Seeking an energetic professional to lead a high caliber team of a $50 million municipally owned electric utility system; who embodies servant leadership and values collaborative team decision making.
Excellent opportunity to play a key contributing role in the future vision of a dynamic, progressive organization and community.
The Electric Operations Superintendent for the Electric Department of Lexington Utilities performs complex technical and difficult administrative work directing, managing and supervising the work of construction and maintenance crews (including outsourced contract crews) engaged in the installation, repair and maintenance of electric distribution and transmission system related facilities and activities. One position available (superintendent or director) selection and hiring DOQ.
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering or related field;
• Five or more years’ broad experience in both commonplace and unusual work situations and problems in electric distribution system operations; experience with a NC municipal owned utility affiliated with ElectriCities preferred;
• Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered;
• Driver’s license valid in NC and good driving record.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Comprehensive knowledge of standard practices, methods and procedures used in electric utility system construction, maintenance and repair activities;
• Comprehensive knowledge of SCADA and outage management systems;
• Thorough knowledge of OSHA, NESC, NEC and workplace safety procedures;
• Thorough knowledge of one-call activities;
• Thorough knowledge of GIS and digital mapping of electric infrastructure;
• Thorough knowledge of utility outage system tracking and emergency operations;
• Thorough knowledge of substations and connectivity/monitoring through fiber communications;
• General knowledge of fiber optic cable;
• Analytical ability and inductive thinking to adapt policies, procedures and methods to fit unusual and complex situations;
• Ability to organize work flow and coordinate activities utilizing computerized work order system;
• Ability to effectively plan, coordinate, and leverage financial, personnel and technological resources in business operations and project management;
• Ability to determine optimum inventory levels and advise central warehousing on buying needs;
• Ability to work with the Finance Department to ensure proper controls of expenditures and reporting requirements and adhere to governmental budgeting and accounting practices;
• Ability to compute electric rates, credit riders, rebates, and business calculations including ratios and percentages;
• Technological skills and knowledge of electronic correspondence, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations via PowerPoint, and highly technical department specific computer applications;
• Ability to adjust to rapidly changing business environment and technologies, which requires continual education and adaptation;
• Ability to exhibit strong leadership in the areas of vision, strategic planning, employee motivation, and team building;
• Ability to establish and maintain extraordinary team oriented working relationships with City officials and business associates;
• Ability to meet and deal courteously with the public, exhibiting extraordinary professionalism and customer service skills.
Interviews, hires, trains, evaluates performance, leads, coaches and counsels, motivates and rewards, promotes, transfers and disciplines department supervisors, crew leaders and subordinates; selects and monitors contract labor relative to projects. Monitors deliverables and performance of outsourced contract electric system maintenance and construction crews.
• Provide effective leadership and positive role modeling to manage electric utility system operations, functions, programs, and projects;
• Plan, organize and direct short and long-range utility projects, including economic development opportunities and construction designs;
• Review and interpret federal, state and local regulations governing electric utility operations, establish policies and procedures for ensuring compliance;
• Develop and monitor utility metrics, performance goals and policies for the department; ensure workforce is adequately trained and positively motivated for maximum performance and continuity of service levels;
• Handle a variety of emergency problems including outage management and restoration, develop emergency plans and remediation of system during normal and emergency outages;
• Deal with the public relative to service requests or complaints of unusual nature or impact and difficult negotiations calling for well-developed sense of timing and strategy;
• Represent the electric utility and organization with other departments, elected officials, local enterprises, news media and governmental authorities; may serve as a leadership liaison for Lexington Utilities with ElectriCities functions and during Public Power/Natural Gas week;
• Represent and participate in a variety of board, commission, committee and professional group meetings to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of utilities
• Negotiate terms and formulate public relations policies and procedures dealing with developers and contracts;
• Ensure compliance with all utility safety regulations, oversee the training of employees in work procedures including job safety and recognition or awareness of hazards;
• Plan, prepare, monitor and verify purchasing, payroll, and annual department budget and make recommendations for operations, capital outlay and project costing;
• Assist in rate design and cost recovery, business and marketing work plans;
• Serve as leadership liaison to multiple utility operation, service and business related departments to facilitate interdepartmental cooperation for quality control and workflow resolution;
• Determine equipment requirements and establishes vendor purchase specifications;
• Negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues;
• Review and evaluate work methods and procedures; collaborate with key staff to identify and resolve problems;
• Respond to inquiries and complex issues from City officials and the general public exhibiting extraordinary professionalism, communication and customer service techniques;
• Present information to City Officials and Boards as necessary;
• Perform related tasks as required.
This is moderate work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally. Work requires communication to exchange information quickly and accurately in person, by telephone or radio and in emergency situations. Visual acuity is required to prepare and analyze written correspondence and computer data, determine the accuracy and thoroughness of work, operate motor vehicles and observe general surroundings and activities.
The worker is exposed to both inside and outside conditions including extremes of heat and cold. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms and vehicles. Use of safe work practices with field and office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals are minimally required. Considerable mental effort and stress is involved.
Requires CPR and First Aid certification; 10-hour OSHA certification; class A CDL and Forklift license preferred. This position may be subject to drug and alcohol testing under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act and may be considered safety sensitive as defined in the Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy. Must be able to communicate effectively with the public during public presentations and be available to attend meetings as required. Worker will be on managerial duty during emergency operations, storms or winter weather and may be exposed to difficult customers. Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel is expected.
Application and instructions are available here. Submit City of Lexington Employment Application and resume to email@example.com, by mail to City of Lexington, P.O. Box 1615, Lexington, NC 27293 or in person at 711 South Talbert Blvd., Lexington, NC. Deadline to apply is November 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Applications are also taken until 5:00pm at the NC Works Career Center, 220 E. 1st Ave., Ext, Lexington, NC 27295.
Applicants offered employment will be asked to participate in a drug and alcohol screening.
The City of Lexington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, non-disqualifying disability, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.