General Manager of Reading Municipal Light Department
Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) seeks a General Manager with exceptional leadership, management, communication, negotiation and strategic planning skills to lead the operations of a progressive utility with annual revenues of $82 million.
The General Manager is responsible for all functions of the RMLD including Energy Services, Engineering and Operations, Human Resources, Accounting, Customer Service, Community Relations, and Information Technology. The General Manager reports to an elected Board of Commissioners and works with the Citizens’ Advisory Board, which is an appointed board representing the towns served by RMLD. The position is subject to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 164 and interacts with elected officials and utility-related organizations at the federal, state and local levels.
The General Manager is responsible for developing and presenting the annual Operating and Capital Budgets, recommending electricity rates, ensuring reliable delivery of electric power, ensuring a diversified energy portfolio including renewable energy sources and developing short and long-term strategic plans. Operational oversight includes personnel management, including union negotiations, monitoring the power supply market and executing power supply purchases, capital project planning and maintenance, purchasing and bid oversight, and directing the use of legal and consulting services. It is critical that the General Manager have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to forge strong relationships with employees, commissioners, government officials and the general public at all levels.
RMLD is a municipal electric utility located 11 miles north of Boston serving 29,000 customers in four communities: Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, and Lynnfield Center. The Department has 75 employees, who are predominately union employees.
Candidates should be able to show significant experience in leading an electric utility with a minimum of 10 years’ experience at a senior level management position. Industry experience should include technical understanding of all aspects of electric utility, union and contract negotiation and strategic planning. Municipal experience is a plus with a good understanding of local, state and federal requirements. Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required. A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management or Public Administration is desired. Candidates’ names will not be made public until final round of interviewing.
The RMLD offers a comprehensive benefit package. Qualified in-house applicants must submit resume, references and salary requirements to Janet Walsh, Director of Human Resources, RMLD, 230 Ash Street, Reading, MA 01867, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience at a senior level management position.
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required.
A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management or Public Administration is desired.
Established in 1894, Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) is a municipal electric utility serving over 70,000 residents in the towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has over 29,000 meter connections within its service territory. Residential customers account for approximately one-third of RMLD’s electricity sales while commercial, industrial, and municipal customers account for about two-thirds of sales. There are over 3,000 commercial and/or industrial customers in the communities RMLD serves.
RMLD is the largest of the 41 municipal light departments in Massachusetts with regard to electricity load, is not-for-profit, and is locally owned and controlled. RMLD is governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners elected by Reading voters. A Citizens' Advisory Board, appointed by the four communities RMLD serves, makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. A professional staff of 75+ employees brings a broad scope of utility experience to RMLD’s daily operations, including an up-to-date understanding of the evolving energy market.
RMLD purchases power from a variety of sources for distribution to customers. With a peak demand of more... than 156 megawatts and rising capacity and transmission costs, peak demand reduction is a continued focus in order to reduce future power supply costs and in turn, maintain competitive electricity rates. To that end, RMLD offers a host of energy efficiency and rebate programs to both residential and commercial customers. Solar Choice, our community solar program, also assists with peak demand reduction by generating power within RMLD’s service territory. Solar Choice provides customers the opportunity to support clean energy production without requiring the installation of a system on their own property.
RMLD has long contributed to the communities it serves through a variety of community relations programs. These include school education programs, frequent educational events at local libraries and senior centers, participation in local community events such as town days, and active memberships in local civic groups.
At RMLD, our focus is to be efficient, get greener, and go paperless. Our staff continuously strives toward peak performance by implementing environmentally sustainable processes, creating efficiencies to work smarter, and keeping up with the latest industry trends to provide customers the best possible service at the lowest price.