General Manager

  • by Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority
  • Sep 8, 2020

Job Location

Ridgecrest, CA

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Interested individuals or consulting firms should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references on or before October 10, 2020, to the following email address: with subject IWVGA GM Recruitment, Attn: Don Zdeba, Acting General
Manager. Detailed brochure available by clicking: here

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA) was formed in 2017 through a Joint Powers Authority Agreement. The IWVGA Board is comprised of five (5) voting members: Kern County, San Bernardino County, Inyo County, City of Ridgecrest, Indian Wells Valley Water District, and two (2) non-voting associate members; United States Navy (Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake) and Bureau of Land Management. The GSA encompasses over 380,00 acres. The IWVGA serves as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014 to protect existing surface water and groundwater rights. The GSA employs Stetson Engineers as the Water Resources Manager tasked with drafting and submitting the GSA Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin (IWVGB) The GSP was submitted to the Department of Water Resources for review and approval in January 2020.

The GSA is seeking a candidate with previous administrative management experience related to water resource management and conservation programs. A bachelor’s degree in a related field (geology, hydrology, engineering, environmental studies, business) is highly desirable, but any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of state and local laws, regulations related to water conservation programs, water resource management, and SGMA.

In working with the IWVGA Board of Directors, the General Manager will take an active and involved leadership role in the implementation of its goals and objectives. Regular and ongoing communications and interaction with the Board and stakeholders is an essential aspect to this role. As a leader, the new manager will be a creative thinker, politically astute, and will have the capability to evaluate and assess the big picture/long range aspects of the role. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with the ability to be an influential advocate for issues and concerns relating to groundwater sustainability. A strong collaborator, the successful candidate will have a history of success in building and maintaining cohesive working relationships that best serve the short and long-term interests of organizations and communities.

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded leader – a leader of people and resources and well versed in California water issues. This experienced individual will be both a big picture visionary and able to establish credibility as a decisive, results-oriented professional committed to excellence, independence, and fiscal accountability. Additionally, this top candidate will know how to effectively and efficiently run a business that is also a municipal organization. The successful candidate will also have strong financial acumen, including general knowledge of debt financing, bond issuance, debt management, and other funding strategies. Being comfortable in advising the Board about the full range of fi matters including rate structure and cost recovery eff is of critical importance. This professional will be an exceptional listener, communicator, and an accomplished presenter with the ability to build strong relationships and engender trust among staff and the public.

The IWVGA is currently seeking all qualified candidates, both individuals and organizations. This is a contract position with salary commensurate with experience and final determination of full-time or part-time status.


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