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Assistant Director of Utilities

Assistant Director of Utilities

San Marcos, TX, USA

San Marcos, TX, USA

City of San Marcos

Greg Nelson and Bryan Noblett


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Public Power leaders: the City of San Marcos, Texas offers an opportunity to oversee a municipal electric utility for a fast-growing City in one of the most desirable areas of Texas. The next Assistant Director of Utilities will have the opportunity to experience tremendous professional growth alongside the City’s growth.


San Marcos, Texas is the county seat of Hays County and has a population of 67,553 across 36 square miles. Located on Interstate Highway 35 between San Antonio and Austin, the character and economy of the City is heavily influenced by Texas State University, which has a student enrollment of 38,873. Millions of visitors are attracted to San Marcos for the serene beauty of the Texas Hill Country and some of the most popular attractions in the state. San Marcos has been named one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” by Business Week and was named the “#1 Retirement Community” by Forbes. Residents enjoy convenient access to an array of amenities and unmatched recreational opportunities.


The San Marcos Electric Utility is operated by the Electric Utility Division of the Utilities Department and is responsible for the full breadth of electric utility functions for the City of San Marcos, including engineering, substation and distribution system maintenance, metering for all utilities, capital improvement planning and execution, and operations. The Electric Utility Division is staffed with 54 employees and has a $68 million annual budget. The position answers directly to the Director of Utilities. Reporting to the Assistant Director are managers of Engineering Services, Metering, and Distribution Maintenance, as well as administrative personnel.


Reporting to the Director of Utilities, the Assistant Director of Utilities has overall responsibility for the city’s electric utility. Key responsibilities include directing and managing the operation and maintenance of the electric transmission/distribution system, electrical substations, and dispatch; supervising the planning, engineering, and delivery of power for the electric utility; assisting in developing, monitoring, and administering wholesale power supply contracts; directing, organizing and managing the activities of the Electric Utility Division operations including preparing and managing the annual budget and expenditures.

The ideal candidate will have experience with power system planning, engineering design and project management and capital planning as related to distribution, transmission, substation or protection and control systems; an understanding and familiarity with modeling software for transmission and distribution systems; thorough knowledge of and experience in managing or supervising design,  repair and/or renovation of electric substation, distribution, transmission, and relay and control systems; and successful negotiation of purchase power agreements, franchise agreements and pole attachment agreements.


The following are the minimum qualifications for the position of Assistant Director of Utilities:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Finance or related field is required.

  • Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible management experience in the electric power utility industry, with five years in senior management.


The salary range for this position is $180,000 to $195,000 depending on qualifications. The City of San Marcos offers an excellent benefits package including retirement provided by the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with an employee contribution of 7% of salary and a 2:1 matching contribution by the City. Employees vest in 5 years and are eligible to retire with 20 years of service at any age. In addition, the City provides excellent insurance plans for employees and their dependent family members, including health, dental, life, long-term disability, and voluntary vision coverage.

For additional benefit information, interested candidates should review the detailed recruitment brochure by clicking on the .pdf link on this page.


Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter below immediately, as this position is open until filled.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Greg Nelson or Bryan Noblett at (916) 550-4100.

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