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By General Inquiries posted 10-14-2021 02:38 PM

The City of Mesa is a great place to work! In addition to competitive salaries, the City also has a generous amount of other benefits available. For more information, please see our website:

Energy Resources Gas System Administrator 
($90,635.10 - $130,832.00 Annually)

The City of Mesa is excited to offer a one-time payment of $2,000 for all full-time employees and $1,000 for part-time benefited and part-time non-benefited employees who are active City Employees on Friday, December 31, 2021.  To receive this one-time payment, new employees must have started their employment on or before December 31, 2021.  This payment does not apply to seasonal employees.  Join our team and start to work in time to receive this one-time payment as well!

First review of applications will be on October 18, 2021. Additional applications will be reviewed thereafter as needed.  This classification has been designated as a non-classified, non-merit system, at-will position.

An Energy Resources Administrator is responsible for managing the activities and operations of the Energy Services, Construction and Technical Services, or Compliance Section of the Energy Resources Department.

Duties include:
• Full budgetary responsibilities of their assigned section
• Monthly operations analysis
• Creating and tracking performance measurements
• Preparation for, participation in, and responding to the annual audit conducted by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)
• Managing, coordinating, overseeing, and supervising subordinate supervisors
• Understanding, creating, and implementing policies, procedures, and practices that ensures the Energy Resources Department continues to be able to provide safe, reliable, and efficient natural gas utility services to our customers

This class is also responsible for developing forecasts for budgets and Annual Work Plans, and administering the Plans for their respective assignments; including monthly reviews of budget compared to actual expenditures and activity levels. An employee of this class is required to implement and ensure staff compliance (via monitoring and training) with appropriate safety equipment and procedures.  Energy Resource Administrators represent the City of Mesa and Energy Resources in meetings with professional organizations; other utilities; and county, state, and federal regulatory agencies (examples: Southwest Gas, Unisource, American Public Gas Association, American Gas Association, Arizona Bluestake, etc.). The incumbent assumes the duties of his/her supervisor in the supervisor's absence. This class is responsible for performing related management and administrative duties as required.

This classification has been designated as a non-classified, non-merit system, at-will position.  The incumbents in this class receive general supervision from the Energy Resources Director or Deputy Director who review work through reports, conferences, and overall results achieved.  This class is required to exercise considerable judgment and initiative in daily duties related to the area of assignment.  This position is subject to 24-hour emergency call-out. This class is required to use appropriate safety equipment and follow safety procedures in performing assignments. 

This class is FLSA exempt-executive.

Compliance Administrator Assignment:  The principal point of contact for all regulatory issues including utility code compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) and the ACC. The incumbent is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) on regulatory compliance issues in the natural gas industry as they affect the City of Mesa, Energy Resources. 

Duties include: 
• Ensuring utility code compliance by managing state and federal audits and investigations into regulatory and compliance issues
• Responding to requests for information from regulatory bodies; facilitating the review, revision, training, and dissemination of material pertinent to the Department's Operations & Maintenance (O&M) manual, Operator Qualification (OQ), Gas Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP), Control Room Management (CRM), and Public Awareness (PA) plans which are required by regulation
• Performing liaison duties between the ACC and operations in reporting incidents
• Initiating and monitoring programs and procedures as necessary to maintain the City's compliance with state and federal pipeline safety codes
• Conducting internal compliance assessments and audits of operations, maintenance, construction, technical services, materials, and other code related activities
• Facilitating the development and implementation of regulatory programs including managing the development and training of department employees in OQ and all regulatory requirements
• Representing the City of Mesa in meetings with professional organizations, other utilities, and regulatory agencies
• Researching, preparing, and implementing policy recommendations relating to Energy Resource issues as directed by management
• Maintaining awareness of legislative and regulatory initiatives that may have significant impacts on the Energy Resources Department

Construction & Technical Services Administrator Assignment:  Responsible for oversight of the construction, maintenance, and repair of the Gas Division's distribution systems, pipelines, corrosion control, leak survey, technical service activities. 

Duties include: 
• Oversight of field staff via subordinate supervisors
• Monitoring the Gas Construction and Technical Services Budget including Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and O&M budgets for areas of responsibility (examples: approving pay requests, rental agreements, vendor services, analyzing O&M work orders, analyzing and estimating future spending patterns, opening funding sources for work order charges, managing and projecting CIP project budgets in conjunction with the Energy Resources CIP Administrator, and compiling yearly budget data with Energy Resources Fiscal Analysts)
• Project management duties including coordinating and facilitating the system, planning, development, and replacement programs for replacement projects and gas system improvement projects
• Working with Engineering, Gas Planning Engineer, Gas System Operations, and Energy Resource CIP/Accounting staff to approve gas system extensions, replacements, operating pressures, and associated timelines to ensure system integrity and overall service availability to customers
• Ensure additions and revisions to the Gas Material Specifications Manual are in compliance with Federal and State regulations, and City of Mesa Procedures
Energy Services Administrator Assignment:  Oversees highly specialized Utility Service Field Supervisors who are involved in supervising natural gas utility services work and section personnel involved in a variety of skilled and semiskilled tasks in gas service activities.  Activities include resolving commercial gas distribution and service problems; minor repairs on residential gas appliances; and construction, maintenance, and field repair of residential, commercial, and industrial gas meters for the City of Mesa's natural gas system.  The Energy Services Administrator is responsible for Gas Operations relating to the installation, corrective action, and preventative maintenance of gate stations, district regulator stations, and residential and commercial customer metering equipment.  Incumbents are also responsible for emergency response, including distribution system valve operation in emergency situations.  This class monitors system performance using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and/or reports for effective operation of gas distribution and regulation by supervising and implementation of changes to operating parameters.

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Business Management, Organizational Management, or related field. 
• Extensive (5+ years) full-time experience in a mid - to large-size gas distribution company in at least one of the following technical areas:  Regulatory Safety Compliance including design and implementation of training programs; locating underground utilities; Design; Construction; Maintenance; Repair; Operations; Leak Survey; or Corrosion Control.
• Experience must be in one or more of the following components: gas mains, city gate stations, pressure regulator stations, gas service lines, gas meters, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. 
• Three years of supervisory responsibility in a gas utility or related field. 
• Up to two years of supervisory experience may be substituted by any combination of training and education equivalent to two years.
Special Requirements. 
• Must possess a valid Class D Arizona Driver's License by hire date.
Substance Abuse Testing.  This class is subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing as outlined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 199 for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications. 
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Business Administration, Business Management, Organizational Management, Public Administration, or related field is preferred. 
• Experience in DOT and natural gas emergency response training is highly desirable.

City of Mesa offers a competitive benefits package. A CITY OF MESA ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. Applications must apply by 10/21/2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we will review applicants as they are received. For complete job description, requirements and online application form, please visit our web site at:

City of Mesa is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.