• Electric Operations Superintendent

    Posted: 05/11/2022


    This is professional work directing the distribution activities of the Electric Department. Work involves
    responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the construction, maintenance, and repair of the
    electrical system, metering, ROW tree trimming, and line clearance; supervising related projects, and
    directing high-performing teams.

    The Operations Superintendent shall demonstrate leadership, management, technical, and customer service skills through effective communications and collaboration, proper use of team resources, progressive decision making, personal accountability, ethical conduct and responsibility.


    1. Plans and directs the distribution operations of the electrical system.
    2. Supervises directly or indirectly a variety of line, metering, substation, and vegetation crews.
    3. Conduct a variety of personnel and staffing functions including hiring, retaining, leading, coaching,
    developing, and evaluating the performance of high-performing teams. Assigns work duties;
    monitors the quality and progress of work performed by staff. Recommends selection, promotion,
    discipline, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
    4. Assists with investigating and evaluating the best application of new developments in the electric
    power industry and implementing other means of securing maximum efficiency of personnel and
    5. Assist in preparing annual departmental budgets and managing expenditures.
    6. Formulates, implements, and monitors effectiveness of all administrative and operational policies,
    practices and procedures. Ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws,
    ordinances, rules, and regulations; and ensures that staff are in compliance with these policies,
    practices and procedures.
    7. Assures effective communication of the utilities vision, business values, business plan, and other
    pertinent information important to key stakeholders such as employees, City Commission, and key
    8. Reviews engineering requirements of the electrical system and participates in evaluating system
    needs; works with consultants and others in the design of projects; participates in securing rights-of way and easements.
    9. Reviews projects while work is in progress and upon completion, and provides technical advice and
    assistance when required.
    10. Serves and participates on external boards as designated by the Director.


    Education and Experience:

    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Advanced specialty courses in technical fields applicable to electrical operations. (e.g. Journeyman
      Lineman, Electrical Engineering, or related technology.)
    • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible management experience in a major operational area of a municipal, investor-owned, or cooperative electric utility.

    Knowledge of:

    • Supervisory practices and effective employee supervision.
    • Customer Service policies.
    • Safety and application of safe practices to the execution of all work.
    • Principles and practices of electrical theory and engineering as applied to utilities systems.
    • Program/project management principles and techniques (including the ability to analyze operating
      procedures and recommend program improvement, and program restructuring as needed.)
    • Analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to collect, develop, assess, and blend information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources.
    • Critical and creative thinking to assess and resolve problems or issues by gathering and assessing
      information, taking advice, and using judgement that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations, or law.
    • Management principles and practices associated with the operation of utility systems.
    • The characteristics and use of tools and equipment used in power line clearance and power line maintenance.
    • Electric utility distribution, sub-transmission distribution, metering, and substations.
    • Urban forestry and power line trimming practices.
    • The construction, maintenance, and repair of high voltage electrical systems, including methods, materials, and tools used in the profession.

    Ability to:

    • Visualize, develop, and plan improvements to the utility system.
    • Maintain independence, objectivity, and professional integrity in all circumstances.
    • Work under high levels of stress, with frequent interruptions and with tight and often changing deadlines.
    • Delegate authority and responsibility.
    • Conduct strategic and long-range planning.
    • Communicate with excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate complex information and issues clearly and concisely.
    • Function with a high degree of independence and utilize sound professional judgement, demonstrate planning and organizational skills, establish priorities, programs, and acceptable performance levels for their functional area.
    • Handle confidential or sensitive information.
    • Maintain composure and exercise good judgement when answering demanding questions with
      potentially difficult customers.
    • Make appropriate decisions regarding safety procedures, solve problems and ensure compliance
      with safety policies and procedures.
    • Effectively plan, organize, and direct the activities of staff; schedule, oversee, and monitor assigned work.
    • Provide a high level of customer service to other division and departments, outside agencies, and the general public and present self in a professional manner including displaying a professional appearance.
    • Review and analyze engineering plans, prints, reports, and records.
    • Operate a variety of motorized vehicles.
    • Utilize computers and tablets as record keeping and scheduling tool, which includes previous working knowledge of word processing, email, and spreadsheet application, and specialized electric utility planning, scheduling, and operations applications.
    • Troubleshoot and solve problems, plan and layout work, identify and assemble required tools and supplies, and successfully complete assignments.

    Special Requirements:
    Must possess a valid State of Michigan driver's license.


    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The City of Bay City does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, familial status, height, material status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.

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