Assistant General Manager of Water Operations

Modesto, California
$178,193.60 - $231,649.60 Annually
Oct 15, 2021
Nov 14, 2021
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The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) seeks an Assistant General Manager of Water Operations. Reporting directly to the General Manager, this executive-level full-time regular position is responsible to plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the Water Operations Division including civil engineering, water use, planning and conservation, irrigation services, construction management, and domestic water operations; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager. This position will lead a division consisting of approximately 85 employees largely represented by the IBEW Local Union 1245.
MID, located in California’s Central Valley, provides electric and irrigation and treats surface water for drinking. MID is an independent, publicly owned utility. We provide benefits that include community ownership, control by a locally elected Board of Directors, and business operation on a not-for-profit basis. MID is committed to providing reliable service at the lowest cost possible. More information may be found here.

The Assistant General Manager of Water Operations will oversee the activities related to both irrigation and domestic water treatment operations. Below are some fast facts regarding MID's irrigation and water facilities:
  Irrigation Facts Acres in irrigation service area:   101,700 Irrigated acres: 57,955 acres Irrigation accounts: 3,104 (active) Water delivered: 173,750 acre-feet (20-year average) Water charge: Fixed charge - $44 per acre; Tier 1 (up to 24") - $2/acre-foot (AF); Tier 2 (24" up to 36") - $5/AF; Tier 3 (36" up to 42") - $11.25/AF; Tier 4 (42" and up) - $40/AF Miles of canal: 208 miles (includes pipelines) Water sources: Tuolumne River & groundwater   Water Facilities Don Pedro Reservoir   Water storage

Other benefits:    Hydropower, flood control, recreation   Completed: 1971
Maximum storage: 2,030,000 acre-feet
Dam crest: 830 ft. La Grange Dam   Divert water for MID  and Turlock Irrigation District   Completed: 1893 Modesto Reservoir    Regulate canal flows, store water    Completed: 1911
Maximum storage: 28,000 acre-feet Modesto Regional Water Treatment Plant   Drinking water

Water sold to the City of Modesto   Completed: 1994
Water source: Tuolumne River
Capacity: 60 million gallons per day
Supervision Received and Exercised: Receives policy direction from the General Manager. Exercises direct supervision over assigned management, supervisory, professional, technical and administrative support personnel.
Additional Information: This is an exempt position and is represented by the Modesto Irrigation District Employees Association (MIDEA).  The MID-MIDEA labor agreement may be found here. This position is designated as “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the District in accordance with Board Resolution 93-155.

The total compensation and relocation package is competitive and will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, MID offers an excellent benefits package that includes affordable health plan options and participation in the MID Retirement System.  Further, there is a scheduled 3% cost of living increase effective December 5, 2021.



 Examples of Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop, plan and implement division goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate division activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the General Manager and Board of Directors; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the division's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Water Operations Division budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.
  • Provide input and direction on issues related to the District's water rights.
  • Represent the District in negotiations with outside utilities on matters of common interest; prepare and present District position in response to legislative and regulatory matters impacting the District.
  • Ensure the District's water delivery rules and regulations are in compliance with local, State and Federal regulations.
  • Provide guidance on operational studies related to the District's water transmission system, improvement districts, pumping and treatment plants, and private facilities.
  • Provide direction for new water project development including planning, feasibility, design and construction.
  • Represent the division to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.