SUMMARY Manage the installation, operation and maintenance of District communications equipment, computer hardware and software, and physical and cyber security systems.
Job closes March 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Clevest AVL administration
Radio & wireless communication system administration
Internet & email connectivity, systems, and protections
Server administration and maintenance
Manage and ensure effectiveness of servers, including e-mail, print, and backup servers, and their associated operating systems and software.
Manage SIP trunks used with IVR and outgoing phone lines
Oversee the development of computer programs and systems. Work with other departments to ensure compatibility and interface issues are resolved when new or upgraded technology is planned and installed.
Manage and ensure optimal operation of all network hardware and equipment, including routers, switches, hubs, UPSs, etc.
Administer user accounts, permissions, and access rights.
Maintain the AMI backbone equipment that establishes the network back into our headquarters from substations and tower locations.
Maintains continuity plans for technology systems.
Manages system permissions for employees according to their job duties
Phoenix fuel system administration
Manage backup routines and methodology
Manage the operation of the NISC computer system hardware and software. Serve as the liaison for the District with NISC.
UPS monitoring and scheduled maintenance
Manages and ensures effectiveness of security solutions, including firewalls, anti-virus solutions, and intrusion detection systems.
Directs all information systems activities including servers, personal computer, network, internet, and iPads to assure these resources are available and effectively and safely used by employees and related users of our facilities.
Provides a cybersecurity plan that provides updates to staff and board members.
Trains and educates employees and board members on best practices and cyber safety.
Budget and plan for IT hardware, software, and support
Purchases and manages the deployment, monitoring, maintenance, development, upgrade, and support of all IT systems, including servers, PCs, operating systems, hardware, software, and peripherals.
Negotiates with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure network products and services.
Advise and consult with Management with respect to computer / communications / technology planning, schedules, and projects. Provide administrative and technical support for the District’s information management systems.
Telephone system administration for the District, including programming the phone system, providing for internal cabling needs, and working with telcos to acquire new services and repair of existing services.
Administration for our cellular systems. These include Voice, AVL hotspots, and AMR connections.
Oversees provision of end-user services, including help desk and technical support services.
Keeps current with latest technologies
Maintains multi-media equipment and facilitates technology needs for events.
Serves as backup for the dispatcher/load management duties to provide effective and efficient service in the absence of those performing those duties.
External Relationships Consumers: Provides efficient, helpful, and courteous service, resulting in good consumer relations.
General Public: Maintains friendly, cooperative relationships with the general public in the performance of these responsibilities so that the image of the District will be a favorable one.
Public power industry: Attends meetings and participates in utility IT based peer groups, including NREA and NRECA.
Internal Relationships Employees: Provides a work environment conducive to satisfactory productivity. Ensures a safe work environment.
Supervisory Responsibilities Responsibilities include training employees and directors using Dawson PPD equipment and software, addressing complaints, and resolving problems.
Qualifications Associates of Applied Science in Information Technology or a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus a Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) or equivalent work experience are required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write to convey information and direction. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Mathematical Skills Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Reasoning Ability Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
Certificates, Licenses & Registrations A valid Nebraska driver’s license is required. Education, related experience and/or training or equivalent combination as determined by the CEO.
Computer Skills Must be able to understand and proficiently use electronic spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software and related computer programs designated for specific financial work as required by the position. Must have knowledge of scripting languages, e.g. Bash, Batch, Python or similar. Must have knowledge of databases including the ability to write and execute SQL statements and similar. Familiarity with UNIX type operating systems is required.
Physical Qualifications This position requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, and climbing stairs. It also requires above average communication skills, including speaking, hearing, and vision capabilities. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Position may be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
The work environment is generally a climate-controlled office with adequate lighting and low noise levels. May occasionally require outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Frequent travel by automobile or airplane is necessary.
Non-routine work hours are dictated by job tasks, attendance and participation at industry meetings, board meeting or representative tasks.
About Dawson Public Power District
Dawson Public Power District serves over 23,000 meters in south central Nebraska, along the Platte River Valley. The customer base includes villages, manufacturing and agricultural accounts for farms, irrigation, animal production and grain drying. The district uses investments in infrastructure and technology to provide customers with reliable, safe and affordable electric power. Dawson PPD employs 77 people, including three construction crews. It is guided by an eleven person board of directors.