Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, this position performs highly responsible managerial and administrative work in directing the short and long range plans and programs of the City's utilities systems. Work involves ensuring that the work programs and budgets of the various divisions are coordinated to achieve their respective objectives. Work is performed with considerable professional and managerial independence within general policy guidelines. Work is evaluated for the successful accomplishment of both short and long range objectives, and for the efficient operation and maintenance of the systems.
Responsible for the day to day supervision and management of Electrical, Water, Wastewater and Landfill to ensure facilities and systems are operated and maintained efficiently and in accordance with federal, state and local standards and regulations, and in a manner which protects and preserves the environment and public health.
Personal Traits/Management Style
The ideal candidate should be a problem solver, practical and a person who genuinely cares about Boulder City and its residents. The individual must be savvy to the needs of large corporations who are doing solar development in Boulder City, and streamline the bureaucracy as they construct these large solar projects. Although Boulder City is essentially a landlord for these solar sites, it considers itself a “partner” in the development of these solar facilities.
Because Boulder City is very close to a large metropolitan area, the individual must understand the importance of working with other governments and regional boards and be extremely competent in that arena.
The ideal candidate must be a strategic thinker and planner that can lead the utilities department and gain the trust of the community. To accomplish this, the individual must be professional, but also friendly and involved in both government and local affairs. He/she must be comfortable, accessible and responsive to the residents of the community. An open door policy is not only appreciated—it is expected.
Representative Duties of the Utilities Director include:
Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the Utility Department that includes the Electric Utilities Operations, Water Production, Water Reclamation, and the Landfill.
Maintains liaison with appropriate County, State, and Federal agencies regarding the City's utilities.
Establishes standards, plans, schedules, and procedures for expanding, operating, and maintaining the City's utility systems.
Assesses the need for consultant services and recommends accordingly; represents the City's interests in overseeing and evaluating consultant recommendations.
Appraises adequacy of facilities and develops plans and priorities for modification and extensions; evaluates soundness and efficiency of operations; supervises the installation of improvements; and develops work programs and budgetary estimates.
Coordinates with Public Works on development of short and long range capital improvements.
Recruits, selects and supervises upper management employees within the Department as well as presiding over and participating in personnel matters within the Department.
Attends special meetings and prepares Departmental reports.
Responds to questions and complaints from utility customers and the general public.
Directs the overall engineering design program including adding new customers to the systems, adding new service areas, and establishing metering designs.
Assures that the division supervisors develop effective work scheduling and control systems to plan and measure the results of work performed.
Monitors public utilities maintenance, construction, and repair services to assure work is performed according to established schedules, meets customer’s needs, and is performed within budget.
Assures that the department delivers services effectively and efficiently through setting of annual goals, objectives, and policy guidelines, and evaluating the performance of these divisions in light of these goals and objectives. Assures that work produced meets acceptable standards of quality.
Keeps the City Manager adequately informed of department service needs and problems and proposes changes to improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery.
The ideal candidate is expected to possess knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field and experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of a municipal utilities department, usually interpreted to require seven years of full time experience in municipal utilities administration, three years of which must have been at a middle management level.
Recognized municipal utilities management and leadership achievement in a competitive metropolitan area involving significant intergovernmental and regional interaction is important. Strong leadership, communication, and management skills is required.
It is highly desirable to be registered as a professional civil engineer in the State of Nevada or the ability to obtain one within six months of employment, and American Public Works Association certifications are also desirable.
Possess and maintain a valid Nevada or border state driver's license, as defined by NRS 483.