Sacramento Suburban Water District

Operations Manager

Onsite - Sacramento, CA
$125K - $175K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/13/24

Operations Manager

Operations Department

Sacramento Suburban Water District

Sacramento, California

Annual Salary: $124,696 – $178,131 DOE/DOQ


The Sacramento Suburban Water District (District) is seeking an Operations Manager to oversee the organization’s proactive and exceptional Operations Department, with four direct reports, 36 total staff, and an approximate budget of $27.9 million. This position will oversee the District’s Corporation Yard and lead all functions of the Department, embodying the District’s commitment to excellence and innovation. They will oversee the following divisions: production, distribution, field operations, fleet and facilities, and safety and risk. The Operations Manager will serve as a mentor for staff, growing individuals in their careers and prioritizing performance evaluation and succession planning. Beyond foundational knowledge of water distribution and treatment, the ideal Operations Manager will have extensive experience leading teams, administering budgets, and managing the administrative functions of a large department. The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills and will confidently represent the District when interfacing with the public, neighboring agencies, and the District’s Board of Directors. Join a model public agency and ensure seamless operations at the Sacramento Suburban Water District – apply today!


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The Operations Manager will oversee four direct reports in their management of the Operations Department’s 37 total staff, as well as the approximately $27.9 million departmental budget. This position will manage the administrative functions of the department, while remaining accessible for crews and staff and leading by example. A major focus of this role is the active development and empowerment of staff members, ensuring a healthy workplace culture at the District’s Corporation Yard and providing succession planning for the Department. This Manager also works collaboratively as a member of the leadership team to plan and implement strategic goals for the District and will represent the Department in frequent in-person and written communication with the District’s Board of Directors.


In this strategic role, the Operations Manager will work across every level of the organization. Prior experience in groundwater production is ideal, as is familiarity with safety and risk practices, water quality, and environmental compliance. The ideal Manager will possess exemplary skills in written communication, able to effectively explain complex technical concepts with ease. The District is seeking a polished and influential professional for this role, who will be comfortable engaging with a variety of personalities and perspectives. The ideal candidate will have a flexible and curious mindset, and demonstrate enthusiasm for mentoring, motivating, and inspiring others. The Operations Manager will strive to learn, improve, and grow in their role, seeking to develop their abilities as a visionary leader.



Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Equivalent to an associate degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Science, Environmental Studies, or closely related field from an accredited college or university. An additional four (4) years of qualifying experience may be substituted for the associate degree with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Eight (8) years of broad and extensive experience performing maintenance, construction, repair, and operations work for a water district, wastewater treatment district, or other public agency, including five (5) years in a management or supervisory capacity.

Valid California Driver’s License: Issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and proof of good driving record as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents for at least two (2) years duration.

  • The driving record will not contribute to an increase in the organization’s automobile insurance rates.
  • Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Certifications: Possession and maintenance of a State of California Water Distribution Operator Certificate Grade D4 and Treatment Operator Certificate Grade T2. Incumbent must complete the designated number of contact hours (i.e., continuing education/training requirements) to maintain the required certifications as a condition of employment.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual salary of $124,696 – $178,131 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.


Flexible Schedule: Alternate or Partial Remote Work may be available.


HOW TO APPLY: This position will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates will be interviewed as they are identified. For consideration, apply ASAP at:



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