Marin Municipal Water District

Operations Director (19945264)

Vac #2209 First Consideration December 16, 2019
Northern Bay Area
Until filled
$15,620.00-$18,989.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


220 Nellen Avenue Corte Madera, 94925


This is an opportunity for an exceptional strategic thinker to lead work units responsible for the critical operations related to providing clean safe drinking water and water for life safety for customers and visitors of  Central and Southern Marin County.

The Marin Municipal Water District is recruiting for an Operations Director to serve as a senior leader fostering innovation through effective leadership, administrative oversight and policy direction, with a strong focus on regulatory compliance, for the various units within the newly established Operations Department. Under the direction of the General Manager, provides targeted focus on the operational business side of the organization. The Operations Department is comprised of staff engaged in the operations, maintenance and delivery of safe and potable water through water supply, treatment, storage, distribution, maintenance and water quality activities including backflow prevention, laboratory services and regulatory compliance. 

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with a strong background in water utility operations and a proven ability to resolve largescale complex problems, foster continuous improvement to advance organizations by staying abreast of and applying industry best practices and effectively leading teams of professionals providing critical services to the community in a highly regulated environment. 

The District: The District is a medium-sized, municipal, water agency with a Board of Directors/General Manager form of government, 240 full-time employees and a $112,000,000 combined annual operating and capital budget for FY 2019.  Annually, the District delivers water to 190,000 residents and businesses in the central and southern portions of Marin County and has stewardship responsibilities for 21,000 acres of pristine watershed lands on Mt. Tamalpais.  


Ideal Candidate


In addition to the skills and attributes mentioned above, the ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  •  Graduation from college with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a with major emphasis in Life Sciences, business or engineering; Ten years of increasingly responsible business/utility or water operations and/or maintenance experience, at least five of which must have included significant experience in managing and administering operations at a management  level in a public or private organization, preferably a utility.


  •  Completion of the twelfth grade or its equivalent; and fifteen years of increasing responsible business/utility or water operations and/or maintenance experience, at least five of which must have included significant experience in managing and administering operations at a management  level in a public or private organization, preferably a water utility.






The following provides a brief description of the Marin Municipal Water District’s (MMWD) benefit package for Senior Management employees. Please refer to individual contracts or policies for details.


Full-time regular employees earn vacation with pay at the following bi-weekly rates for each complete year of service with MMWD:

            For the first fifteen (15) years of service      6.16 hours/pay period

            Sixteen (16) years of service                       6.47 hours/pay period  

            Seventeen (17) years of service                  6.77 hours/pay period

            Eighteen (18) years of service                     7.08 hours/pay period  

            Nineteen (19) years of service                     7.39 hours/pay period  

            For Twenty (20) or more years of service   7.70 hours/pay period  

Vacation may be used by an employee, only after completion of six (6) months’ service.


MMWD grants 11 paid, set holidays each year; 1 or 2 paid floating holidays are granted dependent on hire date.


Employees accrue 15 days per year and may accumulate paid sick leave with no limit, to be used for illness or other approved absences. A lump sum payout equal to 75% of the number of hours for unused sick leave (to a maximum payout of 750 hours) will be paid upon retirement. Annual incentive buy-back plan is available.



Each management category employee will be entitled to five (5) days of administrative leave.


MMWD contracts with CalPERS health care which makes available a variety of medical plans. The premium contribution of MMWD, for an employee only or an employee plus one dependent shall be set at the rate of the plan that falls in the middle of the list of available plans. Coverage for additional dependents may be purchased by payroll deduction.


Dental insurance is available to employees and their families after three months of service through the Delta Dental Plan of California. MMWD pays the premium for the employee and dependents. Delta Dental Plan will pay 100% of the dentist’s usual, customary, and reasonable fees for services covered per the contract, to a maximum of $2,000 per eligible enrolled person per calendar year. Orthodontia coverage is provided for eligible dependent children, up to a lifetime maximum of $2,500.



Coverage, at 1-1/2 times the annual salary up to $150,000, is provided at District expense.



After completion of one month of employment, MMWD pays the premium for long term disability insurance for each full time, permanent employee. The insurance provides payment of up to 60% of salary to a maximum of $8,000 per month for an employee who is disabled and cannot perform in his/her regular job functions. There is an eligibility waiting period of three months.


MMWD is a member of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). The program is mandatory for all full-time employees.

For new employees hired after January 1, 2013, 2.0%@62. The employee’s contribution rate is 5.75% (6.25% effective July 1, 2020) of salary. For employees hired before January 1, 2013 the retirement formula is 2.7%@55. The employee’s contribution rate is 8%.  Employees hired after January 1, 2013 who are already members of CalPERS and who have had less than a 6 month break in service may be eligible for the 2.7%@55 formula. Actual CalPERS formula and eligibility requirements are contingent upon CalPERS regulations and conditions.



All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(b) deferred compensation plan pursuant to the “Deferred Compensation Plan” approved by the District Board of Directors on May 22, 1985 consistent with current IRS regulations and requirements.

SOCIAL SECURITY                         

Deductions are made for Social Security each pay period in accordance   

with Federal law.


To provide temporary disability income to an employee in the event of an on-the-job illness or injury, employees are covered under the provisions of MMWD’s Workers’ Compensation policy.

VISION CARE PLAN                       

This plan provides eligible full-time employees reimbursement of vision care expenses not covered by the health plan. Reimbursable expenses are up to $200 for glasses and frames, lenses and contact lenses, or other necessary vision care expenses per calendar year. The employee may carry over any remaining monies for one year for an accumulated total of up to $400 to be used over a two year period. In the third year, the reimbursable amount returns to $200.


Managers may use the $2,500 annual allowance for education and training, to offset the cost of his/her medical coverage, to offset the cost of personal medical (non-cosmetic) procedures not covered by the employee’s insurance, to apply to a computer purchase, or place part or all of these funds into a deferred compensation plan.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position you must submit a completed application, the supplemental questionnaire, a cover letter and a resume.


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