The South Dakota Rural Electric Association (SDREA) Board of Directors is looking for their next GM and is working with NRECA Executive Search on this search. This position is open due to the upcoming retirement of their existing long-standing General Manager. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-starter that is skilled at building relationships and interpersonal communications. SDREA’s next leader will need to be forward thinking with a focus on the association’s membership.
The South Dakota Rural Electric Association is devoted to unifying, promoting and protecting the interests of its member electric cooperatives in South Dakota by providing leadership, training, communications and legislative representation. This position works closely with SDREA’s 9 employees to provide value to the association’s 28 distribution cooperative members and 3 generation and transmission cooperative members.
In addition to the above, key qualifications for the next SDREA General Manager include:
Demonstrated leadership and management skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Relationship and Team building skills
Ability and want to develop employees
Power supply understanding
Appreciation of the Cooperative Model and values
Other Experience and Expertise:
Bachelor’s Degree required; an advanced degree such as a MBA, is a plus
Completion of NRECA’s Management Internship Program is preferred
Education or Experience in Accounting & Finance; Business Administration or Marketing/Member Services is preferred
5-10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience preferred
CEO experience preferred but not required
The strongest candidates will have established governmental agency relationships in South Dakota or at a minimum, the drive to build such relationships. Demonstrated electric cooperative understanding will also set you apart.
SDREA is located in Pierre, South Dakota, a picturesque city with tree-lined streets, parks, and a historic downtown. Founded in 1880, Pierre and the surrounding area is one of South Dakota’s premier outdoor activity destinations for both hunting and fishing.
SDREA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a generous NRECA defined benefit pension plan, in addition to a 401k savings plan. SDREA also has excellent medical, dental and vision insurance plans along with a generous vacation package. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested parties should submit the following electronically: 1) Cover letter, 2) two to three-page resume, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references via the careers page at electric.coop.
Applications must be received by March 25, 2021.If you have any questions, please contactLeigh Taylor, NRECA Executive Search, ExecutiveSearch@nreca.coop or (571)-326-9547.