General Manager – Exeter, Ivanhoe & Stone Corral Irrigation Districts
Salary competitive and open, with hiring DOQ. Exeter Irrigation District (EID) and Ivanhoe Irrigation District (IID) have shared a General Manager for many years. With the upcoming retirement of the General Manager from Stone Corral Irrigation District (SCID), the three districts have decided to enter into an agreement to have shared management, with each district maintaining its autonomy. This creates a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to manage three progressive districts within the heart of one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.
The three Boards share similar values, have a history of working cooperatively, and have very capable staff. EID and SCID each have five Board members, and IID has seven. In total, their current budget is $5.9 million with 15 staff, providing irrigation to about 30,000 acres of farmland in northern Tulare County. Each District has similar closed pipeline water distribution systems that deliver water from the Friant-Kern Canal exclusively to agricultural users. IID also gets water from the Kaweah River. The primary crop in all three districts is citrus.
Among the key challenges facing the General Manager will be identifying and acquiring additional sources of water; implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA); and strengthening relationships with growers, vendors, consultants and other public agencies and jurisdictions. Excellent interpersonal and management skills are critical, as is the ability to be forward-thinking, visionary and innovative. The General Manager is not expected to keep a set schedule of time spent with each District. Rather, the Boards would prefer that time be spent where and when it is needed for the three organizations to operate most effectively.
Desire the equivalent of a relevant bachelor’s degree; as well as substantial administrative and management experience, including personnel management, that has involved planning, organizing, implementing and supervising varied programs, preferably within a public agency. It is important to have an understanding of, or the ability to become familiar with, San Joaquin Valley regional water issues, including the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project (CVP), as well as the CVP as a whole, the State Water Project, and local water projects within the Kaweah River watershed. Also important is experience working for or with California public agencies. Must also have knowledge of public sector budgeting and water charges. Registration as a professional civil engineer in California would be a plus, as would experience with agricultural water, but neither are required.
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Apply by January 10, 2022 (email preferred) to: Valerie Roberts, Roberts Consulting Group, phone (424) 522-2251, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web www.robertsrcg.com. EEO/ADA