Utilities Director

Company Name: City of Palo Alto
Phone Number: (800) 525-9082
City: Palo Alto
State/Provence: California
Zip: 94303
Job Title: Utilities Director
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: May 13, 2016
Salary: Salary
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time Type: Hours

Located between San Francisco and San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 66,000 residents and is home to Stanford University and more than 7,000 businesses. The City is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological, medical, and green innovation. Palo Alto is a Charter City with a council/manager form of government and a nine-member City Council elected at-large. Unique among California cities, Palo Alto is a full-service municipality that owns and operates gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse, storm drainage and fiber services. In addition, it is one of a small number of California cities with an AAA bond rating. There are roughly 270 full-time employees in the Utilities department and the department’s budget is $269 million. Current and upcoming initiatives for the Department include long-range plans for dealing with the drought and water supply options; long-range electric supply portfolio plans that incorporate renewable power; electrification plans that reduce reliance on natural gas for energy; comprehensive capital improvement plans for all five utilities, and rate design for all five utilities. The Utilities Director oversees the planning, construction, operations, maintenance and finances for all five utilities. The Director of Utilities reports to the City Manager and works closely with the Assistant City Manager to oversee and guide the development and implementation of the Utilities Department’s plans, programs and policies. The Director acts as departmental liaison to a Utilities Advisory Commission, and is regularly expected to represent the Department with citizens, in regulatory forums, in industry groups, and at state, regional, and joint-powers organizations of which the City is a member (such as the Northern California Power Agency, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, and the California Municipal Utilities Association).

Experience Required:

The ideal candidate will build upon Palo Alto’s current record of safety, reliability and value. He/she must be an industry visionary with an impressive track record of leading meaningful and effective change. Candidates should have ten years of increasingly responsible experience in engineering, operations and/or business administration in a utility which include five years of service in a senior management capacity. He/she must have a proven ability to thrive in a dynamic and highly visible environment that embraces public engagement and input. Palo Alto’s Utilities Director must be forward thinking and highly strategic, coupled with attentiveness to critical administrative and operational details. It will also be important for the new director to be an inspiring mentor and someone who is committed to environmental sustainability and fiscal responsibility. The successful candidate must possess a broad awareness of industry trends and best practices and should have previous experience interacting with elected and/ or appointed officials, as well as regulatory representatives. Experience in a multi-utility organization is considered ideal. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering, business, public administration or a field directly relevant to the management of a utility is required. A master’s degree in public or business administration or a related field is preferred. The salary range for the Utilities Director is open, competitive and will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, Palo Alto offers a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply:

The closing date for this recruitment is midnight, Friday, June 13, 2016.
To be considered for this opportunity, please email a resume to: Patrick Prouse via email pprouse@mfpllc.us or call 800-525-9082.

Posting End Date: June 13, 2016