General Manager

  • by Reclamation District 2068
  • Jan 24, 2023

Job Location

Dixon, California

Application Deadline

As soon as possible.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, current salary, and work-related references to:

Clifford Detar
7178 Yolano Road
Dixon, Ca. 95620
707 678-5412


The General Manager is an “at will” employee and is appointed by the Board of Trustees, the GM reports to the Board of Trustees. The Board will be seeking an individual with the expectation that the successful candidate can and would assume the GM position upon hiring. The GM will assume responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating all activities and functions of the Agency and carrying out related board policies. The District employs a talented and dedicated workforce of full-time employees responsible for delivering services in the following areas: Agricultural Water Supply, Agricultural and Storm Water Drainage and Levee Maintenance. Direct reports to the General Manager are the Water Operations Lead and the Maintenance Foreman.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an individual with a background in dealing with water management issues, preferably California water, and who possesses an understanding of water at the State and Local levels. Demonstrated experience in advocating for legislation and regulation relating to water is helpful but not required. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are critical as the General Manager presents to the Board of Trustees and represents the Agency to outside groups/agencies. As such, the ideal candidate should have a proven track record of working with local governments and building strong relationships with other agencies, including nongovernmental entities. Strong management skills are essential – successful candidates will be working managers.

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and staff to implement policy and provide direction on Agency services, programs, and projects.
  • Facilitate discussion and decision-making by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain an awareness of the current and probable future issues and challenges facing the Agency and provide for appropriate planning and response.
  • Oversee the planning, preparation and adoption of the Agency’s annual budget and water rates.
  • Direct the work activities of the administrative, operation, repair, and maintenance personnel, and oversee the improvements of the districts water system, drainage works and levees.
  • Demonstrate fiscal management and accountability for the Agency.
  • Oversee and guide the District’s water system with emphasis on reliability and customer service.
  • Engage in and support sound, progressive workforce training and planning.
  • Potentially be involved in fostering and maintaining the Agency’ commitment to serve as a leader on regional and State water resource and stewardship issues.
  • Oversee the Agency’s regulatory and legislative issues affecting its operations, stability, and resources.
  • Actively represent the Agency and participate in community and professional organizations in the region.
  • Foster and maintain productive, meaningful partnerships and alliances on the Agency’s behalf.
  • Provide for the development, planning and implementation of Agency goals and objectives.

Ideal Candidate will Possess the Following

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated, and dynamic leader who combines leadership skills with technical skills and models a strong work ethic, as well as the following:

  • Leadership experience and accomplishments in the public resource sector.
  • Experience working with elected boards and officials, Legal Counsel, and Engineering firms.
  • Knowledge and understanding of California laws and challenges of a special district and a water resource and flood management agency.
  • Flexibility, innovation, and creativity in visioning, planning and problem solving.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written form, and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders and employees.

Current Issues and Priorites

In preparation for the recruitment of the General Manager, the Agency’s Board of Trustees identified the following current issues and priorities:

  • Water Right and Water Supply Stewardship – RD 2068 is a senior water rights holder and serves to deliver water under those rights as well as acting on behalf of District landowners to deliver water under the North Delta Water Agency water supply contract with the State of California. RD 2068 practices the principles of Integrated Water Management. It is anticipated that future planning efforts around agricultural water supplies, groundwater, flood management and water conservation be in the context of Integrated Water Management.
  • Conservation Planning – RD 2068 is a participant agency in the development of the Solano Cunty Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and the Cache Slough HCP for the protection of endangered species.
  • Delta Issues – Solano and Yolo Counties are two of the five Sacramento / San Joaquin Delta Counties. As such RD 2068 has a strong interest in protecting the values of the Delta. RD 2068 works with North Delta Water Agency, Solano and Yolo Counties, Solano County Water Agency, local reclamation districts and other Delta agencies on common Delta issues.
  • Flood and Drainage Management – RD 2068, in addition to its levee maintenance responsibilities, is actively involved in flood management planning in Solano and Yolo County and supports the efforts of the of the Lower Sacramento and North Delta Regional Planning group in integrated flood management planning with habitat development in the Yolo Bypass/Cache Slough area. RD 2068 actively manages agricultural and storm water drainage from within the agency and with adjacent agencies in managing drainage and storm water through a regional Joint powers Authority.
  • Groundwater Management – RD 2068 is a participating agency in the local groundwater management agency within its boundaries and was a participant in developing a multi-agency regional Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for the General Manager is negotiable and will depend on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. The Agency offers a comprehensive benefit package. Basic features include:

  • Qualified Retirement Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Holidays and Vacation
  • Sick Leave


  • Experience: Several years of increasingly responsible experience in water management, engineering, or resource project management.
  • Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in water or resource management and or equivalent experience of at least 5 years in the water management industry.