DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (Director of Contracts and Procurement)

February 22, 2021
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Director of Contracts and Procurement
Valley Water
Annual Salary $222,518 - $284,648 DOE/DOQ

Valley Water is hiring a Director of Contracts and Procurement (Deputy Administrative Officer of the General Services Division) who will provide oversight and strategic leadership for Valley Water's procurement and contracts administration (including very large, highly complex multi-billion-dollar California capital improvement projects), warehouse services, vehicle & equipment management, facilities management, and business and customer support services for the agency. The ideal candidate will be customer-focused, solutions oriented, and possess a strong understanding of principles and practices of effective public sector procurement, contract management, and knowledge of facilities and fleet operations, and be a trust builder, engaged leader, collaborative partner, and excellent communicator. This position requires that the incoming candidate live within 150 miles of San Jose, California, to provide effective leadership and support to critical organizational services and effectively manage emergency incidents as the Chief Procurement Officer.

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The Director of Contracts and Procurement (Deputy Administrative Officer for General Services) reports to the Chief Operating Officer of Information Technology and Administrative Services. This is an at-will position overseeing an approximate budget of $40M, and 5 direct reports who oversee approximately 72 staff. The DAO will work closely with other Deputy Officers in Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources and other executives at Valley Water. This person will be the lead driver in coaching and developing staff (specifically work related to high dollar, complex California construction contracts and procurement), reviewing processes and procedures, and finding more efficient and effective ways to conduct business. This position will have to live within 150 miles of San Jose California and be available and accessible to assist with emergency management and command incident and procurement support as the Chief Procurement Officer. This is a highly demanding position that may regularly require people to work outside of typical working hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

The ideal candidate will be customer service and solution oriented -focused, possess a strong understanding of principles and practices of effective public sector procurement programs, contract management, and knowledge of facilities and fleet operations. This candidate will be technically proficient in complex, high-spend, construction contracts and procurement, preferably with construction projects in California. As a leader and producer and reviewer of vast communications the ideal candidate will be an excellent verbal and written communicator and be able to effectively communicate complex information to lay persons and be clear and concise. The Deputy will be accessible, responsive, engaging, efficient, and an inspirational leader who is a highly trustworthy procurement and contracts expert.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, civil engineering or a closely related field or a field specifically related to the work group assigned.
  • Six years of increasingly responsible administrative, managerial, or professional experience in a field related to the assignment and in the public sector, water, or related industry within the most recent ten years. Four of the six years must have included management and supervisory authority.
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Applications will be accepted until the needs of Valley Water are met; however, please apply by February 22, 2021 for first consideration at:


Remote interviews will be held March 22 and March 23, 2021 (selected candidates will need to be available both days).

Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:

  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) toll free
  • 541-664-0376 (direct)

Closing Date/Time: 2/22/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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