Electric Utility Director - City of Bushnell
Highly responsible professional, technical, and administrative work directing the overall operation of the Electric Distribution System. The Director supervises staff, manages bulk power supply contracts, oversees employees and/or contractor(s) providing services associated with the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of the electric utility. The Director develops/establishes long range plans, develops policy and procedures, manages electric utility programs, prepares and implements the department budget. The Director is responsible for monitoring the utility’s financial performance to ensure that rates and charges are adequate to recover the utility’s costs while maintaining competitive rates. The Director evaluates documents, and reports on utility matters to City management and the City Council. Work is performed under the general direction of the City Manager.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Plans, directs, coordinates and administers activities and personnel of the City’s electric utility in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and standards. Ensures subordinates have the necessary training and equipment to safely perform assigned duties.
- Manages the planning and development of long/short range financing and capital improvement programs; oversees and leads in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures for electric utility activities and programs.
- Prepares and implements department budget and long-range capital plans; ensures operations are maintained within the approved budget.
- Reviews and approves contracts, progress payments, purchase orders, and accounts payable invoices.
- Manages the development of goals and objectives, policies and procedures for electric utility activities and programs; manages the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies to maintain and enforce production, safety and work standards and to improve system reliability.
- Represents City at boards/committees and meetings concerning electric utility issues; makes presentations to elected/appointed officials, department heads, staff/public/private agencies/groups regarding electric utility issues, programs and projects.
- Prepares rates studies and implements rates and charges, including fuel adjustments, that are sufficient to fully fund the utility’s operation and maintenance expenses including bulk power supply, pay debt service, and fund the utilities capital programs while maintaining satisfactory debt service coverage. Responsible for maintaining rates that are competitive, meet Florida Public Service Commission standards, and fairly distribute costs among the City’s electric customers.
- Reviews developer’s agreements permits, and engineering plans.
- Review and approve drawings and specifications for all system additions.
- Serves as the primary liaison with other Florida Utilities for mutual aid, bulk power supply and trade association and regulatory activities.
- Ensures appropriate representation for the electric utility department in the Emergency Operations Center during planning and recovery activities associated with natural disasters and other emergencies.
- Reviews and controls departmental inventory, warehousing and purchasing.
- Keeps City Manager appraised of project status and development.
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.)
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Ability to visualize, develop, plan, organize and direct improvements, extensions, operations and maintenance of the utility system.
- Ability to develop long term plans and strategy and evaluate work accomplishments; prepare highly technical reports and train, develop, organize and supervise service personnel.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work effectively with elected officials, department heads, representatives of other agencies, other utilities, other city employees and the general public.
- Knowledge and experience in business and strategic management, finance, accounting, and engineering principles and practices governing the operation of an electric utility system.
- Knowledge of laws, ordinances, regulations and statues which govern an electric utility system and of governmental organization and budgeting.
- Knowledge of occupational hazards and accident prevention methods in assigned areas of responsibility.
- Ability to utilize common MS Office products like Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduation from an accredited four- (4) Year College or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Engineering or related field. Ten (10) years practical and supervisory
experience in the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical distribution systems.
(A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS:
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction).
Acceptable hearing (with or without correction).
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in English.
Heavy (45 pounds and over) carrying.
Walking, standing, bending.
Works outside in various weather conditions with: noise, dust, fumes, gases, chemicals, solvents, grease or oils, electrical energy, slippery surfaces, uneven surfaces, in or with moving objects, odors.
(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)
PAY GRADE 18$71,251.52 - $117,565.01
DEPARTMENT: Electric Utility Department