Executive Vice President of Administration

Columbia Power & Water Systems seeks an individual for a full-time, exempt position to serve as immediate support to the President/CEO. This position will be responsible for the success of CPWS by assuring its relevance to the community and the fulfillment of its purpose, mission, and vision. The Executive Vice President of Administration is responsible for the management of the administrative areas of CPWS and has the authority to carry out these responsibilities in accordance with the directives provided by the President/CEO and policies established by the City of Columbia Board of Public Utilities.

Supervisory responsibilities include the following: responsible for the overall administrative integrity of CPWS including strategic planning, and project management; responsible for the supervision and general administration of CPWS; responsible for the oversight of the preparation of budgets, revenue forecasts, long-range financial planning, and monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports, as well as, providing oversight of the overall budgetary performance; oversee system-wide technologies to ensure integration, compatibility, and alignment withorganizational goals and strategic initiatives; strategically drive the organization’s administrative performance; responsible for executing strategic plan initiatives; oversee the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting, and audit and assure financial strategies are cost effective and revenues are maintained; assure organizational quality and stability through development and implementation of controls, procedures, and continuous improvement initiatives; assure a work environment that recruits, retains, and supports quality employees; assure processes for selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating employees; evaluate performance of Vice Presidents for compliance with established policies and objectives of the company and contributions in attaining objectives; responsible for compliance with CPWS policies, procedures, and regulations; provide general oversight of all CPWS general administrative activities and assure a smooth, functioning, and efficient organization; assure the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

Duties and responsibilities include the following: oversee the general administration management of the systems; provide direction and oversight of bond issuances and other financing arrangements; develop and maintain the trust of the community and evaluate CPWS value and effectiveness to the community; responsible for developing strategic plans and setting business objectives to support CPWS’ mission and vision and providing them to the President/CEO for review and input; collaborate with the President/CEO to formulate the overall corporate strategy and objectives; responsible for keeping the President/CEO fully informed on the administrative health of the organization and on all the important factors influencing it; assist in identifying partnership opportunities and overseeing implementation of such arrangements; act as an advocate for issues relevant to CPWS and its services within the public and private sectors, as well as, industry associates; serve as a spokesperson for CPWS, assuring proper representation of CPWS to the community; initiate, develop, and maintain cooperative relationships with key constituencies; work with local officials and regulatory agencies to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a vibrant community and supports CPWS in providing quality services to its customers; and other duties as assigned.

Required skills/abilities include the following: acknowledge and adhere to all CPWS policies; regular attendance at work; perform duties safely without endangering self, others, and the public; ability to promote a positive atmosphere; ability to read and understand accounting guidelines and literature; ability to write; ability to give instructions; ability to listen attentively and respond to customer(s) and coworker(s) questions and concerns; ability to analyze and solve

problems using facts and personal judgment; ability to work on different projects and adjust to changing situations; ability to deal with people in a courteous manner; ability to make good decisions and accomplish duties without close supervision; working knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board and Government Finance Officers Association standards and best practices; working knowledge of computer hardware and software, including extensive knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; Ability to understand fundamental principles of governmental accounting and finance; ability to develop a good understanding of public utility accounting and administrative best practices and procedures; ability to develop a good overall operating knowledge of the CPWS’ utility functions; and the ability to work inside.

Physical requirements include the following: ability to lift 0 – 30 pounds for 1/2 hour a day; ability to lift and carry objects weighing 0 – 25 pounds for 2 hours a day; ability to sit at a desk for 2 hours a day; ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch; and the ability to talk, see, hear, reach, handle, and feel.

Education, experience, and qualifications include the following: Bachelor’s degree in Business required; valid State of Tennessee driver’s license required; Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee required; Master’s degree required; 10 years of experience in a Senior Leadership position with knowledge of and experience in management of a multi-service, municipal utility, and governance required; excellent written and verbal communication and networking skills required; and mediator, facilitator, and/or board management experience required.

To apply for the position, interested applicants may submit resumes and/or applications. Resumes may be submitted by visiting CPWS’ Indeed.com Career Page on-line at https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Columbia-Power-&-Water-Systems-1/. Applications are available on our website at www.cpws.com. If not submitting a resume on-line through Indeed, fully completed applications can be mailed to CPWS, ATTN: Human Resources Manager, P. O. Box 379, Columbia, TN 38402-0379. On-line resumes and/or completed applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications will be discussed only at interview. Excellent benefit package. Drug-Free Workplace. Drug testing is a condition of employment with CPWS. EOE.

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