Position Function: To manage and coordinate all aspects of the District operations and advises and assists the Board of Directors on matters of District policy and key operational matters.
Relationships: Responsible to: Board of Directors
Responsible for: All District Personnel
Position Responsibilities: Within the limits of approved board policies, operating guides and procedures, approved work plans and budgets and specific delegation from the Board of Directors, the General Manager assumes the responsibility and has commensurate authority for the following activities, recognizing the continuing responsibility of this position for developing and maintaining a favorable District image:
Pre-determines a course of action for the District through consultation with the Board of Directors. Works with staff and selected consultants in carrying out the objectives of the District. Reviews studies, forecasts and budgets.
Develops, generates and maintains team spirit and enthusiasm throughout the organization by appropriate delegation, communication, recognition of accomplishments, job enrichment, training and development, counseling and by advancement according to merit, interest and ability.
Ensures progress toward objectives by establishing a reporting system that allows staff members to discuss problems, attitudes and needs. Compares performance with plans and standards.
Consults and advises the Board on matters pertaining to policies, plans, programs. The need for facilities, financing, operating requirements and other areas. Keeps the Board fully informed on the end results of the operations to carry out approved policies, plans and programs, and to seek advice and obtain necessary approvals.
Participates in meetings outside of the District and serves on committees and carries out other activities that represent the best interests of the District.
As the General Manager:
Plans and conducts board meetings in a professional manner by providing data, facilitating participation, and building consensus among the directors.
Consults with attorneys, auditors, engineers and others, as necessary, to accomplish District objectives.
Provides for an annual budget, financial plan, and competitive pricing system that is adopted by the Board and reviewed as needed.
Takes reasonable action necessary to carry out delegated responsibilities so long as such action does not deviate from established policies and practices defined by the Board of Directors, conflict with sound business judgment, or exceed specific limitations placed upon the authority delegated by the Board of Directors or the Bylaws of the District.
Establishes the organizational structure and modifies it as conditions warrant.
Communicates with and resolves customer issues and concerns as needed. Sees that effective programs are developed and maintained to build customer loyalty.
Directs the human resource activities of the District including employment practices and procedures; compliance with Federal, state and local regulations; benefits administration; employee training and counseling; to stimulate employee performance, growth and development. Directs the resolution of employee grievances and complaints to assure consistent decision-making and conformity to legal requirements.
Directs the activities of the Information Systems area to ensure adequate computer hardware and software resources are available and proper training is provided to permit employees to accomplish their work assignments in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Coordinates the safety/wellness program and participate as a member of the Safety Committee to ensure that the safety and other training needs of all employees are met.
In addition to these responsibilities, may be assigned other duties by the Board of Directors.
Position: General Manager
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business, public administration, engineering or accounting is preferred or a high school diploma and equivalent experience acceptable.
Experience: A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible administrative, management, and/or supervisory experience are required. Leadership with public, customer and community groups is helpful. Background in public power districts or the utility industry is beneficial.
Job Knowledge: Knowledge of electric distribution system operations, human resource management, public administration, financial accounting principles, strategic planning and billing practices is required. Must understand and know how to use computer applications such as spreadsheet, word processing and data base applications.
Abilities and Skills: The ability to effectively coordinate available resources is essential. The ability to effectively communicate with others, both orally and in writing, is essential. Must be able to exercise discretion and use sound judgment in dealing with people and confidential information.
Working Conditions: Generally accepted office-working conditions. Occasional work outside normal working hours may be required. Occasional travel required representing the District at training and information meetings of allied organizations and professional groups.
Physical Requirements: Sedentary work requiring exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently. Light lifting of generally 10 pounds or less. Job requires sitting most of the time. Requires repetitive motions with hands and fingers such as dialing and keyboarding. Primarily inside work at a desk. Must be able to use office equipment such as a copier, computer and printer. Must be able to communicate to individuals, small and large groups. Must be able to read, write and do arithmetic. Requires analyzing data and reports, conducting research, coordinating people and resources, directing and supervising people and evaluating performance. Skills in developing plans, procedures and goals required. Must be able to present information to others and work under stress.
About Loup Valleys RPPD
Loup Valleys has 21 full-time employees serving 5,699 meters over 2,087 miles of distribution and sub-transmission lines. The District is headquartered in Ord, Nebraska. Ord, with a population of approximately 2,100, offers the benefits of a small-town environment, with excellent health care and educational opportunities. The area also offers several recreational opportunities that provide for excellent hunting, fishing, boating and golfing.