Utilities Director – Solvang, CA

Client: City of Solvang, California
Position: Utilities Director
Closing Date: Apply Immediately;
Salary Range Increase

Additional Information: 

 

The City of Solvang, located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, is conducting a search for an accomplished professional to serve as its next Utilities Director. The Director will have experience managing utilities for a municipality, county, or a municipal district. The Utilities Department is composed of the following divisions: Water, Wastewater, Sewer Collection, and Water Treatment, which encompass a total staff of 11 full-time employees. Reporting to the City Manager the Utilities Director is responsible for planning and monitoring all daily operations, maintenance, repair, and construction of the pipeline system and structures and has responsibility for the overall management of the water system, the Wastewater system and development, implementation, and interpretation of public policy. The ideal candidate for this position will have significant experience in a public (preferred) or private sector organization with outstanding leadership, mentoring, and team building skills. The Utilities Director will also be forward-thinking and have a vision for the development of strategies that will continue to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department. The top choice for this position will have personal integrity and a commitment to assist in leading and managing a first-class organization.

A Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, water technology, engineering, or a related field is required plus five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation of domestic water supply, treatment, and distribution facilities including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Direct working experience in at least one of the two major areas of responsibility; water or wastewater is required.

The annual salary for this position has increased to $143,976 to $174,990 with an additional 4% increase on July 1, 2024. The City also offers a comprehensive benefits package including CalPERS retirement.

Candidates should apply immediately, by emailing a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and five professional references to apply@ralphandersen.com. Electronic submittals are preferred. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900.