Executive Officer

California Water Commission

Sacramento, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Job Description and Duties:  Serves as the primary liaison to the nine-member Commission, representing the Commission on statewide issues, directing Commission staff and work activities, and ensuring the success of the Commission in fulfilling its mission.  Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of the full range of Commission policies, procedures and functions.  Oversees the research and analysis of issues affecting the Commission.  Develops annual and monthly work plans for Commission activities.  Examines issues and developments in water policy; makes recommendations to the Commission for their consideration.  Implements all actions and decisions of the Commission.  Oversees all activities related to Proposition 1 implementation, including allocation of $2.7 billion in funding.  Meets and confers with stakeholders, professional associations, top-level management of state, federal and local governmental agencies to identify and resolve issues relating to Commission activities.  Manages the Commission’s resources, including staffing, development of program budgets, tracking appropriations and expenditures, and maintaining Commission records.  Makes speeches and presentations on behalf of the Commission.

Special Requirements:  This position is covered in the Political Reform Act and requires financial disclosure within 30 days of the first and last day physically worked in a covered position and annually by April 1st.
Application Instructions:  Completed State Applications (STD 678, Rev. 10/2013) and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.
Final Filing Date:  Until Filled
Who May Apply:  Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.  Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.
How to Apply:  Completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678, Rev 10/2013) and applicable or required documents much be submitted to apply for this Job Posting.  A completed copy of the Application Packet listing must be included, when submitting your application in hard copy.

Address for Mailing Application Packages:
You may mail your application and any applicable or required documents to:

            Department of Water Resources
            Attn: Certification Desk
            P. O. Box 942836
            Sacramento, CA  94236-0001

Address for Drop-off Application Packages:
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

            Certification Desk
            1416 Ninth Street, Room 320
            Sacramento, CA  95814
            08:00 AM – 04:30 PM

Required Application Documents:

Please submit the following items with your application.  Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678/Rev 10/2013.  All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Qualifications – The SOQ is a separate typed document in Arial 12 pt. font (1 page maximum) which addresses the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, and education as it relates to the qualifications listed in the Position Description.
  • Resume is required and must be included.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview.  The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview.  Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications
In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Must be a highly competent and experienced professional with a demonstrated track record of successful managerial and policy accomplishments and will be expected to work well in a dynamic and highly charged environment, possess a high level of integrity, and be inclusive, transparent, and engaging.  A Bachelor’s degree is expected and a Master’s degree in public policy, administration, political science, engineering or the environmental sciences is preferred.  In addition, the individual must also possess the following knowledge, characteristics, and competencies:
    1. Administrative experience including, but not limited to the ability to prepare, understand and work with a government budget, develop regulations, rulemaking, policy development, execution, and evaluation of major programs, policies, and staff development; and experience working with and/or in taking direction from a commission, board or committee.
    2. Knowledge of water policy issues, opportunities, and challenges facing California; and demonstrated ability to work within an organizational or governmental structure.
    3. A consultative approach to problem solving and the ability to facilitate coalition building.
    4. A high level of initiative, dependability, tact, sound judgement, and adaptability.
    5. High ethical standards and a person of exceptional character who naturally earns the confidence and trust of others.
    6. Excellent communication skills, outgoing and able to work effectively with diverse groups of people.

Contact Information
The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  • Hiring Unit Contact

            Victoria Whipkey
            (916) 654-1777
            [email protected]

  • Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled.  You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department’s EEO Office.

            EEO Contact:
            Office of Workforce Equality
            (916) 653-6952
            [email protected]

  • California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information
The Executive Officer, California Water Commission is subject to appointment by the members of the Commission and is an exempt position.