This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department ofCommerce Utilities Board. Candidates must follow the instructions below in the "To Apply" section.
Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.
The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has an open position for a top-level manager to be the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The IUB is a quasi-judicial state agency that regulates public utilities in Iowa. The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IUB and for the coordination of the processes and procedures required by a state agency. This position will be coordinating, directing daily work, developing, administering, and supervising the IUB staff while consulting with the Board Chair.
Daily work includes, but is not limited to, preparation of the IUB decisions regarding utility rates and service, preparation of reports to other state agencies and the General Assembly; budget and financial matters, personnel reviews, and other administrative and operational functions. The COO is responsible for ensuring that there are internal programs, plans and procedures in place to ensure agency goals are met. The COO supervises and evaluates the work of subordinates, recommends personnel actions related to hiring, disciplinary procedures, performance plans, evaluations, leaves, grievances, work schedules and assignments, ensures compliance with State personnel policies and procedures. The COO oversees the technical and administrative staff, including project performance assignments, and the agencies strategic plan.
In addition, the COO ensures the IUB is in compliance with collective bargaining contracts, civil rights laws, and the state's affirmative action plan. The COO coordinates with managers to establish procedures for IUB, dockets which include legal filings and administrative hearings. Coordination includes appropriate staff assignment of staff and the completion of staff analyses and reviews in a timely and professional manner. Staff assignments include review of matters pertaining to engineering, accounting, financial, regulatory requirements, utility facilities, and other issues presented to the IUB.
The COO will oversee staff analyses using such methods as computer simulation techniques, econometrics, and onsite reviews to provide support information so that the IUB may assess alternative treatment of issues in contested case proceedings. The COO represents management in dealing with employee grievances/complaints and other matters pertaining to employment relations. This position will also develop plans/procedures to ensure that managers and staff follow through with various government-wide programs to achieve the equitable treatment of employees. The COO will assess the data processing needs of the IUB and the development of computer applications for use in program areas. This includes the IUB's electronic filing system and electronic time reporting system.
564 Government Regulation and Accountability Applicant should demonstrate a minimum of 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in the area of managing state or federal governmental regulations and implementing accountability provisions.
567 Experience Interpreting Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Code Applicant should demonstrate a minimum of 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in the area of developing and interpreting Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Code.
720 Policy Development 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in the development of written documents that will create policies, standards, and procedures.
980 Strategic Planning 6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both. Generally, an administrative position (mid to upper level of the management team) is assigned this as one function of their overall job. However, there are some specialists who deal only in strategic planning. Some colleges and universities may now carry this as a major or area of emphasis as part of their business administration or public policy programs. For experience to count, the applicant must have had the responsibility either for coordinating or developing the organization's strategic plan. Sometimes an administrative assistant type is responsible for a lower level of coordination, i.e., distributing information to managers, collecting what they develop, and putting it into one document; that is not what is sought here. This has to be experience to the point that the individual knows the following:
What a good strategic plan looks like
How to prepare a plan
How to monitor progress and ancillary planning
How to speak knowledgably for the organization about the plan
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and/or Electrical Engineering, Business Management, Education, Public Relations, Journalism or Mass Communications, and six years of fulltime complex analytical experience in the above disciplines which include at least one year of experience in developing and directing programs, projects or policy development;
an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting thirty semester hours of graduate level course work in one of the above disciplines for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;
graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in one of the specified disciplines and three years of full-time complex analytical experience in any combination of the above areas;
graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate Degree in one of the specified disciplines and two years of full-time complex analytical experience in any combination of the above areas;
licensure as a Professional Engineer by the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners and two years of fulltime professional engineering experience;
certification as a Certified Public Accountant may be substituted for one year of the required experience;
an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of complex analytical experience in any of the above disciplines for each year (thirty semester hours) of the required education to a maximum of four years;
employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to twelve months of full-time work as a Utility Administrator 1.
The Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) was created on July 1, 2003, as a way to manage and coordinate the major resources of state government. The DAS mission is to provide high-quality, affordable infrastructure products and services to Iowa state government customers in a manner that empowers them to provide better service to the citizens of Iowa and support the State of Iowa in ac...hieving economic growth. The formation of DAS is the first and largest endeavor of this kind in the country. DAS has established an alternative to privatization that provides an incentive to employees to drive down the cost of service delivery.