Work experience: Requires a minimum of ten years progressively responsible utility industry experience, electric utility experience preferred, to include at least five years in senior leadership roles.
Essential knowledge and training: A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, finance/accounting, business administration, public administration or other related fields is required. In addition, proven work performance and experience, plus certain, required knowledge, skills and abilities are required to carry out the duties of General Manager. Those requirements include knowledge of public utility systems including operations, management, planning, maintenance, construction and/or personnel requirements. A thorough understanding of the contemporary issues of the electric utility industry in the Pacific Northwest is mandatory. Other skills include effective oral and written communication, ability to make public presentations to a variety of audiences, proven leadership and independent judgment.
Character of supervision received: Policy direction is provided by the Board of Commissioners.
Character of supervision given: General direction is provided to direct reports on a continual basis. Supervisory activity consists of one-on-one discussions, answering questions, offering advice or insight into daily issues. Group supervision occurs during staff meetings where information is shared and work is collaborative.
Responsibility for confidential matters: Routinely handles information related to personnel records, salaries and labor negotiations. Works in a confidential manner with city, county, port and other officials for economic development and other issues within the community. Maintains relationships based on trust with Commissioners, employees and community members. Understands and balances the need for confidentiality with the public’s right to information.
Responsibility for getting along with others: Has contact with employees, consultants, other utilities, local, state and regional agencies and other community leaders. Is responsible for maintaining a positive working relationship with all of them.
Responsibility for accuracy/effect of errors: Maintains a high level of accuracy. Judgment errors could have far-reaching public relations, legal or financial consequences.
Travel: Travel is extensive and frequent. The General Manager’s presence is required at meetings locally, regionally and nationally. Representation at certain events may be delegated to the appropriate staff.
Pressure of work: Pressure and stress arise through the interaction with the press, between departments, Board expectations, customer expectations, deadlines and decision ramifications. The General Manager is ultimately responsible for the decisions and actions of the staff.