Under direction from the City Manager, the Utilities Director will plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the assigned divisions within the Utilities Department including water and wastewater operations, laboratory functions, environmental compliance, and utility billing. The position will:
Manage the development and implementation of the Utilities Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area; prepare and supervise the preparation of the City's long-range future growth and development plans and programs.
Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for assigned programs and services.
Represent the Utilities Department to other departments, elected officials, citizens and outside agencies.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; conduct rate studies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Participate in the development, implementation and administration of the City's capital improvement program as it relates to City-owned utilities and facilities.
Provide responsible staff assistance to the City Manager; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; recommend modifications to utility programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.
Participate on and provide staff assistance to a variety of boards, commissions and committees.
The ideal candidate will have:
Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible utility program management experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental engineering, civil engineering, public or business administration or a related field. A Master’s degree in business, public administration, civil engineering or related field is preferred.
The ability to manage and direct a comprehensive utilities program.
Advanced leadership and management skills in budgeting, operations, administration and supervision;
Strengths in written and oral communication on a variety of complex and/or controversial topics;
The ability to work corroboratively with an innovative and progressive executive team;
Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Grand Junction, the western gateway to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is located 250 miles west of Denver and 270 miles east of Salt Lake City. A city of 60,000, Grand Junction is the regional center for Colorado's Western Slope and Eastern Utah and serves as the county seat for Mesa County.
The local economy is diverse and key drivers include tourism, agriculture, manufact...uring, health care, energy development and retail. Grand Junction is home to many specialty manufacturers and high-tech start-ups as well. There are four area hospitals and a regional airport located in Grand Junction. Colorado Mesa University, with an average annual enrollment of about 10,000 students, and Western Colorado Community College actively contribute to the quality of the community.
Surrounded by over 1.2 million acres of public lands, Grand Junction is a center for activities that include world-class mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, skiing, rock-climbing and other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round. Grand Junction hosts community and cultural events throughout the year that include the Junior College Baseball World Series, Grand Junction Symphony and tours of the over 20 wineries of the Grand Valley.
Grand Junction's "small-town feel" and picturesque beauty make it a desirable location for business development as well as an ideal environment to live and work.