The City of Naperville seeks an accomplished power transmission & distribution industry professional to lead, direct, plan & organize the Electric Utility as itsDirector.
As a public utility owned by the customers it serves, Naperville's electric utility has proudly served the community for 120 years. Bringing power to 60,000 customers each month, the utility provides reliable, quality, responsive and cost-efficient services in support of the health, welfare & growth of the City. This is achieved principally by effective operation, maintenance and replacement activities; a well-planned and executed capital improvement program; an active employee safety and training program; and continuous public information.Locally controlled and managed, the Naperville Electric Utility provides rates that are among the lowest in the state. Other benefits of local management include greater reliability, efficiency and quicker responsiveness to customer concerns. The 4th largest city in Illinois, Naperville purchases electric power from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), a not-for-profit joint action agency comprised of 32 municipal electric systems that work together to provide power supply for themselves. Membership in IMEA enables the City's electric customers to reap the benefits of ownership in electrical generation facilities that provide greater opportunity for rate stabilization to 2035 and beyond. The electric utility maintains 16 substations, 60 miles of transmission (20 miles of 138kV and 40 miles of 34.5kV) and 1000 miles of distribution lines (of which 90% are underground), and has a 350 MW peak demand / 1,400,000 MWh annually. Naperville's electric grid was enhanced and modernized via the installation of 57,000 smart-meters with a wireless mesh and fiber-optic backbone network several years ago.
Duties Ensuring the provision of quality, reliable, responsive and cost effective electric service to the City's residential, commercial, industrial and institutional / governmental customers, the Utility Director functions as a strategic partner with other City departments and with the community. A member of the City's executive leadership team, and reporting to the Deputy City Manager, the Electric Utility Director supervises three persons, and is indirectly accountable for approximately 106 employees. The Director prepares, administers and monitors the annual operating and capital improvement budgets for the Electric Utility Fund. Anticipating future needs and delivering efficient programs based on long-term financial planning, the Director oversees revenues & expenditures and purchasing & payables for the electric utility.
Primary obligations and imperatives include:
Providing innovative & effective leadership to electric utility operations, employees, programs & larger projects(divisions include Transmission & Distribution Engineering, Utility Technology Systems, Automation & Communication, Electric Supply & Control, Distribution Operations, Planning, and Customer Connections). Developing deputy directors, managers and supervisors in the areas of employee involvement, empowerment, decision making and risk taking.
Integrating the city's strategic plan into operational goals for the electric utility. Proactively anticipating and addressing issues, problems and opportunities facing the community.
Refining and improving internal processes and systems for the expeditious delivery of electric utility services. Identifying realistic & measurable departmental goals and objectives, and developing & implementing procedures which strategically support those goals. Clearly communicating goals and objectives to electric utility staff members and measures goal attainment. Regularly auditing the effectiveness of programs, policies and procedures.
Planning new construction projects for system expansion and improvements, and providing design input to staff engineers and outside consultants. Providing administrative management for construction projects under contract.
Reviewing development plans for municipal growth and related public utility improvements & additions; directing cost-of-service rate analysis and studies, long-term fiscal planning, and strategic planning for public utility service; and communicating with utility customers, other City departments, various governmental agencies and the general public (this includes attending City Council, Director's Leadership Team, Utility Advisory Board meetings, and regular Illinois Municipal Electric Agency gatherings).
The Electric Utility Directoralsoparticipates in labor union contract negotiations, administers collective bargaining agreement provisions and resolves employee grievances; refines and improves internal processes and systems for the expeditious delivery of electric utility services (identifying and communicating realistic departmental goals & objectives, and developing & implementing procedures which strategically support those goals); and regularly measures goal attainment. As the leader of the utility, the Director provides for excellent customer-focused, results-oriented services; promotes a public and employee safety-based culture; fosters employee innovation, creativity, goal orientation and accountability; and advances & supports the strategic use of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of electric utility services.
At a minimum, applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in engineeringpluseight or more years of increasingly responsible experience in managing a comparably-sized electric utility (including the accountability for personnel, facilities, operations, maintenance, and construction management),plusa valid State of Illinois Class D Driver's License.
Preferred credentialsinclude anElectricalEngineering degree, a Master's degree in Business Administration, and an Illinois Professional Engineer designation. Strongly preferred candidates will possess knowledge of electric supply, transmission, distribution and metering, municipal budgeting procedures, and cost-of-service utility rate studies. They will have superior communication and presentation skills. Top candidates will possess proven abilities to demonstrate leadership in managing personnel, programs and budgets, to analyze and evaluate operating/maintenance issues, to direct and evaluate subordinate personnel, and to establish & maintain effective working relationships with customers, administrators, employees and the general public.