Water Resources Director

  • by City of Pomona
  • Jan 28, 2020

Job Location

Pomona, California

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Apply online

This is an open continuous recruitment. Applications will be screened on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and supporting materials as soon as possible. Applications will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the complete job description, available at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pomona/classspecs.

This is an excellent opportunity for a visionary leader to take our water resources operations to the next level. The Water Resources Director leads the Water Resources Department’s administration, water production and treatment, distribution and wastewater, water quality, environmental programs, engineering, and Pomona Choice Energy. The Director will be outstanding in project management and lead with a customer service focus that effectively coordinates with internal departments in the City, external stakeholders, and will work collaboratively to meet City goals. The Department’s mission is to protect and manage this natural resource for the people of the City of Pomona and to provide the cleanest water possible to the residents and businesses of Pomona.

The Water Resources Director is an at-will position that reports to the City Manager. It leads a dedicated and resourceful team of about 75 full-time employees and approximately 10 part-time employees. The City of Pomona has a supportive City Council and a cohesive executive team. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to make a significant impact due to newly approved water and sewer rates, by being involved in the formation of a new Ground Water Sustainability Agency and by having an approved budget to design and build a new Water Resources Administrative and Operations Facility.


Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Eight years of experience in water and/or wastewater operations or closely related experience including three years of manage­ment and supervisory experience.

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, public administration, business administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or must obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.


Assume full management responsibility for all Water Resources Depart­ment services and activities including water, wastewater, storm water, Pomona Choice Energy, and environmental compliance.

Manage the development and implementation of Water Resources Department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocate resources accordingly.

Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of changes.

Represent the Water Resources Department to other City departments, elected officials and outside agencies; explain and interpret Water Resources Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controver­sial issues.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate Water Resources Department person­nel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.

Plan, direct, and coordinate the Water Resources Department’s work plan; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.

Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Water Resources Department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expendi­tures; direct the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.

Coordinate Water Resources Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Provide staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to Water Resources programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Maintain awareness and assess impact of a variety of legislation; routinely inform the City Manager, City Council, various agencies, and the public on status of legislation and potential impact on the City.

Represent the City of Pomona’s water resource, wastewater, storm water and energy needs and rights by participating on a variety of water quality and Watermaster boards and other commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new industry trends and innovations in the field of public utilities.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.


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