Salary: $93,036.00 – $160,308.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Exempt
Closing Date: 10/11/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is seeking an Executive Director. The UTC mission is to protect the people of Washington by ensuring that investor-owned utility and transportation services are safe, available, reliable and fairly priced. The Executive Director is the commission’s chief operating officer and is responsible for management oversight, administration and the day–to-day operations of the agency.

The UTC protects consumers by regulating the rates, services, and practices of private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies to ensure they are safe, equitable, reliable, and affordable.
The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves to ensure equitable outcomes for our customers and the people of Washington.
At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency’s success. We are committed to our work but value balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth and offers continued learning opportunities, meaningful work, and a comprehensive benefits package.

A little about the Executive Director Opportunity 
This position is responsible for the commission’s day–to-day operations and achievement of operational and strategic objectives. This position also serves as the Commission’s Secretary and acts for the commission in various pre-determined situations such as reviewing and signing orders and official correspondence.

What you will be doing:

Leads and participates with the commissioners and senior agency leaders in developing agency strategic goals and legislative initiatives. Leads performance management activities to meet the goals and objectives.

Supervises the members of the commission’s senior leadership team, which includes agency division directors, and leads the extended leadership team, which includes agency team leaders with management responsibilities. Serves as the appointing authority for the commission as well as manages the agency operating budget.

In consultation with the commissioners, represents the commission with industry groups, other state and federal agencies, and the Governor’s office.

Exercises decision-making authority on certain regulatory matters delegated by the commission, including matters related to licensing, energy, telecommunications, water, solid waste hauling, marine pilotage, transportation safety, pipeline safety, Grade Crossing Protection Fund grants, household goods movers, airport shuttle service, and rail safety.

The ideal candidate will have the following required qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree or higher with major study in business administration, political science, law, 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.

Must develop and maintain familiarity with the broad and diverse subject matters involved in all industries the commission regulates.  

  • Advocates and models our culture and values? 
  • Cultivates a shared, strategic vision for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)? 
  • Fosters learning? 
  • Makes the commission more accessible to underrepresented and marginalized communities? 
  • Leads and navigates change? 
  • Embraces inclusion in decision making? 

Desired Qualifications:
Demonstrated 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 energy, telecommunication, solid waste, water, marine pilotage, household good moving, wastewater, rail and pipeline companies. In addition, 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; administrative policy, and practice; and models and theories related to organizational performance, team leadership, and continuous improvement.

For more information and to apply:

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