The Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District (SYRWCD) is a small California Independent Special District located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. Its 2-fold mission is to protect the surface water resources of the Santa Ynez River from out-of-basin export and to prepare and implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans in accordance with SGMA. The District is not a water purveyor and should not be confused with the Improvement District by the same name.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager will assume management responsibility for all programs of the SYRWCD; be experienced in water resources management; operation of water conservation systems and facilities; unit and program budgeting and funding and administration, in conformance with applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
Qualifications / Experience:
Plan, direct and coordinate services, activities and operations of the District;
Ideally be a registered Civil Engineer, Geologist, or Hydrologist and possess a related license, or credential;
Possess extensive management experience within a California public water agency, with water resource management responsibilities; at least 5 years within a unit managerial role;
Coordinate District activities with all regulatory agencies; ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations;
Proven track record in demonstrating success and expertise in effectively managing staff;
At least 15 years of progressive technical and managerial experience involving projects working directly with consultants, agencies and stakeholders involving hydrology and related environmental issues, including fisheries within the framework of the appropriate regulatory compliance and permitting;
In-depth finance / accounting experience, focusing on budgeting, analysis, grant writing / oversight and development short and long-term financial strategies for an agency;
Provide legislative direction / advice to Board, while working with the Board in developing District priorities; implement Board policies / directives and communicate that information effectively to the public;
Serve as the principal spokesman for the District; represent District at public and professional functions; oversee public information programs and coordinate with media relations;
Possess high level of computer software capabilities; including proficiency in the Microsoft suite of products and experience with industry-related software;
Proficient oral and written communication skills;
Assume other responsibilities as required.
B.Sc. required; M.Sc. preferred in a discipline focused on geology, hydrology, biology, or water engineering.
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and relevant qualifications. In addition, the District offers a 457 deferred contribution plan, with match (non-CalPERS), as well as health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits.
Additional Salary Information: The District offers a 457 deferred contribution plan, with match (non-CalPERS), as well as health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits.