Director of Electric Department - City of Green Cove Springs

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Job Board ,


Highly responsible administrative, professional and technical position involved in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, leading and managing all functions of the Electric Utility and other duties as assigned.  The person in this position has major responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the construction, maintenance and repair of the electrical transmission and distribution system.  Knowledge and experience in the operations of an electrical utility is mandatory.  Responsibility includes coordination of complex professional engineering work in planning, designing, estimating and preparing specifications for building electrical distribution systems.  Assures that citizen complaints and inquiries within areas of responsibility are resolved with professional tact and courtesy.  Required to be available on a 24-hour emergency call out basis.  Work requires the use of wide latitude for independent judgment and initiative within established technical standards and practices and established City policies and procedures.  The person in this position is solely accountable for the fulfillment of all duties and authority commensurate with assigned responsibilities.


Reports to:            City Manager

Supervises:            All Electric Utility Employees



  1. Oversees the selection, training, development, motivation, discipline and evaluation of Electric Department employees for purposes of maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of services by the Electric Department to the ratepayers of the City of Green Cove Springs.
  2. Establishes Departmental goals and objectives; develops, implements, reviews, evaluates, and revises plans and policies toward achieving the established goals and objectives.
  3. Responsible for the development and preparation of the Electric Department’s annual operating and capital expenditures and/or improvement budgets, including  preventative and routine maintenance scheduling; responsible for ensuring compliance with expenditures and schedules during the fiscal year.
  4. Reviews fees, rates, operations, policies and procedures, and training for the Department.
  5. Supervises operations and activities of the Electric Utility and associated personnel, including ensuring compliance with intergovernmental permits, policies and procedures.
  6. Manages consultants and engineering firms on projects.
  7. Provides the appropriate leadership, assistance and direction to achieve teamwork among all Electric Utility employees to ensure the best possible service is provided to the citizens, contractors and others doing business with the City.
  8. Coordinates the preparation of, or develops, engineering plans and specifications including Engineer’s seal, prepares bid specifications, coordinates required advertising for bids, reviews submitted bids and makes necessary recommendations based on lowest and/or best bids, competency of vendors, and the selection criteria.
  9. Attends and participates in various conferences, seminars, technical and committee meetings and public hearings as appropriate; attends City Council, various Boards and other similar meetings; prepares and presents reports, ordinances, agreements and other information as appropriate.
  10. Receives and reviews developer’s plans for proper design and compliance with City standards, codes and ordinances.
  11. Coordinates planning and design work on overhead and underground distribution lines.
  12. Prepares detailed drawings for use of the Electric Utility employees in framing overhead and underground distribution lines.  Provides and maintains transmission and distribution maps.
  13. Responsible for street light network and security lights.
  14. Utilizes computers to perform calculations for electrical load and voltage studies and coordination studies.
  1. Supervises all of the new business activities to provide electric service to new or expanding customers within the City’s territory.
  2. Prepares and submits, as required, technical, economical and other reports related to the transmission and distribution system planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.
  3. Prepares the electric utility for industry technology changes, market trends, and advanced automation techniques to better serve our ratepayers and improve system reliability.
  4. Responds to public or other inquiries relative to department policies and procedures with professional tact and courtesy; develops and implements recommendations for their satisfactory resolution.
  5. Responsible for electric utility interface with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and its regional authority, Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC), for the safe operation of the bulk electric systems (BES).
  6. Assumes the role of “NERC Compliance Officer” for the utility.Fulfills membership duties of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), including attendance of FMEA meetings on the City’s behalf.
  7. Fulfills membership duties of the Florida Municipal Power Association (FMPA), including attendance of FMPA meetings on the City’s behalf.
  8. These essential job functions are not to be considered as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as necessary and consistent with the position.


  • Considerable knowledge and expertise on the principles, practices, standards and techniques of electrical engineering as related to transmission and distribution line construction, maintenance and repair.
  • Knowledge of the equipment, tools and supplies required to accomplish all operations of the Electric Department.
  • Ability to read blueprints, specifications and maps.
  • Ability to keep complex and accurate records.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate a wide range of Electric Department systems and activities in a timely, effective and efficient manner.
  • Ability to supervise employees through Electric Superintendent.
  • Ability to create a positive image to the public relative to the Electric Department programs.
  • Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing; working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures; working knowledge of governmental utility billing principles and practices; knowledge of electric field operations.
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations accurately and quickly; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish successful working relationships; ability to work under pressure and/or frequent interruptions; ability to work with residential and corporate customers.
  • Demonstrated successful program management experience.
  • Ability to use computer software applications including word-processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Knowledge of the use and care of electrical test meters and instruments.
  • Ability to plan projects, prepare cost estimates, determine materials and labor needed to effectively complete the job, conduct engineering research, make inspections, and prepare progress and accomplishments reports.


  • Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related field is required.
  • Training and experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of electric systems. Experience in planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a transmission and/or distribution electric system. 
  • Knowledge of safety in operations.  
  • Requires a minimum of ten (10) years experience in the electric utility industry, including five (5) years of extensive management experience. 
  • Management experience includes duties as a Director,  Assistant Director, or Operations Manager in an electric utility. 
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered for the minimum qualifications. 


Must possess a valid Florida Drivers License, and maintain compliance with Vehicle Use Policy requirements, Section 8.15 (c) in the City’s Personnel Manual.


  • Good vision (with or without correction)
  • Good hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Personal computing abilities
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing


Works inside and outside in various weather conditions.


Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and

requirements of the job change.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.