of all district functions, programs and activities.
The incumbent is responsible for accomplishing District goals and objectives, implementing the policies of the Board of Directors, and representing the Board’s policies with employees, community organizations and the general public.


The duties listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a complete and exhaustive listing of all of the duties and responsibilities of this classification.

  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, through staff, all work of the District, including the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards of the District.
  • Works closely with the Board of Directors, organizations and other public agencies regarding district programs; interprets District regulations and applicable laws and advises the Board on a variety of issues.
  • Directs the preparation and administration of the District’s annual budget, recommends service rates, coordinates the preparation and presentation of various agendas.
  • Directs the selection, supervision and work evaluation of District staff, monitors and implements employee relations and staff development procedures.
  • Represents the Board and the District in contacts with various governmental agencies, community groups and business.
  • Oversees dam safety and works with regulatory agencies such as FERC, DSOD and CalOES to ensure compliance.
  • Manages complex projects subject to public contracting and regulatory requirements, including various environmental and water quality statutes.

As a leader of a small agency with large scope of responsibility, the General Manager’s duties are challenging, multifaceted and rewarding. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of water supply, water rights and delivery issues.


Any combination of education and experience which would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, business administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university is desirable. Broad and extensive work experience in a management or administrative position in a public agency, requiring the responsibility for the formulation and implementation of programs, budgets, administrative operations and project management. Experience in working with an elected board or commission is strongly preferred.


The salary range for this position is highly competitive with an excellent benefits package, including CalPERS retirement and a Deferred Compensation (457) plan.


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