The Citrus Heights Water District is seeking a highly-skilled professional for the position of Director of Operations who will be tasked with managing the District’s Water Distribution, Groundwater, Water Efficiency, and Water Quality Divisions and Programs.

Are you a senior professional in the field of water operations and administration looking for a high-level leadership role in a growing public sector agency?

If so, the Citrus Heights Water District would welcome your application to be their next Director of Operations!

Reporting to the General Manager, the Director of Operations plans, organizes, directs, and implements comprehensive strategies and programs for the operation of a medium-sized surface water and ground water system. The position is responsible for developing and managing the District's 250-mile Distribution System, Groundwater Program, Water Efficiency and Water Quality Divisions. Additional program management includes developing and managing the District’s Safety and Disaster Preparedness Programs in compliance with Federal and State guidelines. The Director will strive to identify operating efficiencies, and develop operating plans and programs, ensuring effective and efficient high-quality work in the department.

This position is expected to manage and direct the development, implementation and evaluation of short and long-term plans, policies, systems and procedures; analyze proposed state and federal laws and regulations for their impact on District practices and operations; recommend policy and procedure changes or appropriate actions; and implement programs. The position will also provide day-to-day leadership and work with staff to ensure a highly performing and customer service-oriented work environment that supports the District’s mission and strategic plan, as well as objectives and values.


The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader who shows initiative and manages for results. Strong writing skills, exceptional technical aptitude, and proven experience with budget development and monitoring are key attributes. Individuals with water production and distribution management and/or in-depth water systems engineering experience will be well-suited for this job. The person selected to become the District’s next Director of Operations will be a team builder who collaborates and communicates with other individuals throughout the District to achieve positive results.



  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course-work in engineering, science, business administration, public administration or a related field.
  • Possession of a State of California Water Resources Board Grade D3 Distribution Operator Certification is required.
  • A Master's Degree in Public Administration or Business Administration is preferred and highly desirable.

At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in water utility, and/or public agency administration requiring the responsibility for the operation, maintenance and repair of treated water systems; including five (5) years of supervisory responsibility.


The final filing deadline date is Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., PDT.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should apply at

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a Letter of Interest and focused resume detailing their recent (within the past 10 years) experience and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with their application. For more detailed information about this position, please click on the Recruitment Brochure.

Each candidate's background will be evaluated based on information submitted at the time of application. Qualified candidates will participate in a preliminary telephone interview. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to an Oral Panel Interview process, and the names of the most-qualified candidates who pass the panel interview process will be submitted to the District for final selection.

Appointment to this position will be contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment background investigation, including fingerprint clearance, and physical examination.

Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to Noreen Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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