The Westside Water Authority (WWA) is a newly formed Joint Powers Authority created to allow for a new management structure of four existing water districts. WWA is offering an outstanding opportunity for a high-profile professional position as the Executive Director. The Board has created this position to maximize the strength of its combined State Water Project (SWP) entitlements, to consolidate the management and operations of the four districts, and to influence decisions made at the State and federal level, including developing a significant presence in Sacramento. The new Executive Director will develop and lead a team to represent the WWA at SWP, the California Department of Water Resources, and other meetings in Sacramento; represent its members with Kern County Water Agency; and manage operations, Board meetings, and other meetings in the Bakersfield area. The WWA has 25 full-time employees. Ideally, this individual will have broad knowledge of California water issues, be well versed and able to engage with elected officials, regulators, and other stakeholders on policy issues that impact the WWA members. Requires 10 years of relevant professional management experience. A degree in business, engineering, agriculture, or law is preferred.
The annual salary for this position is highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and responsibilities similar to other agencies of comparable size and scope in the region. Additionally, WWA also offers a comprehensive benefits package.
The WWA office is located in Bakersfield, the preferred area for this position to be based; however, the Board will consider an option for an ideal candidate currently residing in the Sacramento area or other Valley location to maintain such residence while traveling to Bakersfield for Board and other meetings or functions.