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In anticipation of the current GM's retirement this fall, we seek candidates with demonstrated leadership, proven skills for running an efficient and high-performing department, and dedication to customer and employee satisfaction, to serve as the General Manager of Stowe Electric Department (SED). Reporting to a three-member commission, the GM serves as the public executive leading the electric distribution utility serving most of the Town of Stowe, Vermont.
Experience in utilities is not required, and any combination of experience, skills, and knowledge that ensures acceptable job performance will be considered. Industry experience and knowledge preferred.
Target start date of mid-October 2022.
Hiring rangestarting at $150,000.00
Competitive benefitsincluding health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, retirement plan with generous contribution, holidays and PTO.
Ensuring reliable delivery of service, economy and efficiency of operations, safety of customers and staff, and compliance with all regulations
Advocating on behalf of SED to consistently promote the interests of the organization and its customers.
Ensuring and maintaining the financial integrity of SED and defining its strategic direction in collaboration with Commissioners
Fostering a work environment that attracts, engages, and retains well-qualified staff
Acting as the face of SED in connection with the Stowe community
Successful Candidates will Possess
Strong management and leadership skills for running an efficient and high- performing organization
A passion for excellent customer service and operations
A desire to lead and support a small, skilled team serving the public good
An interest in helping find and deliver the most cost-effective means to providing reliable, decarbonized energy generation sources, and helping residents and visitors to minimize their carbon footprint
About Stowe Electric Department
Based out of office and garage facilities built in 2018, and with an annual budget of roughly $12 million, SED’s staff of eighteen employees serves 4,500 customers. SED is committed to supplying its customers with clean, reliable energy at an affordable price, and outstanding customer service and support.SED is undertaking improvements to a critical substation, completing a micro-grid feasibility study, and exploring the restoration of Smith Falls hydroelectric plant. Other advancements in consumer energy technology have included construction of a 1MW PV generation plant, installation of electric vehicle charging stations, and implementation of automated meter data collection throughout its service territory. https://www.stoweelectric.com/
At least 10 years’ relevant management experience overseeing people, finance, administration, information technology, and operations. Experience with a utility preferred.
• Leadership: adaptability, strategic thinking, decision making, and change management. • General Management: planning, prioritizing, organizing, staffing, and leading. • People Management: Hiring, training, supervision, coaching/mentoring, and development. • Budgetary management and knowledge of relevant financial accounting standards. • Ability to develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with employees, regulators, and the public. • Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. • Able to grasp technical matters, such as regulations, electrical system design and operation, power supply resource planning and regional energy markets.
Since 1911, Stowe Electric Department has provided reliable electricity and superior service to the community of Stowe. Initially partnered with the Village of Stowe Water and Light Department, the two utilities were split during the merger of the Town and Village in 1996. At that time Stowe Electric became an enterprise division of the Town of Stowe. Even though the utilities were separated, Stowe Electric Department continues to handle the billing services of the Water and Sewer Department.
As of May 31, 2022, Stowe Electric Department serves 4,448 Residential and Commercial customers. Along with a commitment to supplying its ratepayers with clean, reliable energy at an affordable price, Stowe Electric Department pledges to build upon its history of outstanding customer service and support.