Director of Water Operations

Eastern Municipal Water District | Perris, CA

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Posted Date 7/20/2022

Eastern Municipal Water District is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a vacancy in our Water Operations Department for the position of Director of Water Operations. If you meet the qualifications outlined below, and you are interested in joining a dynamic business environment working with a stellar team of professionals, we strongly encourage you to apply for this excellent opportunity!

Open until filled with first review of resumes on August 1, 2022.

The annual salary range for this position is $165,963.20 - $206,668.80, dependent on qualifications. In recognition of the value its employees deliver to the organization, EMWD offers a generous compensation and benefits package. For a summary, please visit EMWD Benefits Overview.

Reporting to the Assistant General Manager of Operations and Maintenance, the Director of Water Operations plans, organizes, directs, and implements comprehensive strategies and programs for the operation of a large potable and recycled water distribution system. In addition, this individual is responsible for the operation of two water filtration treatment plants and three reverse osmosis desalination plants.  The Director strives to optimize treatment processes and reduce operating costs, and develops operating plans and programs, ensuring the effective and efficient high-quality work in the managed programs.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader who shows initiative and manages for results. Strong writing skills, exceptional technical aptitude, and proven experience with budget development and monitoring are key attributes. Individuals with water production and distribution management and/or in-depth water systems engineering experience will be well-suited for this job. Familiarity with Maximo and SCADA will be a plus. Finally, the person selected to be EMWD’s next Director of Water Operations will be a team builder who collaborates and communicates with other individuals throughout the District to achieve positive results.

The candidate must have strong leadership and communication skills, and an established background in the operation and maintenance or design and construction of water production and distribution systems, as well as broad based knowledge of related principles, practices, theories, and techniques. The incumbent must also be knowledgeable in organization and management practices as applied to the development, implementation, and administration of comprehensive programs, policies, guidelines, procedures, and operational needs of a large water operations department. Additionally, he/she should be familiar with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and court decisions that may affect the work of the Water Operations department.

Hands-on experience with the principles and practices of budgeting, purchasing, and maintenance of public records is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to conduct research and analysis, provide clear and accurate communication, and effectively manage and supervise staff will be required. Although experience working for a public agency is not required, the incumbent should understand the organization and functions of a public board.



  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil or mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology, public or business administration, or a related field.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of a large, complex water production and distribution system, five (5) of which should be in a management capacity.
  • A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance policy.
  • State of California Grade V Distribution Operator Certificate or Grade V Water Treatment Operator Certificate, with preference for those holding both.
  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is desired.

This recruitment is open until filled; however, first consideration and resume review will begin on August 1, 2022, interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter. Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to

To view a detailed job flyer, please visit our website at Join EMWD and go to Executive Opportunities.

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