Human Resources/Risk Manager

Rialto, California, United States | Full-time


The West Valley Water District (District) is seeking a resourceful leader prepared to make change and help the organization continue its transformation into a best-in-class water utility. 

About West Valley Water District 

The District is based in the City of Rialto in the heart of California’s Inland Empire. It serves a diverse and growing population of nearly 90,000 in Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington, nearby portions of unincorporated San Bernardino County and the Jurupa Valley in Riverside County.  The District’s mission is to provide customers with safe, high quality and reliable water service at a reasonable rate and in a sustainable manner. 

The West Valley Water District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected by district for four-year staggered terms. The Board selects a President and Vice President from among its members to serve two-year terms. They establish the policies that govern the District.  

A General Manager is appointed by the Board of Directors to oversee the daily operations of the District in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Board. The District budget included $30 million in operating revenues for FY 2019-20 and $23 million for capital improvement projects. The District has approximately 87 employees. 

Organizational Transformation 

The District has a history of meeting challenges with change and innovation.  

In 1996 perchlorate was discovered in the Rialto-Colton Water Basin. The District mitigated the problem by shutting down wells to ensure safe water for its customers.  District leaders understood this was not a long-term solution for a community with a history of drought and an expanding residential customer base and pursued state approval for the world’s first treatment process for perchlorate using natural bioremediation process. Two treatment facilities are now online, ensuring safe water for the community.  

In 2018, the District opened its own hydroelectric power generation plant. The electricity produced from the plant is designed to offset the electric costs of the water filtration facility while reducing carbon emissions. 

District leaders are now focused inward as they seek to modernize processes and procedures, personnel, and work culture. District leaders are driving the change towards increased professionalism, transparency, and efficiency. As a result of these effortsthe District recently received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its efforts to promote transparency and good governance.  

The Position 

The Human Resource/Risk Manager reports to the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administrative Services and is responsible for a comprehensive Human Resources and Risk Management Program. The program encompasses all human resources-related activities including compensation and classification analysis; benefits administration; workers’ compensation; training and development; employee and labor relations; and the recruitment and selection of employees. The position takes the lead in developing, modifying, and implementing policies and procedures needed to meet the District’s commitment to professional standards, good governance, and operational excellenceIt will identify areas of operational risk, make recommendations for improvement, and monitor effectiveness of risk reduction effortsGrowing organizational trust and strengthening communications will be core responsibilities of this position. 

The HR/Risk Manager supports District leaders by reviewing and coordinating the settlement of a variety of liability claims against the District including workers compensation and general liability claims. The successful candidate will conduct or oversee external investigations in conjunction with the legal department on behalf of the District. 

The Ideal Candidate 

  • Is a seasoned professional in all aspects of human resources and risk management; 
  • Possesses direct experience in employee and labor relations including investigations and claims management; 
  • Is a champion of professional, transparent, and ethical government; and 
  • Will advance the District’s continuing progress towards a fair and equitable workplace. 

Key Attributes 

Change Maker 

Excited about joining a financially stable and growing organization committed to organizational transformation. 

Principled Leader 

Strong commitment to workforce development and professional standards and practices with respect for chain of command and ability to engage others at all levels. 

Effective Communicator 

Demonstrated ability to listen, build trust, respect confidential information, and communicate organizational needs and direction professionally. 


Qualifications and Experience 


A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in human resource management, business administration, public administration, or closely related field. Completion of a human resources certificate program, advanced education or a law program is highly desirable. 


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible positions in human resources management in the public sector is required. While experience in all aspects of human resources and risk management is desired, direct experience in employee and labor relations, including claims management and investigations, is most important.  Private sector experience is beneficial, but only if matched with prior public sector human resources and risk management work. 

Up to ten years of additional experience maybe be substituted for the required education. 


West Valley Water District offers an attractive benefits package including participation in CalPERS, medical and dental coverage, vacation and executive leavesand forgivable educational loans up to $5,000 per year. The salary range is $101,067 to $165,818, depending on qualifications. 

To Be Considered 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter by Monday, November 2at: 


Contact Greg Larson with questions at or 408-761-1326.