Performs difficult and complex professional and administrative work planning and directing the activities of professional, technical, skilled, and semi-skilled employees in the construction, operation, and maintenance of a small municipal electric system.
Plans and directs the general activities of the department related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the small municipal electric system.
Analyzes and approves projects to extend services to developments and industries, approves extension of lines and engineering projects.
Forecasts future power needs; plans, organizes, and directs activities necessary to achieve needs.
Attends meetings and works closely with TVA as wholesale power supplier and regulator to ensure compliance with TVA power contract in all areas.
Reviews, negotiates, and administers SED and TVA contracts with customers.
Communicates regularly with TVA on wholesale rate changes, power supply/FERC updates, and regulatory issues.
Consults with subordinates on work problems, plans, blueprints, specifications and other working papers relating to proposed utility operation, construction, installation, and improvement projects.
Prepares annual operating budgets, analyzes and projects expenditures and cash flows.
OTHER JOB DUTIES
Markets the utility and its services to prospective developers and industries; partners with economic development organizations to enhance commercial and industrial recruitment.
Keeps abreast of modern power distribution and administration methods and practices.
Oversees professional consultants providing engineering, planning, rate studies, and other professional and administrative services to the department.
Bids and administers department contracts for tree trimming, cleaning services, mowing and landscaping, uniforms, poles, transformers, large material purchases; capital outlay items, and capital projects.
Prepares rate actions for board approval including monthly Fuel Cost Adjustment.
Investigates serious customer complaints and works to achieve a peaceful resolution.
Represents the electric department and the City of Springfield to the public in a positive manner at all times.
PRIMARY JOB CHALLENGES
Maintaining a thorough knowledge of all facets of electric utility operations.
Adjusting to diversity of industry competencies necessary to function at a small utility.
Keeping electric utility up to date with current technology and changing industry trends.
Maintaining a stable, competent, and energized workforce in a very competitive market.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Comprehensive knowledge of electric utility organization and operation.
Comprehensive knowledge of the material, methods, practices, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of electric transmission and distribution systems.
Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of electrical engineering as applied to electric utility system construction and maintenance.
Thorough Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Electric Department and City of Springfield.
Thorough knowledge of business management practices as applied to the operation of the utility.
Practical knowledge of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system operation and structure.
Practical knowledge of fiberoptic cable applications for utility operations.
Practical knowledge of SCADA and other load analysis and control tools and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the work of the organization.
Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, employees and the general public.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering, business administration, or related field required; Minimum of five (5) years of practical experience in electrical engineering and/or engineering management; Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in supervision and administration. Master’s degree in business administration preferred, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities.
Must possess a valid Class D driver license issued by the State of Tennessee; Must pass a drug screen and a physical examination based on the essential functions of the job given by the city’s designated physician.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Tennessee desired.
Employee will work both indoors and outdoors and will sit, stand, stoop, walk, and lift objects (less than 25 pounds).
Employee will work in office environment and operate personal computer and/or laptop.
Employee will operate an automobile and/or truck with radio transmitting and receiving capabilities for constant communication access.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering, business administration, or related field required; minimum of five (5) years f practical experience in electrical engineering and/or engineering management; minimum of ten (10) years of experience in supervision and administration. Master's degree in business administration preferred, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Tennessee desired.
Internal Number: ID NUMBER: 78497
About CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
History of Springfield
Tennessee was known as the western territory of North Carolina at the time of Thomas Kilgore’s arrival. The area that is Robertson County today later became a part of Tennessee County, one of three counties in the Mero District of North Carolina. At the time of statehood in 1796, Tennessee County was divided into Montgomery and Robertson counties.
The first General Assembly of Tennessee authorized a county seat for Robertson County by the name of Springfield in 1796. The town was established in 1798, but it was not incorporated until 1819.
The plan for Springfield incorporated 50 acres and provided for a public square, 10 streets, and 66 lots to be sold to the public at the price of $8 each. The first courthouse was built of hand-hewn logs.
During the Civil War, Robertson County men enlisted in the armed forces of the Confederacy and fought at many major battles. Springfield and Robertson County, however, were occupied by Union forces early in the war and remained so until the end of the conflict. The First Presbyterian Church sanctuary was used as a stable by Union cavalry and horseshoe gouges can still be seen today on the original sanctuary floor....
Springfield has served for nearly two centuries as a commercial center for the large agricultural region that surrounds it. The soil and climate of the region are ideally suited to the cultivation of dark-fired tobacco and the plant has had a major economic, social and cultural influence on Springfield and Robertson County since the early 19th century. Robertson County was the 7th largest tobacco producing county in the United States by the year 1890 with a total production of nearly 9,000,000 pounds, and it still remains one of the nation’s largest tobacco producing counties to this day. Springfield and Robertson County have become known as the "Home of the World’s Finest Dark Fired Tobacco."
In addition to being Tennessee’s leading tobacco growing county, Robertson County is among the top 5 counties in the production of wheat, corn, and hay. The county is ranked among the top 10 counties in the production of soybeans and among the top 12 counties in both beef cattle and dairy cattle.
The city’s current population is over 16,000 and is continuing to grow rapidly. Located 30 miles to the north, Springfield is just a 30-minute commute to downtown Nashville, the state capital and "Music City U.S.A." Interstate 24 runs through western Robertson County and Interstate 65 runs north to south through the eastern section of the county.
The newly renovated Robertson County Courthouse is located on The Square, the city’s original downtown commercial district. The Square, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a charming community center bordered by aesthetically pleasing older buildings, most of which were constructed in the 19th century. The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, Robertson County History Museum, specialty shops, restaurants and professional office buildings are all on The Square. The primarily residential Springfield Historic Preservation District is adjacent to The Square. Many of the community’s larger and older churches sit within a block or two of The Square.
Springfield is also home to:
The state of the art, 109-bed NorthCrest Medical Center and its medical office building campus
The Stokes Brown Public Library
Highland Crest College Campus for Volunteer State Community College & Austin Peay State Univ.
The Legacy Golf Course, a Raymond Floyd Signature Course managed by Cornerstone Golf Partners, one of the best public golf courses in Tennessee
The Robertson County Family YMCA
The University of Tennessee Highland Rim Research and Education Center
Springfield is also proud to be served by the Springfield-Robertson County Regional Airport which has earned a state-wide reputation as a quality general aviation facility.
Since 1990 the city has operated under the Council / Manager form of government, with the City Manager overseeing the daily operation of the government. The City Manager reports to a 7 member, popularly elected Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Each member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is elected to a 4-year term of office. The Mayor is elected at-large and each Alderman is elected to represent 1 of 6 wards.
The City of Springfield is a full-service city that provides all of the basic municipal government services to its citizens and operates its own electric and natural gas distribution systems, water and wastewater systems, and sanitation pick-up for residential and small commercial customers. The city also provides water and natural gas service to portions of Robertson County.
Springfield also serves as the major manufacturing center for Robertson County. The largest manufacturing employers include:
Electrolux Home Products (the largest employer) produces electric and gas ranges.
Martinrea Fabco (the 2nd largest employer) manufactures automotive stampings.
Unarco Material Handling produces steel storage racks.
Johnson Electric produces automotive actuators.
Owens Corning produces appliance insulation.