Assistant Director of Utilities

City of Brighton | Brighton, CO

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Posted Date 9/08/2021

Close: Oct 04, 2021

Hiring Starting Range: $104,109.20 to $110,355.75

Assists the Utilities Director in the operation of the Utilities Department; supervise, direct and plan the activities of assigned staff. This position must work well independently, as a manager, and in a team oriented atmosphere that provides accurate information and excellent customer service and human relations skills, which support the City of Brighton's Mission and Values.

This position reports to the Utilities Director and supervises assigned staff.


  • Assists the Utilities Director to develop, plan and implement department goals and objectives; recommends and administers policy and procedures.
  • Develops and prepares recommendations and technical reports related to assigned projects; advises the Director and City Manager on Operations / Projects status.
  • Represents City interests at regional councils and committees.  Coordinate with other agencies, county, state, and federal organizations, which relate to utilities.
  • Assists in preparing comprehensive budget and support documents for Utilities capital projects.
  • Pursues funding opportunities from various agencies for City water acquisition, collection and treatment projects.
  • Assists in directing and planning all Utilities-related projects for the City; plans, organizes, evaluates and participates in the functions and activities of the Utilities Department.
  • Provides Utilities engineering support to other City departments.
  • Determines need and scope of studies.  Collect data using automated methods and visual observation. 
  • Researches applicable laws, regulations, engineering criteria, etc.  Makes recommendations and issues work orders.
  • Coordinates Utilities projects with other City capital improvement projects. Conducts contract negotiations and provide contractor oversight.  Assists in budget preparation and provides tracking of expenditures.
  • Assists with the coordination/notification of businesses and residents of activities of the Utilities Department.
  • Provides information to the public; responds to and resolves difficult citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Evaluates the need for and develops plans and schedules for long-range Utilities programs.
  • Assists in ensuring the quality of the work product coming from the Utilities Department.
  • Assists with a wide variety of special projects as assigned; prepares complex and sensitive reports for state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Makes public presentations before City Council, other governmental and private groups and organizations.
  • Serves as acting Utilities Director as assigned.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Knowledge of: 

  • Strategic direction of Department; and the City's culture.
  • Practices, techniques and principles of civil engineering as it relates to water and wastewater collections, treatment and distribution. 
  • Colorado water law.
  • Computers and computer analysis techniques, statistics, and budget preparation.
  • Advanced principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Advanced construction practices.

Ability to:

  • Supervise, organize and schedule highly complex and diverse activities, operations and personnel.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with a variety of people.
  • Interpret and apply city policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Direct the operations of modern engineering functions.
  • Direct the operations of other divisions within the utilities department.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ensure program compliance with federal, state and local rules, laws and regulations.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.
  • Supervise the preparation and maintenance of records and prepare comprehensive technical reports.
  • Prepare and monitor the budgets as assigned.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Handle confidential information,
  • Work from broad direction with limited supervision.
  • Compile engineering data and statistics; write specifications; prepare designs and working drawings; prepare cost estimates and administer contracts; manage projects and maintain schedules.
  • Read, understand, interpret and convey blueprints, plans, applicable standards and specification, and maps.
  • Work well with culturally diverse people.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering.  Must be registered Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in the State of Colorado, supplemented by seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public works, including three (3) years of supervisory and administrative responsibility; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
The noise level in the environment is moderate.  May be exposed to all types of outdoors weather conditions.  Frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and reach with hands and arms.  Physical demands are described as light (exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move  objects.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and peripheral vision.
Possession of a valid driver's license with a safe driving record.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Ability to complete FEMA ICS 100 and IS 700 training within six (6) months of hire.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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