To serve on the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) staff as a part of the management team, and to be directly responsible for advising and assisting the CEO in the formulation and implementation of objectives, policies, and programs relating to all phases of the Operations Department. To provide efficient and effective service in coordinating operating personnel; to plan, direct and implement all activities required for construction, maintenance and operations; to serve the members with adequate electric power at lowest possible cost; to develop and maintain distribution facilities and equipment for reliable power service, economical operation, and maximum member satisfaction; to plan, in consultation with the Director of Operations, and implement a program of preventative maintenance as well as day by day maintenance in order to eliminate interruption of service as much as possible; and to direct employees so that they will accept delegated authority and responsibility, receive maximum satisfaction on the job and maintain high productivity in a climate of high morale; and to perform other functions and assume responsibilities as may be required. To meet and deal tactfully and courteously with associates, members, potential members, and the public in general. To assist intra-departmental personnel in coordinating the Cooperatives Safety Program in maintaining Safety Accreditation.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES
Keeps informed of trends, forecasts and requirements through system studies, observation of facilities and system condition, annual work plans and long-range plans of the system in order to provide adequate facilities, organization and procedures as needed; works with Director of Operations and the Consulting Engineer to determine engineering requirements of the System; studies and reviews trends in material uses and material costs.
Constantly reviews techniques used for getting work done through others; holds meetings with the line foreman in order to benefit from their thinking and suggestions and in order to plan consultatively; discusses opinions, viewpoints, advice and recommendations of his supervisory subordinates and takes appropriate action.
Studies engineering developments, changing codes and standards and material developments, particularly in regard to equipment, methods and costs; develops and recommends plans for the extension, reinforcement or needed revision of plant facilities of the distribution systems.
Assists the Director of Operations in preparing long range/short range work plans, annual budgets, and labor requirements; plans with operations personnel so that crews can proceed each day without delay; allow for emergencies so that a minimum of interruption of service to consumers; plans daily work programs so that all necessary resources are available.
Encourages welfare and safety through the developments of safety regulations, standards, and acceptable practices in conformity with legal, regulatory and desirable requirements. Keeps updated on all OSHA, IOSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations and any changes that could affect the Cooperative.
Ensures subordinates are thoroughly trained in accordance with the requirements of their respective positions; checks for compliance of employees with job requirements and Cooperative Safety Rules and Regulations; makes improvements in safe working conditions and in training procedures as are desirable.
Develops and maintains moral and team spirit throughout the operations department by giving recognition and showing appreciation of merit and ability, and by coaching or counseling where it may be helpful.
Directs the activities of the Operations Department through personnel reporting directly to Line Superintendent; makes certain that all operations personnel understand, accept and perform their responsibilities, authorities and relationships as defined in the Position Responsibility Guides.
Actively participates in departmental meetings to provide coordination and communication; to encourage participation in planning and carrying out the operational program effectively and to review progress, points of weakness and areas of correction.
Directs the activities of construction, maintenance, preventive maintenance, operations and retirement of line by assigning crews, assessing priorities and long-range objectives.
Directs construction of new extensions, relocation, rerouting and revision of existing lines, including road moves and system improvements.
Directs and coordinates the effort of all crews in emergencies.
Assists in the direction of the provision and maintenance of tools, vehicles and equipment for the operations department.
Assists with the direction of right of way activity.
Assists in the direction of the maintenance of all cooperative pole storage facilities; sees that poles are stored in a safe and efficient manner and in accordance with good industry practices.
Directs the field staking of short line extensions, service relocations, minor road moves and system improvements in accordance with standards established or developed by the Engineer and RUS; refers all relative problems of an unusual nature to the Engineer.
Directs the field staking of major system improvements and line relocations in accordance with standards established or developed by the RUS after consultation with and obtaining necessary approvals from the Director of Operation.
Actively seeks out problem causing areas, such as excessive line loss, trees, old conductor, transformers too large for service; patrols line while driving throughout Cooperative area.
Inspects member construction under or near Cooperative lines and warns members of danger.
Assists with the direction of the operation of the distribution system so that electrical balance is maintained on all substation feeder lines.
Reports for work each day at the appointed time. If unable to do so, notifies supervisor prior to regular reporting time.
Maintains a day-by-day check of methods of construction, meeting of specifications and adherence to safety rules; personally, checks work crews in the field and determines that work is done satisfactorily and economically.
Maintains coordination of all crew activities for construction, planned outages, maintenance, emergencies, collections, meter readings, connects, disconnects and use of related equipment, maintains balance among long range programs, daily programs, and short-range programs, and ensures that all operations personnel is proficient in the use of Cooperative equipment.
Plans itinerary and work schedule priorities to allow for maximum utilization of labor and effectiveness of operations.
Ensures that service is restored as soon as possible when outages do occur and emergencies arise, and that the work is done in accordance with Cooperative standards; ensures that proper delegation of authority is made to take care of outages/emergencies in his absence.
Furnishes advice and assistance regarding the purchase of equipment, tools and materials.
Assists in preparation of Annual Business Plan and other system studies.
Assists in large power load studies by making field investigations and submitting results thereof plus other data, advice, and counsel to the Director of Operations.
Obtains signed easements and related documents as necessary.
Assists with the documentation and the coordination of inspection programs, mapping, OCR records, meter testing, and other plant related programs.
Keeps communication adequate and improving through consultative procedure with department personnel; encourages suggestions, criticisms, complaints, expressions of viewpoints and specific comments.
Usually drives company vehicle to work destinations throughout the area served by the Cooperative. Responsible for the maintenance and general care of the vehicle.
Must be able to make reference to and use the National Electric Safety Code, and other regulatory bulletins.
Promotes the use of electric service to members or prospective members as per Cooperative policies.
Performs any activities and assumes responsibilities for a variety of other duties as requested or assigned.
Attends all training and product information meetings as requested. Communicates information learned appropriately.
Cooperates on a teamwork basis with all other employees.
Maintains acceptable personal appearance for good public relations.
Participates actively in the IAEC and the Cooperatives Safety and Job Training programs. Uses protective equipment when on the job, complies with all safety regulations, and is ever mindful of the responsibility for the safety of fellow works. Serves as the Cooperatives Safety Coordinator and is responsible for implementation of said policies and programs.
Operates Cooperative vehicles in accordance with local and state laws.
Daily time sheets and vehicle mileage reports are completed.
Reports to the Director of Operations on any information having a bearing on the business of the Cooperative.
Maintains cooperative maps, OCR records, and PCB records on the Cooperatives data base.
Coordinates with appropriate regulatory and supervisory bodies on road moves, system improvements, system revisions including State Highway Engineers, County Engineers, RUS Field Engineers, or County Boards of Supervisors as requested.
Coordinates with foreign power suppliers, telephone companies and railroads on matters concerning: Common use, Joint use, Clearances, National Electric Safety Code, and Right-of-way as requested.
Makes reports and maintains records of all written or oral agreements, understandings, or data relative to the above items of coordination and forwards to the Director of Operations for approval.
Approves operations department's time sheets as requested.
Reviews, with subordinates, work schedules and work progress to determine that results are planned.
Excellent human relations, verbal, and technical skills required. Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to produce results with previous assignments. Good negotiating skills. Ability to effectively monitor and develop subordinates. Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and a desire to lead. Ability to qualify for a CDL and operate vehicles. Ability to use a variety of hand and mechanical tools. Proven managerial skills such as planning, directing, organizing, controlling, and coordinating is necessary.
Education & Experience
Thorough knowledge and understanding of electric theory, engineering principles, and line work with the corresponding knowledge associated with electric energy that would normally be acquired through twelve to fifteen years of related experience in progressively more responsible positions. High School curriculum mandatory.