IT Release Manager

Job Posted 6/10/2022
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs, CO
United States
Experience Required
Energy / Utilities / Gas / Electric
$99,000.00 to $117,000.00 Per Year
Job Description

At Colorado Springs Utilities we offer a culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy. Our employees know they make a difference every day by providing critical services to the public while living and working in a city consistently rated as one of the best in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities Information Technology department is hiring a Release Manager who will be responsible for planning and coordinating the movement of releases for systems through development, test, QA to production environments. In this job, you will be instrumental in ensuring that the integrity of the production environment is protected and that the correct components are released on schedule.

In this vitally challenging role, you will have the opportunity to apply your Release Management expertise in planning and managing work to safeguard the integrity of the releases with a focus on understanding and meeting business needs.

Key areas of focus:

  • Coordinate release content and effort based on the service request backlog, pending service requests, third party applications, or operating system updates

  • Manage risk and resolve issues related to the release quality, scope, or schedule

  • Conduct Release Readiness reviews, Milestone Reviews, and Business Go/No-Go reviews

  • Negotiate, Plan, Measure, and monitor progress, including test runs, to ensure application releases are delivered on time and within budget, and that they meet or exceed expectations

  • Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams at different locations

  • Maintains the release schedule for all core services and ensures alignment across key partners and vendors

  • Develops scripts and automation tools used to build, integrate, and deploy software releases to various platforms

  • Maintains a release repository and manages key information such as build and release procedures, dependencies, and notification lists

  • Researches new software development and configuration management methodologies and technologies and analyzes their application to current configuration management needs

  • Define and coordinate IT Quarterly Maintenance Window (QMW) plans and communications

  • Embrace change management and lead process improvement efforts to support our new service model

  • Planning and Documenting future maintenance schedules

  • Work within the ITIL framework to ensure standards and procedures are being adhered to throughout the entire change process

  • Consistent planning and status meetings and communicating with stakeholders and liaising with Change Management

What will it take to be successful as a Release Manager? Highly qualified candidates will bring a minimum of 6+ years IT experience, providing expertise in release coordination and release management, including hands-on experience successfully managing projects (solid understanding of project management principles and aptitude with project management tools preferred). Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field is preferred.

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 25A, 25G, 26A, 26B, 36B 37A1, 37A2, 37A3, 37A4, 17C1 6421, 6423, 6425, 6427, IT 9635, 9934, 9975, 9985

Additional skills we seek:

  • Advanced knowledge and best practices of ITIL software development lifecycle

  • Proven ability to coordinate cross-functional work teams toward task completion and set deadlines

  • Demonstrated effective leadership and analytical skills

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills are a must

  • Experience in information systems operations environment in systems analysis or development

  • Experience in defining, monitoring, and measuring service deliver KPIs, metrics, and measurements

  • Experiencing in developing data visualization and analytics dashboards and reports utilizing PowerBI and Excel

  • Experience in SharePoint application development and tools such as Power Automate

  • PowerShell scripting for automation

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • Advanced knowledge and best practices of ITIL software development lifecycle

  • Proven ability to coordinate cross-functional work teams toward task completion and set deadlines

  • Demonstrated effective leadership and analytical skills

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills are a must

  • Experience in information systems operations environment in systems analysis or development

Our Commitment to our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.30 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network preventive care covered at 100%

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans.

  • Disability Coverage –Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance –Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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