North Star Electric Cooperative, a member-owned electric utility, located in beautiful Northern Minnesota has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to fulfill the position of Operations Manager. North Star serves 6,500+ accounts along 1,400 miles of line. 21 full-time employees staff the headquarters building in Baudette along with a service center in Littlefork, Minnesota, and work together to provide superior, low cost, reliable power delivery to all of its members/owners.
This position will be one of three senior managers who report to and work closely and collaboratively with the General Manager. This position is responsible for managing the engineering and operations, safety, construction, purchasing, metering, fleet, right-of-way and maintenance activities of the cooperative along with technology assessment, selection, and implementation. Engineering activities include system planning, designing, mapping, and staking. Construction and maintenance activities include all activities related to the construction and operation of a distribution power system along with contracting work to be performed. Substation and transmission knowledge is a plus. Purchasing activities also include determining and controlling what equipment is needed and purchased. Metering activities include meter selection, testing, and AMI projects. Right-of-way activities include planning, establishing contracts/easements, and ensuring compliance with plans and contracts. In addition, the position ensures compliance with all RUS, NSEC, MREA, EPA, FCC, OSHA and FAA and State of Minnesota health department rules and regulations.
The ability to function effectively and efficiently on a team is a must. This position requires an exceptional person with a great attitude that has communication skills, both verbal and written. Negotiating and interacting with public officials and business leaders is necessary. The successful candidate will have strong people skills, be innovative, and focused on quality and safety while being a self-starter. This position requires the individual to have knowledge of general supervisory and management practices, which include computer literacy, delegating tasks, scheduling, setting goals, evaluating performance, motivating employees, allocating resources, and on the spot decision making.
The utility is headquartered in Baudette, Minnesota, a city of approximately 1,000, and has an exceptional K thru 12 school system, great hospital facility and a number of small stores and resorts for shopping and dining opportunities. Baudette is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World” and is located on the beautiful Rainy River that borders Minnesota, USA, and Ontario, Canada. The area offers an abundance of hunting (bear, deer, wolf, birds) and world class fishing on the greatest fishery in the world, Lake of the Woods, where Walleyes are in abundance, as well as the Rainy River, where some of the state’s largest sturgeon are caught. Numerous other outdoor recreational activities in the area include golfing, state parks, camping, sightseeing, canoeing/kayaking and snowmobiling. For more information on our area, visit Lake of the Woods - Get Hooked for Life.
The company offers an excellent NRECA benefits package plus a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications. Please send a completed North Star Application, resume and cover letter setting forth why the applicant is seeking the position by January 7, 2022 to:
North Star Electric Cooperative
Attn: Josh Compton, GM
PO Box 719
441 State Hwy 172 NW
Baudette, MN 56623
Mail or E-mail packages are acceptable.
North Star Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
North Star is a non-profit cooperative that was formed in 1940 for the sole purpose of providing electricity to rural north central Minnesota along the Canadian border, including areas of Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Roseau and St. Louis counties. Today this cooperative serves 5,500 members (more than 6,600 accounts) with over 1,451 miles of power lines between Warroad and Orr, and employs 21 people.