Civil - Pipelines, Civil - Water / Wastewater, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
Director/Deputy Operating Officer of Water Utility Capital Division
Valley Water, California
Annual Salary $213,012 - $273,707 DOE/DOQ
Our Mission: Provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment and economy.
Valley Water is looking for a Director/Deputy Operating Officer (DOO) to oversee the Water Utility Capital Division. This position will oversee a budget of approximately $50 million and three units: Construction Services, Treatment Plants Project Delivery and Pipelines Project Delivery. This position will work across the agency with other departments, executives and elected officials and coordinate with various local, state and federal agencies. Our ideal candidate will be a registered civil engineer with a background in pipeline, or water and wastewater treatment plants. The DOO will be an effective communicator, self-starter, collaborator, problem solver, team leader and business partner. This position will lead and motivate high-functioning teams to take on high-risk projects and collaboratively handle demanding, time sensitive, and competing projects, including pipeline rehabilitations, and pump and treatment plants. The incumbent will provide vision and direction for the division and have the expertise to execute results. Come join an amazing organization and be a part of our leadership team where you can make a difference in the lives of millions.
Valley Water is a public agency with a current operating and capital budget of $523 million, a staff of over 850 employees and is governed by the Board of Directors which includes seven members, each elected by their district. Valley Water serves nearly two million people in Santa Clara County, which stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas. With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, and provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways. In addition, Valley Water partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community. Valley Water manages ten dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams.
Home to technology giants in Silicon Valley such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, and more, Santa Clara Valley has earned the reputation around the world as the center of technology and innovation, as well as an ideal location to work, live and raise a family. Santa Clara County is roughly 50 miles south of San Francisco, 200 miles from Lake Tahoe, and 35 miles from Santa Cruz; the close proximity to beaches, mountains and city life provides a year-round calendar of great things to do including: surfing, festivals, concerts, theatre, snow skiing, waterskiing, biking, hiking, fishing, and much more.
The Deputy Operating Officer (DOO) of the Water Utility Capital Division is an at-will position that reports to the Chief Operating Officer of the Water Utility Enterprise. The DOO oversees a division budget of approximately $50 million, 54 staff and three units:
Construction Services: provides construction management and inspection services for all capital construction projects.
Treatment Plants Project Delivery: supports the implementation of Valley Water’s 5-year Capital Improvement Program for treatment plants and related facilities capital projects.
Pipelines Project Delivery: responsible for the planning, design and engineering support during construction of Valley Water’s Pipeline infrastructure projects defined in our 5-year CIP, and provides structural engineering services for capital and operations projects throughout Valley Water.
The DOO will provide complex management and technical advice to the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Executive Officer on all matters related to the Water Utility Capital Division, specifically pipeline rehabilitations, pump plants, and water and wastewater treatment plants.
DIVISION KEY INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS:
Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project ($250M): Currently in construction, this project is a 5-phase, complete makeover of a 50-year-old conventional water treatment plant and implements new treatment processes, expanding the plant’s peak production capacity from 80 MGD to 100 MGD.
10-year Pipeline Inspection and Rehabilitation Program ($115M): Inspect and rehabilitate Valley Water’s tunnels and large-diameter pipelines that convey raw and local imported water to Valley Water’s treatment plants or distributed potable water to its customers and includes replacement of line valves, flow meters, pipeline appurtenance assemblies and piping.
Vasona Pump Station Upgrade ($25M): A complete upgrade of this key pump station will replace aging pumps (two 200-horsepower, two 400-horsepower), motors, drives, valves, actuators, and electrical control systems via a design-build method of project delivery – a first for Valley Water.
Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Residuals Remediation Project ($25M): Modern residual management system was constructed in 2016 to replace the original belt-press system in place since the 1960s. The new system has faced many unanticipated operational and capacity challenges requiring Valley Water to pursue a remediation effort to correct the systems deficiencies.
Coyote Pumping Plant Adjustable Speed Drive Replacement ($16M): The booster pump station for conveyance of imported water was constructed in the late 1980s and this project will replace six 2000-horsepower adjustable speed drives and modify the pump motors for compatibility; upgrade the HVAC system, the SCADA system, and install a pump motor asset management system and power monitoring system, as well as replace elements of the medium voltage equipment in the switchyard, replace other pump station appurtenances. This project is slated to be completed using the Design Build project delivery method.
In addition to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external customers, the DOO represents Valley Water on various committees, task forces, and organizations regarding regional water issues, policies, and programs, and prepares technical and administrative reports and studies for senior management, elected officials, and the public.
The ideal candidate is results oriented, with good project management skills to deliver projects on time and under budget that meet our intended goals. The ideal candidate will have a background in capital planning and project delivery and ideally have an extensive background working with, or for a public agency. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of public contracts, public process and a familiarity with treatment plants and pipelines.
This ideal candidate will be able to build and motivate high-functioning teams to take on high-risk projects and collaboratively handle demanding and time sensitive, competing issues. The projects that this division handles have a high level of public interest; therefore, the ideal candidate will be sensitive to and effectively communicate with the public, regularly produce and conduct public communications, and respond promptly and effectively to highly sensitive issues. Our Ideal Candidate will also…
Leadership / Communications / Customer Service
Be a strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and sound decision maker.
Empower others and promote interdepartmental teamwork and collaboration.
Build and support a culture that is collaborative and customer focused.
Effectively measure performance and acknowledge excellence.
Establish trust with others through transparent, honest and timely communication.
Demonstrate political savvy and ability as an influential leader.
Collaborate with other jurisdictions and businesses to produce partnered solutions.
Appreciate the economic and cultural diversity of the community.
Build a strong community presence, and be responsive, approachable and accessible.
Operate within a strong ethical framework and strive to uphold the public trust.
Select, appoint, supervise and evaluate staff.
Be a builder of effective teams, and mentor and facilitator in job performance excellence.
Business Acumen / Administration / Operations
Understand and be experienced in major capital delivery infrastructure projects.
Background leading complex public projects.
Provide fiscal oversight and accountability.
Assess and address infrastructure, operational and capital improvements for the division, specifically with pipelines and wastewater treatment plants.
Background, education and licensure preferred, include:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferably in business administration, public administration, civil engineering, or a closely related field or a field specifically related to the assigned area.
Six plus years in leadership positions (overseeing administration, managerial and teams) in a closely related field and specifically background in pipeline, and water and wastewater treatment plants.
Master’s degree in public or business administration, or engineering.
Registered Civil Engineer in California (PE)
HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by October 18 at: