Job Bulletin

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC or commission) is seeking an experienced, collaborative leader to serve as the commission executive director. In this role the successful candidate will manage the commission’s day-to-day operations and overall organizational performance. This position is included in the Exempt Management Service (Band 4). The salary will be up to a maximum of $122,400 annually, depending on qualifications.
 
This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled; however, review of applications will begin Feb. 26, so it is in the applicant’s best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. See “How to Apply” below.
 
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
 

  • Serves as the commission’s chief executive officer responsible for the day–to-day operations and achieving operational and strategic objectives.
  • Maintains a work environment that fosters respect, integrity, professionalism, accountability and continuous improvement. Takes steps to reinforce these values with the commission’s leadership team.
  • Leads and participates with the commissioners and senior agency leaders in developing agency strategic goals and legislative initiatives. Leads different performance management activities to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  • Ensures commission strategic priorities are reflected in the proper stewardship and allocation of resources.
  • Supervises the members of the commission’s senior management team, which includes agency directors, and has administrative oversight of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC).
  • Represents the commission with industry groups, other state and federal agencies and the Governor’s office. Serves as the commission’s Tribal Liaison.
  • Over the next year, lead the efforts to modernize our workplace with a planned move to Lacey, Washington. (See first bullet under Agency Overview below).

 
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
 

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher with major study in business administration, political science, public administration, finance, or related discipline.
  • A minimum of five years of experience as a mid-level or higher manager including:
    • Leading teams with a collaborative leadership style.
    • Linking management and administrative efforts to improving program performance.
    • Taking risks and experimenting in an effort to improve service to customers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills; able to adapt communications to technical, professional and managerial audiences; negotiate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Professional work experience characterized by increasingly responsible positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead positive organizational change.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

In addition to the required qualifications, preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:
 

  • Experience working with operational principles and rules related to state government agencies including requirements of the Open Public Meetings, Administrative Procedure and Public Records laws, and various administrative rules, including those related to personnel, contracting, purchasing and ethical conduct.
  • Knowledge of: commission goals, objectives and strategies, as well as the collective bargaining agreement; economic and safety regulatory theory and practice related to regulated utility and transportation companies, including relevant federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as the requirements of relevant commission orders; the commission’s operating environment and factors affecting the industries regulated by the commission; and the commission goals, strategies,objectives administrative policy, and practice.

 
AGENCY OVERVIEW
 
The UTC has been regulating the rates, services and practices of privately-owned utility and transportation companies since 1905. The commission also enforces safety practices for transportation, pipeline and railroad companies in partnership with federal agencies.
 
The mission of the UTC is to protect the people of Washington by ensuring that investor-owned utility and transportation services are safe, available, reliable and fairly-priced.
 
 For more information about the UTC, see our website www.utc.wa.gov – or visit www.twitter.com/wautc and www.facebook.com/wautc
 
At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency’s success. We are committed to our work, but value its balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth, and provides learning opportunities, meaningful work, and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/careers/Pages/Working-at-UTC.aspx.
 
The UTC is a great place to work, and we have implemented several initiatives, and are developing additional ones that create a great working environment, including:

  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace with a planned move to Lacey, Washington, which will inspire workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers, and improve building security and employee safety.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules and mobile and telework options. (depending on job duties)
  • We have a formal mentoring program to provide and encourage employee growth and development, while also promoting informal mentoring relationships and sharing of knowledge across the commission.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when returning to work. (depending on job duties and work location)
  • We have an engaging wellness program that addresses all nine elements of wellness: spiritual, physical, social, environmental, occupational, emotional, intellectual, nutritional, and financial. The UTC has received the state’s Zo8 award the past three years for our achievement in building a sustainable wellness program.

 
HOW TO APPLY

Please do not click on the “Apply” link at the top of this posting. Persons interested in this position must submit a letter of interest describing how you possess the required and desired qualifications we are seeking, resume, salary history, and a minimum of five professional references, including at least one supervisor, one peer, and one subordinate.

Please submit your application materials to susan.holman@utc.wa.gov

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please call Susan Holman at (360) 664-1243 or e-mail susan.holman@utc.wa.gov.
 
Conditions of Employment:
 

  • Conflict of Interest: RCW 80.01.020 limits the UTC’s ability to employ any person who owns stock in any company the UTC regulates or is otherwise financially interested in such company. Such interests include those of an employee’s spouse.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license to operate a state vehicle.

 
Visit these links to learn more about:
 
The state of Washington http://access.wa.gov,
The Olympia area www.co.thurston.wa.us or
www.Olympiawa.gov
 
The Utilities and Transportation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact Susan Holman, Human Resources, (360) 664-1243, or Susan.Holman@utc.wa.gov. Our statewide toll free TTY number is 1-800-416-5289.