Manager of Recruitment & Classification

East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Human Resources Department, part of the Administration Department, is seeking a highly-qualified individual with exceptional managerial, communication and interpersonal skills.

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Manager of Recruitment and Classification, is responsible for supervising a staff of 14, a $2.8 million budget, and overall administration of EBMUD’s centralized recruitment, selection, certification, classification, compensation, and staffing programs.

Key challenges include: meeting increased service demands due to increased retirements and internal promotions; strategic planning to address workforce planning initiatives including assessment of classification and staffing options and identification of employees for development programs; planning and implementation of new online information management and security system; preparation for and participation in Union negotiations for successor MOUs and salary surveys; potential changes to EBMUD’s recruitment and promotion practices pursuant to a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic plan and Racial Equity and Justice Program; and continuous analysis of recruitment and selection outcomes to ensure diverse pools of talented candidates to fill EBMUD job vacancies. This position serves as EBMUD’s subject matter expert in all things related to recruitment, classification and staffing.

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking leader, a persuasive, empathetic communicator and a proven problem solver, well-prepared to:
• Work with great independence and exercise initiative to best position EBMUD to meet both immediate and anticipated staffing needs.
• Ensure the validity of employment tests through job analysis, appropriate exam planning and test development, and analysis of test results to identify and minimize adverse impact.
• Develop positive and credible working relationships and work collaboratively with supervisors, managers, Union representatives and employees to develop new workforce initiatives or to resolve employment and classification issues.
• Plan, organize, staff and manage a centralized merit-based selection program.
• Provide leadership, motivation, coaching and direction for professional, technical, subordinate supervisory, and clerical staff by fostering teamwork and leading by example.
• Maintain a policy-level focus, while attending to detail in managing day-to-day activities.
• Analyze complex situations and initiate creative strategies to optimize merit-based employment programs.
• Provide timely and efficient delivery of services consistent with EBMUD goals and objectives.
• Respond to changing demands with flexibility and innovation.
• Manage and prioritize sensitive and competing interests with diplomacy and tact.
• Establish and implement performance and quality control standards.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

The annual salary is $132,648 up to $191,592. Initial placement within the range is based upon qualifications. Appointment is typically made at or below the control point $172,440.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals age forty or older, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical condition), pregnancy disability leave status, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and other categories protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

EBMUD, located in the San Francisco Bay Area with headquarters in Oakland, California, has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in a 332-square-mile area. EBMUD’s award-winning wastewater treatment protects the San Francisco Bay and serves 685,000 customers in an 88-square-mile area.

Headquartered in Oakland, our mission is to provide reliable, high-quality services for our customers, to exercise responsible stewardship over the natural resources with which we are entrusted, and to protect the environment for future generations.

Our watershed encompasses a pure source in the Sierra mountains. Our local reservoirs offer serene, natural settings for both wildlife and recreation.

EBMUD has approximately 2,000 employees under the administrative direction of an appointed General Manager and management staff. Most employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Locals 444 and 2019; the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21; and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 39.

The Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area is culturally rich and offers a wide variety of attractions including excellent restaurants, museums, zoos, theatre, ballet, opera and professional and college sporting events.

The climate is sunny and pleasant year-round, encouraging outdoor activities including running, biking and boating. The East Bay has convenient access to the Napa and Livermore valleys wine country, the splendor of the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Candidates must have a combination of education and experience equivalent* to:

1. A Bachelor’s degree; and

2. Four years of progressively responsible experience in employment testing, recruitment, job analysis, and classification which included significant staff leadership or supervisory experience.

Other requirements include:
• Willingness to work beyond normal work hours when needed.
• Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
• Physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position.

Please note: EBMUD requires all employees to provide written proof of vaccination. Those employees with sincerely held religious beliefs or valid medical reasons as determined by EBMUD will be exempt from vaccination requirements.*

*Please contact EBMUD Human Resources for additional questions.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the “equivalent combination of education and experience” provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at

The Selection Process:
1. Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 12, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

2. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test part in order to advance to the next step in the selection process.

3. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, with those candidates receiving a passing score to be invited to participate in an assessment center tentatively scheduled for early December.

4. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 to 24 months.

5. The probation period for this position is 12 months. For those holding civil service status the probation period is 6 months.

6. All employment offers are conditional, pending the results of a Live Scan background screening. All selected finalists must participate in the Live Scan background screening process to remain in consideration for EBMUD employment.

Supplemental Information:
As the first step in the selection process, responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted online with the regular EBMUD application. Please provide thorough, accurate descriptions of assignments you have personally performed. Should you respond with comments such as “see application” or “see resume” instead of addressing the questions directly, your application may not be considered.