The City of Bellevue Utilities Department is seeking an experienced and forward-thinking Deputy Director to help lead a dynamic team that provides high quality drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and solid waste services. The Deputy Director reports to the Utilities Director and provides direction and leadership for the Department's internal operations and strategic planning functions, helping ensure that the Department's utility services are managed for the benefit of Bellevue's ratepayers and the community as a whole. The Deputy Director provides oversight and direct supervision of Assistant Directors for Utilities Operations & Maintenance and Engineering, and represents the department to the community, City Council, City Manager, Environmental Services Commission, other City departments, and outside agencies.
The City of Bellevue is a dynamic, multi-cultural, future-focused, and high performing City. The City invests in its employees and encourages and rewards employee growth and development. Bellevue is noted for its diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. The National League of Cities issued Bellevue its Cultural Diversity Award in 2015. Livability.com ranked Bellevue number 14 on its 2015 Top 100 Best Places to live.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve on the executive leadership team for the Utilities Department, which provides oversight of utility policies, programs, organizational structure, budget and rates, personnel matters, and executive level decision-making.
Lead and manage the development and implementation of the Department's strategic planning and key strategic initiatives.
Oversee the prepare annual work plans and performance management systems.
Provide executive level oversight on the Utilities budget and rate-making process, including cost of service analyses and evaluation of program effectiveness.
Provide oversight of the Department's operation and maintenance programs, including Asset Management, SCADA, facilities, etc.
Provide executive leadership for the Department's Smart Water Program (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) for Utilities.
Provide oversight of the Department's $30-45 million annual capital improvement program, including capital planning, project management, design, and construction management.
Serve on the City's Emergency Operations Board and provide oversight of emergency management activities for the utility, including training, planning, and regional partnerships.
Prepare and present material to the City Council, City Manager, and official boards when required.
Serve as the Department liaison to the City's Environmental Services Commission.
Participate in and represent the City and department in labor negotiations with represented employees.
Represent the Department at professional and governmental meetings, citizen advisory committees, regional agencies, and to the media; stay abreast of trends and innovations in the field of utilities and public works.
Assist the Director in organizing and leading the Utilities Management Team in responding to Department and City-wide issues.
Establish and maintain a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
Participate in Department human resources activities, including hiring, performance management, manager/supervisor training, and discipline.
Act as Utilities Director in his/her absence.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Works under the broad policy guidance of the Utilities Director.
Exercises supervision over Utilities Division Assistant Directors and administrative support staff either directly or indirectly, as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of public and business administration as applied in a large organization. Utility experience is preferred.
Ability to prioritize work, meet multiple deadlines and adapt to dynamic and changing priorities.
Ability to function in both a strategic and tactical manner.
Considerable knowledge of state and federal legislative processes and regulatory requirements.
Familiarity and experience with emergency operations including National Incident Management System and Incident Command System protocols.
Skill in effective, clear and persuasive oral and written communications to individuals and groups.
Ability to negotiate and administer contracts with outside vendors and service providers.
Ability to provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to department personnel at all levels.
Skill in resolving conflicts and gaining cooperation among competing interest groups.
Analytical skills and knowledge of budget process and administrative procedures as applied in a large organization.
Proficiency in the use of office equipment, computers and MS Office software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Ability to establish positive working relationships with department divisions, other City Departments, policy makers, City Manager's Office and external stakeholders.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering or related field; an M.S. or M.P.A. is preferred.
Eight or more years of progressively responsible related experience in a management capacity within public utilities and/or public works; prior experience as a director, high-level manager or assistant director (or equivalent position) is preferred.
Managerial experience in engineering and/or operations in a utility or related setting.
Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Professional Engineering license preferred but not required.
About City of Bellevue
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 130,000. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 130,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. You can learn a lot about the city from news releases, the It's Your City newsletter and Bellevue Television.
While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling the place "a city in a park." The city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.
Sales at local shopping complexes are always an attraction, but a strawberry festival and an arts and crafts fair each draw thousands each year. During the holiday season, the Garden d'Lights display at the Bellevue Botanical Garden attracts visitors from far and wide. Artists from around the country enter striking new works in the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition.
The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve.