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Director of Administrative Services

Director of Administrative Services

Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Citrus Heights, CA, USA

Citrus Heights Water District

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Director of Administrative Services

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The Citrus Heights Water District (CHWD) offers a distinctive career opportunity to public sector leaders who thrive in an environment that achieves results by developing people, improving processes, and delivering important quality of life projects to District customers. The next Director of Administrative Services will play a key role in District operations by providing effective leadership for CHWD’s internal operations, including expert financial oversight, and working closely with the District’s leadership team to implement Strategic Planning goals and objectives and other key District initiatives. This opportunity comes at a time of exciting growth for the District and the next Director of Administrative Services will enjoy being part of a very entrepreneurial leadership team focused on delivering the best possible service to its customers.


The Citrus Heights Water District was founded in 1920, operating under the State of California Water Code.  CHWD provides drinking water to an estimated service area population of 70,000 customers through more than 20,000 water service connections. CHWD’s service area is 12.8 square miles, including portions of Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, Roseville and unincorporated Placer County in the Greater Sacramento Region.  CHWD has 38 full-time dedicated employees to operate and maintain its water system, ensuring high-quality and reliable water, while providing great customer service.

The 2023 CHWD annual operating budget is approximately $16 million, and its 2023 Capital Improvement Budget is $8.23 million.


The Director of Administrative Services for the Citrus Heights Water District serves as a key member of the District’s executive leadership team, serving as one of three department heads reporting to the General Manager.

The Director is responsible for supervising staff and consulting resources, and for planning, organizing, directing and reviewing the activities and operations of the Administrative Services Department, which includes customer service, finance, treasury/investment of District funds, Human Resources, Risk Management, Board Clerk, Information Technology and Communications/Public Engagement. In addition, the Director of Administrative Services coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, along with providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager.  Some essential duties of this position include directing, overseeing and participating in the development of CHWD’s overall and the department’s work plans; serving as the District Treasurer and managing the District treasury; coordinating the development and implementation of CHWD’s Annual Strategic Planning Update; and developing, managing, implementing, and evaluating the District’s human resources program.

The ideal candidate for the position of Director of Administrative Services will have a strong background in public finance management and budget development, demonstrated experience in organizational leadership, the ability to analyze workloads across staff and address issues proactively, and a keen focus on strategic planning along with a creative mindset.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, public administration or a related field.  A Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: Eight years of increasingly responsible experience in finance and/or local government internal operations; including three years of administrative and management responsibility.


The salary range for the Director of Administrative Services is up to $193,127, depending on qualifications. In addition, subject to Board direction/approval, District salaries are reviewed annually for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). Retirement is provided through CalPERS. Classic CalPERS members are eligible for 2% @ 55 formula, while PEPRA members are 2% @ 62. Employee pays the employee portion. Optional enrollment in a pre-tax payroll-deducted 457 plan is available and the District offers a 3% employer match, based on annual limits as established by the IRS.

The District also offers a competitive and attractive executive benefits package that includes an innovative Pay for Performance system which is in conjunction with the annual employee performance evaluation. Based on an employee’s performance rating, both merit adjustments and one-time rewards and recognition amounts may be awarded. A .pdf summary of the program can be viewed by clicking on the CHWD - Pay for Performance link on this page. 

The District also provides medical, dental and vision insurance, observes a 4/40 work schedule, offers generous leave benefits and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, and a District vehicle. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional benefit information.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure and apply below. 

Apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

The Citrus Heights Water District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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