Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities

Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems
 Bath, New York
Job Description

Service Competitive Position

Compensation: A competitive compensation and benefits package offered and commensurate with experience.

Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) is the municipal utility department of the Village of Bath (1). BEGWS is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Village-owned electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. BEGWS has been serving its utility customers in the Village of Bath and nearby areas in the Town of Bath since 1938 when BEGWS was established. BEGWS strives to provide safe, reliable and affordable utility services to its customers.

The Village of Bath Municipal Utility Commission is responsible for the overall management of BEGWS. The Director of Municipal Utilities is responsible for the day-to- day management and oversight of BEGWS. The Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities assists and supports the Director in the day-to-day management and oversight.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

Highly responsible professional, technical, and administrative work assisting with directing the overall operation of BEGWS. The Assistant Director assists and supports the Director in supervising staff, managing professional and construction contracts, and overseeing employees, consultant(s) and/or contractor(s) providing services associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. The Assistant Director assists in developing long range plans, developing policies and procedures, managing utility programs, preparing, implementing, and overseeing the BEGWS budget. The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Director in monitoring the financial performance of BEGWS to ensure that rates and charges are adequate to recover the costs of each utility while maintaining competitive rates. The Assistant Director assists the Director in evaluating documents, reports, etc. on utility matters and reporting to the Village of Bath Municipal Utility Commission, and the Village of Bath Mayor and Board of Trustees as required.

The work is performed under the general oversight of the Director, with broad leeway for the exercise of independent judgement in the application of laws, regulations, policies and procedures for specific tasks and assignments. Supervision is exercised over the work of some and/or all BEGWS employees, as assigned.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The Village of Bath is located in Steuben County and is just minutes away from beautiful Keuka Lake, one of the major Finger Lakes in the United States. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the scenic views, fishing, boating, lakefront restaurants and wineries of Keuka Lake.

  • Assists in the planning, directing, coordinating, and administering of activities and personnel of BEGWS in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the planning and development of long/short range financing and capital improvement programs; assists with overseeing and leading the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for utility activities and programs.
  • Assists with the preparation and implementation of the BEGWS budget and long- range capital plans. Ensure operations are maintained within the approved budgeted.
  • Assists in the review and approval of contracts, progress payments, purchase orders, and accounts payable invoices.
  • Assists with managing the development of goals and objectives, policies and procedures for utility activities and programs.
  • Assists with managing the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies to maintain and enforce production, safety and work standards and to improve system reliability.
  • Ensures employees have the necessary training and equipment to safely perform assigned duties.
  • As needed, represents BEGWS at Village Board Meetings and committees concerning utility issues.
  • As needed, makes presentations to elected/appointed officials, department heads, staff/public/private agencies/groups regarding utility issues, programs and projects.
  • Assists in preparing rates studies, submitting to the NYS Public Service Commission (for the electric and gas utilities) and/or the Village Board (for the water and sewer utilities), and responding to interrogatory requests and answering questions accordingly.
  • Assists with implementing rates and charges, including field adjustments, that are sufficient to fully fund the utility’s operation and maintenance expenses including supply, paying debt service, and funding the utility capital programs while maintaining satisfactory debt service coverage.
  • Responsible for maintaining rates that are competitive and fairly distribute costs among BEGWS utility customers in the Village of Bath and nearby areas in the Town of Bath.
  • Assists in reviewing developer’s agreements permits, and engineering plans.
  • Assists with reviewing and approving drawings and specifications for all system replacements, additions, etc.
  • Assists in reviewing and controlling BEGWS inventory, warehousing and purchasing.

(These Essential Job Functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Ability to visualize, develop, plan, organize and direct improvements, extensions, operations and maintenance of the electric, gas, water and sewer utilities.
  • Ability to develop long term plans and strategies to evaluate work accomplishments; prepare highly technical reports and train, develop, organize and supervise personnel/staff/employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; work effectively with elected/appointment officials, department heads, representatives of other agencies, other utilities, other Village employees and the general public.
  • Knowledge and experience in business and strategic management, finance, accounting, and engineering principles and practices governing the operations of utility systems.
  • Knowledge of laws, ordinances, regulations, and statutes which govern electric, gas, water and sewer utility systems and of governmental organization and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and accident prevention methods in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to utilize common Microsoft Office products such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to think outside the box
  • Orientation toward service
  • Quality driven
  • Goal oriented
  • Resourceful
  • Sense of ownership and responsibility
  • Good professional judgement
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Loyal and dedicated
  • Ability to interact effectively with others
  • Understands the importance of teamwork

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree AND five (5) years of experience in finance, accounting, engineering, utility systems operations, business and strategic management, labor relations, or related field.
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