Utilities Deputy Director

Raftelis | Bellevue, WA

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Posted Date 11/07/2023

The Position

The City of Bellevue Utilities Department is seeking an experienced and forward-thinking Deputy Director to help lead a dynamic team that provides high-quality drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and solid waste services. This newly created position serves as a member of the Bellevue Utilities executive team and co-leads the department in achieving its strategic, operational, and financial goals.

Reporting to the Utilities Director, the Deputy Director provides direction and leadership for the Department’s business and corporate functions, helping to ensure that utility services are managed for the benefit of Bellevue’s ratepayers and the community as a whole. Specifically, this position provides oversight and direct supervision of the Assistant Director for the Resource Management and Customer Service Division which includes customer service and billing, budget and finance, utility rate and tax assistance, technology systems, and solid waste management. The Deputy Director also provides leadership and oversight over the following corporate functions: smart water and technology, performance management, workforce development, communications, and intergovernmental relations.

The Deputy Director embodies Bellevue’s core values and embraces the City’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate actively contributes to the organizational health of Bellevue Utilities and supports the department’s positive culture. The Deputy Director is an active listener and effective communicator who believes in transparency and keeping others well informed. They are a visible leader known for actively supporting staff and removing barriers to enable success while maintaining a commitment to high-quality, customer-centered work. The Deputy Director fosters a welcoming and collaborative team environment that empowers staff to bring forward fresh ideas, develop innovative strategies, and provide creative solutions to deliver the best outcomes for customers.


Eight or more years of progressively responsible experience in a management capacity within public utilities and/or public works is desired. Managerial experience in business, finance, and/or operations in a utility or related setting is essential. Prior experience as a director, high-level manager, assistant director, or equivalent position is ideal. Strong financial expertise with direct budget and accounting knowledge are essential. Excellent communication skills coupled with the ability to navigate dynamic and changing priorities are ideal.

A bachelor's degree in business, finance, or related field is required. A master’s degree is preferred. Any combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits

The full salary range for the Utilities Deputy Director is $129,356 - $178,514 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Bellevue provides a generous benefits package. Learn more about the options and employee-based benefits here.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at jobs.crelate.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled with first review of applications beginning Monday, December 4, 2023.

Listing Type
Jobs | On-Site
Government/Public Agency | Management | Operations | Other
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$129,356 - $178,514
Salary Type

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