Job Details

Position Title:Electric Operations Manager
Reference Number:12.072
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY: $10,013 to $13,419 MONTHLY (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)

FINAL FILING DATE: Accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

TENTATIVE TEST DATE: Oral Interview Exam: April 9, 2013


The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Electric Operations Manager. The normal work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A flex schedule may be available.

To plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of electric distribution operations within the Electric Utility Department including installation, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric utility distribution system to include line, substations, warehousing, and metering; to coordinate operation and maintenance activities with other sections, divisions, departments or outside agencies and utilities; and to provide highly responsible technical support to the Assistant Electric Utility Director, Generation and Distribution.


Receives general direction from the Assistant Electric Utility Director, Generation and Distribution.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned supervisory, professional, technical and administrative support staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Develop and implement divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures, and metrics.

• Plan, organize and direct Electric Operations activities including line, field service, substation, construction and maintenance and metering.

• Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Electric Operations work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

• Prepare the Electric Operations budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, training, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.

• Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.

• Review project plans and drawings with supervisors and other staff as appropriate; recommend changes based on field observations and operational requirements; provide technical advice and assistance on difficult work problems.

• Research and develop specifications for electric construction equipment, vehicles, and supplies; develop specifications for electrical construction work to be contracted out.

• Oversee local, state and federal regulatory compliance activities related to area of assignment.

• Manage assets utilizing enterprise asset management software.

• Confer and/or meet with City engineering staff, other City divisions and departments, outside agencies, utility customers, and contractors regarding projects.

• Represent the division and department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.

• Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of electrical theory as applied to electrical circuits and wiring systems.

• Methods, equipment, tools and materials used in electrical underground, overhead, metering or substation construction, maintenance, or repair work.

• Pertinent local, State, Federal rules, regulations and laws.

• Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

• Warehouse and inventory management.

• Principles and practices of research analysis and management.

• Principles and practices of budget development, implementation, and monitoring.

• Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

• Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

• Organize, implement and direct distribution operations operations/activities, while maintaining a successful culture of safety and compliance.

• On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules and procedures; and explain and interpret policy.

• On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

• Interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

• Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Experience and Training


• Five years of increasingly responsible experience in electrical systems construction, maintenance and repair work; including two years of supervisory responsibility.



• Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in electronics, electric engineering, computer science or a related field. Eight years of applicable electric utility experience may be substituted for the education requirement.

License and Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.


1. What has been the biggest challenge in your career? How has this experience shaped how you approach your job today?

2. How would you improve the safety culture in an electric utility operations organization?

3. What experience have you had with NERC/WECC compliance?

4. What actions have you taken to reduce costs and/or improve efficiency in your organization?

Applications and responses to supplemental questionnaire will be screened to those most meeting the needs of the department. Those applicants may be invited to an oral interview exam (weighted 100%). Final appointment is contingent upon a check of past employment references, passing a City-paid pre-employment medical exam, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a fingerprint check.
Job Status:Regular / Benefitted, Salary
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