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South Dakota Municipal League

Municipal Utilities Director - New Ulm, MN

Deadline:  Open until filled

New Ulm Public Utilities seeks a new Utilities Director. 

The Utilities Director oversees all aspects of this $42M utility, with each section under its own skilled team of supervisors. There is high cooperation between the sections and with units of the city government which support aspects of finance, planning and HR. The Utilities Director will report to the PUC and City Manager. The role is largely independent for day to day and normal business, with collaboration on areas of strategic and tactical planning. Strong work habits, administrative and public relations skill, and an ability to coordinate work independently are essential characteristics. The Utilities Manager  will supervise a staff of 78. The utility's primary power provider is Heartland, with 26 MW of co-generation, while its natural gas provider is BP Canada. Currently, 65% of the utility's electric infrastructure is underground. A solid track record of planning and investment provides high system redundancy and reliability with improving utility rates.

New Ulm, "The City of Charm and Tradition," is 90 miles southwest of the Twin Cities in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. This mid-sized community has a variety of industries and a solid agriculture base. Major employers in the town include Kraft Foods, 3M, Allina Health, J&R Schugel Trucking and the DNR. New Ulm is a Home Rule Charter city, which says is a "Top 100 Affordable Small Town in the Nation Where You'd Actually Want to Live." Civic pride is vested in the historic Schell's Brewery and the city's successful Oktoberfest each year.

Essential duties and responsibilities require the candidate to communicate  effectively with the City Manager and PUC on matters of budget, operational conditions, rate structure and personnel. He or she will supervise the experienced operations, finance, and customer service teams. Administrative skill with an operational background and a willingness to promote cooperation, development and open communication will be essential to success.

Required skills and experience include: demonstrated success and experience in Electrical, Gas and/or Water Distribution Systems, including supervising, developing, directing and evaluating personnel; a four-year college degree in business administration, public administration, engineering or a closely related discipline, AND at least five years of relevant/equivalent experience in the electric and/or water utility field with a track record of advancement and success.

Desired skills, experience and training includes: a minimum of five years experience in the direct supervision of electrical, gas and/or water distribution personnel, operational qualifications such as certifications in the electric and water utility field, experience and competence with computer systems in understanding their use and information output for billing, accounting and operations management.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Full job description available. 

Do not contact the utility directly. To apply, contact Rauenhorst Recruiting Company, Thomas Jackson, 952-583-6043 or, or Mark Carlson at 952-563-7365, or send resume and cover letter to

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