Job Posting: Executive Officer I, Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board

State Water Resources Control Board

Executive Officer I, Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board

$15,943.00 - $16,588.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/25/2024

Job Description and Duties






The Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board is looking for a dynamic individual to serve in the demanding position of Executive Officer. Based in Palm Desert, the Regional Water Board protects surface and groundwater, including the groundwater that provides crucial drinking water supplies for the region. The Board regulates industrial, commercial, municipal and agricultural dischargers. The Executive Officer is a key guardian of the State’s water resources.

Under administrative direction of up to seven board members appointed by the Governor, the Executive Officer supervises a dedicated staff of about 40 people, including engineers, geologists, and environmental scientists, and administrative support staff committed to protecting and enhancing surface and groundwater in Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial and San Diego counties. In addition to overseeing the work of the agency, the Executive Officer represents the Board in public forums and collaborates with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies related to water quality and environmental protection. The Executive Officer is an at-will employee of the Regional Water Board.

The Regional Water Board, along with the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, plays a critical role in the state’s health by protecting and improving the quality of the region’s waters. The Regional Water Board protects and restores inland surface waters and groundwater in the region, including those used for local drinking water, by:

  • Regulating industrial, commercial, municipal, agricultural, and other waste discharges,
  • Permitting recycled water projects,
  • Overseeing cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater, and
  • Developing, updating, and overseeing water quality plans, programs, and policies that address complex issues.

 These complex issues include among others:

  • Local water resiliency in the face of a hotter, drier future,
  • Protection of public health and local drinking water supplies, and
  • The imperative to address these issues in ways that address environmental injustices, advance racial equity, and promote environmental sustainability for all.

The position requires skilled and experienced leadership, a collaborative and inclusive work and management style, strategic planning and critical thinking skills, dedication to environmental protection and resilience, excellent communication skills, the ability to analyze and synthesize complex information, and a dedication to institutional and employee development.

The position is based in Palm Desert, California, and requires in-office attendance at least 4 days a week. Some teleworking will be permissible.  

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Executive Officer I, Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board
    $15,943.00 - $16,588.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Riverside County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine (9) Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) (collectively the Water Boards) work to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.

    The Water Boards value diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations. Join the Water Boards to improve the lives of all Californians.

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    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 7/25/2024

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
    Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    State Water Resources Control Board
    Attn: Human Resources Branch - Lucia Neri
    1001 I Street, 18th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    State Water Resources Control Board
    Human Resources Branch - Lucia Neri
    1001 I Street, 18th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Please see below for specific SOQ requirements.
    • Other - Cover letter is required and must be included (not to exceed one (1) page).
    • Other - Two (2) professional reference are required and must be included. 
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

    The Regional Water Board encourages applicants representing a wide range of backgrounds as set forth above to apply:

    • Demonstrated success in leadership, including an ability to define and inspire a vision and mission and think strategically to achieve long-term outcomes.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the environmental values and mission of the Regional Water Board.
    • Demonstrated management experience, including an ability to set clear goals that convey the intent and direction of the board, encourage innovation and initiative, and organize and motivate strong and diverse interdisciplinary teams.
    • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and promote partnerships with internal and external constituents, including the public, tribal governments, industry, media, elected officials, and governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations, including disadvantaged communities.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and fluency in a field of environmental protection, environmental justice, or public health; demonstrated knowledge and fluency in the policies, plans, legal authority, and organizational mission of the Regional Water Board.  
    • Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions and set clear performance expectations and metrics.
    • Demonstrated aptitude in negotiation and problem solving with stakeholders that hold diverse interests and perspectives.
    • Excellence in written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated skill in delivering presentations to boards, other government agencies, and the public and engaging in public discourse on complex policy issues.
    • Willingness and ability to travel within California on a regular basis and ability to lead within a hybrid workplace.

    A familiarity with the Colorado River Basin Region and/or knowledge of the priority water quality issues facing the Colorado River Basin Region is desirable, but not necessary. The successful candidate must be able to think and work creatively, demonstrate self-management and initiative, effectively deploy limited resources, work constructively with internal and external stakeholders, and be a strong advocate for water quality and for Equal Employment Opportunity.


    Water Board employees may be eligible for benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time employees, and some permanent, part-time employees. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements negotiated between the State of California and employee organizations that define wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment.

    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Lucia Neri
    (916) 324-5095
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Lucia Neri
    (916) 341-5095

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Shyla Hoffman
    (916) 341-5881
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is mandatory and must be submitted along with the State Application, cover letter, resume, and professional references. The SOQ serves as documentation of a candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ should be typed and no more than four pages in length, single-spaced, using Arial 12-point font and normal margins.

    The SOQ must respond to the "Desirable Qualifications" section and should provide a description of the applicant’s experience, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to each Desirable Qualifications factor. The applicant must provide specific examples for each Desirable Qualification factor, but redundant information is not necessary and may be cross-referenced.

    The Desirable Qualification factors enumerated above must be addressed in the same order as listed.

    NOTE: Applications received without the Statement of Qualifications will not be considered. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as responses to the Statement of Qualifications.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Experience: At least ten (10) years of broad, responsible, professional experience in one or more of the following: water quality program management; environmental sciences or management; civil/environmental engineering (wastewater, drinking water, groundwater, stormwater); hydrogeology; environmental, land use, or administrative law; public administration; public health; or related fields that provide similar experience.

    At least five (5) years of the required experience must include managerial or supervisory responsibilities for a professional staff involving the direction, preparation, and implementation of policies and programs in these fields.

    Education: Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Multiple or advanced degrees, and/or professional license, registration, or certification, in the areas of public policy or administration, water quality program management, environmental sciences or management, civil/environmental engineering (wastewater, drinking water, groundwater, stormwater), hydrogeology, environmental, land use, or administrative law, public health, or related fields are desirable.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail