UEC is headquartered in Hermiston, Oregon (population 18,000+), the largest and fastest-growing city in Eastern Oregon. Located seven miles south of the Columbia River, Lake Wallula and the McNary Dam, the Hermiston area has become a hub for logistics and data center activity. The area is 30 minutes south of the Tri-Cities in Washington, two-and-a-half hours south of Spokane, three hours east of Portland, and three-and-a-half hours northwest of Boise. Cost of living is lower than the national average. Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University have branch facilities in Hermiston; Columbia Basin College and a branch campus of Washington State University are a 40-mile drive. Area activities are plentiful, and include golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, volksmarching, camping, hiking, and snow skiing.
Vice President Finance & Rates
The Vice President overseeing the new finance and rates division within Umatilla Electric Cooperative will provide leadership and oversight to the finance and rates portion of the business. This position will be expected to develop and lead a more strategic and member-focused finance and rates function with an eye toward financial strategy and support member rate activity and power supply. This position will collaborate and coordinate with strategic and tactical leadership in such a manner that the best interests of the Cooperative are served, both in the short and long term. The position is responsible to collaborate and partner with the departments and the executive team at UEC to promote a culture of safety for employees and the community, and provide overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the company’s financial strategy. In addition to being responsible for the employees of the departments they oversee; the VP is expected to utilize cross functional teams and work with other department leaders to develop a strong collaborative working relationship across the cooperative.
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Closing date is May 8, 2020.
Manager of Operations
The successful candidate reports to the VP of Engineering and Operations and manages/oversees the day-to-day organizational operations of UEC’s electric distribution and transmission system. Key responsibilities include working with the executive level and management staff to develop and implement strategic business objectives, strategies and plans in support of UEC’s strategic goals. Additional duties include: managing and allocating financial and employee resources to achieve maximum efficiency of personnel and equipment; preparing, recommending, monitoring and adhering to annual department budget/work plans; responding to after-hour emergencies related to distribution and transmission electrical systems; participating, managing and negotiating on a team to produce Collective Bargaining Unit Agreements; managing/supervising activities of personnel engaged in electrical repair and maintenance of all power lines; setting, tracking and reporting on performance metrics of outside operations; and overseeing/managing the Fleet Management Program.
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Manager of Accounting
The successful candidate reports to the VP of Administration and oversees the fiscal and accounting operations of UEC. This includes managing financial and accounting operational processes and reporting, as well as, the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems and metrics designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Key responsibilities include: producing and presenting timely and accurate financial statements and reports to the Board of Directors, management, and other stakeholders. Additional duties include: overseeing all billing processes to members; ensuring all financial obligations are made accurately and timely; producing UEC’s annual budget and assisting with long-term financial forecasts; overseeing day-to-day activities of the facilities and warehouse; assist with cost of service and rate studies; developing policy recommendations related to financial goals; providing analysis and recommendations on the allocation, retention and retirement of patronage capital; ensuring RUS guidelines and GAAP standards are followed, and achieving an annual “Unqualified Audit Opinion.”
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Electric System Engineer I
The Electric System Engineer I participates in providing safe and cost-effective engineering for electric system construction and maintenance with direction. This Engineering position, will be responsible to maintain working knowledge of the UEC substations, transmission, and distribution systems, including design and equipment specifications and operating principles as well as assisting in the preparation of routine technical engineering studies, reports and development of construction work plans.
Superintendent of Technical Services
The Superintendent of Technical Services is responsible for maintaining working knowledge of the UEC substations, transmission, and distribution systems, including design and equipment specifications and operating principles, preparing technical engineering studies, reports and development of construction work plans. Plans and directs substation construction and maintenance and service activities, including managing substation maintenance related contractors. Directs electric system construction and system operation (SCADA, switching). The Superintendent delegates functional activities to workers and acts in a supervisory role. This position will work closely with the Operations and Construction Superintendents to assure clear communications and effective teamwork.
This position operates all line equipment used in construction, maintenance and removal of overhead and underground power lines. Performs substation maintenance, construction and switching in substations for both distribution and transmission voltages. Repairs and replaces overhead transmission and distribution power lines and associated equipment. De-energizes and ground power lines and equipment to permit safe working conditions. Repairs and trouble shoots underground lines and equipment. Climbs poles and uses a bucket which is attached to truck mounted booms and cranes. Performs work in a safe manner in conformance with all applicable regulations.
This position is to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the system (transmission, and distribution,) under normal, emergency and outage conditions, complying with the UEC, RUS and NERC/WECC reliability standards. Actively promotes a culture of safety and assures safety standards are adhered to. Adheres to and supports company policies and develops specific operating procedures related to system operations. Individual will work closely with the Operations and Construction Superintendent roles to assure clear communications and effective team work.
Electric System Engineer III (3 openings)
The Electric System Engineer III independently directs safe and cost-effective engineering for electric system construction and maintenance. This Engineering position will be responsible to maintain working knowledge of the UEC substations, transmission, and distribution systems, including design and equipment specifications and operating principles, preparing technical engineering studies, reports and development of construction work plans. This position will help to lead, mentor and develop lower level engineering staff. May assume staff leadership responsibilities or administrative duties assigned by the manager.
This position is responsible for keeping a complete and systematic set of records and ledgers to record the financial transaction of the Cooperative and its Subsidiary. Maintains accounting records to ensure compliance with GAAP and RUS accounting standards. Assist with monthly closings, account analysis, and budgeting.
The Construction Superintendent plans and directs the activities of Contractors related to all maintenance and construction. Actively promotes a culture of safety and assures safety standards are adhered to. The Construction Superintendent will also prioritize crew assignments in support of system maintenance related activities as needed. Adheres to and supports company policies and develops specific operating procedures. Has supervisory responsibility over line crews and delegates functional activities to workers. Works closely with the Operations Superintendent to assure clear communications and effective team work.
Land Use Specialist
The Land Use Specialist is responsible for ensuring that the property and property rights obtained by the Cooperative are tracked, obtained, and secured accurately, timely and in accordance with policies and procedures. This position will work closely with others to provide support for the preparation of construction work packages, identifying and resolving Right-of-Way issues, discrepancies and conflicts, while ensuring the continual communication of these tasks.
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