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JOB TITLE: Utilities General Manager

AGENCY: City of Riverside

LOCATION: Riverside, CA 

FILING DEADLINE:  July 22, 2024

SALARY RANGE:  $220,320 – $316,740, performance-based merit range $316,740 – $364,248



The Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) General Manager reports to the Assistant City Manager while providing oversight, leadership, and review of the overall operations of the electric and water utilities for the City, and directing a professional, technical, and clerical staff of over 600 employees.


Other duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alignment of RPU functions, programs, and activities, in coordination with all pertinent City departments, with the City of Riverside’s Envision Riverside Strategic Plan priority areas including Sustainability and Resiliency, Innovation, Fiscal Responsibility, Equity and Community Trust
  • Ensure ongoing and effective communication flow with the City Manager, RPU Board, and City Council on what is being considered, taking place, and the status of initiatives and projects within the Utility.
  • Provide leadership and management in the development and implementation of RPU strategies, policies, and programs in the areas of (1) the supply, distribution, quality, conservation, and management of surface water and groundwater, (2) the generation, supply, distribution, and transmission of electric power and electric industry deregulation and competition, and (3) employee development and training.
  • Be a representative and spokesperson of the City with elected policymakers and local, State, and Federal agencies to protect and enhance the Utility’s interests as they relate to water, electric power, and other relevant issues.
  • Continually be on top of issues that affect the Utility, including current and potential future trends in California water and environmental issues, the electric utility industry, and innovative business practices.
  • Provide leadership within key stakeholder groups on electric utility issues that affect the City and public power within California.
  • Act as a mentor and coach to the management team to develop the future leaders of the Utility. 
  • Continue to build and foster positive public engagement.



The ideal candidate will be an inclusive, creative, and thoughtful leader with a skill set of creating a solid culture of employee empowerment and high performance. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to build and foster strong working relationships with elected officials, leadership, staff, community, and business partners. The selected candidate will have a track record of success in the water and/or energy industries, integration of sustainability and resilience policies and actions, be comfortable working in an active labor environment, and demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and guide an organization that embraces best practices and advanced technology to achieve RPU’s goals. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for public service and pursuing professional success and efficiencies in alignment with the mission and vision of the City of Riverside.


Key Attributes and Competencies

  • The ability and willingness to engage with staff and encourage ideas and recommendations, giving voice to all employees.
  • A forward-thinking, inclusive team-builder and accessible communicator.
  • A calming, compassionate influence and approachable, dynamic manager of staff.
  • Ability to grow relationships with universities and colleges to develop internships, apprenticeships and career pathways.
  • Promotes training and developmental opportunities for team aimed at a high performing workforce, retention and building a culture of excellence 
  • A charismatic, creative, and innovative professional who demonstrates confidence and high integrity.
  • An active listener, calm under pressure, possessing a positive attitude.
  • Strong technical skills in this highly regulated setting, ensuring that all water and energy delivery assets are in compliance with licenses and regulations including best practices in utility cyber security, WECC, NERC, and FERC requirements.
  • Promotes project completion and achievement in a setting that is safe for employees and prevents damage to property and the surrounding environment.
  • Principles and practices of electric and water utility operations, management, and organization.
  • Utility economics and financing. 
  • Principles and practices of electrical and civil engineering.
  • Methods, materials, techniques, and equipment used in the construction, operation, and maintenance of an electric and water utility.
  • Applicable regulatory codes and laws related to the development, construction, and operation of an electric and water utility.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding electric and water utility engineering and operation.
  • Principles and practices of modern office management.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management.
  • Plan, organize, staff, and direct a large and diversified organization in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility and to schedule and program work on a long-term basis.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Understand and negotiate complex technical agreements with other agencies.
  • Formulate and present policy recommendations. 
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical subordinates.



Riverside is a leading Southern California city offering a blend of hometown charm, history, and hospitality combined with vision, energy, culture, and diversity. With a population exceeding 318,000 residents, Riverside proudly holds the title of the 12th largest city in California and the 6th largest in Southern California, serving as the economic powerhouse of one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Riverside boasts an exceptional quality of life and sense of place making it a desirable place to live. Riverside’s warm climate, including 281 days of sunshine annually, makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Spanning 82-square miles, Riverside offers stunning mountain vistas, iconic natural forms - the wild Santa Ana River, Mount Rubidoux and Sycamore Canyon – along with award winning schools, top ranked universities and college, stunning architecture, and a dynamic art scene, creating an inviting tapestry for residents and visitors alike.


Riverside Public Utilities

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is a publicly-owned water and electric utility that has been providing efficient, reliable services throughout the City of Riverside since 1895, serving over 318,000 residents with high-quality water and electric services. The RPU is governed by a board of nine community volunteers and the City Council of Riverside. Riverside Public Utilities has been recognized for excellence in communications for its “All Day Every Day” campaign, produced by Office of Communications, which highlighted ways in which RPU employees work around the clock to ensure Riverside residents and business owners have access to water and power. RPU has a budget of over $700 million, robust capital improvement program and recently approved 5-year rate plans for both water and electric. 


To learn more about the City of Riverside, go to: https://riversideca.gov/ 


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at: https://koffassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Rev7-Riverside-Utilities-GM.pdf


To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: https://koffassociates.com/riverside-utilities-gm/. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held.


For more information, contact:

Frank Rojas

(510) 495-0448


Website: https://koffassociates.com/