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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ELECTRIC UTILITY OPPORTUNITY

Qualified, interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and letter of interest answering the questions below to ADElectricRecruitment@cstx.gov.

1. What electric utility experience do you have that you feel would make you a good fit for this position? What do you feel you would bring to the table that would benefit College Station Utilities?
2. Describe a career accomplishment of which you are most proud.
3. What interests you most about this position? How would it fit into your career and/or personal goals?

Recruiting Assistant Director Electric Utilities

JOB SUMMARY

Under general direction, the Assistant Director provides professional and technical advice in support of the Director of Electric Utility regarding the overall operation of the electric utility. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: overseeing the study, analysis, planning, and documentation of the expansion, modification, operation and maintenance of the electric system and ensuring that compliance requirements are met; supervising assigned divisions of the Electric Utility; and identifying and addressing business needs and internal and external customer issues. Act as Director of Electric Utility in their absence.

PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES

1. Manage, supervise, provide leadership and administer the operation, design, construction, and planning of the electric transmission and distribution systems, SCADA, metering (including AMI), and/or electrical substations. Ensure that departmental goals, safety, and compliance requirements are met.

2. Supervise and direct the activities of assigned divisions; identify training needs and develop training plan for assigned divisions; and provide assistance to the Director of Electric with the supervision and management of departmental activities, including but not limited to, mentoring, hiring, evaluating, counseling, and performing discipline and termination procedures in accordance with City policy.

3. Develop processes, implement plans, and conduct studies required to address the City’s power supply and ancillary service needs. Work with vendors and power suppliers to negotiate contracts to minimize costs and risks for the City.

4. Identify areas of system and business needs; propose practical solutions and assist with implementation of project plans and business decisions. Identify and justify projects for the electric system capital improvement plan. Participate in preparing and administering the department’s budget following FERC accounting practices.

5. Oversee the study, analysis, planning, and documentation for extensions, expansions, modifications, and the maintenance of the electrical system.

6. Develop written documentation and reports for designs, specifications, customer plan reviews, electrical reviews for Development Review Committee items, equipment selections, standards, procedures, agenda items for City Council, planning studies, special reports, project proposals, etc.

7. Participate in statewide transmission system planning, operation processes, and regulatory compliance including ERCOT meetings, subcommittees, and reporting.

8. Work to develop Electric staff through employee education and training. Implement and administer organizational and departmental policies to improve productivity, safety, and reliability.

9. Work with city leaders to strategically incorporate electric system improvements during infrastructure projects that originate in other city departments.

10. Prepare and present electric submittals to city management and City Council. Provide training and organizational updates to staff in various meetings. Represent the Electric Department on City and external committees.

11. Perform other duties as required.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED
  •  Bachelor’s Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field; and seven (7) or more years of increasingly responsible experience in the electric power industry, including three (3) years supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  •  Valid Texas Driver’s License
  •  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  •  Must maintain a residence within a 40 minute response time of the Utility Service Center within 6 months of accepting position

Past experience should include some or all of the following:
  •   Experience with power system planning, engineering design, and/or project management as related to distribution, transmission, substation, operations, or protection and control systems
  •   Experience with transmission and/or distribution system modeling softwares
  •   Experience in project/consultant management, project review, and capital planning
  •   Experience with FERC accounting practices and budgeting
  •   Thorough knowledge of, and experience in, design and repair or rehabilitation of electric substation, distribution, transmission, and/or relay and control systems
  •   Experience with communication companies, pole attachments, and 4G/5G expansions

PREFERRED
  •   Texas Professional Engineer (PE) License, or the ability to obtain by reciprocity, is highly preferred
  •   Management experience in an Electric Utility
  •   Experience in Transmission and Distribution Operations
  •   Knowledge of power supply, contracts, and the ERCOT system

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

DRUG SCREENING: Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this position, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy.

ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIRED: In addition to the standard pre-employment criminal background check, individuals receiving a conditional offer for this position shall be subject to a finger-print based background screening due to the required access to secured buildings and/or secure data systems.



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