Assistant Operations & Maintenance Manager

  • Maintenance/Construction
  • Mechanical/Utility
  • San Marcos

Website vallecitoswater Vallecitos Water District

Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection.  However, for the earliest consideration, candidates should submit their application materials online by July 14, 2023.  In-person interviews are planned for late July.

$131,809 – $176,637per year

$131,809 – $145,319 per year


Under general direction, manages the District’s facility and maintenance functions including vehicle maintenance, mechanical/electrical repairs and maintenance, facility and warehouse operations, and construction; formulates and implements operating policies and procedures within general administrative guidelines; develops department budget for assigned divisions; manages operations projects; acts in the absence of the Operations & Maintenance Manager; and performs related work as assigned.


This single position class reports to the Operations and Maintenance Manager and is respo­nsible for the development and management of functions related to the District’s mechanical/electrical repairs and maintenance, facilities and fleet maintenance, warehouse, construction, and operations projects.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal Assistant Operations & Maintenance Manager is experienced and effective in managing multiple departments, including delegation, staff development and coaching, budgeting, and reviews.  The successful candidate has prior experience in project management, involving selecting, scheduling, and managing construction or maintenance contractors through job completion.  This person is knowledgeable of safety practices and regulations that impact staff and job sites.  The Assistant O&M Manager must stay calm and make informed decisions under pressure.   The ideal candidate has experience in management at a water or wastewater agency.

The Assistant O&M Manager will act in the absence of the Operations & Maintenance Manager, including during a recruitment to replace the O&M Manager within 24 months.  To be successful in this position, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to step into that role and manage the full O&M department.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of supervision, training, and management;
  • Maintenance, construction, and facilities for public utilities related to water and wastewater facilities, including building maintenance;
  • Principles and practices of construction project management; contract review and coordination;
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws;
  • Computers and computer software, including Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS);
  • Principles of maintenance and repair of automotive and construction equipment;
  • Work safety standards and requirements.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, manage, and administer functions of assigned departments, including staff supervision;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and others contacted in the course of work;
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Perform comprehensive administrative reviews of work activities, costs, staffing requirements, equipment uses, and time requirements;
  • Independently make and implement decisions under strict deadlines or pressure; coordinate responses during emergency events;
  • Effectively represent the District with the public, contractors, and other organizations;
  • Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, and reach sound conclusions.

Education & Experience

Any combination of education or experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: high school graduation or equivalent, and; four years’ experience in project management or oversight of construction/maintenance jobs with a public utility, including two years’ experience in a supervisory or management role. Experience in a water or wastewater industry is preferred.  Education or training in public administration, engineering, water or wastewater technology, or related field is required, and a Bachelor’s degree desired.

Licenses, Certificates, and Special Requirements

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class C California driver’s license, and a satisfactory driving record;
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within 12 months of date of appointment, required certifications to function as Incident Manager during emergency events;
  • No others required but relevant licenses or certifications will be considered.

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