Hidden Valley Lake is found nestled in the hills of historic Coyote Valley in the southern part of Lake County (population approximately 65,000), 22 miles north of Calistoga and a two-hour drive from major metropolitan areas like San Francisco and Sacramento. Over 3,300 homes and lots, and more than 6,500 residents in a secure, gated community call Hidden Valley Lake home. The Board of Directors is now seeking a strong, well-rounded leader with private or public sector executive leadership experience to serve as General Manager. An individual with a balance of technical abilities and interpersonal skills who is willing to make a long-term commitment to the Association is sought. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, and creative and talented problem solver who embraces challenges as opportunities. This candidate will be an approachable, hands-on manager, capable of motivating, inspiring, and directing a staff of 106. At minimum, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or five years related experience and/or training in a management or supervisory role. A background in finance or prior experience as a city manager in a city of similar size and make-up will be valued; those without city manager experience, but who possess strong management experience in managing organizations of a similar size and scope, will be welcome to apply. Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position is qualifying. CCAM certification or equivalent is preferred. The annual salary range for the General Manager is $160,000 - $180,000 with terms and conditions of employment, negotiable and DOQ.
Hidden Valley Lake is found nestled in the hills of historic Coyote Valley in the southern part of Lake County (population approximately 65,000) in Northern California. Hidden Valley Lake is a very affordably priced community 22 miles north of Calistoga, between Middletown and Lower Lake, and a two-hour drive from major metropolitan areas like San Francisco and Sacramento. Over 3,300 homes and lots, and more than 6,500 residents in a secure, gated community called Hidden Valley Lake home. With more than a dozen amenities in and around its 102-acre lake and semi-private 18-hole championship golf course, visitors from all over Northern California come to Hidden Valley Lake to stay, play, tour, shop, and dine.
Nationally recognized as having the best air quality in California, and the third best in the nation, Lake County, at 1,327 square miles, boasts a number of similar rankings. Clear Lake is the largest lake in California and the oldest lake in North America; the Geysers is the largest geothermal field complex in the world; and Lake County Diamonds, also called “Moon Tears,” are semi-precious stones of volcanic origin that are found nowhere else in the world, but are scattered in many places throughout the County. Lake County also boasts rich wine and pear industries, easily experienced just minutes from any of Hidden Valley Lake’s five gates.
Residents of Hidden Valley Lake have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of social activities and more than 20 clubs that include a garden club, RV club, and clubs for both men’s and women’s golf. Community-wide events include Opening Day on the Lake, Concerts on the Green, holiday and themed dinner dances, Easter egg hunts, fishing derbies, camps for swim, tennis, volleyball, equestrian and golf, shopping trips, and holiday celebrations. The arts are well-represented in the valley with authors, artists, and craftspeople who enrich the community.
Presently, there are 2,435 homes and many more under construction as rebuilding continues after the loss of 70 homes in the September 2015 Valley Fire. More than 51 percent of the multi-cultural population commutes to the Bay Area and areas to the north. Both Napa and Sonoma refugees find the housing cost about a third to half the cost of those two counties. As a result, Hidden Valley Lake has become the ‘go-to’ community for those commuters because of its excellent 31 miles of roads and other amenities including 24/7 security department patrols behind secured gates. As the second largest community, only to Clearlake to its north, Hidden Valley Lake has the enviable statistic of the lowest crime rate in Lake County.
As an active, vibrant, multicultural community, Hidden Valley Lake embraces the surrounding area’s historical, cultural, and political ideals and opportunities. Working in harmony with each other and the environment, residents have created a progressive community that is right for the times. Hidden Valley Lake offers its residents an attractive balance of small-town quality that is within close proximity to big city, urban amenities.
Hidden Valley Lake was first developed by USA Land Corporation and later purchased by Boise Cascade in 1972. In 1974, the company turned over the land to the homeowner-run Hidden Valley Lake Association. It was not until the early ‘90s that the Association hired its first general manager and turned over the daily management of the community to professionals. Like many HOAs at the time, Hidden Valley Lake experienced financial growing pains as the community evolved and housing starts increased. Coyote Valley Elementary School was built to educate the increasing number of children, and shopping plazas were developed adjacent to the golf course to meet the needs of the growing community.
The separate Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District, which has won numerous awards for its governance and innovation, provides water connections to Hidden Valley Lake homeowners and sewer connections to homes around the lake and golf course. Its water comes from the Putah Creek underflow which, throughout Hidden Valley Lake’s history, has had more than sufficient water supplies in its aquifers that get fully recharged from the winter rains. Hidden Valley Lake is one of the few communities that sends 100 percent of its reclaimed water to its golf course.
Hidden Valley Lake Association is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors establishes the general policies and procedures of the Association.
Under administrative direction of and reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is the chief administrative officer responsible for the overall operations of the Association. The General Manager oversees the operational, financial, administrative, and legal affairs of the Association. This includes overseeing the management and maintenance of assets; providing leadership to assist staff in functioning as a team; overseeing and ensuring that the workplace is productive, cost-effective, safe, and legal; and assisting and guiding the Board and its committees in the management and oversight of the Association.
The Board of Directors is seeking a strong, well-rounded leader with private or public sector executive leadership experience to serve as General Manager. An individual with a balance of technical abilities and interpersonal skills who is willing to make a long-term commitment to the Association is sought. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, and creative and talented problem solver who embraces challenges as opportunities. This candidate will be an approachable, hands-on manager, capable of motivating, inspiring, and directing a staff of 106. He or she will be honest and transparent and committed to keeping the Board and the community well-informed. A consensus builder who can rebuild trust within the community is highly preferred.
The Board is seeking a candidate with business acumen and strong analytical, verbal, and written communication skills who can speak effectively before groups of members, managers, staff, or as appropriate to a situation. He or she must possess strong negotiation, mediation, organizational, and follow-up skills and the ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and instruction. Tight time constraints are common in this role, therefore, the ability to pivot and to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects will be critical to success. He or she must be able to deal constructively with conflict involving several concrete variables, evaluate processes and procedures, develop effective resolutions, and make appropriate recommendations.
Equally important will be the ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by encouraging and fostering professional and civil relationships between, and communicating effectively with; both internal and external stakeholders such as members/owners, staff, the Board, as well as outside agencies, the County of Lake, and other local entities affecting the South Lake County geographical area. The General Manager has duties and responsibilities relating to matters and materials of legally confidential nature. The selected candidate must exercise discretion and confidentiality. The General Manager must also have the ability to make solid decisions within established guidelines.
As a representative of Hidden Valley Lake, the incoming General Manager will ensure that all services are provided in a safe, courteous, efficient manner in compliance with state and federal regulations, Association policies, By-laws, and CC&Rs, while acting in a positive, collaborative, and professional manner when dealing with internal and external stakeholders. The incoming General Manager will be someone who understands and values the needs of the organization as well as the community it serves and actively takes part in community engagement. The Association will benefit from a General Manager who is comfortable interacting with the community and the general public on a regular basis. The selected candidate must demonstrate the ability to both develop and implement a long-term, strategic vision for the organization in conjunction with the Board of Directors and community members. Preferable is someone with a strong finance background with both the ability and the determination to make the necessary steps to revitalize and rebuild the community’s finances. Demonstrable prior success in executing financial and organizational turnarounds will be a very desirable attribute.
A General Manager who will lead by example and hold staff accountable, while treating employees with dignity and respect is essential to success. The incoming General Manager must be able to earn the trust and respect of staff and demonstrate the willingness to recognize and reward good performance. He or she should be committed to creating an environment in which all ideas and feedback from staff are valued and supported.
A strong candidate for this position will possess a solid understanding of the California Davis-Stirling Act, governing Homeowner Associations (HOAs) and Common Interest Developments (CIDs). Although current Davis-Stirling proficiency is highly desirable, lack of it will not preclude consideration to otherwise strong candidates possessing the other management skills and experience desired. In the event a candidate is selected without current Davis-Stirling proficiency, he or she will be expected to quickly acquire Davis-Stirling proficiency. The successful candidate will also be expected to quickly develop proficiency of the Association’s By-laws, CC&Rs, and other applicable legislation, statutes, and regulatory mandates. He or she should have demonstrated experience related to long-range planning, reserve studies, budgets and financial statements, contracts, operations and maintenance, graphs and blueprints, as well as experience presenting to boards, councils, and the community. Experience working in or with c-corporations or non-profits is highly desirable.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or five years related experience and/or training in a management or supervisory role. A background in finance or prior experience as a city manager in a city of similar size and make-up will be valued; those without city manager experience, but who possess strong management experience in managing organizations of a similar size and scope, will be welcome to apply. Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position is qualifying. CCAM certification or equivalent is preferred.
The annual salary range for the incoming General Manager is $160,000 - $180,000, and is dependent upon qualifications. The terms and conditions offered in the Employment Agreement, including salary and benefits, are negotiable. The Association also offers an attractive benefits package that includes:
Retirement A simple IRA. The Association will match employee contribution up to 3%.
Medical Employee responsible for a co-pay of 15% of the premium and 50% for dependent(s).
Life Insurance $20,000 life insurance policy provided by the Association.
Dental Insurance Provided by the Association with employee paying a co-pay for self and dependent(s).
Vision Employee pays an annual fee of $9.
Vacation Accrual rate of 3.0800 per pay period.
Holidays The Association observes 8 holidays per calendar year.
Sick Leave Accrual rate of 3.0800 per pay period.
Personal Leave 2 days of personal leave per calendar year.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection. Finalist interviews will be held with the Hidden Valley Lake Association A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Valerie Phillips at: (916) 784-9080