Deputy Director – Water Resources – Environmental Services Department

City of San Jose

San Jose, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $148,563.74 - $239,832.32
Deadline Jul 03, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Salary Range: $148,563.74 - $239,832.32 Annually

Application Deadline: 7/3/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Deputy Director – Water Resources – Environmental Services Department

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San Jose. 

We offer an array of meaningful career paths and value flexibility – offering hybrid work and alternative work schedules in select roles. Additionally, the City offers excellent health and pension benefits, as well as 15 paid holidays! 

To learn more about ESD, follow @sjenvironment on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and San Jose Environmental Services on LinkedIn. 

The Division

The Water Resources Division (Division) is comprised of three sections: Municipal Water System (MWS), South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR), and Operations and Maintenance (O & M). The Division provides potable water service through the MWS to the communities of Evergreen, North San José/Alviso, Edenvale, and Coyote. The Division also provides recycled water service through the SBWR system to the cities of San José, Santa Clara, and Milpitas. In addition, the Division also leads water conservation efforts for the City of San José.

San José Municipal Water System

The San José Municipal Water System (MWS) is owned and operated by the City of San José. It is one of three drinking water suppliers in San José, along with privately-managed San José Water Company and Great Oaks Water Company. MWS has grown from a relatively small water utility to the second-largest water retailer in Santa Clara County. It consists of 350 miles of pipeline, 15 pump stations, 14 wells, and 18 reservoirs and serves a growing population of over 115,000 in a 33.3 square mile service area. The MWS has some of the lowest water rates in the San Francisco Bay Area and provides a safe and reliable water supply to customers.

South Bay Water Recycling

A section of ESD’s Water Resources Division, South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) is a recycled water wholesaler to four retailers: San José Water Company, San José Municipal Water, City of Santa Clara, and City of Milpitas. Customers buy recycled water from the retailer in their location. SBWR is the regional permit holder for recycled water in San José, Santa Clara and Milpitas, ensuring compliance with State regulations for recycled water quality and use and is a leader in recycled water in Northern California. SBWR’s recycled water system consists of over 150 miles of pipeline, five pump stations, and 10 million gallons of storage in reservoirs. SBWR delivers more than four billion gallons of recycled water per year to more than 960 commercial customers, an average of 11 million gallons a day.

Position Duties

The Deputy Director of Water Resources will play a pivotal role in overseeing the comprehensive operations of the Water Resources Division, consisting primarily of two water utilities:

  • San José Municipal Water System (MWS); a drinking water retailer
  • South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR); a recycled water wholesaler

The Municipal Water System serves several communities, providing potable water through an extensive network of pipelines, pump stations, wells, and reservoirs. With a focus on Evergreen, North San José/ Alviso, Edenvale, and Coyote, the MWS ensures the delivery of safe and reliable water to a growing population. The South Bay Water Recycling section acts as a regional permit holder, supplying recycled water to San José Water Company, San José Municipal Water, City of Santa Clara, and City of Milpitas, contributing over four billion gallons annually. The selected candidate will play a crucial role in overseeing and managing the city’s water resources, ensuring efficient operations, compliance with regulations, and sustainable water management practices. The Deputy Director will be responsible for strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and coordination between divisions to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. The role directly oversees 55 FTEs, with job duties that also include budget management, personnel matters, regulatory compliance and representation of the Water Resources Division in various interdepartmental, interagency, and community groups.


  • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with the Director of Environmental Services to develop and implement strategic plans for water resource management, addressing current and future needs of the city.
  • Operations Management: Oversee the day-to-day operations of the water resources division, including water treatment, distribution, regulatory compliance, and water management. Ensure systems are well-maintained and meet all public health and safety regulatory standards.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Stay informed about federal, state, and local water regulations. Ensure that the water resources division complies with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Budget Management: Work closely with the department staff to develop and manage the budget for the water resources division. Identify cost-saving opportunities and allocate resources effectively.
  • Infrastructure Development: Participate in the planning and execution of water infrastructure projects. Coordinate with engineering teams to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Community Engagement: Engage with the community to address concerns, provide information on water conservation, and promote public awareness of water issues. Collaborate with stakeholders to build positive relationships.
  • Emergency Response: Develop and implement emergency response plans for water-related crises. Coordinate with other city departments and agencies to ensure a swift and effective response.
  • Technology Integration: Stay abreast of technological advancements in water management and integrate relevant innovations to enhance efficiency and sustainability.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Administration, or a related field is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • The ideal candidate should possess a strong background in water resources management, with a minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in senior-level administrative and/or analytic work in a public or private agency. Experience managing a work unit equivalent to a major division within a City operating department is desirable.

Required Licensing (positions in this class may require one or more of the following):

  • Chief Water Operator on record with the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Level 5 Water Distribution Operator Certification
  • Level 1 Water Treatment Certification


  • Professional Engineer (PE) license is a plus

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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How to Apply

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST APPLY & SUBMIT YOUR JOB APPLICATION AT https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/human-resources/browse-city-jobs/executive-opportunities IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A CITY OF SAN JOSE JOB OPPORTUNITY.

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