Electric Utility Manager

Management Bargaining Unit

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Position is open until filled.

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


The Electric Utility Manager will report directly to the General Manager. This position may be either a regular full or part-time position. Responsibilities for this position include organizing, directing, and supporting an ongoing program to supply retail electric service within the District; management of the District’s solar and hydroelectric electrical generation resources; advising the Board of Directors on energy-related issues, including Tri-Dam Project and Tri-Dam Power Authority issues; evaluating and recommending the development of additional electrical generation facilities; review and monitoring of energy use at all District facilities and development of District policy regarding energy usage; representation of the District’s interests in the local community and before legislative and regulatory agencies in regards to energy matters; assisting the Board of Directors and the General Manager on other District matters.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assist the General Manager and Board of Directors in developing District policy regarding energy issues.
  2. Provide planning, organization, and technical support for the District’s program to supply retail electric service to the District residents. This includes further development and refinement of future business operations plans and transmission and distribution plans for startup of a future, publicly-owned retail electric utility.
  3. Evaluate and recommend the development of additional electrical generation and storage projects utilizing renewable resources
  4. Review and support Tri-Dam Project and Tri-Dam Power Authority energy matters and power marketing matters, and advise the Board of Directors and General Manager as necessary.
  5. Review the District’s mini-hydro projects: annual generation and revenue; operations and maintenance; and assess potential optimization of these resources; make recommendations on these matters as necessary.
  6. Recommend other means of optimizing the long-term value of the District’s energy resources for the District’s customers and the community.
  7. Manage special projects as assigned.
  8. Assist the Public and Government Relations Manager in monitoring and, as necessary, participating in legislative activities that have the potential to impact the ability of the District to perform its duties and responsibilities in the energy sector.
  9. Work with the District’s legal counsel and outside experts to prepare and give testimony on energy-related matters before the CPUC, FERC, and in any administrative or legal proceeding where testimony may be necessary.
  10. Assist the District in resolving issues related to utility rights-of-way and encroachments upon District property/easements by other utilities.
  11. Review invoices from various utilities as necessary, to assure the District is properly billed for services received and, where problems occur, propose and administer procedures for resolution.
  12. Provide advice and assistance to the Board, General Manager and staff, as requested, for the general good of the District.
  1. Must have a minimum of five years of experience as the CEO/General Manager of a public agency, private corporation or major division of an electric utility with responsibility for energy and related matters.
  2. Must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the field of engineering, resource management, business administration, public administration or related field. Must have experience in public sector finance, budget preparation and administration.
  3. Must have experience in policy development and have a working knowledge of Board/staff relationships with public agencies.
  4. Must have experience in electric utility staffing, finance and operations. Experience in electric utility acquisition preferred, but not required.
  5. Must have experience in acquisition and sale of power, including familiarity with power markets, as well as experience in development of electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities.
  6. Must have demonstrated ability to work constructively and openly with elected officials to carry out their policy directives.
  7. Must have knowledge and understanding of California energy issues and be able to work with individual customers and the local community to inform them regarding the Districts activities related to energy.
  8. Must be customer focused and have a demonstrated commitment to public service and to working closely with members of the general public.
  9. Must be agreeable to work with any member of the staff and/or with the Board on any District related issue that is necessary to fulfill the Districts mission and responsibilities.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.
At least five years of experience as the CEO/General Manager of a public agency, private corporation or major division of an electric utility with responsibility for energy and related matters.
License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. A good driving record of at least two (2) years duration, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents. Possession of and continuance of a driving record that does not cause adverse effect on the District’s automobile insurance rates is required.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with occasional travel from site to site.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


All persons selected for appointment for a permanent position must pass a medical examination paid for by the District. This medical examination will evaluate the applicant’s ability to meet the physical and health status requirements for this classification as stipulated in the District’s medical standards. The examination also includes a chemical screening.

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. They are not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time-to-time as deemed necessary or prudent by the General Manager.