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 customer.
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.)
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.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits package and retirement plan.
About City of Bushnell
The City of Bushnell is a small town that has been serving electric to it's citizens for 100 years. The City of Bushnell currently serves about 1100 customers, and recently exercised the right to buy territory from the local co-op, and are in the process of expanding the service territory to include an additional 600 + customers. Bushnell is the County Seat of rural Sumter County and is conveniently located approximately 50 miles North of Tampa and 50 miles West of Orlando, in sunny Central Florida. Just off of Interstate 75, with HWY 301 winding through the edge and on the outskirts, Bushnell’s rural atmosphere is inviting to those who like to enjoy a more relaxed life style than that which is found in our neighboring metropolitan areas. The City of Bushnell exhibits a steady growth in both its commercial and its residential sectors with an estimated population of 2,500. Bushnell is a treasure chest laden with interesting people, a concerned local government and a professionally run electric utility.