The Fresno Irrigation District is looking to hire an individual to serve as the Operations Manager. Under general direction from the Assistant General Manager of Operations, the Operations Manager provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the Water and Construction/Maintenance Departments (also known as Operations) have the proper operational controls, administrative policies, reporting procedures, and people systems in place to ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency that aligns with the District’s strategic mission and vision. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, through their experience, strong organizational, technical, communication, and project management skills, and be competent to assign and direct staff.
The Operations Manager also works in close collaboration with the Engineering staff in activities related to planning, prioritizing, and designing canals, pipelines, and appurtenance as well as in activities relating to the construction, maintenance, and capital improvement of canals, pipelines and District-wide capital improvements.
Typical Job Duties and Responsibilities
High-level decision making, managing and executing the strategic vision; budget reviews, cost management, project completion, develop growth strategies, manage performance, obtain maximum performance from staff; establish procedures and process, forecast and schedule
Collaborate with HR with succession planning, hiring, evaluating, training, disciplining and approving employee-related transactions in operations; attract, retain and motivate staff
Inspire and direct managers and supervisors, develop ownership thinking among staff
Manage, direct, communicate, and coordinate operations activities directly and through Managers and Supervisors
People Management: clear communication and collaboration within and across all departments; manage relationships with partners/vendors, resolve disputes, ensure personnel are trained; implement, execute and document ongoing performance management, goal-setting, metrics, reviews, corrective actions, and progressive discipline
Report Writing: reports and letters for management, the Board, and the general public
Share information with the board to ensure they are kept fully informed; Prepare and present analytical findings to upper management and stakeholders
Data and Metrics Driven/Systems and Process Improvement/ Quality Assurance: making operational data pervasive within operations; develop and evaluate clearly defined key performance indicators; establish policies, standardize operating procedures, and systems
Analyze and interpret data and metrics, work out a strategy for improving if necessary, always with an eye towards efficiency; set goals, monitor work, and evaluate results
Oversee, evaluate, improve, and ensure full utilization of all technologies and systems
Allocate and manage resources through capacity planning and supply preparation
Develop and implement inventory control procedures to ensure accuracy of supply inventory and track costs while minimizing shortages
Oversee fleet management program
Five years increasing responsible experience in a regulatory industry requiring compliance and reporting
Proven track record being detail oriented and ability to manage time well.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Able to work independently and interdependently
Capable of initiating, planning, and coordinating projects and special assignments
The Ideal Candidate:
The following attributes and experiences are highly valued, but not required, in consideration of candidates:
Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Business Management or related field
Training and experience with Lean Management, Lean Six Sigma and/or other continuous improvement methodologies is a plus
Experience in a municipality or special district a plus
Prior experience in the water industry preferred
Eight years of relevant, strong, progressive, operational experience is preferable
At least four (4) years in a senior management or supervisory role preferred
About Fresno Irrigation District
The Fresno Irrigation District was formed in 1920 under the California Irrigation Districts Act, as the successor to the privately owned Fresno Canal and Land Company. The District purchased all the rights and property of the company for the sum of $1,750,000. The assets of the company consisted of over 800 miles of canals and distribution works which were constructed between 1850 and 1880 and the extensive water rights on Kings River.
The District, which now comprises some 245,000 acres, lies entirely within Fresno County and includes the rapidly growing Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.