Valley Water

Valley Water, CA

Chief Operating Officer, Watersheds

With headquarters in San José, California, Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and environmental stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s nearly 2 million residents. Valley Water effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 285 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and 294 miles of streams. Valley Water’s Watersheds business area is responsible for providing flood protection, maintenance, and environmental stewardship of five distinct watersheds in Santa Clara County. The Chief Operating Officer, Watersheds (COO) is responsible for all watershed activities, projects, programs, and personnel and serves as a key member of Valley Water’s executive leadership team. The ideal candidate has a track record of demonstrated leadership, proven accomplishments, and superior performance in a public agency, public utility, public works department, or a closely related organization with an emphasis on management of large complex flood protection programs, capital projects, and watershed environmental stewardship activities. Valley Water is seeking a confident leader and manager with strong interpersonal and staff relationship skills. Candidates must have training and experience including graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in business administration, civil engineering, or a closely related field. A minimum of eight (8) years of increasingly responsible administrative or managerial experience in a field related to the assignment and in the public sector, water, or related industry within the most recent ten years. Three (3) of the eight years must have been in a high-level administrative or managerial role, which included supervisory responsibility. Experience managing watersheds with an emphasis on “natural flood protection,” strong knowledge of urban flood control practices, and emergency management operations is highly desirable.

The salary range for the Chief Operating Officer, Watersheds is $306,300.80-$376,958.40 annually; placement within this range will be dependent upon qualifications. Valley Water also provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Ms. Valerie Phillips at (916) 784-9080.

Filing Deadline: June 14, 2023

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