City of La Verne - Public Works Department

Utilities Manager

Onsite - La Verne, CA
$100K - $150K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/30/24


$116,217.00 – $141,262.00 Annually

The City of La Verne is seeking a dedicated water/utility management professional to join our dynamic Public WorksThis position enjoys a 4 day, 36 hour work week, Monday – Thursday (every Friday off)  


The Utilities Manager directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the water and sewer utility divisions within the Public Works Department including the production, treatment, and distribution of water, meter reading, sewer system operations and maintenance. This position coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative and technical support to the Director of Public Works. Administrative direction is provided by the Public Works Director.

Responsibilities of the Utilities Manager include direct and indirect supervision of water and sewer division personnel as well as oversight of operational and CIP contractors and consultants. This position may also assume the duties of the Director of Public Works during an absence of the Director. 


The ideal candidate for the Utilities Manager position should be detail-oriented, with excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively. Beyond foundational knowledge of water distribution and treatment and sewer conveyance, the ideal Utilities Manager will have extensive experience leading teams, administering budgets, and managing the administrative functions of a complex Division. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Teams is essential, as well as good communication skills to facilitate smooth interactions with management, city officials, various agencies and departments. Dependability and adaptability are also key traits, as the role may require frequent shifts in direction and priorities. A commitment to professionalism and a focus on the details of work will contribute to success in this position.

Examples of Duties

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the water and sewer divisions including operation and maintenance of the water production and distribution systems, meter reading; ensure adequate water supply for the City. 
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures. 
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels. 
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for operations and maintenance staff; assign work activities, projects and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems. 
  • Oversee the daily operations of meter reading services. 
  • Review plans for development and capital improvement projects; evaluate the location of water tanks, fire hydrants and water meters. 
  • Attend preconstruction meetings to discuss technical issues and ensure city standards are enforced; coordinate with public works and associated inspectors to review construction projects daily.
  • Develop bid specifications for projects and the purchase of equipment. 
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate operations and maintenance personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures. 
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the divisions’ annual budgets; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments. 
  • Develops and negotiates contracts and agreements with outside agencies relative to water and/or wastewater resources and compliance. 
  • Serve as the liaison for the water and sewer divisions with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues. 
  • Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. 
  • Provide responsible staff assistance to the Director of Public Works. 
  • Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; recommend modifications to water and sewer division programs, policies and procedures as appropriate. 
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of water distribution system operations; maintenance and development. 
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Perform related duties as required.  

Experience and Education

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


Five years of increasingly responsible water system operation, maintenance and development experience including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. 


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, public administration or a related field.

License or Certification

Possession of, and ability to maintain: 

  • A valid California State Class C driver’s license. 
  • Certification as a California Department of Health Services Grade 4 Water Distribution Operator.
  • Certification as a California Department of Health Services Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator. 

NOTE: First review and qualifying of applications will take place on July 16, 2024.

Recruiter Information:

Katovia Reeves