At La Plata Electric Association, or mission is to provide our members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible. We are shaping the future by building trustworthy community partnerships as an innovative, forward-thinking industry leader, delivering excellence in our member-owned cooperative.
The Pagosa Springs District Manager is responsible for district member services, construction, maintenance, and operation of LPEA’s system, supervising district office, field employees and other operation personnel as assigned. The primary areas of responsibility include safety, member services, system operations, new construction and line maintenance in Pagosa Springs Districts. The district manager will be responsible for seeking and developing plans for continuous improvement and for following the authorized budget and seeking better ways to accomplish the work. The District Manager is engaged/involved in the Archuleta County service area. The District Manager is responsible for receiving and processing member complaints. The District Manager is expected to collaborate and communicate with the Durango Office on all relevant issues to help develop a strong relationship between the two offices.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Ability to lead and supervise the Pagosa District employees, and work well with department heads, supervisors, employees, member/customers, and the public.
Strong ability to communicate across the entire company.
Proactively look for way to increase safety of employees and to improve all work processes.
Supports, coaches and leads the efforts of LPEA’s code of conduct/excellence.
Familiarity with RUS and NESC rules and Association Policy, Safety, and Bargaining Agreement.
Complete knowledge of all phases of the La Plata Electric system.
Supervises employees and contractors of the Line Department and Office staff, as assigned.
Maintains good working relationships among employees.
Handles customer complaints when necessary or service problems, including providing backup
for office staff as needed.
Reviews work orders for special construction, economic and customer relations problems.
Inspects completed work orders for compliance with staking sheets, RUS specifications
uniformity in installation of construction units by all La Plata Electric Association and
contractor crews, checks quality of workmanship by LPEA and contractor crews. Issues necessary
clean up orders to LPEA and contractor crews.
Insures that work is performed in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with RUS and
NESC rules and Association regulations in a workmanlike manner.
Coordinates response to emergency calls and dispatch crews to emergencies when necessary. Directs crews on major outages.
Work with Substation Supervisor to coordinate routine substation maintenance. Assists in
Along with all superintendents will check and observe lines for safety and operational problems
while in the field.
All superintendents will represent the Association, as assigned, in local, statewide and regional
activities in the employee's area of specialty.
Oversees District Budget and participates in the cooperatives budgeting process.
Checks and approves payments to contractors, as assigned, for all construction units when
completed prior to payment to contractor.
Works with Safety personnel to initiate investigation of all accidents involving both La Plata
Electric Association personnel and equipment, as well as all accidents or claims involving
members of the public.
Coordinates with Emergency Services concerning natural disasters.
Works closely with the Engineering department in the development of the work plan for system improvements.
Reviews the preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets
Implements programs that meet Company and Departmental goals and objectives.
Creates the structure and processes necessary to manage the activities, changes and growth projected in Operations.
Develops and installs procedures and controls to promote communication and adequate information flow within Operations.
Ensures that the responsibilities, authorities, and accountability of all direct subordinates are defined and understood.
Ensures that all operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
Supervises scheduling of underground line locates when requested.
Insures that vehicles and equipment are properly maintained.
Checks out reports of faulty or inadequate equipment or materials and makes
recommendations for corrective actions.
Maintains control of replacement tools and equipment.
Works with Right of Way Agent(s) on right?of?way access problems if requested.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; and 8 years’ experience in the electric utility industry, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Understanding of RUS/NESC specifications, substation operations, metering installations, and general knowledge of all distribution related equipment and procedures.
Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of requisition items Order processing systems; Jobtrack Project Management software; Excel Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must exercise strong skills in planning, communications, delegation, motivation, evaluation, and problem solving. Timeliness, accuracy and loyalty to the Association are required.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Colorado Driver’s License.
Required to be on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; extreme cold; extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
To perform the job successfully, and individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Project Management – Manages project team activities.
Technical Skills – own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication – speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrating accuracy and thoroughness. Market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.
About La Plata Electric Association
LPEA is an electric cooperative in beautiful south west Colorado.
Mission Statement: La Plata Electric Association, Inc. provides its members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible.
Vision Statement: Shaping the future by building trustworthy community partnerships as an innovative, forward-thinking industry leader, delivering excellence in our member-owned cooperative.
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