Director, Electric Utility - Ocala Electric Utility

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Job Board ,

SALARY: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE: 12/19/19
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


Ocala Electric Utility**This position is a Department Head position as such it is NOT eligible for Veteran's Preference **

This Position is Eligible for the City's Student Loan Repayment Program

Hiring range is $120,000- $150,000 annually
Based on Experience

This is a highly responsible professional, administrative and technical position responsible for management, staffing, administration and operation of the electric utility. Responsible for overall relations between employees, contributing service departments, customers and the general public and serves as a member of the Senior Management Team.

Makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have a far-reaching impact on extensive engineering and competitive position of the organization. Negotiates critical and controversial issues with top level engineers and officials of other organizations. Demonstrates a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, and guiding the electric utility business.


Problem-Solving: Management of utility resources and power supplier, FMPA. Interacts closely with all levels of employees within the Department and City to resolve problems in the work place and maintain a high level of morale and motivation. Makes recommendations and works with other departments to maintain consistency in City programs, policies and procedures. Responsible for the safety and training of the department and monitors all activities to insure best safe practices are enforced and followed.

Communications: Ensures timely and regular communication of all information both to direct reports and team members at all levels within the department. Regularly interacts with other departments and all division staff to insure all information is accurate and that all employee concerns are noted and addressed. Coordinates with peers both within the department and other departments of the city to promote information sharing and cooperation.

Budget: Prepares, reviews, and administers Department's annual and long-range operational budget plans to ensure optimum efficiency and the effective use of revenues. Periodically reviews Electric Utility Bonds, rates, and rate structure vs. budgetary needs to make appropriate recommendations to the Deputy City Manager.

Goals, Objectives and Strategies: Develops Department's short and long-term goals, objectives and strategies to meet future demand on the Electric system due to growth, changes in environmental laws, the training and development needs of staff and the maintenance of the Electric system infrastructure. Coordinates and participates in the planning, design and construction of Electric utility infrastructure, interfacing with other departments and consultant engineers, as necessary. Participates in ratemaking to meet the revenue needs of the utility. Participates in planning of power supply needs with FMPA. Serves on Executive Committee of FMPA. Provides support to the divisions in achieving their performance goals.
Legal Issues: Interfaces with pertinent Federal, State, Regional, County and Local regulatory agencies to ensure full City compliance with all appropriate regulations.

City Policies, Rules and Procedures: Ensures all City policies, rules, programs and procedures are properly followed and administered within the Department. Assist other departments as necessary, in the periodic review and update City policy, rules, and procedures.
Interfaces with the City's power supplier, FMPA (Florida Municipal Power Agency), as well as other Utilities, both at an operation level and at an Executive level to assure both cooperation and assistance in time of need.
Performs other work as assigned.
Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

Directly supervises 3 subordinate supervisor(s) who supervise(s) a total of 125 employee(s). Supervises 2 non-supervisory employees. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Four-year technical degree (I.E. bachelors) required in such fields such as engineering, science, computer engineering, etc, plus 10 years related experience and/or training, and 10 years related management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operators Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.

MBA is preferred.


Ability to read, analyze, and understand the most complex documents; Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal, logical or scientific symbolism such as formulas, scientific equations, and graphs. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Under administrative direction, setting up own standard of performance. Virtually self-supervising. Reports to senior management of the organization.

Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the organization and delegation of work operations for a division of employees engaged in widely diversified activities.

Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance which would have considerable effect on the final attainment of multiple major activities and the organization's projects of a large organization component and organization's clientele.

Highly intense mental demand. Continual involvement with strategic and operational management functions which relate to both the short-term and long-term time periods.

General oversight. Activities covered by general organizational philosophy and objectives. Solving problems in novel, non-recurring or swiftly changing situations in which the approach is not fully defined. Guidance by top executive officer or business owner.

Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, etc.)

Probable errors would normally not be detected in succeeding operations and may have serious effects in relationships with patrons and/or with the operations of other segments of the organization. Frequent possibilities of error would exist at all times, since the above mentioned areas are inherent in the job.

Extensive contacts with various diversified sectors of the public environment; wherein, the contacts are of major importance and failure to exercise proper judgment can lead to substantial losses to the organization.

Continuous contacts frequently involving difficult negotiations which require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing. Involves contacts with senior level internal officials.
Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Contact Management, Human Resources Systems, Presentation/PowerPoint, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing

The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; regularly required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and frequently required to stand, sit, reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.

The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate