Assistant Utilities Director

City of Brighton
January 10, 2019
Job Type


Hiring Salary $95,952.31 to $101,709.45
Full Salary range $95,952.31 to $130,918.14


The Assistant Utilities Director is an advanced professional position that directs, oversees, supervises and coordinates the activities of employees of the Infrastructure Department Utilities Division, including utilities engineering, water and wastewater infrastructure maintenance, water and wastewater treatment operations, storm water engineering and infrastructure maintenance and water resource operations. Position is also responsible for technical work planning, prioritizing, and implementing the Utilities Capital Improvement program in the Infrastructure Department. This position reviews project plans related to development proposals, water, wastewater and storm water utility improvements, water resource development and acquisition and conducts long term planning activities, oversees contract projects to ensure adherence with standards and specifications, coordinates with other City departments and represents the City in various public venues, local and regional professional work groups including local and regional governmental planning organizations. Work is performed with appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action that is reviewed by the Director of Infrastructure through observation, conferences, reports, and achievement of desired objectives.

This position supports the goals of the Infrastructure Department, which maintains and enhances the safety and well-being of the community by providing exceptional water, wastewater, storm water service and maintaining the city's extensive network of utility infrastructure. The department continuously strives to meet the needs of the community by constantly focusing on customer service, efficient and effective utilization of resources, safety, innovation, and teamwork.

This position must work well independently and in group setting, with peers and with the public, while providing excellent, respectful customer service and human relations skills, which support the City of Brighton's mission and values.


Position is supervised by the Director of Infrastructure. The Assistant Utilities Director supervises assigned Utilities Division employees.


  • Demonstrate considerable knowledge of various types of engineering design standards and procedures used in the design, construction and maintenance of water, sanitary sewer infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Conduct and evaluate engineering and technical studies and analysis on various programs to determine recommendations based on the information received
  • Demonstrate knowledge of City codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards governing public utility facilities construction, maintenance, and repair
  • Present ideas, data, and reports clearly and concisely both verbally and in written form to city council, management, and citizen groups
  • Utilize appropriate utilities and water resources technologies and transfer their usage to relevant areas of work
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, consultants, contractors, State and Federal officials, and other people contacted in the course of a workday
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as it relates to Public Works and Utilities projects
  • Review engineering plans, specifications and documents and to discern and correct errors in design and criteria
  • Make difficult engineering computations and design a variety of standard and complex Public Works and Utilities projects quickly and accurately
  • Use engineering software programs such as; ArcGIS, Auto CAD, and scheduling programs
  • Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive, reinforcing and supportive
  • Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do
  • Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals even when the decision may be unpopular to some
  • Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other departments and employees
  • Help employees to see the value of developing their skills, and assists them in eliminating barriers to their development; encourage employees to step outside of their comfort zone to develop their skills
  • Provide meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals, and effectively address employee performance problems
  • Effectively supervise, mentor and motivate in a team environment of professionals as their supervisor
  • Effectively work with and motivate in a team environment of individuals outside of the City and outside firms hired to assist the City with large-scale projects
  • Maintain a balance of technical and political skills to assist in developing water and sewer rate analysis
  • Represent the City and give impromptu and prepared presentations in public meetings regarding City projects
  • Analyze problems, and exercise sound judgment and arrive at logical, valid conclusions in controlled and impromptu settings


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Provides direction, instruction and supervision as needed for Staff assigned in the Division, including:
  • Pro-actively observing performance of staff, assisting with problem resolution and coordination of activities
  • Budgeting and oversight for Capital Improvement Projects
  • Participating in recruitment and selection of staff
  • Developing, providing and overseeing training of new employees
  • Evaluating performance of employees at annual appraisal
  • Reviewing and approving work submitted by Engineering staff
  • Investigating complaints concerning performance of employees
  • Responsibility for scheduling staff and approval of leave requests and timesheets
  • Budgeting, developing, planning, and managing employee-training programs on an annual basis; responsibility for Infrastructure Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) including supply water system, potable water and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, reclaimed water treatment systems, storm water systems, water resources including:
  • Updating the water and wastewater master plan and the ten year utility system capital improvement plans
  • Inspecting various Utility Capital Improvement Projects for compliance with City specifications, ordinance requirements and regulations
  • Representing the City and the Department in the role of a coordinator with consulting engineers and contractors
  • Preparing construction plans, plats, specifications, and quantity lists for a variety of water and sanitary sewer projects as well as other construction, repair or modification projects
  • Reviewing work performed by outside consultants
  • Establishing scope, schedule, and budget summaries for 20-30 active and simultaneous CIP's at any given time
  • Establishing and maintaining unified project management procedures for employees of the Division adhering to industry best practices including monthly reports, Decision/Action logs, and change order status
  • Oversight of routine and ongoing Utilities Infrastructure Maintenance Programs
  • Reviewing standards, specifications, ordinance requirements and regulations applied by the City and researches latest developments to determine what changes and/or technology should be applied, including:
  • Probable impact of developments to the community and City
  • Reviewing proposed public works/utilities projects, their need and impact on development with the Community Development staff
  • Developing priorities and cost estimates as part of a long-range proposed capital improvement program
  • Making cost estimates and adhering to adopted budgets; compiling information regarding ownership of property and executing property acquisitions in accordance with City Code and Policy; keeping abreast of development in the public works/utilities field
  • Reviewing plans, specifications and contract documents prepared by consulting engineers for propriety, adequacy and accuracy, including:
  • Reviewing PUD plans, use permits, subdivisions, and site plans to assure compliance with City standards and specifications
  • Answering inquiries regarding projects and other engineering matters
  • Communicating successfully and develops and maintains effective relationships, including:
  • Preparing effective written communications such as reports, memos, activity logs, etc.
  • Demonstrating effective oral communication skills with the public, other members of the department and city
  • Dealing with other department members as well as the City and public in a positive collaborative manner
  • Representing the City on various boards, commissions, committees and regional organizations
  • Effectively using industry and departmental knowledge, including:
  • Demonstrating working knowledge of department policies, regulations and procedures
  • Adhering to Brighton Municipal Code requirements
  • Maintaining current knowledge of accepted best practices of engineering
  • Participating in all required training
  • Availability for after-hour public meetings including public information open house meetings, City Council meetings, City Council Study Sessions, and HOA meetings throughout the City and other required local and regional meetings, as necessary.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance
  • Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.


Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive civil engineering and operations maintenance program involved in design, contract administration, inspection and maintenance of water resources and supply delivery, storm water system, water distribution and wastewater collection, water and wastewater treatment and associated facilities projects.
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of engineering design involving a variety of materials.
  • Engineering standards and specifications.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and evaluation.
  • Personnel policies and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of construction and fire protection engineering.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information in the civil engineering field.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in engineering report preparation.
  • Office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Performance based design.
  • Organization and time management.
  • Computers and applicable software.
  • Contract negotiation, Problem solving, Critical thinking.
  • Familiarity with A.W.W.A., A.P.W.A., and C.D.O.T. standards.
  • General building and engineering practices as they relate to Utilities Infrastructure.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Handle high impact and complex Engineering and/or Construction projects within the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Lead, organize and review the work of subordinate employees.
  • Direct and coordinate various City Engineering and Infrastructure Maintenance programs and projects.
  • Prepare, review and evaluate construction bids, cost estimates, change orders and related financial impact analyses.
  • Perform professional civil engineering work including the design, inspection and contract administration of water and wastewater facilities, facility planning and related capital improvements.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations.
  • Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Perform research and solve multi-disciplinary engineering problems.
  • Develop, review and modify engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Trouble-shoot complex systems in treatment processes.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering or related field

Seven to ten years progressively responsible experience in the management of Utilities Infrastructure including but not limited to; design, construction and maintenance of water/wastewater systems and facilities, storm water systems and related utilities system functions and operations

Registration with the Colorado State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors as a professional engineer (P.E.)


Master's Degree in civil or environmental engineering or related field

Three to five years supervision of professional level engineers, technical and maintenance staff

Three to five years municipal utility infrastructure capital improvement project experience


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand.  The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


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.

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