General Manager - Department of Water & Power

City of San Jacinto

Under administrative direction, the GM plans, directs, manages and oversees all City programs, activities and operations including strategic planning, development, construction, engineering and maintenance of the DPW. This includes the City’s domestic and irrigation water distribution, waste water treatment systems, street maintenance, and park landscape and lighting maintenance districts, as well as  the launching of a new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) that will provide an alternative electrical power source to City residents and businesses.   The GM also serves as a member of the City’s management team and performs related duties as required.


Ideal Candidate

  • Is an innovative, proactive, ethical, self-motivated, creative, adaptable, organized leader who is comfortable working in a dynamic and team-oriented environment.
  • Communicates in a proactive, approachable, and responsive nature with the ability to understand stakeholder interests and needs. 
  • Has knowledge of principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning assignment, review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Has knowledge of current and effective safe work principles and practices. 
  • Has an understanding of Department of Transportation alcohol and drug testing standards and safe work practices.
  • Has knowledge of basic principles and practices of budget development, administration and accountability.
  • Possesses knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, cost estimating, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of municipal facilities, buildings and structures.
  • Has knowledge of principles and practices of City administration and departmental functions.
  • Has knowledge of methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of DPW, street maintenance, and park landscape and lighting projects.
  • Is proficient in contract management practices in a public agency setting.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding of applicable state, federal, and local laws, codes, regulations, and procedures, including Subdivision Map Act and subdivision agreements and conveyances, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.
  • Possesses knowledge of principles and concepts of water pollution control; principles and practices of state environmental provisions related to water, waste water, power, street maintenance and park landscape and lighting programs.
  • Possesses knowledge of GIS principles and practices.
  • Is proficient in the practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Has a thorough understanding of recent and ongoing developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of the assigned functional area.
  • Is accomplished in English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.  Able to use speech to communicate in person, or recording, before groups and over the telephone.
  • Is in possession of techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
  • Adept in the application of techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.


  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering from an accredited, four-year university, or equivalent.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible administrative or staff experience in a private or public organization with at least five (5) years of experience in a high-level administrative or executive capacity involving responsibility for  planning, organizing, directing, and financing a varied work program. 


  • Experience involved in water and wastewater systems and technologies.
  • Master’s degree
  • Possess and maintain current, a Professional Engineer License issued by the State of California.


The starting salary will be commensurate with the experience, qualifications and skills of the successful candidate and within the range of $106,061 - $135,500 annually.

The City of San Jacinto also offers a competitive benefits package, including California Public Employees Retirement System pension, fully-paid medical, dental, and vision for both the employee and qualified dependents, a generous health reimbursement account, life insurance, disability, AD&D, tuition reimbursement and continuing education. 


Founded in 1870, and incorporated on April 9, 1888, San Jacinto is one of the County's oldest communities with roots that stretch back to the earliest days of California.  The current population is just under 48,000 in San Jacinto’s 26 square miles, with an average population age of 31.6 years old.  

San Jacinto is experiencing a revitalization in a variety of development projects, road and drainage improvements, and is growing at its fastest pace in well over 10 years. 

The City is nearing the completion of a long awaited Downtown Specific Plan that it hopes will reinvigorate and revitalize its San Jacinto Main Street.

Additionally, the community is excited about the new economic growth inside the City - spurred by the development of the new 480,000 square foot Soboba Casino Resort, new retail establishments (Aldi Grocery, Starbucks Drive Thru, Wienerschnitzel Restaurant and Sonic Drive In, among others to come) and over 200 new homes permitted this calendar year.

Special Instructions

The deadline to apply is May 6, 2018 before 11:30 PM PST.

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

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and a focused resume detailing their recent (within the past 10 years) experience and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with their application.  When describing projects and programs managed, please include the name of each employer, job title, size of project or program budget, number and composition of personnel supervised, scope of management responsibilities, functions managed, and dates of employment. 

Each candidate’s background will be evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of application, and qualified candidates will participate in a preliminary phone interview.  Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a panel interview process, tentatively scheduled in mid May 2018.   Only the names of the most-qualified candidates who pass the panel interview process will be submitted to the City for consideration for final selection.