Little Rock, AR, USA Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.
The Vice President reports to the President & CEO and leads AECC/AECI’s Technology and Security Division. Responsibilities include the short-term/long-term strategic direction for the implementation and operation of reliable and resilient technology-related systems to support all facets of the Cooperative operations. The Vice President is a member of senior staff, who work together as an executive team, to support the Board of Directors and oversee operations of the cooperative to ensure financial stewardship, communication and implementation of cooperative vision, and employee development.
Strategic Direction of Technology and Security Division Management
Leads planning, risk mitigation, policy development and implementation for the Technology and Security Division.
Establishes goals, monitors work, and evaluates results of the Technology and Security staff to ensure that both departmental and organizational objectives are met. Ensures that operating requirements are in line with the strategic plan of the organization
Planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the Cooperative’s technology- and security-related operations.
Development and implementation of cyber and physical security policies, standards, and procedures sufficient to mitigate security risks for all Cooperative facilities, systems, networks, and information. Ensures compliance with applicable legislation, regulations and other requirements related to the cyber and physical security of Cooperative facilities, systems, networks, and information.
Oversees the direction of the Cooperative’s enterprise technology systems, including; administrative and financial information systems, records management and archive systems; and compliance with terms, conditions, and requirements of all applicable software licenses.
Directs the administration of AECC’s real-time operational systems, including; Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management Systems (EMS): revenue meter data acquisition and energy accounting systems; and systems to support AECC's participation in wholesale electricity markets.
Oversees the optimization of the infrastructure that supports the Cooperative’s technology services, including; computing server and storage systems; all computer workstations; voice telephony systems; local-area and wide-area networking systems; and Internet-related systems and connectivity.
Provides strategic direction for AECC’s Statewide Fiber Network, including the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and reliable performance of the network. Oversees the development and implementation of systems, processes and procedures for operation of, maintenance of, and record-keeping for the fiber network. Coordinates with Member Systems and Diamond State Networks on joint fiber build projects, network interconnections and other fiber-related matters.
Establishes goals, monitors work, and evaluates results of the Technology and Security staff to ensure both departmental and organizational objectives are met while validating that operating requirements are in line with the strategic plan of the organization.
Support Board of Directors
Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and operational performance against stated goals and objectives.
Advise and support the Board of Directors on Technology and Security related organizational risks, and operational activities of the cooperative.
Assist in the development of material for the monthly board meetings and board strategic planning sessions.
Foster a collaborative relationship amongst the member cooperatives, to help ensure overall operations benefit member-owners.
Provide consultation and support to member cooperative systems regarding Technology and Security related topics to include technology deployment, enterprise support systems, energy management systems, cyber & physical security, and fiber networks.
Oversees the Technology and Security Division cost center and oversees and maintains budget preparation.
Ensure the cooperative’s assets and resources are adequately tracked and protected.
Establish budgets, monitor financial reports, and determine resource needs to meet the Cooperative’s obligations to the member systems.
Oversees the benchmarking, design, procurement, and implementation of communications, security, networking, computer resources, datacenters, and systems.
Develops guidelines for datacenter reliability, network integrity, reporting, incident response, security posture composition, statewide intercommunications, and financial viability within approved budget to meet operational, regulatory, and obligatory member requirements.
Design and submit forecasted annual and multi-year strategic replacement, update, and end-of-life, end-of-support reports for technical resources and contracts for structure adjustments and recommendations in accordance with market trend analysis and total strategic mission of Technology and Security division.
Leads technical governance and development strategy.
Recommends program development, procurement, and changes to existing programs that enhance overall technical strategic plan.
Guides recommendations through the internal approval process and prepares recommendations for Board approval.
Identifies and works with senior leadership team to develop and execute with responsible divisions.
Handles stress effectively and works well with others.
15 years of related technology experience.
10 years of technology management or supervisory experience.
Effective communication and influencing skills, both written and oral, with the ability to share information and ideas clearly and concisely with a range of audiences.
Demonstrates insight and creativity; offers options and solutions when approaching issues or problems.
Must work collaboratively and in a collegial manner with other Senior Staff business partners, Board Members, and Staff, to contribute to an overall success-oriented team dynamic.
Is proactive in identification and communication of issues or barriers that may impede an initiative or compromise its success.
Use critical thinking skills to identify and determine alternative solutions/approaches.
Capacity to develop and maintain strong professional relationships across the organization and to work collaboratively with colleagues.
Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise discretion and tact.
Pursuant to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act 593, this position is a designated safety-sensitive position according to AECC/AECI standards and processes.
Must be able to obtain NERC CIP clearance access.
Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering or related field.
Masters Business Administration (MBA), Masters Technical Sciences.
Executive or Performance Leadership, and/or Change Management certification(s).
401(k) Retirement Plan and Retirement Security Pension Plan
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
9 Paid holidays
Paid time off accrual
Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program
Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.