Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is currently searching for an Integrated Area Operations Coordinator to join the team in Cedar Rapids, IA. This position is responsible for containing costs in the field while ensuring projects are being safely and efficiently conducted per CIPCO’s standards and specs, avoiding rework and additional costs and ensuring all compliance standards are continuously being met.
Supervise, inspect and monitor substation and transmission line projects; address member and landowner complaints.
Maintain a working relationship with CIPCO system managers and operating personnel; effectively respond to power supply problems in the service areas of the member cooperatives in the Integrated Area.
Coordinate and monitor new transmission and substation construction, maintenance, road move, etc. projects to ensure compliance with Engineering or Systems Operating Department specifications.
Implement and coordinate the preventative maintenance programs of the Cooperative
Report on operating problems and problem solving progress as well as coordinate and recommend the purchase of materials
Assist in the development and coordination of system-wide preventative maintenance and regulatory required programs of the Operations Department, construction and operating activities with investor-owned utilities assigned to the operations and maintenance of the Integrated Area.
Perform and coordinate operating and maintenance projects including road moves, switch installations, substation construction and modifications, etc. as assigned system-wide.
Coordinate emergency services restoration with investor-owned utilities and others during major outages involving Cooperative facilities in the Integrated Area.
Monitor and analyze monthly and annual outage reports and recommend methods of reducing service interruptions.
Work with private property owners and negotiate damage settlements resulting from operating activities in the Integrated Area.
Support System Operations Department staff in technical duties including right-of-way acquisition, drafting, construction inspection, staking, etc. as directed.
Monitor electrical equipment reliability, analyze failures and recommend necessary corrective action for equipment.
Implement and maintain required records for compliance of regulatory required programs including Iowa Utility Board Inspection Programs, NERC, EPA PCB compliance, etc.
Requirements and Critical Success Factors
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in the electric power industry, powerline and/or substation construction or maintenance, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience with budgeting, supervision, and labor relations preferred
Sound written and verbal communication skills
Planning and organizational skills
Able to establish a cooperative team environment by exhibiting cooperative team behaviors; shares knowledge and skills with team members; willing to assist others
Strong interpersonal skills
Knowledge of related laws and regulations
Analytical with the ability to interpret financial and/or engineering data
Strong math skills
Good computer skills; especially Microsoft Office
Accounting and drafting experience
Public relations experience
CIPCO provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package which includes:
401(k) with company match
Short-term and long-term disability
Life Insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid time off, and much more.
CIPCO is Iowa's largest cooperative energy provider serving 13 rural electric cooperatives and associations spanning 58 of Iowa's 99 counties. CIPCOs' members distribute power to nearly 300,000 Iowans and more than 12,000 commercial and industrial accounts.
CIPCO is a state-of-the-art energy provider with a diverse fuel mix of coal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas, natural gas, and oil energy resources. We continue to invest in new technology and renewable energy production, supporting Iowa’s development of renewable energy resources. Over half of our electricity is generated from emission- and carbon-free resources, minimizing the impact to the environment.
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