New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
Published
March 12, 2024
Location
579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, New Hampshire
Job Type

Description

THE POSITION:

Reporting to the Vice President of Energy Delivery, the Director of Engineering provides leadership and management oversight of the electric system including as well as the departments and individuals charged with supporting, planning, and maintaining the distribution system. In addition, the director will nurture a “service orientated” environment within this group with the goal of developing and maintaining positive relationships with the districts. The director will coordinate and direct the resources of the group to efficiently provide engineering services and expertise, while assisting the districts with meeting all code/safety related requirements, as well as the needs of the membership.  The departments within this division include Engineering, Line Design, Plant Services, Control Center, Electric Shop, and Metering.

Supervises:

ROW/Line Design Supervisor, System Operations Supervisor, Substation and Metering Supervisor, Plant Services Supervisor, Engineering Manager, and external consultants and vendors.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Acting as the leader of the Division in the absence of the Vice President of Energy Delivery.
  • Ensuring alignment with NHEC's strategic and cultural goals.
  • Managing divisional and departmental budgets and procurement procedures.
  • Staying updated on industry standards and regulations.
  • Developing and updating departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring compliance with safety regulations and overseeing the safety program.
  • Managing staffing needs, including recruitment, training, and succession planning.
  • Supervising personnel and administering fair evaluations and salary adjustments.
  • Ensuring compliance with the union contract.
  • Managing quality assurance and process improvement initiatives.
  • Tracking and reporting reliability and performance data.
  • Providing oversight for the Control Center and asset management.
  • Managing design requirements and system capacity.
  • Addressing member concerns regarding power quality and metering operations.
  • Improving corporate safety performance.
  • Performing other directed or required duties.

 THE PERSON:

  • Four years of college with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering required.  Master’s degree in business, finance, project management, engineering, or related fields recommended.  Additional specialized training in electric utility operations, construction, information technology and planning is desired.  Must be a registered professional engineer in the State of New Hampshire or registered in another state and become registered in New Hampshire within one year.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible electric utility construction, engineering, and planning experience, including supervisory responsibility is required.  A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience. This experience must include the design and construction of underground and overhead distribution lines, distribution substations, special loads, transformer banks, voltage regulator installations, capacitor installations, and other similar type facilities.  Operational experience with such facilities is required.  Must have experience in the development, preparation, and implementation of short and long-range planning of electric distribution systems including system studies, system work plans, budgets, etc.  Must have experience in organizing and supervising work groups in coordinating and implementing plans and designs with other departments.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of electric utility systems, operations, and construction so that an effective, economic system can be designed and constructed.  Must have a working knowledge of preparation for and development of long-range and work plans; voltage drop, fault current, and sectionalizing studies; sectionalizing equipment; metering equipment and applications; transformer applications; generation interconnection; and standards and specifications for construction of all electric distribution, transmission, and substation facilities.  Must have a working knowledge of the National Electric Safety Code, National Electric Code, OSHA regulations, Public Utility Commission regulations, Standards for Electric Service, and standard utility specifications, construction materials and practices.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment.
  • Capacity to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in directing and leading department staff.
  • Skill in scheduling, monitoring, and coordinating activities across multiple cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with employees at all organizational levels.
  • Experience with project management and quality management tools and methodologies.
  • Proficiency in power system load flow and distribution protection software is desirable.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Most of the daily work schedule will be performed in the main office with field trips to district offices and NHEC facilities. Will be required to work long hours on occasions, especially during major system outages. Occasional travel required in the performance of work responsibilities and representing NHEC at various professional and association meetings.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment dependent upon management approval and workload requirements.
  • Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees.  It may be required during regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours.  To meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours.  This number will only be used for internal purposes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Review of applications will begin March 25, 2024, and will continue until the position has been filled, or otherwise closed.  Please be prepared to provide a resume and cover letter to complete your application. Any application not containing a resume and cover letter will be considered incomplete.

COMPENSATION: 

NHEC views compensation in a holistic and transparent manner. We are committed to providing our employees with work-life balance, generous time off, comprehensive health and retirement benefits, and additional programs that enhance our employees and members lives. The salary range for this role is targeted at $170,000-$195,000.

THE ORGANIZATION:

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in New England, providing electric utility service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire. There are 220+ employees serving our members, which is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and our mission is to provide our members access to affordable, reliable electric service options that support and simplify their lives. The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through renewable energy, distributed energy resources such as solar arrays and battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy-related apps on smart devices.

There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds. It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all. Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different. We invite you to learn more about the impact you can have by exploring our website at www.nhec.com.

 Exempt : Yes

Type : Full Time

Department : Engineering

Location : HQ

Non-union

Please visit our career page to apply! https://www.nhec.com/careers/#current-openings

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