The City of Geneseo is excited to announce the opening of recruitment for experienced leaders to serve as our community’s next Director of Electrical Operations. Geneseo, an Illinois City populated with 6,500 residents, is conveniently located on Interstate 80 just 20 minutes by interstate highway to a major international airport. There are eleven major Midwest cities located within 250 miles of Geneseo, including Chicago. The Mississippi River is a short distance away and easily accessible by one of the three major interstates: Interstate 80, Interstate 280, and Interstate 74. In Geneseo, you can have the values and advantages of a small, safe town while having close access to big town services.
Geneseo is governed as a non-home rule community under Illinois law with a charter ordinance and operates under a Mayor and City Council form of government. Currently serving over 3,700 customers, The City’s Electric Utility is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the City's electric generating facilities and its electric distribution system. In 2009 two Vensys model 77 wind turbines were installed and in 2015 a 1,232-kilowatt DC solar became part of Geneseo’s commitment to green energy sources. The generation capacity of the power plant is 37,747 kilowatts. Of this capacity, 29,840 kilowatts come from diesel and natural gas, 3,000 kilowatts come from wind, 3,690 kilowatts come from coal and 944 kilowatts from solar.
The City is seeking a motivating and collaborative leader, with strong interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills. The ideal professional background and qualifications for the Director position include:
• A minimum of five (5) years of experience managing a comparably-sized electric utility (including the accountability for personnel, facilities, operations, maintenance, and construction management), with eight (8) years preferred. • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job, as determined by the City. Additional relevant experience may be substituted for education on the basis of one calendar year of experience for one academic year of education. • Strongly preferred candidates will possess knowledge of electric generation, supply, transmission, distribution and metering, municipal budgeting procedures, and the MISO marketplace. They will have superior communication and presentation skills. Top candidates will possess proven abilities to demonstrate leadership in managing personnel, programs and budgets, to analyze and evaluate operating/maintenance issues, to direct and evaluate subordinate personnel, and to establish & maintain effective working relationships with customers, administrators, employees and the general public. • Ability to act as a strategic thinker, anticipating issues or trends and must be open to new approaches and technologies while also thinking beyond the walls of the power plant, understanding the needs of the City as a whole and of the region’s local government entities • Well-developed writing and public speaking skills • Excellent financial management skills, knowledge of capital planning and organizational management and a clear understanding of resource limitations • Ability to act as a motivator who can develop strong staff and employee morale while attaining a high level of productivity and accomplishment from the work force • Positive leadership abilities that motivate his/her team through reward and recognition practices, creating an environment that allows employees to reach their full potential • Proven experience in developing positive, cooperative and supportive relationships both internally and outside of City government
The annual salary range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000 dependent upon qualifications. The City of Geneseo offers an attractive benefits package including: membership in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, medical, dental, vision, life insurance and more. Residency is required within 20 miles of City Hall by your 6-month anniversary date with the City.