Deputy Director of Telecommunications
This is a highly responsible, technical, administrative, managerial, and operational position requiring the exercise of independent judgment. This position will be an operational leader of Broadband Engineering, Fiber Optic Designing, Plant Operations, and the City's Phone System assisting the Director in matters related to the activities of the City's Fiber Optic Utility. This position reports to the Department Director or Designee and serves as a member of the Senior Management Team.
Examples of Duties:
- Problem-Solving: Management of utility resources. Interacts closely with all levels of employees within the Department and City to resolve problems in the work place. Makes recommendations and works with other departments to maintain consistency in City programs, policies and procedures.
- Responsible for the safety and training of the department and monitors all activities to insure that best safe practices are enforced and followed.
- Communications: Ensures timely and regular communication of all information both to direct reports and team members at all levels within the division.
- Regularly interacts with other departments and all division staff to insure all information is accurate and all employee concerns are noted and addressed.
- Coordinates with peers in other departments of the city to promote information sharing and cooperation.
- Budget: Assist with the preparation, reviews, and administers Department's annual and long-range operational budget plans to ensure optimum efficiency and the effective use of revenues.
- Periodically reviews rate structure vs. budgetary needs to make appropriate recommendations to the Assistant City Manager.
- Goals, Objectives and Strategies: Assists the Director with developing Department's short and long-term goals, objectives and strategies to meet future demand on the Fiber system due to growth, changes in Federal Communication Commission laws, the training and development needs of staff and the maintenance of the Fiber system infrastructure.
- Coordinates and participates in the planning, design and construction of Fiber infrastructure, interfacing with other departments and consultant engineers, as necessary.
- Participates in ratemaking to meet the revenue needs of the utility.
- Legal Issues: Assist the Director with interfacing with pertinent Federal, State, Regional, County and Local regulatory agencies to ensure full City compliance with all appropriate regulations.
- City Policies, Rules and Procedures: Ensures all City policies, rules, programs and procedures are properly followed and administered within the Department.
- Assist other departments as necessary, in the periodic review and update City policy, rules, and procedures.
- Management Duties: Assists the Director in developing Department goals/objectives. Works on special projects and assists others with projects as assigned by the Director. Creates management strategy, identifies employee training needs and implement City policy and procedures.
- Works with outside agencies and other utilities on system planning, mutual aid, training and joint purchases to further the goals of the utility. Interprets and prepares statistical, technical and facility reports in order to identify short and long-term plans for operation and growth of the system, maintaining optimum employee morale and motivation and provides work atmosphere to encourage ongoing innovation and high productivity in the workplace.
- A minimum of a four-year college degree in engineering or business administration with specific training in the Fiber Optics field required.
- A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible management experience with Fiber plant of similar size to Ocala. MBA is preferred.
- An equivalent combination of training, education, and experience may be considered.
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operators Driver's License for required travel during the course of the work schedule.
The employee must within one year of date of hire or promotion to this position, live and remain living in the service territory.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a large group of professional and nonprofessional employees.
- Must have the ability to delegate, plan and review work of others.
- Must be able to work independently as well as with groups to achieve goals and objectives.
- Must have the ability to handle employee problems.
- Must have thorough knowledge of telecommunications facilities, systems, networks and fiber optic plant; good understanding of purchasing internet/bandwidth from tier 1 providers, good understanding of oversubscribing techniques , good knowledge of various types of telecommunications equipment and services available for utilization by a large government agency; familiarity with a large, local municipal government structure, familiarity with procedures for budgeting, cost allocation, bidding and awarding of contracts to vendors; ability to study, evaluate and review various telecommunications systems, networks, services and equipment; ability to comprehend technical specifications of telecommunications equipment, systems and services; ability to evaluate contracts, bids and proposals; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with both local government officials private companies and customers, ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; resourcefulness; imagination; dependability; initiative; ability to make decisions; good judgment;
- Must be able to establish long term goals for the department's future.
- Must be able to remain calm and effective in stressful situations physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Work Schedule: Full-time; hours not specified
Salary: $61,350.00 - $102,400.00 annually