MANAGER OF SYSTEM OPERATIONS

T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative, Brooklyn, Iowais seeking qualified applicants for the position of Manager of System Operations at our headquarters in Brooklyn, Iowa.  T.I.P. REC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving approximately 7,000 meters with 1,764 miles of line in portions of 10 counties with a headquarters in Brooklyn, IA and an outpost in Sigourney, IA.  This is a senior staff position which reports to the General Manager and advises the General Manager on all matters relating to operations.  This individual will plan, organize, direct, and coordinate all operations and technical service activities to ensure the best utilization of all human, financial, material, and other resources. This position is also responsible for the development of long- and short-range plans, purchasing, and materials inventory activities.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package.

T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative is an equal-opportunity employer.

Employment type:  Full-time
Regular working hours:  8½ hour days, with the start time of 6:30 am (or ½ hour before the linemen get to work, Monday – Friday (with longer days as necessary).

Essential Duties

  • Provide leadership and direction for all distribution system engineering, technical, services, energy services, purchasing, and materials management activities.
  • Ensure the electric system is operating in a safe and reliable manner by adhering to cooperative policies, industry standards (IEEE), regulatory code (NESC, NEC, NFPA), Department of Transportation requirements, and the adopted Operating Procedures of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.
  • Oversee all substation construction and maintenance including the hiring of contractors.
  • Oversee the development, installation, and maintenance of distribution system automation systems.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all engineering studies including construction work plans, long range plans, sectionalizing studies, arc flash studies, etc.  Develop Construction Work Plans while working in conjunction with the finance department.
  • Develop and oversee load research efforts to provide the Cooperative with maximum understanding of how energy and demand are being utilized by its membership, with a goal of increasing efficiency and properly allocating costs.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of programs to reduce our current and future power costs including the development of energy efficiency initiatives, system improvements, operating procedures, etc.
  • Serve as a main contact point for outside transmission and distribution organizations, the Iowa Utility Board, and other organizations for system operation-related needs
  • Work in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives and the Safety Committee in facilitating the Cooperative Safety Program. Ensure requirements for the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP) are being completed.
  • Assists and coordinates updates and reviews of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
  • Develop and update procedures required to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations concerning polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
  • Responsible for the application of the cooperative’s Spill Prevention Countermeasure and Control Plan (SPCC) and oil handling training.
  • Provide oversight of outage data record keeping and regulatory reports including the calculation/verification of reliability indexes (SAIDI, SAIFI, and CAIDI).
  • Provide oversight of the development of the Reliability Plan and completion of the Reliability Report for the board of directors in preparation for filing with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB).
  • Fleet vehicle purchasing and management of fleet maintenance and annual inspection.
  • Responsible for the development and execution of service contracts including Joint Use agreements with other utilities, right-of-way maintenance, pole, and meter testing.
  • Provide oversight of internal meter testing and module programming.
  • Provide oversight of complex metering installations and multiplier verification.
  • Responsible for ensuring that cooperative communication systems (communication and system automation) are performing in an acceptable manner.
  • Actively participate in the safety program by being a member of the safety committee, performing field inspections, assisting in the development of annual safety plans, and giving safety presentations.
  • Provide oversight to staff responsible for the development and installation of software systems for the operations department (NISC, AMI, and AVL).
  • Responsible for overseeing appropriate inventory levels for standard line materials. Reviews and prepares purchase orders on high-value inventory such as cable, transformers, regulators, OCRS, and conductors.
  • Reviews all agreements with outside parties and issues end of year statements for joint-use agreements, communication tower attachments, and County road moves.
  • Provide regular “on-call” coverage 24 hours a day 7 days a week to ensure our membership is provided with the best service possible. On Call months can be alternated with the Staking Technician/Member Service and Operations Coordinator.
  • Develop annual and long-term budget projections for capital needs, revenue forecasts, and operating /maintenance expenses.
  • Assist with the design and development of electric rates and tariff terms to ensure the cooperative is recovering its costs from the appropriate group of members and is sending the correct price signals to its membership.
  • Assist the general manager in developing strategic initiatives to ensure the future needs of the cooperative’s members are met in a cost-effective manner.
  • Conducts field inspections on work in progress and oversees annual work order inspections on finished projects to assure adherence to established standards.
  • Ensures that all department personnel receive training, understand, and comply with all safety rules and regulations.
  • Provide oversight of the apprentice program.
  • Provide leadership and development opportunities to all employees within the operations dept. to allow them to maximize their ability and provide the greatest benefits to the cooperative.
  • As a member of the executive team, this position is responsible for the provision of a full range of supervisory activities including but not limited to the selection, training, and evaluation of section personnel. Budgeting planning and the completion of special projects as delegated.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The Manager of System Operations shall be required to perform any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objectives of the cooperative.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position supervises the Staking Technician/Member Service, Operations Coordinator, Line Foremen, and Line Crews.

QUALIFICATIONS  
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Must understand all aspects of distribution cooperative engineering including system design, system automation, telecommunications, and related areas. Must be familiar with the National Electrical Safety Code and RUS construction and materials specifications
  • Must be skilled in training, motivating, and evaluating assigned personnel in order to obtain the highest degree of productivity and the development of individual capabilities.
  • Must be able to operate standard office equipment including computers, calculators, scanners etc.
  • Must be able to perform the activities necessary to complete work assignments described in the duties and responsibilities section.
  • Must be able to work with a variety of people under varying circumstances.
  • Must be able to organize work to complete deadlines, set priorities and complete assignments with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent follow-through abilities
  • Self-motivated, discreet, resourceful, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of 10 years work experience in the electric utility industry or related field, and 5 years employed in a supervisory/management capacity.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS
Valid Driver’s License. Must be able to perform first aid procedures, including CPR.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, financial reports, and governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, co-workers, and members.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to effectively communicate in a verbal and written manner with other cooperative department leaders, employees, vendors, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to calculate figures that are commonly encountered in operating and evaluating electrical power systems. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, and Excel.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply common sense understanding, and to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
    
WORK ENVIRONMENT  
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. A combination of inside and outside work in all kinds of weather may be required. Eight and 1/2-hour days/5 days per week, with the start time being 1/2-hour before the linemen arrive to start their day. Irregular hours including nights, weekends, and holidays may be involved, particularly during emergency situations. If bad weather is forecast, the employee must consider the possibility of being called into work.

EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS

Member-Consumers: Advises and assists member-consumers in every way possible. Takes advantage of the opportunity to obtain increased understanding and acceptance of cooperative objectives, policies, plans, and programs.

General Public: Maintains friendly, cooperative relationships with the general public in the performance of responsibilities.

Neighboring Utilities: Exchange information and collaborate on territorial issues and joint-use projects.

Vendors: Obtains information on new products, engineering issues, obtains prices, and resolves problems.

Cooperative Response Center (CRC): Provide information and oversight with coordination between CRC and TIP REC.

Iowa Utilities Board (IUB): Work with IUB Inspector of Field Inspections of completed work.  

Other Utilities: Exchanges information and coordinates projects.  

All applicants who are selected for a position at T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative must pass a pre-employment physical examination, motor vehicle driving record check, and drug & alcohol test prior to starting employment.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:

T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative
Attn: Lee Rozmus
612 W. Des Moines St.
P.O. Box 534
Brooklyn, IA  52211

lrozmus@tiprec.com

Applications will be accepted through January 20, 2023.



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