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Director, Utilities


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The Director of Utilities shall work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Administrator.   This is a highly independent and responsible executive level position that supervises and directs the day-to-day operations of water distribution and wastewater collections; manages the field emergency operations for Water Utilities; provides construction information, recommendations, and technical assistance to County Administration; attends all meetings related to County Administration and Public Utilities; prioritizes order of construction projects and lays out daily work schedules; and oversees construction projects including CIP projects, and supervising contractors and consultants. This position administers department budget and authorizes related expenditures; and is regularly responsible for funds, building premises, inventory, or other property owned or leased by the organization and, in addition, may have temporary custody and responsibility of patron property, which through carelessness, error, loss, theft, misappropriation, or similar action would result in very important monetary losses to the organization.

  • Manages the activities of the assigned Department: plans/approves, coordinates, administers/monitors, and evaluates programs, agreements, contracts, grants, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings; provides professional and technical direction and guidance; and ensures compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, professional standards, policies and procedures  Monitors proposed legislation and communicates impact of regulatory changes.
  • Develops, plans, and implements long- and short-term strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the department: evaluates performance and effectiveness of current water utility services, programs, and systems in relation to growing needs of the Consolidated Government; projects consequences of proposed actions; formulates recommendations based on findings; and implements needed changes, modifications and/or enhancements.
  • Manages, directs, and evaluates the assigned department staff: directs work; provides training; ensures employees follow policies and procedures; processes employee concerns and problems; counsels; conducts performance evaluations; and makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements policies and procedures for the department: reviews efficiency and effectiveness of water utility operations, methods, processes, and procedures; designs and implements new and revised policies and/or processes; and ensures department activities comply with established policies and standards.
  • Provides organizational leadership and development: conducts leadership meetings; mentors and advises management level staff; facilitates leadership & staff collaboration; and leads departmental development, occupational development, team building, and succession planning.
  • Develops and administers budget for the department: forecasts funding needs for staffing, equipment, capital improvement projects, materials, and supplies; coordinates budget development with Assistant Directors; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; and prepares and submits financial reports and documentation.
  • Oversees the preparation of bid specifications and invitations to bid; analyzes bids and recommends vendors; administers funds; and/or, reviews and monitors professional service providers, agreements, contracts, grants, and/or regulatory compliance
  • Works with adjacent counties and cities to develop mutually beneficial agreements regarding water and wastewater management: develops and negotiates intergovernmental agreements.
  • Responds to requests for information and provides subject-matter-expertise/guidance to other departments, consumers, the general public, and outside agencies.
  • Collaborates with the Consolidated Government administrators, Board of Commissioners, regulatory agencies, consultants, and other Consolidated Government departments to address water utility operations, projects, and issues; proposes policies, purchases, and solutions; delivers formal presentations; and participates in executive team discussions and decisions regarding area of assignment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Administrator or designee.

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