Deputy Director, Electric Utility - Ocala Electric Utility

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Career Center ,

Hiring range is $89,900 to $162,200 annually

This Position is Eligible for the City's Student Loan Repayment Program

This is a highly responsible, technical, administrative, managerial, and operational position requiring the exercise of independent judgment. This position will be a strong operational leader for the Engineering, Planning, Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) Operations, Substation & Relay, Transmission & Distribution, System Operation Center and Resource Management functions in the Electric Utility assisting the Director in matters related to power supply to insure safe, reliable, low-cost power. The position reports to the Department Director or Designee.

Examples of Duties

1. Supervision: Responsible for supervising assigned divisions of the Department. Directs employees in accordance with established rules, policies and procedures. Prepares and reviews Employee Performance Evaluations, maintains confidential records. Serve as a member of the City's Senior Management Team and attend meetings in the Director's absence.

2. Problem-Solving: Interacts closely with all levels of employees within the Department to resolve problems in the workplace and maintains a high level of morale and motivation. Makes recommendations and works with other Departments to maintain consistency in City programs, policies and procedures. Identifies areas of system and business needs, proposes practical solutions and assists with implementation of project plans and business decisions. Ability to mentally analyze, interpret and develop computer spreadsheets, database information and financial reports. Advanced verbal communication skills used to make presentations and keep staff informed on key issues on an ongoing and regular basis.

3. Budget: Assists with the preparation, review and administration of the Department's yearly and long-range operational budget plans to ensure optimum efficiency and effective use of revenues. Monitors and approves all equipment and material purchases within area of responsibility. Assists in review of electric utility bonds, rates, and rate structure.

4. Legal Issues: Assists the Director of the Electric Utility with interfacing with pertinent federal, state, and local regulatory agencies to ensure full City compliance with all appropriate regulations and permit requirements regarding the delivery and treatment of electric power.

5. Goals, Objectives, and Strategies: Assists the Director of the Electric Utility with developing Department's short and long-term goals, objectives and strategies to meet future demands on the electric system due to growth, changes in environmental laws, new technology and changes in customer expectations. Coordinates and participates in the design, construction and maintenance of electric facilities, interfacing with other departments and consultant engineers as necessary. Participates in statewide compliance, transmission system planning, operations and reliability committees through FRCC, FCG, NERC, FMEA and FMPA.

6. City Policies, Rules and Procedures: Ensures all City policies, rules, programs and procedures are properly followed and administered within the Department. This position assists other departments as directed by the Director of the Electric Utility in the periodic review and updating of City policy, rules and procedures.

7. Management Duties: Assists the Director of the Electric Utility in developing Department goals/objectives. Works on special projects and assists others with projects as assigned by the Director of the Electric Utility. Creates management strategy, identifies employee training needs and implements City policy and procedures. Works with outside agencies and other utilities on power supply, system planning, mutual aid, training and joint purchases to further the goals of the utility. Interprets and prepares statistical, technical and facility reports in order to identify short and long-term plans for operation of the system, maintaining optimum employee morale and motivation and provides work atmosphere to encourage ongoing innovation and high productivity in the workplace.

Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field is preferred, however an equivalent combination of training, education and experience may be considered. Must have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible experience in the electric power industry including three years of supervisory experience. Experience should include power system planning, engineering design, project management, and operations of transmission, distribution, substation, protection and control systems.7 years related management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operators Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience may be considered. Must have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible experience in the electric power industry including three years of supervisory experience. Experience should include power system planning, engineering design, project management, and operations of transmission, distribution, substation, protection and control systems.


The employee must, within one year of date of hire or promotion to this position, reside within 45 minutes of Ocala Electric Utility Municipal Complex.

Supplemental Information


Directly supervises 6 subordinate supervisor(s) who supervise(s) a total of 67 employee(s). Supervises 0 non-supervisory employee(s). Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Ability to read, analyze, and understand the most complex documents; Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal, logical or scientific symbolism such as formulas, scientific equations, and graphs. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


Under administrative direction, setting up own standard of performance. Virtually self-supervising. Reports to senior management of the organization.


Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the organization and delegation of work operations for a division of employees engaged in widely diversified activities.


Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance which would have considerable effect on the final attainment of multiple major activities and the organization's projects of a large organization component and organization's clientele.


Highly intense mental demand. Continual involvement with strategic and operational management functions which relate to both the short-term and long-term time periods.


General oversight. Activities covered by general organizational philosophy and objectives. Solving problems in novel, non-recurring or swiftly changing situations in which the approach is not fully defined. Guidance by top executive officer or business owner.


Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, etc.)


Probable errors would normally not be detected in succeeding operations and may have serious effects in relationships with patrons and/or with the operations of other segments of the organization. Frequent possibilities of error would exist at all times, since the above mentioned areas are inherent in the job.


Extensive contacts with various diversified sectors of the public environment; wherein, the contacts are of major importance and failure to exercise proper judgment can lead to substantial losses to the organization.


Continuous contacts frequently involving difficult negotiations which require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing. Involves contacts with senior level internal officials.


Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Contact Management, Human Resources Systems, Presentation/PowerPoint, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing


The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; regularly required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and frequently required to stand, sit, reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.


The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Ability to manage a large group of professional and non-professional employees. Must have knowledge of the practices, methods, techniques and equipment used in the expansion, operation, maintenance and construction of electric systems. Must have the ability to supervise, delegate, plan, and review the work of technical, administrative and field personnel. Must possess strong budgetary and organizational skills. Must have the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; deliver public presentations, prepare comprehensive and technical reports, develop short and long-range goals.

Possesses the ability to use independent judgment, effectively communicate with all employees, officials and the general public in resolving issues. Must have the ability to analyze technical data and recommend solutions. Must have strong knowledge and understanding of regulatory agencies. Must have the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.


Assigned City Vehicle YES _X*_ NO _____

*Can access City vehicle or car allowance

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