Established in 1960 by special State legislation (the “BIMID Act”), the Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District (BIMID) provides critical levee, drainage and flood protection to the historic Contra Costa County “legacy community” of Bethel Island, one of the California Bay Delta’s 8 western “sentinel islands” providing the interface between the salt and fresh water. Bethel Island’s permanent population of over 2,100, and higher seasonal population, enjoy its own special version of the Delta lifestyle. It is also the site of the unique, “last of its kind” master planned lagoon-based waterfront “Delta Coves” development of 495 new homes now getting underway, for which BIMID has contracted to operate and maintain its own levee, drainage, seepage, pumping and breach systems. Yet most of Bethel Island’s 3,500 interior acres are open pasture land, creating a unique blend of urban/rural/wildlife interface as a bucolic oasis within rapidly urbanizing nearby East Bay.
In 2015, BIMID’s nearly exclusively Property Tax oriented financial base was upgraded and stabilized by the passage of a Proposition 218 Assessment District, which is being further enhanced by its Delta Coves contract and associated Community Facilities District Budget. Bethel Island has also recently been recognized in the State appointed Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy as among the “Very Highest Priority” of Delta Islands for future State funding. This District Manager position represents a unique professional opportunity to help lead the organization and community through this dramatic transformation period, and substantial revision and ultimate accomplishment of its 5-Year Plan.
The ideal candidate will be well-rounded as to both professional background, and personal attributes, to facilitate BIMID’s accomplishing its goals. Will be technologically savvy, balanced with broad background experience in local government and/or special district management, finance, and grantsmanship, notably in smaller local agencies. Outstanding oral and written communications skills, excellent community and interagency relations, personal integrity a must. Inclusive collaborative management style with staff and consultants, elected Board of Directors, and regulatory and funding agencies, committees and commissions. Specific flood control, reclamation district or related experience, and direct familiarity with State Department of Water Resources, FEMA, State Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers desirable. Any combination of education, training experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities, such as a Bachelor’s Degree in public or business administration, engineering, or related field, (MPA or MBA a plus), and/or 5 years management experience in a municipal, special district, reclamation district, or other public agency.
Additional Salary Information: DOQ plus comprehensive benefits. Application deadline: 5:00 P.M. May 12, 2017. Mail cover letter and resume to Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, P.O. Box 244, Bethel Island, CA 94511, Attn. Jeff Butzlaff, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information call (925) 684-2210 between 9:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Mon.-Fri. Formal position brochure available in early April.