Assistant General Manager, Water Operations

Modesto Irrigation District | Modesto, CA

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Posted Date 5/02/2024

Assistant General Manager, Water Operations
Modesto Irrigation District
 – Water Operations Division
Annual Salary: 
$202,259 – $262,954 DOE/DOQ

*Relocation assistance and an excellent benefits package available!*


Make an impact in water resource management! The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) is seeking an Assistant General Manager, Water Operations to oversee civil engineering, water use, irrigation services, domestic water operations and planning, and conservation efforts. They will drive the efficient and professional operation of the Division and will have oversight of four direct reports, 90 staff, and budgets of approximately $31 million for operations plus $8 million for capital improvements. This position requires an individual who possesses a deep understanding of water management complexities, with the communication skills, emotional intelligence, and political acumen necessary for navigating public and board meetings effectively. The ideal candidate for this role will have experience managing and administering complex budgets, inspiring staff and encouraging positive team culture, and building collaborative relationships with stakeholders. The Assistant General Manager will lead a team of dedicated professionals and collaborate with elected officials, executive leadership, and the agricultural community, to ensure the seamless delivery of water services to our community. Join a leading organization dedicated to ensuring the efficient and sustainable use of water resources in Modesto and surrounding areas – apply today!

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The Assistant General Manager of Water Operations will be a capable and confident administrator for the Water Operations Division’s 90 staff, and budgets of approximately $31 million for operations plus $8 million for capital improvements. This role is ideal for a proven water leader who demonstrates passion for water management, thrives on complex challenges, and has an aptitude for leadership. Proficiency in civil engineering and water resources management will allow them to navigate regulatory frameworks and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. They will collaborate with the General Manager in strategic planning, policy development, fiscal management, and staff motivation and development, all in the pursuit of ensuring the reliable delivery of water to our customers.

The ideal candidate embodies a unique blend of technical expertise and vision. Moreover, they demonstrate a keen ability to analyze data, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. They will also build positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, from government officials to industry partners. Their effective communication skills will enable them to articulate complex ideas clearly and influentially, whether in board meetings, negotiations, or public forums. The MID is seeking an engaging, professional, and detailed administrator for their next Assistant General Manager!


Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil or agricultural engineering, biology, or a related field.
  • Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in water operations including domestic water system operation and maintenance and irrigation water delivery systems, including three years of administrative and management responsibility.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License required at the time of appointment.



  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.


Salary and BenefitsAnnual salary of $202,259 – $262,954 DOE/DOQ, plus an attractive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: This position will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates will be contacted as they are identified. First round interviews will take place in late May. Second round interviews, if needed, will take place in June.


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Local Government
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