Executive Director City-County Office Of Metropolitan Water Planning (Water Forum)

City Of Sacramento Sacramento , CA 94204

Posted 2 weeks ago


This management level position plans, directs, and reviews the activities of the City-County Office of Metropolitan Water Planning; manages staff and consultants supporting the Water Forum Successor Effort, a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizens groups, environmentalists, and water managers; and interfaces with City and County officials, City Council, and state and federal officials regarding water policy and regulation. To apply for this position, visit: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board/?wpv_aux_current_post_id=49&wpv_view_count=1559-TCPID49.


The ideal candidate will have experience in and/or a deep understanding of water policies, environmental regulations, engineering, water supply management, ecosystem restoration, fish habitats, and the innerworkings of governmental policies and procedures. In addition to technical knowledge, the ideal candidate will be a consensus builder, strategic thinker, and demonstrate excellent leadership skills to work effectively with Water Forum membership, City of Sacramento, and constituents within the communities we serve.

The Executive Director must be an excellent collaborator, relationship builder, and demonstrate neutrality. The incumbent must address conflict between environmental, water, and business caucuses with poise, diplomacy, and transparency. This position requires the ability to remain unbiased and an understanding of the co-equal objectives of the Water Forum stakeholders. The ability to facilitate or be a liaison between stakeholders is an ideal skillset that will lead the incumbent to success in this role.


This is a single-position, executive management classification. The incumbent is responsible for implementing the Water Forum Agreement, which involves coordinating with over 40 agencies and non-governmental organizations. The Executive Director serves as the highest-level liaison between the City and the various stakeholders of the Water Forum Agreement, Council Members, County Supervisors, and state and federal agencies. The Executive Director performs work of the highest difficulty, requiring tact, diplomacy, and negotiation skills to bring a diverse group with competing interests to consensus. The Executive Director must have the ability to initiate and manage highly complex technical water resources investigations and analyses and be able to communicate the limitations and results of those analyses to lay-person audiences.


Policy direction is provided by the City Manager and the Sacramento County Executive. Responsibilities include direct and indirect supervision of professional, technical, and clerical staff.


  • Manage staff and consultants providing support for implementation of the Water Forum Agreement to achieve two coequal objectives: 1) Provide a reliable and safe water supply for the region's economic health and planned development to the year 2030; and 2) Preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the Lower American River.

  • Manage staff and consultants providing support for implementing the Water Forum Agreement.

  • Manage staff and consultants providing support for negotiations responding to changed conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Preserve and enhance the good-faith interest-based process which developed the Water Forum Agreement.

  • Oversee compliance with reporting requirements for the Water Forum Agreement and its Environmental Impact Report.

  • Monitor, identify, and analyze legal developments including legislation, rules, regulations, and court decisions as well as other developments at the local, regional, state, and federal levels which may impact the implementation of the Water Forum Agreement.

  • Represent the Water Forum to elected representatives and other local, state, and federal officials, citizen groups, and media.

  • Serve as spokesperson for the Water Forum in various venues such as state and national conferences, workshops, hearings and with the media.

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive communication strategy concerning the purpose and progress of the Water Forum Agreement and continue the public support for the Agreement.

  • Direct and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

  • Evaluate and recommend professional consultants and contracts.

  • Supervise and participate in the development and implementation of the budget for the Office, which includes working with the City, County, and other stakeholders who fund the operations of the department.

  • Analyze and evaluate fiscal data to identify and project resource needs, obtain required resources, and monitor and approve budget expenditures.

  • Oversee technical and facilitation support of local groundwater planning activities.

  • Coordinate activities and provide information and staff reports to City Council and County Board of Supervisors.

  • Manage preparation of complex statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, presentations, GPS maps, and other documents for presentation to stakeholder groups.

  • Work with state and federal agencies to identify grant opportunities. Monitor grant-funded projects to ensure compliance with grant requirements.

  • Respond to difficult inquiries and complaints.

  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal officials on issues related to local water management, the American River Parkway, and the lower American River.

  • Select, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical staff. Conduct performance evaluations, implement discipline procedures, and maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Office.

  • Other related duties may also be performed.


Knowledge of:

  • Rules, laws, policies, and regulations governing California water supply, management, conjunctive use and other water related issues..

  • Environmental regulations including the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Endangered Species Act, the California Endangered Species Act.

  • Fishery, wildlife, recreational and aesthetic values of the lower American River.

  • Principles of interest-based collaborative bargaining and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding water supply management and environmental issues related to water supply. Principles of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management.

  • Groundwater hydrology and analysis techniques.

  • Report writing techniques and statistical concepts and methods.

  • Numerical modeling associated with water system operations, reservoir operations, fluvial dynamics, water temperature, and groudwater hydrology.

  • Financial and budgeting principles and practices.

  • Experience with state and federal grant requirements.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the Office.

  • Mediate collaborative interest- based bargaining which respects both the diversity and the legitimacy of the interests of all stakeholders.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, elected officials, staff of local, state and federal agencies, external water users, and state-wide environmental organizations, media, and the public.

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; analyze, interpret, and explain the Water Forum Agreement.

  • Communicate complex technical issues related to water management and riverine systems to lay-person audiences.

  • Prepare, administer, and monitor a comprehensive budget.



Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible professional and administrative experience in the management of complex water or environmental issues.

  • AND-


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public policy, water management, environmental science, or a related field.


Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. THE SELECTION PROCEDURE

To apply for this position and/or learn more about the application, review, and selection process, visit: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board/?wpv_aux_current_post_id=49&wpv_view_count=1559-TCPID49.

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Executive Director City-County Office Of Metropolitan Water Planning (Water Forum)

City Of Sacramento