• Electric Utilities Director

    Posted: 06/14/2022

    The Director performs a variety of supervisory and complex professional, administrative, skilled, and technical work in planning, organizing, directing, supervision oversight of the Electric Utilities Department.  Does related work as required.
    Work is performed under the general direction of an Assistant or Deputy City Manager.  Supervision is exercised over subordinate departmental personnel.

    Essential Tasks

    • Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and evaluates all Electric Utilities activities and operations.
    • Liaison between the office of the City Manager and field and office operations of the department.
    • Plans, review, approves and oversees major construction projects involving the department, reviews contracts, arbitrates contractor and engineering disputes.
    • Makes field inspections of Electric Utility projects to ascertain status.
    • Consults with division superintendents/managers to establish operating policies and procedures.
    • Performs electrical engineering task and oversees engineering operations.
    • Handles correspondence and prepares a wide variety of administrative reports on department activities as requested.
    • Researches and recommends operational changes.
    • Serves as intergovernmental coordinator between departments, federal and state authorities.
    • Serves as the coordinator on behalf of the City with Electricities.
    • Oversees the preparation and reviews departmental operating budgets.
    • Directs department in purchasing, budgeting and personnel administration        including hiring, firing, disciplinary actions, hearings, and promotions.
    • Reviews and approves contract documents including design drawings, specifications, shop drawings, bid documents, qualifications, change orders, progress payments and warranties.
    • Conducts pre-bid, pre-construction, and construction meetings to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.
    • Attends and gives recommendations to Council members at Finance or City Council meetings.
    • Review’s performance appraisals of subordinate employees and signs associated action forms.
    • Serves as signatory authority for state and federal regulatory reporting submittals (ex: DMRs, air quality reporting, and other state / federal reports).
    • Ensures that local, state, and federal regulations and mandates are followed in all divisions regarding personnel, safety and operations. Ensures that all work is performed in accordance with OSHA and City Safety Standards. 
    Knowledge of:
    • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation
    • City organization and functions; laws, rules and regulations governing assigned activities
    • Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting
    • Principles and practices of public outreach methods and techniques
    • Principles of personnel management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation
    • Laws, regulations, and policies concerning zoning, land use, and the environment.
    • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including legislation and requirements regarding equal employment opportunity, minority, and women- owned business enterprises requirements.
    • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
    • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
    • Principles and procedures of financial reporting.
    • Principles and procedures of management systems and reporting.
    • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
    • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

    Ability to:

    • Analyze and interpret project specifications, design plans, construction plans, flow charts, project schedules and blueprints
    • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures, and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
    • Analyze data and information; draw conclusions; propose responsive actions.
    • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work staff.
    • Delegate authority and responsibility.
    • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
    • Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
    • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
    • Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Maintain confidentiality of certain City information.
    • Work with diverse groups from the public, business, industry and various local government agencies to evaluate methods for solving problems and improving service.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
    • Formal Education
      • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or closely related field and at least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible electric utility experience, including three (3) years of leadership and supervisory experience in a senior management capacity; or
      • Associate’s degree in electrical engineering, or closely related field and at least ten (10) years of increasingly responsible electric utility experience, including five (5) years of leadership and supervisory experience in a senior management capacity. 
    •  Valid North Carolina Driver’s License
    Preferred Qualifications
    • NC Professional Engineer preferred but not required.
    • Work experience in a municipal electrical utility environment