East Central Energy, Braham, MN—Established in 1936 as a member-owned electric cooperative, East Central Energy now provides electric service across 14 counties and over 61,000 homes, farms, and businesses in east-central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. We are committed to improving the quality of life of our members by safely providing reliable energy and related services while embracing our cooperative principles. By engaging with technology and innovation like distributed energy and battery storage, we offer members access to the affordable energy resources that build on our history as a cooperative.

Our employees are genuinely essential. We provide a safe environment for a workforce of engaged team members. We strive to offer compensation packages that attract and retain the top talent in the region, and foster a culture that promotes integrity, productivity, and transparency. Employees feel a close connection with the organization and with one another. Our leaders are focused on strategic leadership and employee development.

As a member-owned cooperative, we are invested in our communities and seek to provide value to our members. We encourage economic development and small-town growth in our service territory by providing energy expertise and appropriate support. We provide exceptional service, world-class reliability, and affordable energy while staying true to our core values.

The VP/COO position reports directly to the President/CEO and serves on the executive team. This position will primarily have day-to-day responsibility to plan, implement, manage, and control engineering- and operational-related activities. The VP/COO directly assists the President/CEO on all strategic and tactical matters to achieve ECE’s business and financial objectives. The VP/COO provides leadership for all operational-related issues and ensures the culture set forth by ECE’s executive team is communicated and successfully executed. The VP/COO supervises the Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, and System Control Manager.

Experience and Education: A bachelor’s degree in engineering or other applicable degree is required. A minimum of ten years in progressively responsible engineering and/or operational leadership roles with specific experience in a rural utility cooperative combined with knowledge of electrical distribution design; or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge.

Interpersonal Skills: A self-motivated individual in this position treats people with respect, keeps commitments, accepts responsibility for their actions, inspires the trust of others, works with a high level of integrity, and upholds organizational values.

Technical Skills: Qualified candidates have an extensive understanding of distribution design, construction, operations, and maintenance, as well as RUS electrical distribution specifications. This candidate must also possess the ability to develop project plans, coordinate with others, communicate changes and progress, and completes projects on time and within budget.

Environmental Conditions: The following work environment descriptions represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  

  • The employee is regularly exposed to inside office conditions, sitting at a desk or work center operating a computer, keyboard, and mouse.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to outside conditions of hot, cold, rain, snow while checking electrical plant.
  • The noise level in the work environment is regularly low to moderate.

Physical Demands: Regularly required to stand; walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, push, pull, crouch, or crawl; talk, hear, and smell.  

  • Able to sit for 8 hours or more.  
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds with or without assistance.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position requires a pre-employment physical and substance testing. Additionally, the position may be subject to random testing following the Cooperative’s substance policy.

ECE offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. For more information and to apply, visit ECE’s Careers page. All applicants must apply by Sunday, September 20, 2020. 

ECE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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