Saturday, August 13, 2022

Water Resources Manager, Zone 7

Recruitment #22-4980-02


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.



Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 260,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon. Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.

For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at


Under the direction of the General Manager or Assistant General Manager the Water Resources Manager, Zone 7 will plan, organize, direct, and review the activities and operations of Water Resources/Watersheds, including planning and programs for watershed stewardship, flood control, water supply, groundwater, water transmission, storage, and distribution facilities and related technical support activities such as information technology program; to coordinate assigned activities with other sections and outside agencies; and performs other related work as required.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Water Resources Manager, Zone 7 (#4980)


The ideal candidate will be an inclusive manager with outstanding communication skills who engages and seeks feedback from internal and external stakeholders, and employees.  The candidate will also foster a culture of respect, safety, accountability, and collaboration.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for this position will have track record of success if the following areas:

  • Leadership in water resource issues and a broad understanding of water issues at the state and local levels;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships involving water resources, the environment and land use issues;
  • Managing people, technology and other resources to achieve outcomes;
  • Identifying and understanding complex problems, make decisions, exercise good judgment, formulate action plans in a proactive and collaborative manner;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and in written form, with emphasis on a demonstrated capacity for active listening;
  • Exceptional organizations skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects; and
  • The capacity to maintain and foster a cohesive, interactive spirit and culture within the Agency.




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the class of Principal Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7, Groundwater Resources Manager, Zone 7, or equivalent or higher-level class in the Alameda County classified service.                                                                                                                                                



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Geology, Planning, Economics, Public Administrations, Environmental Science or a closely related field.                                                                        



The equivalent of five (5) years of full-time, senior management experience performing professional water resource planning functions, with at least two (2) years of supervisory experience.

License or Certificate:  

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Special Requirements

Must be willing and able to work in areas where there is exposure to chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards, and outdoors in all weather conditions.  May be required to respond to off-hour emergencies. 

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:  

  • Principles of flood control and water supply. 
  • Operations of water distribution systems. 
  • Principles and practices of environmental impact assessment and related regulatory processes. 
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations. 
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation.
  • Principles of supervision, personnel management, and administration. 

Ability to

  • Plan and direct the administration and operations of water resources planning and programs. 
  • Communicate effectively orally. 
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Communicate with interpersonal sensitivity. 
  • Plan and manage multiple projects.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures. 
  • Successfully develop, control, and administer budget and expenditures.
  • Interpret and apply Agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. 
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate personnel. 
  • Negotiate contracts and contract disputes.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. 

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline for Filing:                           5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications: by July 15, 2022
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for best qualified:  by July 28, 2022 
Oral Examination*: Week of August 8, 2022 
  Updated 6/22/2022 (eb)
*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.   Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address Link: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG  Phone: 510-272-6393


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Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.