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Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc., a generation and distribution utility serving residents in 58 locations throughout rural Alaska with its headquarters in Anchorage, AK. The communities that AVEC serves receive power via small, isolated grids that utilize diesel generation and renewable sources. AVEC serves the rural Alaska communities with 11,513 meters, 515 miles of distribution line.
As the Power Plant Operator (PPO) Supervisor, you will be an integral part of servicing our rural communities. The PPO Supervisor oversees a large workforce within a complex structure consisting of 130+ Plant Operators, of which 35% are managed directly and 65% are coordinated through local management. The PPO Supervisor is responsible for overall performance of AVEC Power Plant Operators and Village Laborers to operate and maintain the AVEC facilities and ensure a safe and reliable electric system.
Benefits and Pay
Range starts at $32.15 per hour and pay will be commensurate with experience.
The cooperative offers an excellent benefit package to include:
A defined benefit pension plan
401k with an employer match
Two different health insurance plans, vision, dental, and life insurance
Monthly employee luncheons
Position: Power Plant Operator Supervisor Department: Operations Location: Anchorage, AK Travel: <10%
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Provide supervision and support for Power Plant Operators (PPO) and Village Laborers (VL) operating and maintaining AVEC’s remote facilities.
Provide remote technical instruction and direction to Plant Operators to complete plant maintenance and repairs through the use of phone, computer, fax and text.
Assure cooperative facilities are operated and maintained for safety, efficiency and environmental compliance through instruction and supervision of power plant operators.
Develop and maintain cooperation with local community management in order to monitor PPO performance standards and facilitate reporting. Communicate policy in a way that integrates complex governing structures and enhances public relations.
Manage and authorize work schedules; assign and monitor work; approve timecards for PPOs and VLs. Coordinate job rotation and cross-training. Ensure that employees understand their duties and delegated tasks. Supervise regular reporting requirements.
Develop and coordinate training so that operators are prepared for their specific duties.
Ensure adherence to legal guidelines, and Cooperative policies and procedures. Provide feedback on performance, monitor progress of PPO compliance and improvement. Initiate and implement disciplinary action; inform local management of concerns and influence decision-making.
Maintain workforce by interviewing, hiring, terminating AVEC Village Operations (AVO) operators, provide orientation for all PPOs and VLs. Coordinate hiring paperwork.
Assist in the testing, training, and deployment of plant maintenance software, (including but not limited to the 60Hertz tablet.)
Assist plant operators and traveling technicians resolving emergencies, scheduled and unscheduled outages.
Take On-Call responsibility to address after-hours emergency calls in rotation with other On-Call personnel.
Skills and Abilities
This position is directly responsible for the operation and maintenance activities in all AVEC locations, and, as such, the position is a high stress position, demanding that the employee filling the position be able to respond to inquiries regarding operations quickly and accurately, while maintaining a consistently professional and calm emotional demeanor.
Possess and exhibit the ability and desire to provide prompt, courteous and reliable services to the Cooperative’s internal and external customers.
Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize multiple conflicting priorities and projects.
Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate clearly and accurately orally and in writing.
Shows concern for the safety, quality, accuracy and completeness of own work and coworkers.
Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Adapts to change quickly and easily.
Able to interpret technical drawings, instructions, and specifications and formulate procedures for operation and maintenance of electric utility facilities.
Knowledge of employment laws.
Able to provide recognition and positive corrective instruction to promote learning and advancement of coworkers.
Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, cooperative members and external agencies.
Works to build a sense of common purpose across all work groups, fosters team building and a positive work ethic.
Creates opportunities or minimizes potential problems by anticipating and preparing for these in advance.
Proficient in use of computer programs including Microsoft Suite.
Work is performed in a standard office environment and some travel may be required.
Please complete an application and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Once applications are reviewed, you will be contacted if an interview is desired.
Contact Alaska Village Electric Cooperative for more information or a full job description.
Standard pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and background check are required.
The intent of this Description is to provide a representative summary of the major responsibilities performed and results expected by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job.
AVEC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability.
High School Diploma or equivalent.
At least 18 years of age.
Two years of technical school or equivalent.
Four years of work-related experience with power plant systems.
Experience in electric utility or contracting experience involving rural Alaska.
Technical knowledge of maintaining small rural diesel power plants and distributions systems.
Must be able to travel to remote Alaska, as required.
We’re a non-profit electric utility, owned by the people we serve in 58 communities throughout interior and western and southeastern Alaska. In fact, the AVEC service area is the largest of any retail electric cooperative in the world.
Our members come from many different cultures, speak different languages and some live over a thousand miles apart. Yet, we are united in our efforts to bring a stable source of electricity into our homes and to enhance the quality of our lives.
We invite you to explore this site, learn more about your cooperative and the communities we serve, and see how we can best meet your needs.