MANAGER OF UTILITIES ADMINISTRATION

  • Port of Oakland
  • Oakland, California
  • Nov 09, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Administrative Analysis and Research Clerical and Administrative Support Utilities
  • Salary: $12,239.00 - $15,161.00 Monthly

Job Description

*** All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm, on the closing date of the recruitment.  PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please follow all submission instructions to ensure your application is complete with attached resume.  Late applications will not be accepted beyond the closing time and date for any reason, including any technical issues, such as system, browser, or computer failures, etc. ***

The Port is currently recruiting for the position of Manager of Utilities Administration.  Under general direction the Manager of Utilities Administration is responsible for all aspects of the Port of Oakland utility business including overall strategy, rate analysis and administration, asset management and systems monitoring and reporting. The Port operates as a Municipal Utility providing electricity, water, gas and sanitary sewer service to the Port and its tenants in the Seaport, the Oakland International airport and the commercial real estate held by the Port.   
 
The incumbent has oversight over the management of energy and related utility commodities resource planning and development, budgeting, and the negotiation and fulfillment of utility power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements with utility companies, tenants and utility customers.  This position includes analysis of statistical data and contracts; development and enforcement of pricing and rate information; preparation and management of operating budgets, analysis of engineering, environmental, and legislative/regulatory information; preparation of documents for elected and appointed officials; and evaluation of staff and other resource needs in support of the effective administration of Division functions.   The incumbent works in coordination with the Port's Engineering Design Departments to plan, design and implement utility asset improvement projects.
 
Anticipating continued growth at the Port and the goal of becoming a zero-emissions Port, the incumbent will coordinate with Port Engineering and Revenue Divisions to develop and implement strategies to meet these needs.  Strategies include infrastructure upgrades, micro-grid development and power purchasing strategies.  The preferred candidate will therefore have experience in capital program development in addition to utility business and compliance experience.

Examples of Duties: Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed. Incumbent may perform other related duties at the equivalent level.
  • Performs and/or manages long and near-term strategic and facility planning, intended to maximize revenue and return on investment, and achieve other business goals of the Revenue Divisions and the Port as a whole.  Evaluates utility infrastructure needs and works closely with staff to analyze economic, industry and historical data to project and interpret trends in order to manage assets effectively and plan for future needs; integrates marketing and business development activities into all job functions to ensure alignment of Port wide strategic goals and objectives.
  • Assists with or leads the negotiation and creation of various types of agreements and/or programs with tenants and utility customers.  Develops, directs and/or oversees the development of utility rates and related policies and procedures, including amendment, publication, interpretation, and enforcement of the Port's maritime Tariff, utility rate tariffs and other agreements that govern the Port's utility business.
  • Receives or responds to input and complaints from customers, community, regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations, and elected officials on various issues that may arise.  Evaluates potential solutions or opportunities to address the input received and responds accordingly.  Develops programs and sets priorities based on critical analysis of competing interests among stakeholders.
  • Sets priorities and helps develop strategies for the Engineering/Utility Administration that reflect business goals while maintaining consistency and compatibility with Port-wide goals, priorities, and available resources.  Contributes significantly to Port internal strategic planning efforts and organizational changes or policies that affect the revenue Divisions.
  • In conjunction with other Port divisions and departments, monitors regulatory and legislative developments, provides input and review of environmental, energy and regulatory issues and programs that affect maritime and airport activities, provides technical or policy-level input in support of Port advocacy, and engages business partners (i.e. Investment owned Utilities) as necessary when such items may have significant impact on Port maritime activity.
  • Manages, through subordinate employees and/or employees in other Departments or Divisions, the functions of collecting metering and billing data, preparing budgets, monitoring tenant utility account status, and coordinating delinquency collection; exercises judgment, where necessary, in the interpretation of the Utility Rate Tariff and agreements as related to these activities; enforces compliance of the Port's Tariff and various agreements by coordinating compliance and collection activities with the Chief Wharfinger, Property Manager(s), Port financial and audit services, the Port Attorney's Office, and other applicable Port staff.
  • Plans and oversees development and implementation of the Department's operating budget.  Ensures implementation of Port-wide expense targets related to the Division; identifies savings opportunities or areas of additional need; advocates for additional budget allocation if needed; works closely with Finance to track and understand actual to budget expenditures for the different utility cost centers.
  • Represents the Port in the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) Commission, the Utility Directors meeting, and on relevant committees.  Manages preparation of all Port documents and presentations for the L&R, UD and ROC Committee, and actively participates in other committees/aspects of NCPA.
  • Monitors the Port's utility infrastructure assets to ensure systems are in optimal condition; utilizes technology to manage utility business systems including Geographic Information System (GIS), Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Asset Management system, as well as other system applications, databases, and technology infrastructure required to monitor utilities infrastructure operations.
  • Prepares and presents reports, other documents, strategies, and recommendations for various audiences, including the Board of Port Commissioners.
  • Develops work policies and procedures; directs the supervision and evaluation of assigned staff; plans and oversees staff training and development, as available, to enhance Division-wide effectiveness.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
This position requires education and experience reflecting possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  A typical combination for each of the engineering departments would be graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, business, economics or closely related field PLUS five (5) years of experience at a responsible level in engineering, administration, rate setting, resource planning, power contracts, power trading, risk management, or power operations, in the electric utility industry or related field are required with at least two (2) years of experience supervising staff.
A master's degree in engineering, economics or business administration may be substituted for up to two (2) years of experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
To perform the typical tasks and duties of the position successfully, the knowledge, skills and/or abilities listed below are required.
Knowledge of:
  • Utility industry and accounts specifically as relating to customer and POU agreements, facility development, budgeting and budget analysis principles and practices.
  • Engineering operations and procedures.
  • Research techniques and statistical analysis and projection, including the planning and conducting of studies and investigations necessary to effect solutions to broadly stated problems.
  • Spreadsheet software.
  • Asset management principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of project management and planning
  • Regulatory and legislative frameworks in California and Federal government.
  • Supervisory methods, principles and practices.
  • Utility industries rules and regulations, management practices, tariffs and service planning.
  • Medium voltage substation and distribution system design.
Ability to:
  • Develop policies and programs in managing the utilities business.
  • Develop utility master plan(s) for the utility infrastructure.
  • Lead the department to administrate the Port's utilities business.
  • Design utilities tariffs.
  • Develop utility service policies to support Revenue Divisions on lease and easement agreements.
  • Manage the works related to the utilities design, services and standards.
  • Manage and supervise the coordination and the contract negotiations with the utility companies.
  • Manage utility business related activities, including rate setting, power procurement, utility budget and billing, business accounting, and utility business and resource planning.
  • Manage and develop utility service and power procurement policies.
  • Manage the negotiation of the utility service agreements with customers.
  • Prepare, monitor and control department and utilities budgets
  • Provide support and guidance to other departments and divisions
  • Negotiate, administer, and enforce a variety of complex agreements.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including planning and preparation of material and effective presentation of instructions and information to others.
  • Identify, research, and solve a wide range of work-related problems, including customer or other stakeholder concerns.
  • Manage multiple tasks through effective uses of subordinate staff and inter-departmental coordination, and have a high work level capacity.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and procedures, work standards and internal controls.
  • Supervise and direct subordinate professional and support staff; interpret and enforce administrative/operational polices, practices and procedures; analyze and solve problems of a complex nature.
  • Analyze complex administrative and program information, evaluate alternative solutions and recommend or adopt effective courses of action.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties; work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

Stage I:  Application, Résumé, and Supplemental Questionnaire (Pass/Fail) - The first stage in the selection process will consist of an application, résumé, and supplemental questionnaire appraisal review (pass/fail).  Applications submitted without a résumé and completed supplemental questionnaire will not be given further consideration.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to the next stage.  Only the most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to Stage II.

Stage II: Assessment Examination (Weighted 100%) - The second stage of the selection process may consist of a combination of job-related situational project exercises and an oral panel interview designed to assess technical knowledge and any additional KSAs.  Job-related situational project exercises may consist of written exercises, performance exercises or other situational exercises that would assess the KSAs.  The Assessment Examination is designed to test the applicant's overall aptitude for the position.
 
Candidates must achieve a scale score of 70 or more on this examination to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration . The Port reserves the right to modify the selection process, as necessary, to conform to administrative or business necessity.

ADVISORIES

Immigration and Reform Control Act:  In compliance with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, the Port will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.  Social Security card must be presented, and the name on it must match the name on the application.
 
Americans with Disabilities (ADA): In compliance with State and Federal Laws, the Port will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability.  The Port is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the selection process and in the work environment.  Individuals invited to advance in the examination process will be provided the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.

  The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Additional Requirements: Must possess a valid California Class C driver's license at the time and for the duration of appointment.
Must be available for on-call duty as required by emergency situations, or as required for uninterrupted Port operations. Travel may be required as necessary to perform the duties of the job.
Incumbents in this classification may be assigned either to the Airport or Harbor work location.  In order to comply with the security requirements of the Transportation Security Administration/Federal Aviation Administration (TSA/FAA) for incumbents assigned to the airport and U.S. Customs for individuals who have unescorted access to secured areas of the harbor, each incumbent is required to complete and pass a 10-year employment history verification, which will include fingerprinting and a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) prior to being considered for this position.
In addition, the incumbent assigned to the airport may be required to complete and pass a U.S. Customs Airport Security Program Check (19CFR122.182).  This status must be maintained for the duration of employment.
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 11/15/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time