Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Deputy Manager of Operations

Onsite - Chino, CA
Application Deadline: 5/1/24

This position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline. 

There is one (1) vacancy in the Operations & Maintenance Department 

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.

Salary Range: UN 188

FLSA: Exempt

Probationary Period: At-Will

To apply online NOW, CLICK HERE.


Are you a highly organized and reliable water treatment expert with a passion for serving the community? Do you want to lead a team of knowledgeable and collaborative professionals in the operation of a state-of-the-art water treatment facility? If so, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has an exciting opportunity for you as a Deputy Manager of Operations at the Chino I Desalter! This position serves as an integral member of the agency’s Operations and Maintenance Department. The successful candidate will possess a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T5 certification as well as a Water Distribution Operator D4 certification granted by the California State Water Resources Control Board. If you have strong communication skills and enjoy being a mentor to others while coaching for success, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Here at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, we are a leader in water management and environmental stewardship. We strive to produce high-quality renewable products such as recycled water and top-quality compost to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout our region. Our values go beyond just protecting the resources and the communities we serve. We are committed to applying ethical, transparent, and environmentally sustainable principles to all aspects of business and organizational conduct. We recognize that our commitment to the community starts with our employees. In order to ensure that our staff are able to continue to perform at a high level and provide unparalleled services throughout our service area, we strive to provide a healthy work-life balance.


Under direction, plans, organizes and manages Agency-operated facilities including water reclamation, recycled water system, groundwater recharge (GWR) operation and desalter; ensures the Agency’s water reclamation plants, desalter and recycled water facilities are in compliance with all regulatory requirements and produce safe, high-quality products; provides professional advice to management on the resources required to operate the Agency’s facilities in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner that meets all regulatory requirements; and performs related duties as assigned.


A Deputy Manager of Operations is responsible for managing staff engaged in operating facilities and equipment, including wastewater/water treatment, water reclamation facilities, wastewater lift stations and wellhead facilities required to produce compliant effluent and bio-solids, high-quality recycled water and potable water. Work requires an in-depth understanding of the design and operation of Agency-operated facilities and involves significant accountability for ensuring stable, depend­able operation of the facilities and equipment in compliance with regulatory requirements. Assignments are broad in scope and allow for a high degree of administrative discretion in their execution.

An employee in this class reports to the Manager of Operations and manages the work of supervisors and operators.

Deputy Manager of Operations is distinguished from Manager of Operations in that an incumbent in the former class manages a particular group of facilities rather than the entire Operations Unit

Who We Are:

An Employer of Choice in the Inland Empire

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) secures and supplies supplemental water; collects and treats wastewater; produces high quality renewable products such as recycled water, compost and energy; and promotes the sustainable use of groundwater and development of local water supplies. IEUA serves approximately 935,000 residents in a 242-square mile service area in western San Bernardino County, California. As a regional wastewater treatment agency, IEUA provides sewage utility services to seven contracting agencies and provides wholesale imported water to seven retail agencies. IEUA owns and operates four facilities specializing in regional water recycling services. The facilities take in approximately 50 million gallons of wastewater per day for treatment, producing high-quality recycled water. IEUA also manages the recharge of recycled, storm and imported water through the Chino Basin Groundwater Recharge Program and coordinates regional water-use efficiency and education programs. IEUA is committed to meeting the needs of the region by providing essential services in a regionally planned and cost-effective manner while safeguarding public health, promoting economic development and protecting the environment.

Excellent Benefits Package:

Social Security, CalPERS, 457 Deferred Compensation Plans, Competitive Salaries, Certification Incentives, Health, Dental, Vision, & Life Insurance w/Agency-paid monthly contribution of $1,108 – $1,698 per month, Paid time off for holidays, vacation, bereavement and sick leave. Additional information is available on our website at:

Job Requirements:


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in business or public administration, chemistry, biology, civil, mechanical or chemical engineering or a related field, and at least six years of progressively responsible experience in operations of a wastewater or water treat­ment plant or relevant facility, including two years of supervisory responsibilities; or an equiva­lent combination of education, training and experience.


California State Water Resources Control Board Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T5 is required at hire or promotion.  

California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator D4 is required at hire or promotion.

A CA-NV AWWA/CWEA Advanced Water Treatment Operator Grade 3 (AWT3) or higher certification is highly desirable.

California State Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Plant Operator Grade V certification is highly desirable.

Annual certification for CPR, First Aid, HAZWOPER forklift and confined-space entry training and annual completion of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus face fit per OSHA requirements may be required.


APPLY ONLINE.  This recruitment is Open Until Filled. First Review of Applications scheduled for April 9, 2024. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. A complete job description, online Agency Employment Application, and Supplemental Questionnaire is available online at: (click on Job Openings).


An Equal Opportunity Employer 

To apply online NOW, CLICK HERE.

Recruiter Information:

Daniel Zerda