The Dairyland Power Cooperative Board of Directors has announced that current President and CEO, Barbara Nick, will be retiring in the summer of 2020 and the Board is seeking her successor. The incoming President and Chief Executive Officer will assume leadership of this fiscally and operationally strong organization during its 79th year of serving its member-owners.
The industry continues to experience exponential change resulting from technology innovation and the evolving needs of members in the new energy landscape. As a result, Dairyland seeks a highly strategic and innovative President and CEO with a strong cooperative member-centric mentality, who will employ a fact-based decision methodology to easily translate complicated cooperative issues into solvable business solutions. This new leader must also be adept at anticipating the opportunities of a rapidly changing cooperative landscape and lead the company and the Board through the complexities that member owned generation and transmission cooperatives are facing.
The 24 distribution cooperative member-owners and 17 municipal utilities are proud to contribute to Dairyland's future and share equally in the success of the company. The next President and CEO of Dairyland will lead with an unprecedented focus on taking the company to greater performance and success. Located in the beautiful city of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dairyland offers a tremendous opportunity for the right person.
Duties & Key Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO will be responsible for:
Reporting to the membership and the Board of Directors on the condition of the Cooperative in financial, fiscal, government relations, power supply, technology, operational abilities, consulting services and any other areas affecting the operations of the system.
Have a strong background developing and delivering a highly impactful strategic plan including to the Board with clear objectives and goals assigned. Recruiting and integrating the executive team and staff into the plan and influencing the entirety of the cooperative to embrace the mission.
Constructing, operating, maintaining and auditing the Cooperative's facilities and assuring payment of debts and obligations in accordance with appropriate direction and delegation from the Board of Directors.
Overseeing the adequate staffing of the Cooperative at every level in terms of skills, abilities and number of people to carry out the efficient operation of the system.
Developing, approving, and implementing operating procedures, plans and improvements to meet established goals, policies, and objectives.
Negotiating and executing contracts with partners, OEM suppliers and contractors, maintenance contractors, power suppliers, governmental agencies, and any other organization as necessary to maintain adequate power supply to meet system needs.
Directing participation in negotiation dealings with Federal, state and local governments, lending institutions, rating agencies and other agencies and attending and/or testifying at hearings regarding such, as necessary to meet system needs and achieve agreed upon results.
Overseeing Human Resources, Salary Administration and Benefits Programs to assure hiring, retention and release of employees assuring the highest quality performance and expertise from the employee team and other contractual matters such as compliance, grievances, arbitrations, etc., subject to final approval by the Board.
Evaluating the overall performance and results achieved by staff members and administer management and supervisory wage and salary plan.
Planning, development and recommendation of goals, objectives, resources, physical property, policies, programs, capital and maintenance work plans and budgets, which will meet FERC, NERC, MISO requirements and compliance, system reliability, and the continuity of business and member power supply needs.
Providing continuity and merit of the organization and obtaining support of the members, employees and the public.
Providing the Board with information and reports regarding progress made and results achieved so the Board may effectively evaluate such results and the
effectiveness of the President and CEO.
Regularly develop fact based, data led solutions and proposals to review with the Board accompanied by recommendations for action supported by key business case information, financial models and strategic impacts, risks and opportunities.
Investigation, negotiation and recommendations for hiring and consultants; such as, legal auditing, engineering management, etc.
Executing documents on behalf of the Cooperative, as delegated by the Board of Directors, and all other documents, correspondence, etc., as required of the President and CEO. Representing the Cooperative as an Industry Expert, Board Member or Committee Member on ACES, NRECA, G&T Managers, NRCO, etc., as the need arises for the benefit of the cooperative and its members.
Developing, executing and the administration of a system wide legislative plan supporting the electric generating and transmission agenda.
Contributing time and effort to civic and public affairs, which will assist in the overall development of the Cooperative mission within the service area, to serve the needs of the Cooperative, its members and employees by supplying specialized expertise.
The incoming President and Chief Executive Officer will be an experienced and credible executive who is well regarded and recognized as a selfless leader that seeks to do what's right for people first. Possessing a proven track record of success within an electric generating organization, electric utility or related business, this servant leader will also:
Embody and lead with the greatest level of integrity and transparency in dealings with the Board, members, staff and all constituents of the cooperative.
Build a vision that is innovative, strategic and practical to help drive the cooperative into a future facing unprecedented change.
Have a trusted leadership style that is decisive, open and fact-based, with high ethical standards and professional conduct, possessing the competence, judgment and personal commitment that is expected at Dairyland.
Have extensive change management and organizational transformation experience including leading people and process change throughout a business.
Consult, counsel, listen to and collaborate with members with a dynamic and enthusiastic desire to create solutions that serve the best interest of the 24 member-owners.
Be an extremely polished and effective communicator who can influence and partner with the Board, senior managers, members, and all other 3rd parties.
Be an exceptional thinker and problem solver where the cooperative can leverage problem solving skills.
Provide a high level of commitment to organizational success and the capacity to provide creative ideas and problem-solving skills that offer credible business solutions.
Be gifted at identifying and recruiting talent through deep experience building and developing high performing executive leaders.
Create a highly focused and detailed succession planning, executive development and mentoring plan allowing for the growth and continuity of the cooperative in the short and long term.
Have strong finance and capital management skills within a cooperative and experience with borrowing, budgeting, planning and forecasting. Also, have experience building and fostering strong relationships with lenders to create a strong portfolio of financial options for the cooperative. Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the complex cooperative business model and the strategic opportunities that exist.
Bring experience with G&T operations including energy resource diversification, power supply contract negotiation, plant operations,
project management and vertically integrated processes.
Offer a strong working knowledge of emerging technologies in the energy industry including renewables, battery storage, distributed generation, etc.
Possess deep experience with distribution technology, including systems integration and emerging technology solutions.
Have a bachelor's degree (engineering, business administration, finance and/or legal preferred), with a strong preference towards an MBA.
About Dairyland Power Cooperative
Dairyland is proud of its history as a pioneer in rural electrification. The generation and transmission cooperative formed in 1941, bringing light and power to the homes and farms in “America’s Dairyland.” Specifically serving rural communities and countryside, Dairyland continues to ease work conditions and improve quality of life for residents by delivering a safe, reliable supply of energy in its four-state service territory.