Zone 7 Water Agency has begun the process of searching for its next general manager with the goal of making a hire by March.
Current general manager Jill Duerig, who has held the position since February 2007, announced in October her plan to retire in early 2018.
Since then, the agency has contracted with Ralph Andersen & Associates for recruitment services at a cost just under $30,000.
The firm has set a deadline of Jan. 8 for interested candidates to apply for the job, with interviews to follow in February, according to a brochure posted to the Ralph Andersen & Associates website.
The final selection process will remain confidential "to ensure full participation of interested parties," an excerpt from the post reads.
"With the board's desire to select a well-rounded executive to lead the organization into the next decade or longer, this career opportunity is unmatched by many public entities," firm officials wrote. "The board seeks and encourages a broad field of highly qualified candidates for review."
The ideal candidate, the firm said, should be well-versed in California water issues and know how to effectively run a business that is also a municipal organization.
"This professional will be an exceptional listener, communicator, and an accomplished presenter with the ability to build strong relationships and engender trust among staff and the public," firm officials said. "The general manager will also be both diplomatic and decisive with focus on excellence in a public agency."
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with major coursework in engineering, business or public administration, legal or a related field, and at least 10 years of relevant professional experience with a minimum of five years of executive-level management experience. An advanced degree is preferred.
A public agency in eastern Alameda County, Zone 7 acts as a water wholesaler for water service providers in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon's Dougherty Valley as well as provides flood protection in the Livermore and Amador valleys.