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Deputy Director - Light & Power Operations

Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
  • Job Code
    September 12, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Fort Collins, CO (pop. 174,800) is looking for a visionary leader to provide general leadership, a supportive culture, and effective change management for the Light & Power’s services.   

The next Deputy Director will lead the Light & Power’s highly experienced teams in accomplishing goals  for enhanced electric field services, electric systems engineering, standards engineering, electric systems design & information technology, and project management/development.  Fort Collins’ utilities provide electricity, water, wastewater, and stormwater services to 55 square miles with 75,000 customers.  Fort Collins receives power from Platte River Power Authority, a wholesale electricity provider for Longmont, Loveland, Estes Park, and Fort Collins.

The Director position reports to the Utility Executive Director.  The Directors is a key member of the executive team who serve the City Council, the Energy Board, and related committees.  Division leaders assist the Director to collectively accomplishing the Light & Power’s services.

Fort Collins is looking for candidates who are experienced in servant leadership, exercise effective communication skills, have a commitment to customer service excellence, and who demonstrate integrity.  Comfort with community relations is essential for making effective presentations to City Council and the citizens, as well as generally representing the utility.

Community & Quality of Life

The City of Fort Collins is located near the Rocky Mountain foothills alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.  Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. The population is expected to reach 255,000 residents within 20 years.

Abundant outdoor recreation opportunities are nearby, including the Horsetooth Reservoir and the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife.  Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and publications recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

Light & Power By the Numbers

  • Approximately 200 full-time employees
  • $150 million budget for the Light & Power Services
  • 75,500 Light and Power customers (63,000+ residential, 8,300+ commercial)
  • 12,000 municipal streetlights
  • 2,000 miles of primary conductor cable
  • 650 floodlights
  • 8,600 transformers
  • 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
  • 7 substations
  • 46% renewable energy


The Deputy Director’s duties include directing and managing the Light & Power services by mentoring and developing staff, as well as administering plans, budgets, rates, services and departmental policies and procedures, inclusive of:  

  • Serving with other utility service leaders as member of the Utilities Service Area management team.
  • Acting as the Utilities Executive Director as required on a rotating basis with the other Utility Deputy Directors.
  • Directing the preparation of Light & Power’s budget based on the goals and objectives of the Utilities Service Area and the City.
  • Coordinating with Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) Board Members, as well as the Mayor.
  • Evaluating the results of overall operating and service levels and providing regular reports to the Executive Director.
  • Developing and maintaining master plans related to the electric system, distributive generation, microgrids, solar integration, and GHG reduction programs, including the City of Fort Collins Climate Action Plan.
  • Ensuring financially successful operations of the enterprise.
  • Ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
  • Maintaining a sound plan of corporate organization through establishing policies to ensure adequate management development and providing for capable management succession.
  • Being responsible for safety initiatives for safe work practices, stop work authority, etc.
  • Reviewing proposed state and federal regulation legislation regarding electric distribution, transmission and generation, as well as developing policies, procedures, goals, and associated code recommendations to the Utilities Executive Director.
  • Representing Light & Power to City Council, other local, state, and federal agencies and to the community.
  • Having general knowledge of each utility business operations for water, wastewater, stormwater, and Light & Power Service Units.
  • Demonstrating cultural competencies for the staff and making effective use of training to ensure meaningful customer and staff relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.

Required Background and Experience

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible and related experience
  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, business administration, financial planning,
  • or a related field from an accredited college or university. Note: A balance and blend of education and experience will be considered in evaluating applicants. The City may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. The City is interested in finding the best candidate for the job; that candidate may come from a less traditional background 
  • Knowledge of strategic and financial planning
  • Knowledge of electric industry issues in the areas of distribution, transmission, and generation (especially renewables)
  • Advanced knowledge of standard engineering practices and general knowledge of other municipal utilities
  • Management experience at a senior level interacting with elected officials and other stakeholder groups

Candidate Preferences

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Progressively responsible experience beyond seven years
  • Valid Professional Electrical Engineering License in the State of Colorado
  • Confined Space Training
  • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400 and 700 Training.


$155,000 to $198,000 salary -/+ depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including relocation assistance, retirement, wellness programs, workout facilities, and employee/family onsite health clinic. Initial housing cost reimbursement assistance is provided while achieving the Charter-required residency. 

Fort Collins, CO – Organizational Chart

Fort Collins, CO – Benefit Guide

Fort Collins CO – Job Description

Apply at www.GovHRjobs.com with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by Friday, September 12, 2022.  Position open until filled. Questions may be addressed to Ryan Cotton, Vice President, GovHR USA, 847-380-3240, Ext. 114.



Posted: 2022-08-16 Expires: 2022-11-14

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