The City of Fort Collins, Colorado is seeking a new Utilities Executive Director to provide strategic leadership over the full utility portfolio, including electric, water, wastewater, stormwater, and the emerging fiber broadband service. As a visionary leader, the successful candidate brings a fresh yet experienced voice and perspective to Fort Collins Utilities and leverages new and innovative technology, best practices, and management approaches to ensure safe, secure, reliable, and resilient utility services for the community.
As an integral member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team, the Utilities Executive Director collaborates to develop, convey, execute, and support the City’s business plan and vision. The Utilities Executive Director fosters and maintains strong relationships with City Council, City Leadership, customers, industry partners, and other key stakeholders. This position directly manages four Deputy Directors responsible for Customer Connections, Water Resource and Treatment Operations, Water Engineering and Field Services Operations, Light and Power Operations, and the Director of Strategic Financial Planning and Operations.
The Executive Director prepares short-term and long-range strategies and plans and the Fort Collins Utilities annual budget based on overall City goals and growth objectives. The Executive Director is responsible for continuous improvement of the Utilities portfolio, routinely evaluates overall operations and service levels, and provides regular reports to the City Leadership. The Utilities Executive Director has a strong business mindset coupled with the entrepreneurial approach and industry leadership needed to understand the complexity of the diverse utilities portfolio.
The Executive Director embodies Fort Collins’ core values embracing the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion and supporting their triple-bottom-line approach by assessing economic, environmental, and social impacts to drive decisions. The successful candidate values change and transformation and effectively balances the dynamic evolution of the community with the changing landscape of the utilities industry. With a successful track record of producing results-oriented outcomes, the ideal candidate is excited by the opportunity to lead the Utilities into the future.
The City of Fort Collins offers a competitive comprehensive benefits package, including a market competitive hiring range of $240,000 – $250,000. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, wellness program, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers other benefits, including 401(a) and a 457 deferred compensation plan with an employer contribution, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, and relocation assistance for the successful out of area finalist.
The Utilities Executive Director is required to reside within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area during their tenure in office.
How to Apply
The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to high-quality public service and cultivating an outstanding culture for its employees. As a high-performing government, Fort Collins attracts and employs diverse and competitive talent, retains its workforce through development and growth opportunities, and promotes intelligent risk-taking to address increasingly complex challenges.
Applications will be accepted electronically at raftelis.recruiterbox.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review of applications November 1, 2021.
The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/ driver’s license check prior to the interview. Under the Colorado Open Records Act, information from your application or resume may be subject to public disclosure.
The successful candidate has progressively responsible experience in a utility setting with at least ten years in a senior or executive leadership role. Previous experience leading and managing in a complex environment is essential. Strong business acumen, including financial expertise, is required, with prior experience in portfolio management highly desired. Experience with or understanding of 24x7x365 operations is preferred. With a fresh perspective on the utilities industry, the candidate must value change and transformation and believes in process improvement. Measurable accomplishments developing and implementing energy and water efficiency, conservation, or sustainability policies and programs is helpful.
A bachelor’s degree is required, with a master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Utilities Executive Director will be considered.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
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