HR Manager

Agency South Coast Water District



SCWD HR Manager Brochure 

The Opportunity

Do you have the passion to make a tangible difference in creating a Premier Water District unsurpassed in customer service, reliability, environmental stewardship and organization excellence?
Are you a results-oriented self-starter?
Do you have the right stuff to enable a high performance organization?
Are Leadership, Accountability, Integrity, Customer Service, and Teamwork more than just words to you?

South Coast Water District is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time, executive level, non-merit system, employment contracted position of Human Resources Manager. This hands-on position reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for the full spectrum of Human Resources programs. The incumbent creates and manages Employee and Leadership Development programs, Employee Engagement, manages and champions the Performance Management System grounded in SMART goals for every employee, proactively engages with employees, and positively impacts progress toward creating a high performance culture, among many others.

The role requires a high level of attention to detail. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing specific and varied goals and objectives, and for furthering District goals and objectives. This position supervises the Human Resources Technician.

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves, make positive things happen, and create the future Human Resources Manager position.

The incumbent ensures that her/his activities are aligned with and support South Coast Water District’s policies, mission, vision, core values, core strategies, and annual action items as well as performance measures.

The incumbent plans, oversees, coordinates, and carries out difficult and complex professional and technical duties of the District’s Human Resources Office, including personnel record-keeping, recruitment and testing, classification and compensation, benefits administration, coordination of staff training, third party provider contract administration, employee insurance procurement, and the administration of workers’ compensation insurance; assigns, oversees, and evaluates the work of staff assigned to the Human Resources function; provides highly complex, confidential, and responsible support to the General Manager and other District management staff in areas of expertise; fosters cooperative working relationships among all departments/offices and with outside and regulatory agencies; and performs related work as required or assigned.

The District

The District was formed in 1932 to provide water service to a mostly unincorporated and relatively undeveloped area along the south Orange County coast. Today, the District serves 35,000 full-time residents, 1,000 businesses, and more than 2 million visitors per year with potable water, recycled water for irrigation, and sanitary sewer service. The District’s service area includes most of the City of Dana Point, South Laguna, from Three Arch Bay to Nyes Place, areas of northern San Clemente, and areas of northern San Juan Capistrano. The District provides services to a 2,500-boat marina, a major state park, and three 5-star resorts and several upscale hotels.

The District’s mission: “We are entrusted by our community to provide water resources essential for sustaining life”. A five-member elected Board of Directors oversees policy-making, financial stewardship, rate-setting, capital programs, and long-term planning. The District’s top priorities include: executing the Tunnel Stabilization and Pipeline Replacement Project; planning and constructing a Desalination Facility; executing a five-year Capital Improvement Program; participating and partnering in regional initiatives; and, implementing Leadership Development.

Experience & Qualifications

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in human resources management or a closely related field.
Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience involving development and administration of the full spectrum of human resource programs and/ or benefits administration in the public sector utilizing a merit-based personnel system.
Significant experience as a Human Resources Manager within the public sector utility/public works industry preferred.
License or Certificate:

Valid California class C driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.
Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range is $90,000 to $150,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
The South Coast Water District offers a generous benefits package:
Work Schedule: 4/10’s Monday-Thursday
Retirement Program: 2% at 55 plan or 2% at 62 plan, depending on member’s CalPERS status at time of enrollment.
Health, Dental and Vision Insurances: The District provides a comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance program for the employee and eligible dependents.
Life Insurance: The District provides fully paid term life insurance in the amount of two times annual salary up to maximum of $250,000.
Long-term and Short-Term Disability Insurances: The District provides paid disability insurances.
Vacation – Accrual starts at 80 hours per year and increases based on years of service up to a maximum of 160 hours per year.
Holidays – 7 holidays plus 3 floating days.
Sick – 96 hours/year
Deferred Compensation: The District provides a matching contribution up to $1600 per year.

Important Application Information

To apply for this opportunity, please visit Koff & Associates’ website at to download an application. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and application by email to You can also mail the application to Koff & Associates, 2835 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.

The deadline to apply is July 5, 2016.

The South Coast Water District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

Koff & Associates