Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives
The Executive Committee of the AREA Board is working with NRECA Executive Search to select their next President and CEO. This position is open due to the upcoming retirement of their existing long-standing President and CEO. As such, if you are a dynamic, strategic, diplomatic leader with top-notch interpersonal communication skills, you could be a good fit.
Through AREA, all of Alabama’s electric cooperatives pool their resources to gain strength and efficiency on issues common to electric cooperatives. Services offered by AREA include legislative representation at the state and national levels, safety and training programs, environmental compliance consulting, worker compensation, health benefits plan, printing and design, youth and community programs, media relations and a monthly magazine for Alabama electric cooperatives.
Overall responsibility of the President and CEO is for planning, organization, and direction of the organization’s operations and programs. This position requires working in close concert with its 22 member cooperatives and their power suppliers, its 23 employees and its Board of Directors.
AREA President and CEO qualifications and competencies:
Demonstrated leadership and management skills
Ability to Lead Change and Manage Risk
Stellar communication skills, both formally and informally
Listens to understand
Strong Member Focus
Ability and want to develop others
Strong focus on Financial Issues, Regional Industry Issues, Safety and Distribution Co-op Understanding
Experience and expertise:
Bachelor’s Degree required; an advanced degree such as a MBA, is a plus
Education or Experience in Accounting & Finance; Business or Law preferred
5-10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience required
CEO experience preferred but not required
Utility experience, particularly distribution cooperative or public power experience is beneficial
AREA is located in Montgomery, Alabama and is a 15- minute drive from the state capital. Montgomery, the third largest city in Alabama, lies southeast of Birmingham on Interstate 65, on the banks of the Alabama River. The city is home to Maxwell and Gunter Air Force Bases and several universities. Today, Montgomery is known for its renaissance of historic downtown and redevelopment of the riverfront. Montgomery is a city rich in history, yet clearly focused on the future. Residents enjoy being the showplace for southern hospitality, beautiful weather, and high-tech jobs.
AREA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a generous NRECA defined benefit pension plan, in addition to a 401k savings plan. AREA also has excellent medical, dental and vision insurance plans along with a generous vacation package. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested parties should submit the following electronically: 1) Cover letter, 2) two to three-page resume, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references on the Careers page at electric.coop.
Applications must be received by October 19, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Taylor, NRECA Executive Search, ExecutiveSearch@nreca.coop or (571)-326-9547.