The Lincoln Water Commission is searching for a qualified candidate to fill the position below.
I. TITLE: Chief Engineer
II. POSITION: Superintendent
III. REPORTS TO AND SERVES AT THE PLEASURE OF: Board of Commissioners
IV. RESPONSIBILITY: Ultimately responsible for all aspects of the operations of the Lincoln Water Commission and the outcome thereof. The Chief Engineer must understand that his/her decisions may impact the health of all people the Commission serves. In the event of an emergency, the Chief Engineer shall be available on a 24/7 basis.
Responsible for all phases of the business of the Lincoln Water Commission including:
- Ensure effective, efficient operation of the water system
- Implement policies, procedures, budgets, rules, regulations, and plans of the Board
- Comply with the Enabling Legislation
- Comply with Bond Resolutions
- Comply with requirements of State and Federal regulatory bodies
- Plan for the future
- Manage Authority meetings content and scheduling
- Prepare and issue agendas for all Commission meetings
- Administer 401k and other employee benefit programs
- Administer Commission contractual obligations
- Foster a sound collective bargaining unit relationship
- Maintain Safety and Security of the work place and all Commission Facilities
- Preparation and Issue of the Commission’s Annual Report
- Preparation of Cash-Flow Forecasts and Rate Analyses
V. NEAR TERM PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: Plan, organize and manage the water system and manage Capital Improvement projects.
Conduct water rate study
VI. GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE MODE:
- Close involvement/interaction with Board
- Develop and implement policies that encourage efficiency, effectiveness, and growth among all Commission employees. Ensure fringe benefit programs are administered properly.
- Personal involvement as needed; delegation internally whenever practical; sub-contracting when cost effective; professional consultant firms as needed for engineering, construction, bond issues, legal matters and other specialist assistance.
- Time consuming - on and off premises - inter-personal involvement with consultants; regulatory authorities; Town Officials and public at large (essential for successful achievement of Commission objectives.)
- Nonprofit operation. Revenue requirements derived entirely from rate paying consumers over time. Revenue debt instruments have been and will be issued to finance improvements. Investment income from cash management programs, build-up of escrow reserves and Government Grants.
- Investment of funds available will vary from overnight to intermediate term eligible securities geared to maturity and turnover scheduling that will satisfy the liquidity needs of the Commission - short and long term. Financial services are coordinated with the Town of Lincoln Finance Department.
- A concise matrix of financial and statistical monthly reports that provide early indications of adverse or unexpectedly favorable trending in critical areas and trigger timely action.
VII. MAJOR DUTIES:
- Meeting Management
- Plan Meetings
- Prepare Agendas
- Ensure Timely Follow-up
- Manage Sub-committees
- Maintain Reserve Fund Records
- Administer Commission - specific items (i.e. policies, budgets, bank accounts, tax returns, property sales, legal issues, etc.)
- Manage professional firms
- Provide overall direction on behalf of Lincoln Water Commission
- Monitor performance
- Evaluate Major contractual obligations
- Improve upon in-house management systems
- Identify/Implement operations improvements
- Be involved, as need be in all day-to-day aspects (i.e. contracting, union grievances, "quality control")
- Develop/Recommend Commission plans for future supported by financial projections.
- Implement plans on behalf of Lincoln Water Commission
- Monitor performance of the plans
Manage Capital Improvement Projects
- Develop project plans/budgets
- Monitor progress on projects
- Serve as main contact for professional firms
- Direct all non-engineering facets (i.e. permitting, easements, contracts with Government Agencies)
- Negotiate contracts for services/manage bidding processes
- Authorize disbursements for projects from Project Fund
- Ensure control of change orders
- Ensure coordination of projects with normal operations
Personnel and Staffing
- Develop and implement personnel and staffing plans to include organization specifications, numbers of staff needed, skills needed, etc.
- Represent the Commission in negotiations with Union
- Oversee salary review process
- Institute a Management by Objectives Program supported by a performance review process
- Develop skills of existing work force to meet future needs as appropriate
- Resolve employee issues as needed.
- Recommend/implement action to preserve/improve financial performance (i.e. rate increases, financing arrangements, cost reduction programs
- Manage Funds in consultation with Town Finance Director
- Oversee Accounting Management System
- Authorize funds flows transfers, disbursements
- Invest available balances
- Ensure that financial and accounting controls are maintained
- Ensure appropriate Management Reporting and analyze reports to understand trends
- Plan/Give direction on accounting, data processing, financial and rate matters
- Insure compliance with General Bond Resolutions
- Ensure that State Grant monies are secured and managed
EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university, in Civil Engineering, with registration as a RI professional engineer, is required. Competency in the use of spreadsheet, word processing software and Internet/Emailing is required as minimum.
EXPERIENCE: 7-10 years Demonstrated experience in:
- Public Administration
- Water Systems Operations
- Capital Projects Construction
- Civil Engineering
OR any combination of experience/education substantially equivalent to the above.