Sonoma Water Operations Manager

County of Sonoma
County of Sonoma

Sonoma Water Operations Manager
$13,239 - $16,095/Monthly*

Join Sonoma Water as an Operations Manager
At the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), the Operations Manager oversees the continuous operation of water and wastewater systems to ensure continuity of these services. The Operations Manager works to advance Sonoma Water's strategic priorities by effectively allocating resources and managing budgets. This position works closely with Sonoma Water's Maintenance Manager to assess and prioritize projects and advocate for the needs of both the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) sections. The Operations Manager regularly consults with and informs the O&M Assistant General Manager and Sonoma Water's executive management team and represents the Operations section in meetings with internal and external stakeholders and the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Operations Manager position directly supervises a staff of five direct reports, who support the supervision and/or management of 54 allocated personnel.

What You Bring
The ideal candidate is dedicated to serving the community, brings significant experience in the water and/or wastewater industry, has excellent communication and organizational skills, and in-depth knowledge and familiarity with industry regulatory bodies and requirements. Additionally, they will possess:
  • Leadership experience in the water/wastewater industry
  • Knowledge of best practices for managing water and wastewater systems
  • The ability to effectively represent Sonoma Water with regulatory bodies
  • Professional speaking ability and presentation experience
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and negotiation skills
  • The ability to build and maintain productive and positive partnerships
  • Excellent judgement and political acumen


Working at Sonoma Water offers opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About Sonoma Water 
Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Please note: Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 2/16/22