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12 Oct 2020

Full-Time Executive Director

City of Sacramento Water Forum – Posted by Sacramento, California, United States

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Job Description

Executive Director
Water Forum
City of Sacramento
SALARY: $119,909 – $179,863
(salary is currently under review)

The City of Sacramento seeks an Executive Director for the Sacramento Water Forum (also known as the City-County Office of Metropolitan Water Planning), a plenary of 40 diverse groups, including business, agricultural, special interest or citizen groups, environmental NGOs, water suppliers, business interests, and local government agencies, all working together to balance two co-equal objectives:

  • provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and
  • preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River.

The Executive Director facilitates and implements the collective goals of the Water Forum Agreement, and manages these actions through the support and collaboration of its member agencies.  The Executive Director should be informed regarding California water law, water management, and water supply, and preferably have knowledge or experience in ecosystem restoration, fisheries management, and/or water resources engineering. In addition to technical knowledge, the ideal candidate will be a consensus builder, strategic thinker, and demonstrate excellent leadership skills to work effectively with Water Forum membership, City of Sacramento, and constituents within the communities we serve.  This candidate will also effectively communicate complex technical information to diverse audiences, genuinely listen, consider many voices and opinions, effectively manage conflict, and facilitate good-faith and interest-based negotiations. This is an exciting opportunity to champion a regional approach to water management and water-based ecosystem protection. If you love the challenge of bringing people together and making a larger impact in one of the most important resources that California has to offer its constituents – water – then this is the job for you.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public policy, water management, environmental science, or a related field, and
  • Ten years of increasingly responsible professional and administrative experience in the management of complex water or environmental issues.
  • Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


  • A science background in hydrology or a basic understanding of how water systems work.
  • Experience working with JPAs, Forums, or similar collaborative working agreements.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by November 6, 2020 at:  SECURE THE DATES:
  • Interviews will be held on December 3rd and 4th, 2020 (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)
Please contact your recruiter, Sam Buglewicz, with any questions:

Job Categories: Water. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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