Career Opportunities


UECTouchstoneUEC is a rapidly growing member-owned electric cooperative located in eastern Oregon minutes from the Columbia River. Our customer loads include residential, irrigation, commercial and industrial – from agribusiness to data centers. UEC operates more than 120 miles of 115 kV transmission line and more than 1,900 miles of 12.47 kV distribution line with substations and switching stations. Hermiston is a thriving city of 18,000 residents, known for trophy hunting and fishing, its proximity to wine country, and its farming, food processing and energy development economy.


Operations and Maintenance Superintendent

Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) is a progressive Electric Utility Cooperative located in Hermiston Oregon serving over 14,000 accounts with 80 employees. UEC is seeking a full-time Operations and Maintenance Superintendent to be located at the utility office in Hermiston Oregon.
UEC offers a 4-day work week, a competitive wage and benefits package and the salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications.

Summary

The Operations and Maintenance Superintendent position plans and directs the system maintenance and service activities, including managing maintenance related contractors. This position activity promotes a culture of safety and assures safety standards are adhered to. The position coordinates with management, operations, construction personnel and UEC contractors to plan, implement and manage the rights-of-way inspection and maintenance activities consistent with UEC standards and policies. This position will work closely with the Construction Superintendent to assure clear communications and effective team work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include other duties as assigned.
• Promotes and encourages a safe work environment. Performs work in a safe manner in conformance with all applicable regulations. Promptly reports on-the-job accidents to the Operations Manager and Safety coordinator. Participates in accident investigations and contributes to lessons learned and abatement recommendations.

• Develops a plan and oversees implementation of ongoing inspections of substations, poles and lines, metering, and relaying equipment for UEC and Hermiston Energy Services (HES). Supervises the daily work of lineman agents, serviceman, meter techs, pole inspectors.

• Assures all applicable UEC procedures are followed regarding the placement and activation of meters. Partners with other departments to conduct routine audits of new meter placements to confirm data is being properly transmitted for billing.

• Coordinates with management, operations, and construction personnel, and UEC contractors to plan, implement, and manage the rights-of-way inspection and maintenance activities consistent with UEC standards and policies. Provides field checks for facilities inspections.

• Provides training and assistance to employees in the department to assure quality of work performed.

• Sets standards of performance for employees and evaluates their performance in completing job requirements.

• Prepares budget recommendations for the Operations Manager related to system maintenance and inspection.

• Reviews and assists in determining the best application of new developments in electric power industry and devises other means of securing maximum efficiency of personnel and equipment within his/her jurisdiction.

• Oversees the format, collection, storage and periodic review of information and data that supports the rights-of-way inspection and maintenance activities.

• Coordinates with the operations team to ensure prompt response to outages.

• Serves in the “Tech on Call” rotation to support after hour’s member needs. Is the primary contact for Tech on Call duties.

JOB DUTIES may include other duties as assigned.
• Completes employee evaluations on time and provides meaningful feedback for each employee. May approves apprentice and pre-apprentice evaluations.

• Manages communication and relations with the outage response call center.

• Supports company policies and methods and develops specific operating procedures for approval.

• Assures operations are within various State, Federal and REA guidelines.

• Recruits, and supervises workers directly or through subordinate supervisors.

• Partners with local union leadership and Labor Relations to develop a healthy working relationship, build a collaborative environment, and deal with employee issues.

• Develops and enforces training plans to ensure employee development of those supervised.

• Works collaboratively with colleagues and fosters a spirit of cooperation in the workplace.

• Conducts themselves in a manner that reflects well on UEC and contributes to harmonious relations with members and the general public.

• Respectfully takes direction from supervisor and/or manager.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY
Manages union and non-union represented employees. Oversees and monitors contractor performance. Is responsible for the overall direction coordination and evaluation of these employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. 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
Education: BA/BS in Management/Engineering preferred. Ten (10) years of experience may be substituted for education.
Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years of experience as an electric utility administrator, journey level craft worker or engineer plus three (3) years in a supervisory position. Experience managing to a Union Contract is preferred. Must demonstrate competency in the understanding of hazardous energy control procedures and be familiar with utility line construction equipment and work practices. Must be knowledgeable of the specifications and operating principles of power transmission and distribution equipment as well as voltage control, system protection, metering and automation concepts. Must have a working knowledge of the National Electrical Safety Code and be familiar with Rural Utilities Services (RUS) or other electric utility construction specification standards. CDL license is required for this position.
EEO M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Position Closes August 17, 2017

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Utility Billing Supervisor and Analyst

Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) is a progressive Electric Utility Cooperative located in northeastern Oregon along the beautiful Columbia River, offering a wide variety of activities year round. UEC is experiencing rapid growth in the commercial and industrial area and has a challenging position for the right candidate. UEC is seeking a full-time Utility Billing Supervisor and Analyst to be located at the utility office in Hermiston, Oregon.

SUMMARY
This position is responsible for overseeing all of the billing processes and functions at the Cooperative. This position will add value to the Cooperative by ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of all billing activities; and, in addition, this position will prepare monthly and ad hoc reports to management to assist with decision making, goal setting, and reporting to the Board of Directors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES other duties as assigned…
Responsible for operations and activities of billing and metering data functions.

Supervises and directs billing clerks, or individuals, assigned to complete billing activities, assuring the accuracy and timeliness of billing data.

Daily verification of Meter Data as related to the billing at the active account level. Identification of issues, and work directly with members/vendors to resolve issues with account data on a daily basis.

Recommends improvements and modifications to improve billing and metering data processes.

Prepares reports on operations and activities; recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; implements policies and procedures.

Responsible for responding to escalated member questions in an informative timely manner.

Designs and maintains task work flow for all billing functions in accordance with good standards of internal control and maximum efficiency.

JOB DUTIES other duties as assigned…
Conducts daily analysis of data related to key accounts, or accounts enrolled in unique billing programs.

Manipulates and analyzes meter data to ensure accurate and timely bills. Aid the cooperative’s management with data interpretation, test hypotheses, make decisions and establish goals; support billing and rate analysis; support load data analysis requests.

Prepares other operational analytical and statistical reports as requested and prepares and updates public informational materials related to utility billing.

Identifies problems, researches and analyzes relevant information, and develops and presents recommendations and justification for solutions.

Responsible for maintaining and modifying approved rates and associated charges in the Cooperative’s billing system as required.

Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of assigned staff; conducts employee evaluations, counsels employees, and effectively recommends initial disciplinary action; assists in selection and promotion; trains staff in work procedures.

Participates as a member of the Finance Team supervisor group in a variety of projects to include: Finance Department strategic planning, department training plans, reconciliations and various accounting projects not directly related to Utility Billing.

Organizes and prioritizes a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organizes own work, sets priorities, and meets critical time deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. 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
Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or university; or six (6) to eight (8) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

In addition, three (3) to (5) five years of experience with reviewing, summarizing, analyzing and reporting on meter usage data is strongly preferred. Three (3) to five (5) years of general supervisory experience (need not be industry specific) preferred.
EEO M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Position Closes August 7, 2017

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UEC Job Application and Related Materials

UEC’s Online Job Application – Opens as a PDF.

UEC’s Voluntary Affirmative Action Data Self-Identification Form

UEC’s Disability Self Identification Form

UEC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UEC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

UEC’s USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

UEC’s EEO Is The Law Poster

UEC’s EEO Is The Law Poster Supplement

Employee Polygraph Protection Act


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