The position is based in the beautiful capital city of Helena, Montana. Helena is known as the Queen City of the Rockies and has a rich history found in the beautifully preserved Victorian architecture that makes up the city’s historic districts. Helena offers theaters, museums, fairs, rodeos, and art centers. Ideally located for outdoor enthusiasts near the wide Missouri River and the rugged Rocky Mountains, Helena provides ideal opportunities for hunting, fishing, swimming, camping, water-skiing and boating and offers downtown access to more than 90 miles of hiking, running, and biking trails. Helena provides an excellent school system including modern facilities, exemplary health care services, and a central location between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Learn more about moving to and/or living in Helena, Montana here
The Montana Department of Public Service Regulation (DPSR) is a state agency headed by 5 elected commissioners (the Public Service Commission) and staffed by a team of approximately 30 professionals in the Legal, Regulatory, and Administrative Services Divisions. Staff includes attorneys, analysts, regulatory enforcement officers, consumer assistance personnel, finance, and human resource specialists, and administrative support staff. It is the Commission’s goal that DPSR be a model of good governance that serves the people of Montana extraordinarily well. The agency is developing a clear and well-defined strategic plan to enhance our operations and work environment. This provides a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to have a hand in shaping our operations and culture. Our team includes seasoned leaders with expertise and institutional knowledge coupled with newly elected commissioners with innovative ideas for the organization. Our team provides a unique combination of public sector operations and expertise inspired by private-sector ideas and initiatives.
Collectively we refer to our agency as the Public Service Commission or PSC. We are a small agency in terms of employees, but our work is big in terms of public impact. The PSC is responsible for monopolistic industries within Montana to ensure fair prices, responsible business practices, and sustainable, reliable service for the Montana customers who rely upon them. Regulated industries include privately held power, water, sewer, telecommunications, sanitation, and certain commercial transportation providers. The PSC also plays a vital role in railway and pipeline safety. Learn more about the PSC here.
Employees enjoy a personable work environment. Staff members are encouraged to cross-train with other positions, affording themselves the opportunity for diversified professional experiences and advancement. The PSC provides ample parking in a private parking lot immediately adjacent to our ground-floor office space, and the building is conveniently located between two of Helena’s least congested thoroughfares -- making the drive, walk or ride to work quick and easy.
The PSC will reward your contributions to the State with competitive compensation and generous benefits including, but not limited to:
Work/life balance including the ability to earn exempt comp time (additional paid leave of one hour earned for each hour worked over 40 per week).
Medical, dental, and vision coverage.
A constitutionally guaranteed retirement plan including disability and death benefits with the state contributing 8.77% of salary on your behalf and the ability to contribute to a supplemental deferred compensation program.
Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
Pre-tax flexibility spending accounts.
A vibrant Employee Assistance Program.
State of Montana employment may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Look here to learn more and understand whether you may qualify.
Additional benefits package information is available here.
The Executive Director will plan, direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the day-to-day administrative operations of the Department of Public Service Regulation; represent the interests of the Public Service Commission in administrative matters; carry out the directives and policies of the commission; and lead the agency’s external communications and public relations work. This includes working with the leaders of the Legal, Regulatory, and Centralized Services Division to ensure effective administration of all areas of operation. The position represents an opportunity to lead and support a purposeful, educated, decisive, and independent team dedicated to protecting and promoting the public interest.
Ensure the policies and initiatives of the Commission are carried out according to state law, administrative procedures, and applicable regulations.
Manage Commission staff, including oversight of division administrators, supervisors, and support staff to ensure agency productivity and efficiency.
Manage the agency’s public relations, marketing, government affairs, and external communications.
Oversee budget, appropriations, audit compliance, and human resources matters of the agency.
Balance staff workloads and agency fiscal priorities, particularly as relates to requests from individual Commissioners or the Commission.
Facilitate internal teamwork, communications, and orderly processes within and between employees, divisions, and commissioners.
Prepare annual reports, informational presentations, and strategic goals/plans.
Other duties related to the official business of the Commission as assigned by the Commission or the Chair.
Strong leadership, diplomacy, and supervisory skills.
Strong sense of the chain of command, discretion, confidence, and integrity.
Strong communications, marketing, and public relations skills.
Excellent organization, prioritization, multitasking, and time management skills.
Practical experience in the principles and techniques of administrative management, with knowledge of public administration preferred.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and other office technologies
Ability to formulate and execute policies and procedures.
Ability to participate in strategic planning and to create an energizing work culture.
Familiarity with fiscal planning, audit compliance, and budget management.
Familiarity with state legislative and executive branch processes
Requires education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, legal, accounting, political science, communications, engineering, or a related field(s), six years executive level management experience, and two years of communications, public relations, or marketing experience.
The PSC will consider alternative combinations of education and experience.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: Please apply on the State of Montana website under the Employment tab: Home (mt.gov) The position is open until filled. Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications may include but are not limited to evaluation of the application; evaluation of responses to supplemental questions; evaluation of education, training, and experience; a structured oral interview; and reference checks.
All applicants must provide the following:
Answers to the three (3) supplemental questions.
A resume that includes the names and telephone numbers of three work-related references.
Writing sample (e.g., a previous article, report, press release or similar communication you have authored). Be sure the sample is a document that only you authored and that you feel accurately demonstrates your written communication skills. Please note: the writing sample will become a part of your application and will not be returned.
The Executive Director is an appointed position that reports directly to and serves at the pleasure of, the Commission. Occasional travel may be required.
Please complete the following supplemental questions. This supplement gives you an opportunity to present specific details regarding your qualifications for this position. Limit your responses to no more than 300 words per question.
Describe your management, supervisory, and leadership experience.
Describe your marketing, communications, and/or public relations experience.
Describe why you are the best candidate for this position.
If you have any questions, please contract Mandi Hinman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-6175
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