Assistant Utilities Director

City of Panama City Beach | Panama City Beach, FL

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Posted Date 3/20/2023

The City of Panama City Beach is hiring an Assistant Utilities Director. This position performs engineering and project management duties in support of the operation, development, and maintenance of the city’s water, wastewater, and reclaimed water utilities. To apply, please visit

About the City of Panama City Beach: The sugar white sand of Panama City Beach attracts approximately 4.5 million visitors each year. On any given day during the peak summer season, as many at 100,000 people may be in the City. Our beaches are unique in that the soft Panama City Beach sand is actually quartz crystals, which over time has been broken down, bleached, polished and deposited on the shoreline. This natural process has made Panama City Beach home to the "World's Most Beautiful Beaches."

While visitors come for the sun and the sand, many also travel to the area for youth and adult sports tournaments, held year-round at Frank Brown Park and the Panama City Beach Sports Complex, located outside the City limits near the Hathaway Bridge.

Panama City Beach also hosts dozens of popular special events ranging from Sand Jam, the Real. Fun. Fourth., the Pirates of the High Seas Festival, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Jeep Jam, the Summer Concert series, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, the Ironman Triathlon, Beach Home for the Holidays, the Beach Ball Drop and many more activities.

The City has a growing and robust retail environment along the business corridor, anchored by the shops in Pier Park and Pier Park North. The City's primary industry is tourism, evidenced by the large number of hotels, condominiums, vacation rentals and restaurants.

The City of Panama City Beach as it exists today is relatively young. It was established in 1970 with the merger of West Panama City Beach, Long Beach Resort, Edgewater Beach Resort and Panama City Beach.

Benefits: The City offers all full-time employees a multitude of benefits available for his/her use. For additional information, please contact Civil Service Admin, Christie McKnight, at (850) 233-5100 , ext. 2227. 

Retirement: General employees are fully vested after 10 years of employment. Employees can become partially vested beginning at five (5) years of service. Partial vesting at five (5) years is 50%, six (6) years 60%, seven (7) years 70%, eight (8) years 80%, and nine (9) years 90%. General employees are eligible for normal retirement upon the earlier of reaching age 55 and the completion of 10 years of credited service or reaching age 50 and the completion of 20 years of credited service. The amount of normal retirement benefit is based on your credited service and average final compensation.

Insurance: * Florida Blue Health, Humana Dental & Securian Disability, Basic Life, and AD&D Insurance premiums are paid in full by the City for the Employee. Florida Blue Tiered Family Coverage available but paid by Employee via paycheck. (Blue Option LG Plan 03559 Spouse only $630/month; Child/Children $540/month; and Family $1,200/month) (Blue Option LG Plan HDHP Spouse only $508/month; Child/Children $244/month; and Family $767/month).

Spouse Dental Coverage only $34.85/month; Child/Children $49.31/month; Family Dental Coverage $87.48/month. Vision Coverage available: Employee only: $5.24/month; Spouse only $10.50/month; Child/Children $9.97/month; and Family $15.67/month). Both are covered by Humana. We also provide a suite of Allstate Worksite products available for purchase.

Note: Insurance coverage takes effect on the 1st of the month 60 days after employment.

Holidays: Employees receive 14 paid holidays per year; New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Employee's Birthday

ANNUAL LEAVE (PTO): PTO may be taken after three months of service has been completed.  

Years of Service Completed and Annual Leave Earned (Hours)

       Less than 5 years                           152 hours 
                     5-9 years                          176 hours
                 10-14 years                          200 hours
                 15-19 years                          224 hours
         20 years or more                          248 hours


Examples of Duties

  • Troubleshoots utilities issues, including pumping and delivery systems; responds to emergency failures, including line breaks.
  • Develops protocols and procedures in support of regulatory permit compliance.
  • Assists customers and prospective customers/developers with questions regarding utilities services, including capacity letters for financing.
  • Plans, projects costs, and prioritizes utility system improvements.
  • Prepares specifications and bid documents for higher cost procurement contracts.
  • Performs construction cost project and budget development for upcoming projects.
  • Performs design, bid management, construction administration, project start-up, and project close-out functions for utilities improvements.
  • Performs contract negotiation and administration for capital improvement design and construction projects; monitors consultant progress and reviews all required deliverables.
  • Reviews plats and plans for private development to ensure compliance with city utilities standards; provides design guidance regarding utilities extensions and pumping stations; manages construction inspection coordination, property transfers, plat reviews, etc.; completes punch list development and verification and certification of construction and start-up activities.
  • Prepares and publishes the Consumer Confidence Report for the city’s potable water system and makes presentations to City Council on related topics; reviews and issues all customer communications regarding system issues and required responses.
  • Develops and maintains database of all permitted utilities service contracts, lift station maintenance, and equipment data.
  • Performs related duties.

Typical Qualifications

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Understanding of engineering principles and their application typically associated with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.

Knowledge Required by the Position

  • Knowledge of public works project management principles.
  • Knowledge of municipal water and wastewater systems operations principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics, pumping and piping systems, and electrical controls and motors.
  • Knowledge of system permitting requirements.
  • Knowledge of development regulations and city utilities standards.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITYThis position has direct supervision over Utilities Engineer II, CAD Operator, Utilities Field Inspector, and Lift Station Supervisor.

**These are intended only as illustrations of various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

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